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Customised Lamborghini’s From Japan

Posted on: August 28, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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With an epic $200,000 price tag, we think most people would agree that the Italian-made Lamborghini Diablo GT is already flashy and pricey enough when it comes ton expensive supercars. Not so in Japan, it seems, where the masters of auto customisation have turned the humble ‘lambo’ into a beast of its own.

Lamborghini Lighting
image: hight3ch.com

The streets of Tokyo are home to some of pretty special decked out Lamborghini’s, many of which the supercar’s Italian creators would have never dreamt of. Pictured above is a typical example. Wrapped in holographic vinyl and custom fitted with strings of LEDs, it’s not surprising this Lamborghini is turning heads.

But this colourful example is far from alone. A recent supercar expo in Japan featured a leopard print Lamborghini Murcielago covered in tiny spikes, an all-black masterpiece with blue neon spoilers, and a car which not only had a functional analogue clock on its side, but projected disco lights onto the road below.

Customisation is not limited to the car’s outside – peer into a typical Japanese supercar, and it looks more like a crowded bar than a vehicle’s interior. Customised surround sound systems, TVs, adjustable seating, glass holders, and a multi-compartment bar fridge all seem to fit on the inside of two door coupes. As for anything originally coloured Lamborghini’s sleek grey or matte brown, well… It’s probably bright purple now.

liberty walk lambo
Image: autoblog.com

Another advent from the scene is the “Lambermini”, a tiny customised Lamborghini that looks half way between a luxury vehicle and a bumper car.

The Japanese culture of luxury car customisation began with the infamous and illegal “bosozoku” motorcycle gangs, where showmanship took precedence over speed limits. Despite obvious personal risks, the blinged-out style of the bosozoku was captured by Japan based director and cinematographer Luke Huxham in his documentary “Underground Hero: Love to Hate Me”.

Though still linked to the Yakuza, the custom car trend has expanded out from the underworld and into the ranks of Japan’s elite. Nowadays it seems that if you’re looking to buy a car like a Lamborghini in Tokyo, it would be a waste not to spend an extra $50 000 to make your ride one of a kind.

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