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Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ Photos and Details

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2013 Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ

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We mustn’t forget that despite being a hybrid, the Honda CR-Z is a sports car, which is to say it’s more than worthy of some aftermarket treatment. Mugen, Honda’s tuning division, did a number on the frugal sports coupe to produce the Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ.

The main highlight of CR-Z Mugen RZ is its 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine, which as been re-tuned to produce 154-hp and 136 lb-ft. of torque. Toss in the 20-hp electric-motor and you get a combined output of 174-hp, good enough for sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.1 seconds. That’s 3 seconds faster than the normal CR-Z and its relatively measly 122-hp output.

Other performance highlights include suspension and brake system that have been tuned for better handling, a new exhaust system and 17 inch forged alloy wheels wearing 205/45 R17 Dunlop Direzza ZⅡ high-performance tires.

Cosmetic highlights include a more menacing grill, adjustable front under spoiler with LED illuminations, side spoilers, rear spoiler and diffuser with integrated LED fog lamp, prominent rear wing that is adjustable and unique “Azure Blue Metallic” body color.

Inside, you have front seats in bespoke blue and black hues, specially-colored steering wheel with blue stitching, a CFRP shift knob, a boost meter and a serial number plate.

Only 300 units of the new Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ will be produced. Available exclusively to Japanese buyers, prices start at JPY 4,494,000 (US$57,118 or EUR 43,817 at current exchange rates).

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Toyota Supra Gets TRD Carbon Aero Upgrades, 19-Inch Wheels

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New Toyota Supra TRD Carbon Fiber Parts, front angle

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Sprucing up your Supra with these composite pieces won’t come cheap.

Toyota has revealed a carbon fiber body kit and some new wheels for the reborn Supra.

Unveiled in Japan, the Gazoo Racing/TRD upgrades include front and rear spoilers, side door garnishes, and side skirts, giving the car a lower appearance and bare-composite look that contrasts with the painted bodywork.

Further upping the Supra’s appearance is an available set of GR 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are painted in black to match the carbon aerodynamic elements.

Pray that you have money to burn because each individual upgrade costs the equivalent of at at least $1000. The front splitter, for instance, fetches 320,000 yen ($2,907 at current exchange rates), while the spiffy set of wheels go for 640,000 yen ($5,813).

Toyota hasn’t confirmed if they will be available in North American or Europe, so you might need to figure out how to import them and incur the added cost of doing so.

In other news, the Supra is a fuel efficient sports car.

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Dr. Dre’s Custom Cadillac Escalade is Mansion on Wheels

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Dr Dre Custom Escalade ESV, black

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Thanks to a highly-successfully music career, Dr. Dre is a very rich man with a big house or two, many fast cars and now a new custom Cadillac Escalade ESV that’s pretty much a mansion on wheels. We’re not kidding…

The Escalade ESV is the longer version of the regular Escalade and fetches around $100,000 in the United States when fully loaded. It’s a very nice and luxurious SUV out of the factory, but apparently not opulent enough for Dre’s needs and desires.

Not only did he have his customized Escalade stretched even further, but he also made it taller, making its interior even more voluminous to accommodate such ‘usual’ luxury amenities as, you know, an exercise bike. All it seems to be missing is a Jacuzzi and a basketball court.

It’s a beast of a vehicle, and expectedly, Dr. Dre and his friends will be chauffeured around in it.

Sources claim his unique Escalade, which was modified by Becker Automotive Design, costs around $200,000, and that’s not hard to believe. I mean, just look at it!

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Canadians Build World’s Fastest Hot Tub

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Feastest Hot tub

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Canada isn’t known for brash accomplishments, but two engineers lit a big spotlight on the introverted country when they took a 1999 Cadillac DeVille and built it into the world’s fastest hot tub.

Why anyone would want to build the fastest hot tub is beyond me, but what Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster managed to achieved is quite the accomplishment. Before we delve into how they were able to do what they did, let’s look back at how it all started.

Time travel to 1996, when the two gearheads were engineering students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Presumably after drinking a lot of Molson beer, they became inspired by the famous Ernest Hemingway quote: “Always do sober what you say you’d do when intoxicated.” Empowered by those strong, motivating words, they planned the impossible.

Weicker and Forster took an abandoned car left on their campus (a 1982 Chevrolet Malibu) and — you guessed it — turned it into a hot tub. More specifically, a fully-operational and fully-drivable, hot tub…

Fast forward several years after that ‘little’ project and the duo have landed jobs as professional engineers. And as often is the case with those born with an insatiable creative urge, the desire to go “bigger and faster” reared its head, and bigger and faster they went…

“The Carpool Deville” project they began involved purchasing an $800 1999 Cadillac DeVille and then gutting it. Its interior was removed and an elaborate, custom fiberglass tub was installed.

For driving, a marine-style steering wheel, a gauge cluster, and throttle controls were fitted, while the 427-cubic inch V8 was rebuilt to not only propel the DeVille to speeds of over 50 mph, but also to heat the pool water to a balmy 102 degrees.

Mission accomplished!

Since completing the Carpool DeVille in 1999, Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster have become minor celebrities and emblematic of what can happen when you think creatively. Those who said that “a 50+ MPH hot tub was just a dream and could never be created” didn’t know what they were talking about. Let’s face it, the two persistent Canadian engineers have made automotive history. OK, sort of…

Reference: Hoffman Chrysler Jeep Dodge

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