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Lamborghini EsaVox is the ultimate car-inspired boombox - The sound and price will make you scream

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
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Lamborghini EsaVox is the ultimate car-inspired boombox. The sound and price will make you scream.

Here's something extravagant to add to your holiday wish list: A US$24,000 Bluetooth soundblaster by Lamborghini that can play music from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The famed Italian car company partnered with iXoost to create the EsaVox, the ultimate music player for design-conscious connoisseurs with a lot of money.

For about the base price of a Miata, you, too, can be the proud owner of the world's only portable sound system styled like a Lambo - a spectacular addition to the office, garage, or man cave. It's the sort of object that will leave your friends amazed, envious, and possibly flabbergasted - or all of the above.

It features a Lamborghini push-button start with, red cover and is made out of lightweight carbon fibre. The ceramic speakers come with tiny shock absorbers to prevent rattling. And the principal decorative flourishes are pieces of exhaust pipes from an Aventador.

"The design is based on single block cabinets in carbon and wood, recalling the most iconic features of Lamborghini cars," says iXoost.

"The central element is the original exhaust, which puts all elements into proportion, giving the impression of a real car."

Though, unfortunately, it doesn't have wheels and you can't drive it. Instead, you get two hexagonal side cabinets with a 6.5-inch full range and 8.0-inch woofer in carbon to fill your dude den with an unforgettable stereo experience.

"The heart of the unit lies in a down firing subwoofer of 15 inches, with high sensitivity, in Neodymium. Two one-inch tweeters in Mylar complete the system, located inside the original exhaust unit," the company reports.

It weighs a hefty 116 pounds, measures 49 x 19.6 x 25.5 inches, and cranks out 600 watts from the amplifier and 200 watts from the subwoofer.

The 'Lambox' is available in Aldebaran Black, Atlas Orange, Evos Yellow, and Mars Red. They retail at US$24,000 a pop. You can splurge and get the whole collection, or just save your pennies towardS an actual Lamborghini.

2015 Mercedes-AMG S63 Gets the Vilner Treatment

S-Class is now fit for a king

If you want to make your hot wheels hotter, you need to take your ride to the gang at Vilner. Since 1996, the Bulgarian custom shop-art studio has been crafting dream machines for fastidious owners around the world.

 

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Case in point, the company's latest project: formerly just another stock 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.

The owner of the top-shelf, US$160,000-plus S-Class wanted something more than the paltry Designo interior options offered by Mercedes, so he turned to the experts at Vilner for help.

The customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, received the full treatment, and the car's interior received a complete makeover. Vilner refers to him as The King.

It seems that His Highness wanted more Maybach and less Mercedes for the look and feel of his 585-horsepower black beauty.

Now, the royal driver and his subjects are smothered in a cocoon of jet black Alcantara and quilted leather with white stitching. Vilner's stitching weaves a fine, silky web throughout the entire cabin, including the swanky S63's floor mats and even inside the transformed trunk.

It looks so good, we'd never let anyone eat, smoke, or even wear shoes while riding in it - ever. The steering wheel, rearview mirror, and anything you might touch are wrapped in Alcantara. No bare plastic bits have been left behind here. Also, all the wood trim is now finished in Piano Gloss Black.

"The result is a black kingdom of luxury, in the exact state that The King wanted it to be," Vilner informs us on its website.

It's good to be the king.

It's Lit: One-Off Lexus IS Responds to Gestures With Nearly 42K LEDs

Your holiday decorations have nothing on this.

If the Lexus Sriracha IS wasn't your flavour, Toyota's luxury division has built another one-off sedan that should get your attention, and possibly the attention of astronauts in low Earth orbit. The Lexus LIT IS uses 41,999 LEDs to display graphics, pulse in time to music, and respond to human gestures.

Built in collaboration with online music distributor VEVO, the LIT IS started life as a 2017 IS sedan but was wrapped in programmable LEDs to turn it into a rolling screen. The LEDs were applied by hand and required 5,280 feet of wire. If the strips were placed end to end, they'd extend nearly half a mile, according to Lexus. When all the lights are fully lit, the car produces 175,000 lumens. In a video, Lexus demonstrates how the lights can react to certain gestures. For example, a pushing motion sends a ripple through the car's body, changing the lights' colour as it passes. The car can also illuminate and pulse in sync with music, displaying custom animations to the beat of your favorite song.

The LIT IS stars in a new music video by UK artist Dua Lipa, alongside actor Ansel Elgort of Divergent fame. Check out both videos to see the LIT IS do its thing.