It's actually quite festive, not to mention attractive.
Vilner has a last-minute Christmas gift to share with the world, and it’s a big one. We mean that in the literal sense, as the company has turned its attention to the Toyota Land Cruiser for an interior makeover that is, in a word, red.
Actually, to be specific the color is called Bordeaux – a soft shade that the custom company chose over the original beige coverings to contrast with the big SUV’s black exterior finish. Going with such a combo can often be a bit overwhelming, but Vilner’s choice for a more gentle, pale shade of red seems to be a great match. The red redux is found throughout the spacious cabin, with leather adorning the seats, armrests, door inserts, and dash sections. Alcantara – also in the same shade of red – covers the seat bases and seat backs as well as the top of the dash, a choice which Vilner says helps reduce glare onto the windshield. We can’t argue that point.
Speaking of the seats, Land Cruiser aficionados will notice the front buckets are not of the standard variety. For that fact, BMW experts will recognize them as being from the E60 5 Series. Vilner says the Bimmer seats were a better starting point on which to create this special Land Cruiser, being significantly more comfortable than the Toyota components. The steering wheel is also improved, featuring a redesigned ring that is wrapped not in red leather, but black.
To cap off the custom Land Cruiser, Vilner made a special sports bag to match the red interior. The bag uses the same red leather with contrast stitching, accented by black leather handles made to resemble carbon fiber. Buckles for the shoulder strap are real carbon fiber, while the strap itself is actually made from the Toyota’s seat belt, in matching red of course.
All in all, it makes for a very swanky Land Cruiser that looks right at home for the holidays.
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“Black exterior/red interior. Тhat combination can be very compulsive,” says Atanas Vilner. “But when you do your job properly using the right shade of colours, you can do miracles. It works on Porsche’s 930 Targa, we’ve made it work on this Land Cruiser J200, too” adds the founder CEO of Art Studio Vilner. “The red is also a ‘Christmas colour’ so it was very appropriate for our last project for 2017”.
The original dull beige upholstery is now gone and replaced with several tens of square meters of fine leather and Alcantara. The colour: carefully selected soft shade of Bordeaux. The areas for implementing the different materials were also carefully thought-out. Alcantara for the top of the dashboard to reduce windshield dazzling and also for the central console, the bases and the backs of the seats.
Vilner has made serious improvement not only in terms of style, but also in terms of comfort and ergonomics. The front seats for example are swapped for a BMW 5 Series units. “The Comfort seats of the E60 were really good base for a project like LCV8 and they’re significantly better option than the stock ones”. Their faces now feature a red leather with Alcantara and leather pockets on the backs. That composite textile also covers the seat’s bases which are usually left with hard plastic surfaces from the factory. Another ergonomic improvement from Vilner: the steering wheel. That component now features a completely redesigned ring wrapped in black leather.
And not because it’s Christmas time but because of the tradition, Vilner made a sports bag in the same style as the interior. The shoulder strap is actually the same as the seat belts, the handles are made from ‘carbon fibre’ leather and the buckles – from real carbon fibre. You can also see the owner’s initials embroidered on the side of the bag like they are on the seats.
“That black exterior/red interior combo is not a Porsche trademark, but they really know how to make it work. But our project is even more striking, because of the pure scale of LCV8’s interior,” says Vilner.
Toyota Land Cruiser V8 by Vilner – a car that can be loaded with a lot of presents and that can deliver them to the Earth's most remote places. And to do it in Vilner’s style.
Art Studio Vilner’s Crew wishes you happy holidays, coziness and the craziest celebration on New Year’s eve!