• Jul 30, 2012
The era of engine-as-art has been over for quite some time, done in by computers, both the ones controlling our cars as well as those used to design them. But if popping the hood today reveals only a giant slab of ugly black plastic – or worse, a tangled mess of wiring and piping that looks like it was assembled by kindergarteners rather than engineers – thankfully there are still plenty of artistes outside the auto industry who appreciate and celebrate the beauty of internal combustion.

We're talking about people like Matteo Panini and Mirco Pecorari, Modenese partners in iXoost, a company that's building beautiful audio systems out of Formula One exhaust manifolds. Their iPhone/iPod docking system comes in 8-, 10-, and 12-cylinder models, and features 420 watts of power driving either six or nine separate speakers. An iXoost will set you back between €5,000-€8,000 (roughly $6,100-$9.800), which is a lot for a docking system, but chump change in the audiophile world. We'd be happy if it sounds even half as good as it looks.


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      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Auto blog is apple shill blog
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who buys one of those is gonna be pretty upset when Apple decides to obsolete the 30 pin dock connector.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        my guess is they can swap docking connectors in very short order.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really, more iPhone spam? Maybe if I glue a muffler to my pants you'll give me a plug here too?
      RUDEBOi
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would be happy if it sounds Half as good as it looks... i'd be pretty upset if i spent nearly 10 Grand on a system that was all show and no go!!! Stereos are meant to sound good first and look good second!!
        RUDEBOi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RUDEBOi
        EDIT: You would be happy if it sounds Half as good as it looks?? I'd be pretty upset if i spent nearly 10 Grand on a system that was all show and no go!!! Stereos are meant to sound good first, and look good second!!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, but for 6 grand I could build such a great home theater instead.
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting. I didn't know people still used iPhones.