Honda Civic Type R Gets Cyberpunk Makeover

Honda Civic Type R gets cyberpunk makeover

For this year's Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda didn't just bring upgraded versions of its latest models, but also some examples of its past creations, too. One of the headlining vehicles was a classy white-over-red S2000. But a much more extreme model was the 1997 Honda Civic Type R EK9 on display. It's official name is the Honda Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020. Basically, it's what Honda imagines the old hatchback would look like if it had been designed in a cyberpunk universe. The basic shape has been given some updating with more creased and angular grille openings and side mirrors. They're contrasted by the circular holes in the grille mesh. The front splitter and side skirts give it a more aggressive stance. But the most striking changes are the lights. Most of the headlight and taillight area is blocked off in the same color as the body, leaving a thin, LED-lit line. It's a modern look that still evokes the shape of the original car. At the back, the lights are augmented by a wide black bar that spans the hatch. In the middle is an illuminated 1997 Civic logo. Honda makes no mention of mechanical changes. The original Type R had a fairly stout powertrain to begin with, making 182 horsepower and with a redline of 8,400 rpm. It also picked up larger brakes, stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential, stickier tires and lost weight to make it faster.

Japanese Banknotes To Undergo Makeover

Japanese banknotes to undergo makeover

Japan will redesign its banknotes to incorporate the latest anti-forgery techniques. Finance Minister Taro Aso announced the makeover on Tuesday. The design changes will be the first since 2004.

The new 10,000-yen note will feature Eiichi Shibusawa, a famed industrialist in modern Japan. He is known as the "father of Japanese capitalism." The reverse side will feature the Tokyo train station building.

Bathhouse Gets Makeover With Photos By Mika Ninagawa

Bathhouse gets makeover with photos by Mika Ninagawa

MATSUYAMA--Photographs taken by film director and photographer Mika Ninagawa have added some pizzazz to the historic Dogo Onsen Honkan bathhouse for the Dogo Onsenart 2018 art event.

The "Dogo Onsen Honkan Installation" features pictures of fireworks shot by Ninagawa in various places across the country. After dark, the bathhouse building is lit up to give it a mysterious glow.

2018 Lexus Ls F Sport Gets A Modest Makeover For Sema

2018 Lexus LS F Sport Gets A Modest Makeover For SEMA

Lexus recently announced plans to introduce two Black Panther-inspired LC models at SEMA and now the automaker has confirmed plans to showcase an assortment of other vehicles as well.

Since we've already covered the LCs, we'll skip right to the 2018 LS F Sport by Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing. Described as "intentionally minimalistic," the car has a Supreme Matte White wrap, a revised air suspension, and 22-inch HRE wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Tires.

Toyota Hilux Gets Mega Makeover Courtesy Of Carlex Design

Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design

Polish car modification company Carlex mightn’t be a household name in Australia, but the Toyota HiLux certainly is – and what you see here is the culmination of the two.

The Toyota HiLux Hilly from Carlex’s Pickup Design workshop apparently showcases what happens when a bunch of car-mad modders get their hands on a tough dual-cab ute and let their imaginations run wild. I mean, this is pretty wild, right?

Makeover For Manga-covered Kitaro Trains On Way Next Year

Makeover for manga-covered Kitaro Trains on way next year

YONAGO, Tottori Prefecture--The manga-covered Kitaro Train cars running on the JR Sakai Line are to be given a spooky makeover featuring six "yokai" monster illustrations, West Japan Railway Co.'s (JR West) Yonago branch has announced.

The train cars are currently illustrated with characters from the "Gegege no Kitaro" horror manga and anime series including Kitaro, Sunakake-Baba, Konaki-Jiji, Nezumi-Otoko, Neko-Musume and Medama-Oyaji.