There is sure to be lots of eye candy at the New York International Auto Show this year but we had to give a preemptive shout out to MINI Cooper for this little gem: the MINI Cooper Yachtsman!

Designed to bring MINI ownership to people who regard the 70 percent of the earth’s surface covered by water as their home, the new MINI Cooper Yachtsman promises go-kart-like handling and a sensational combination of amphibious and landphibious performance both on and off the water.

Certain to be popular in New York harbor, the MINI Cooper Yachtsman is fitted with a shark-resistant undercoating (!) and can carve through water at speeds up to 61 knots, while promising an equally rewarding driving (but not diving) experience – on-road or off-land.

“Our exciting MINI Cooper Yachtsman is the ultimate extension of the MINI brand, expanding our line-up to seven models in the USA and offering consumers even more ways to enjoy MINI ownership in a manner best-suited to their individual taste and location,” comments Jim McDowell, Vice President of MINI USA.

On sale from April 1st as a model year 2013 vehicle, the Yachtsman goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds (on land) and in 2.4 minutes (on water).  Top speed (on land) is 141 mph. Priced at US $236,000 and comes with a warranty that includes 3-year no-cost moorage, annual dry-docking and free barnacle removal for the “captain.”

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