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).
Dr. Dre’s Custom Cadillac Escalade is Mansion on Wheels
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.
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!
Canadians Build World’s Fastest Hot Tub
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.
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…
This Fake Ferrari 458 Italia Supercar Will Fool Anyone
Most replicas can be spotted from a mile away, but this fake Ferrari 458 Italia could fool just about anyone and from any distance. It’s one of the best replicas we have ever seen.
Discovered on , the 458 Italia lookalike is based on an unknown 2000 model-year vehicle and is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that has been aesthetically modified to imitate the Italian supercar’s 4.5-liter V8. It has only been driven for 51,000 miles (82,076 km).
The seller claims the car contains original parts, which isn’t too hard to believe. Not an inch was spared in making it look as close as possible to the 458 Italia. The exterior, interior, brakes and wheels, badging…you name it — everything was copied almost to a T.
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In case you’re wondering, the seller is asking 47,950 GBP (80,600 USD / 60,000 EUR) for his “masterpiece”. Would you buy it?