It's been a while since I last updated on my car. A lot has been going on these past few weeks.
Bought "Goose," a 2011 Lexus CT 200h hatchback hybrid from Vista Lexus one week after the unfortunate earthquake in Japan; March 12, 2011. Color is Starfire Pearl.
Have had "Goose" for 7 months now and lovin' it!
First mod was tinting. I believe it's tinted 17% in back, 35% in front.
Then I swapped the stubby antenna with a VG sharkfin antenna.
Then I swapped out all interior and exterior lighting with cool white LEDs.
Next were the VIP items.
VIP Style refers to the modification of Japanese luxury automobiles to make them more fashionable and more luxurious. VIP Style are typically large, expensive, rear-wheel drive sedans, though automotive enthusiasts use other cars like minivans and Kei cars. Once associated with the yakuza, VIP Style modifications now are a subset of automotive modification.
VIP Style modifications and history have often been linked to the Yakuza. It is claimed that VIP Style came to be due to the risk of gangsters riding around in high-profile European sedans like the Mercedes S-Class or the BMW 7 Series. Such cars brought increased attention from police and rival gangs. By using JDM cars with modifications associated with the creation of limousines, gangsters could avoid detection by the police and rival gangs.
Now, I know my CT isn't necessarily a large, expensive, luxurious rear-wheel drive sedan, and I kinda had two options to go in terms of styling my car. I could go the sporty route and for lack of a better term, "rice it out," or I could go the classy route and VIP style it. The CT may look sporty and fast and aggressive, but in reality, the drivetrain is tuned for efficiency and eco-friendliness, so I decided to go VIP styling.
Some of the basic elements of VIP styling from what I've learned from various club members and at various car meets is:
First and foremost, it's all about the details. Luxury is all about details in styling, quality of materials, etc.
A VIP car should look aggressive and the stance should be low, slammed, if possible. I'm taking baby steps on this since this CT IS my daily driver. I currently have it dropped slightly on springs for now. Air Runner air suspensions would probably be my next move.
A body kit is essential to making the car look lowered and more aggressive. I will tackle this after I get my air suspension on cuz it wouldn't make sense to drive around with a body kit that could come off at a moment's notice without being able to dodge obstacles.
Wheels are supposed to be big, with a HUGE lip, wide enough to fit a dollar bill. I had to compromise here as well. I don't really have a lip on my wheels, but it's been hard finding a good company to custom make wheels that are light (so they don't go against the eco-friendliness philosophy of the CT) and look somewhat aggressive AND fit my 5x100 bolt wheel pattern. My wheels are custom Rennen 19" Monolicht Forged m8 mesh concave wheels, so I hope that's good enough for now.
More interior styling stuff. Probably change out and reupholster the leather in the seats to make it more luxurious. Will probably add some pillows and other nice little touches.
Definitely gonna custom built my own VIP center console in the rear (There are no cupholders or center armrest! >_<). Garson makes a VIP center console for the LS and GS that I will model off of. I will attempt to source some bamboo to enhance the whole eco-friendly vibe of this car.
Underbody lighting kit. Tastefully, of course.
Air Runner air suspension. SO I CAN GO ALL DOWN!
Body kit...from who knows where.
Maybe replace the VG sharkfin antenna with a more aggressive sharkfin antenna from Beat Sonic.
Here are some pics so far: