Lexus and adidas introduce purple SUV inspired by 'Black Panther'

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However, the Wakanda Forever edition is not powered by Vibranium.

In a recent partnership between the Adidas and Lexus brands, the hit Wakanda Forever was presented in the form of a car.

Inspired by Black Panther and working with the students of Adidas S.E.E.D. (School of Experiential Education in Design), the luxury car manufacturer and sportswear company have created a road-ready and big-screen version of the Lexus RX 500h F Sport.

"Lexus, Adidas and Wakanda Forever may seem like they come from completely different worlds, but the thread that unites them all is the pursuit and leadership in unique storytelling and innovative technology," said Alex Shen, chief designer at Calty Design Research and collaborator on the project.

On the outside, the vehicle features a Wakanda-inspired print and a shade of purple found in the Adidas collection, also inspired by the films. Across the hood, a diamond pattern hints at Black Panther's claw necklace, while gold detailing mimics the accents of his suit, and a fictional Wakandan alphabet is used on the wheels and in the badging along the body.

Meanwhile, in the interior of this vehicle, the students of Adidas S.E.E.D. have re-invented the typical Lexus features so that they associate us even more with Wakanda. The parts of the seats are designed with a tribal gold print, which also appears on the door inserts and the steering wheel. Near the transmission, you'll find laser-cut wood accents and gold trim that similarly invoke the Black Panther universe. In a particularly cool merging of worlds, one of the materials used in the adidas 4DFVD model has been repurposed and now covers the steering wheel as well as the front and rear headrests.

To complement the car, the brands also introduced a limited edition T-shirt designed by S.E.E.D. students. With an African proverb written in Wakandan on the front and the periodic table on the back, it makes a fitting companion for the vehicle.

Whether you're a fan of the Marvel Universe or not, it's hard to argue that the new collaboration isn't a striking tribute to T'Challa and the Black Panther universe.

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