Question: how do you make the U.S. Marine Corps's amphibious vehicle even more badass?
Answer: give it 700-hp, clearly.
This is the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, designed by BAE Systems to be an improvement over the current vehicle, . The ACV now gets 700-hp, in addition to improvements to the all-terrain mobility, interior seat structure, and survivability and force protection.
The design for the ACV has existed for awhile, but BAE System just won the $103.7 million contract with the USMC to supply them to the military. In a , BAE Systems stated that it will produce 16 prototypes that the USMC will then test in the third quarter of 2016. Production will begin if it passes testing.
According to the ACV's spec sheet, the thing weighs in at a massive 63,000 pounds. It can seat 16 and has a maximum speed of 65 mph on paved roads and 6 knots on open ocean. Put it this way: if Michael Bay gets his hands on one of these, it'll most certainly be a Decepticon.