Back in October we first wrote about the $1.5 million Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUV concept from Russia’s Dartz, billed as the world’s most expensive, luxurious and strongest armored car. A controversy ensued over the kooky company’s plan to use genuine whale penis leather for the interior, echoing the upholstery on Aristotle Onassis‘ famed yacht the Christina O. After Pamela Anderson protested the move, Dartz declared it would spare the whale’s private parts. Now the company has finally unveiled the finished product at the Top Marques Monaco show. It features a matte black and ruby red paintjob, gold-plated bulletproof windows, 22′ Kremlin Red Star bulletproof wheels, tungsten and white gold gauges decorated with diamonds and rubies, an additional outside kevlar coating, and a custom Vertu mobile phone with a panic button. The interior is leather and vinyl made to look like whale skin. It also comes with three bottles of the world’s most expensive vodka, RussoBaltique, another Dartz sideline adorned with yet more gold and diamonds.
After several years in the making, you may soon be able to finally get your hands on the world’s first powerboat-submarine hybrid – if you’ve got $3.5 million to spare, that is. The James Bond-worthy Hyper-Sub from Marion HSPD (Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design) is finally gearing up for production in time to capture the growing market for luxury submersibles that can be launched from one’s superyacht. The latest oligarch’s plaything is the first small craft built with the horsepower, sea-worthiness, and range to allow operation on the open ocean, which also functions as a self-charging, autonomous submarine. On the powerboat side, it’s a heavy-duty, 31-ft. surface-cruiser with an enclosed cabin. Powered by twin 440 hp inboard diesels for a total output of 880 hp, the Hyper-Sub has a maximum surface speed of 40 knots and a maximum surface range of 500 miles. In dive mode the Hyper-Sub can plunge up to 250 feet, and offers umbilical SCUBA support. With seating for up to four passengers plus a pilot, the craft’s 180-degree acrylic canopy provides panoramic undersea views. With an elegant woodgrain interior, leather seating, onboard GPS, auto-pilot and a satellite phone, it’s also a pretty luxurious ride.