There were times when everything we have especially gadgets, and a whole lotta stuff to be as small as possible. When it comes to rides, smaller usually means easier to maneuver, to park and most important of all, lower fuel consumption. Hence the creation of K-cars.
Nevertheless, when it comes to status symbol, there will always be an exception on this simple equation. It has to be big… screw that, it has to be HUGE! That has always been the case when it comes to rides and houses, I’d say. The celebrities set the standards by having the bigger house… heck, it’s more of an estate instead of home sweet home for ’em.
Down at the garage, a huge collection of cars and most of it had some kinda modification and customisation done to it, enhancing the cool factor as well as the go-faster bits and pieces. Few years back, it’s a MUST for the celebrities to have an Escalade or a Hummer apart from the collection of classics and super cars, or even a hyper car for that matter.
An Escalade and Hummer would often be modded to the VIP movement. Minimalist on the outlook, all shiny black shades on the outside and trimmed leather on the inside… with a whole lotta In-Car Entertainment (ICE) arsenals, enough to bring the party down at the garage if they want to. Being a fuel guzzler would not be a problem at all, as it’s all about the bling and the ways to move around like a full-fledged VIP.
In Japan, the Hummer can be considered quite a normal sight. Never mind that, it’s also a status symbol as the ride that you roll in can only be purchased if you have the right amount of cash to buy the parking space, as it differs according to sizes and location. The exuberantly priced fuel is another factor that needs to be considered as the Hummer is a fuel guzzler… and a really thirsty one at that!
We’re checking out the parking lots of Makuhari Messe during the Tokyo Auto Salon when we saw this all-white Hummer H2 parked in all its glory under the bright blue sky of Tokyo. The outlooks of it said it all. “I have all the dough to own and drive this, and sure as hell I’m not gonna drive it stock.”
A lot has been done to this H2. Nevertheless, the sheer size of its wheels commands our attention. 25 inchers of absolute beauty with huge-arse calipers and discs to complement the looks underneath those arches. Yup, there are bigger size up to 32″ but 25″ is more than enough to command your attention when this particular H2 parked and especially while rollin’ the streets.
The play of chrome on white instead of the usual black for the complete VIP looks was a winning combination for the H2. We can’t find the owner even when we waited there for a couple of hours to have a look-see of the inside, but a peek at the windows said it all. A number of VIP-type accessories and a complete arsenal of ICE for entertainment purposes.
The VIP movement might not be as big as it was a few years back, but it will always be there and when it’s done right, it’s sure as hell is a stunner.
6-liter V8 front engine with 101.6mm bore, 92mm stroke, 9.4 compression ratio, overhead valve and two valves per cylinder LQ4, 393hp @ 5700 rpm, 4-wheel drive, flexible fuel vehicle/sequential electronic fuel injected, sequential port fuel injected sequential, multi-port fuel Injected, Sebring Tuning exhaust
CHASSIS & HANDLING
Torsion beam front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, trailing arm rear suspension rigid with stabilizer bar and coil springs
Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs, electronic brake distribution, electronic traction control via ABS
Elite Max 25” rims wrapped around with Pirelli Scorpion Zero 315/40 R25
Complete bodykit from Japanese tuner “Calwing”
12v power outlet: front, rear and cargo, anti-theft protection, RDS audio system with satellite, CD player and cassette, Coming home device, Coming home device Compass, Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel, delayed/fade courtesy lights, bucket heated electrically adjustable driver and passenger seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, five adjustments and tilt adjustment, 3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side, rear seat center armrest three asymmetrical split bench front facing heated rear seats with zero adjustments, rear separate audio control