Los Angeles – The Youabian Puma on display at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is a monster by practically any definition. It’s built from a collection of parts, has an unconventional look and is huge.
Made in Los Angeles, it started life as a Volvo C70 convertible, and retains its cabin and retractable hardtop, but has been stretched to over 20 feet with a custom aluminum frame.
The rear-wheel-drive vehicle rides on 44-inch tires and is powered by the 505 hp 7.0-liter V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette. Its creators say it can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and get 22 mpg on the highway, both figures difficult to believe.
Less so, given its voluptuous body, is that the Puma was designed by a plastic surgeon, according to the Los Angeles Times. The company would not provide any information about its principals when contacted by FoxNews.com
A one-off for now, Youabian is taking orders for the vehicle, which costs $1.1 million and takes between 12 and 18 months to build. A 1 year/10,000 mile warranty is included because what could possibly go wrong?
If you want to take it for a test drive, you’ll have to prove you can afford it first by subjecting yourself to a background check that includes a look at your bank accounts and tax returns.
Perhaps they should’ve called it the Snoopy, instead.