The world’s first commercial flying car is, tentatively, here.
Dutch company PAL-V is now taking pre-orders for its new airworthy car, the Liberty. It will be offered in two trim levels: the base Liberty Sport, and the Liberty Pioneer. Either will be enough for your dangerously sexy lifestyle.
Buyers of the 90 Liberty Pioneers will hand over a modest $600,000 before taxes or fees. But, with exclusive colors and a framed, gold-plated copy of your serial number tag, who can blame you?
For those of you who think the Pioneer is way too expensive, fear not. The Liberty Sport will be a bargain at only $400,000! You can also opt to pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve one – $10,000 for the Sport, $25,000 for the Pioneer – if you don’t want to pay the full price just yet.
The three-wheeled Liberty actually claims some decent numbers when in drive mode, however. According to PAL-V, its unspecified road engine produces 100 horsepower, averages 31 miles per gallon, and has a range of 817 miles. It will have a top speed of 100 miles per hour, and be able to reach 62 mph in less than nine seconds.
On days when you feel like James Bond, the vehicle’s flight mode will utilize a 200 horsepower engine to achieve speeds of up to 112 mph, propelled by a pusher prop in the rear of the vehicle. Maximum range, when flying at the suggested economical speed of 87 mph, is 310 miles. A takeoff roll of 590 feet means this gyrocopter — not helicopter — won’t take off from your property unless your backyard is both sprawling and manicured.
Both the Pioneer and Sport will come with a familiarization course and introductory lessons.
Even though the claim that the Liberty “blends perfectly into everyday road traffic” isn’t quite true, the two-seater will have a small profile. In drive mode, it should be able to fit into a regular sized parking spot with ease.
Changing between drive and flight mode will take three to five minutes, though a mandatory flight check before takeoff will add another 10-15 minutes to your adventure.
You will have to wait a while for your flying car, though. According to The Independent, deliveries won’t start until the end of 2018. PAL-V will start shipping the Sport models after all 90 Pioneers have been delivered.