Luxury Concept – Alvin’s VVIP Swift
With the VIP culture fast growing in Singapore, drivers are beginning to recognise that feeling stylish and high-profile is often as valuable as being fast and loud. Alvin’s compact Swift is a masterpiece of chic and coolness, subtly classy on the outside and ice-cool on the inside.
Alvin’s ice-cool ride is quite possibly the pinnacle of VIP/ICE modification in Singapore at the moment. Packed with modifications, it looks nothing like a Swift anymore, but a complete entertainment and style solution fitting someone in the glitz of showbiz.
Originally buying a Swift for its compactness and looks as well as its user-friendly features like keyless entry and climate control, Alvin gave his passion for the VIP movement full scope for adventure, intending to turn his car into his envisioned dream ride.
The pride of place in this feature must go to his interior, which has been utterly meticulously done up with a massive suite of products and accessories from DAD, one of the pioneers and giants of the VIP world in Japan, such as the ubiquitous mini tray with cocktail shaker and tumblers (complete with fake ice) that turn the ride into a lushly lit bar to chill in.
Complementing his accessorising from Japan, Alvin also sourced for driving-equipment pieces from Isotta Tuning, based in sunny Ferrara and Rovigo in Italy’s Romagna. From them came a Swarovski-crystal gear knob and handbrake handle, and a luxurious chrome and white-leather steering wheel.
Intending to compete—and win—in styling competitions, accessories would not be enough to get any trophies for Alvin, but then, his ride doesn’t just hold accessories as his modification menu. Changing the substance of the car itself, every interior surface has been upholstered in white and black diamond-stitch leather.
He removed the middle section of his rear seat, replacing it with a console for more VIP bar-style decor, and to serve as a mount for the Playstation, literally served ‘on ice’.
‘Cool’ entertainment was another passion of Alvin’s, and he made sure to have a good ICE system in his car. It’s not exactly competition-grade, because he was more interested in styling accolades than ICE awards, but it is still way above average, with a Pioneer 4350 head unit, one of the legendary Alpine H701 processors, DLS Reference amps and speakers, and a 12″ subwoofer from Rockford Fosgate.
With a Playstation and an amazing sound system, Alvin had to install good screens to give his PS and multimedia playback the best graphics possible. With 2 monitors on the headrest, 1 in each door panel and another 10 more in and around the boot, there is entertainment for both passengers and spectators during shows and meetups!
Compared to the elaboration of the interior, the exterior of the Swift is positively simple in comparison – but it is no less stylish for it. Comprising primarily of a custom bodykit installed, the Swift’s front and rear bumpers, fenders and side skirts have been replaced by more substantial massive pieces that don’t compromise on clean lines and neat style.
To create the feel of big-spending luxury, Alvin had scissor doors installed on his ride, evoking the dynamic style of a Lamborghini, while at the same time making entry and exit easier for front-seat passengers in the cramped lots of Singapore’s carparks.
Lastly, to top it all off, he mounted the car’s body on the versatile support of air bomber suspension, allowing him to slam the car all the way to the ground with extreme low ride-heights, the ground-hugging fenders framing perfectly the massive chrome-plated DAD Zuenglein Dolci rims he has installed on his ride, the true eye catchers on the outside, with their solid silver plates gleaming even in the faintest light.
With such a secret weapon Alvin’s competitive spirit had found its champion. Sending his ride for the Auto Styling Competition at Zouk, he placed third overall, as well as winning the Best VIP award – but this is only the most recent of his many accolades.
He has also won overall Best Engine Bay and Best In-car Entertainment locally, and across the Causeway, he has won 10 VIP championships in Johore, and also two in Malacca (with massive 5ft and 6ft trophies to show for it!), for a total of 25 trophies and awards. Utterly impressive.
With his gleaming pearl white ride, Alvin draws plenty of attention as he drives, and more preciously, the admiration of those in the know about car modification at competitions and shows. He’s got our admiration, too.
Owner : Alvin Tan
Vehicle : Suzuki Swift Sport
Country : Singapore
Airbrushed Airbox / Chrome Cam Cover / HKS Grounding Cables
Customised Full Bodykit / Customised White Paint Mixed With Blue, Purple & Pink Pearl / Front Scissor Doors / DAD Exhaust Tips x4 / 18″ Garson Dolci Wheels / DAD Kaiser Emblems x2 (Side Signal Markers) / DAD Rear Windscreen Chrome Ornament / Customised Front Chrome Grille / Dad Licence Plate Frame / Blue Undercarriage Lighting With White Beat Lights
Air Bomber Suspension / DAD Chrome Zuenglein Dolci 18″ Wheels
Full Customised White-Black Double-Stitched Diamond Design Seat Upholstery / Door & Roof Leather Wrap / Customised Armrest, Rear Seat Centre Console, Roof Console with Blue LED Lightings
Garson Japan – DAD Limited Edition Luxury Type Gloss White Version Tissue Bag / DAD Ash Bottle / DAD Drink Holder / DAD Mirror / DAD Square Cushion X2 / DAD Neckpad / DAD custom D Emblem Chain / DAD Type Vega Assist Grip X3 / DAD Pedals / DAD Jewel Wheel Fragrance / K-Break Ropes / Type Gloss Luxury Mini Tray
Isotta Italy – Ferrara Swa Steering Wheel / Keplero Special Shift Knob / Hydrus Handbrake Handle
Pioneer AVH-P4350DVD Head Unit / Alpine PXA-H701 Processor / DLS Scandinavia 3-way Component Speakers (Cabin) / Momentum 2-way Component Speakers (Boot) / DLS Reference RA20 / DLS Reference RA40 / Rockford Fosgate P1 12″ Subwoofer / DLS Power Capacitor / Headrest Monitors x2 / 10″ LCD panels x4 / 3.5″ LCD monitors x10 / Sony Playstation
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Text & Photos By HOTstuff magazine