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will.i.am’s Wheels

Posted by: Sonali Velinker Kamat on October 17, 2014

If you think you’ve arrived when you’ve had your luxury car personalised, think again. The real mark of success is being asked by a renowned auto brand to redesign their cars! So it was for will.i.am, when Lexus requested the Black Eyed Peas frontman to input on their NX — and the result is a stunning special edition Lexus NX 200t F SPORT, launched by the singer in Paris last month.

“I didn’t want to make a Frankenstein, I just wanted to enhance,” will.i.am told guests at the launch event, making it known that he would have loved the car to be wider yet, but that change wasn’t possible on account of safety considerations. Nonetheless, you can expect this special edition NX to include an ultra-wide body kit, a custom-built steering wheel, huge 22-inch alloy wheels and hand-embroidered Nappa leather interiors, embossed with the singer’s ‘willpower’ logo.

Arriving on stage in the special edition Lexus NX, the 39-year-old singer impressed 600-plus guests with a scintillating DJ set at Pavillion Cambon in the French capital, while unveiling the car for the very first time. Still, it was the vehicle itself that rocked the night and has already critics clamouring to try this version of the car, which features four external cameras, enabling panoramic pictures to be captured while driving and then sent to a smartphone!