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If you thought the Audi R8 China Edition was rare, then you’ll be shocked to know that there’s a limited-edition model that’s even rarer than that. This is the Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition and, as its name suggests, Audi is only building a select number of these babies — 30 in all — for the Chinese market. To distinguish itself from the rest of the R8s out there, including the aforementioned China Edition, Audi decided to dress up the R8 Limited Edition in a unique Nordic Gold paint finish that, on looks alone, can make a serious case as a permanent color option for the R8.

Aesthetic modifications are also abound for this limited-run model, highlighted by front and rear air intakes and outlets, lightweight tailpipes, and a radiator grille that has been finished in matte black. The dress up continues with the front and rear slats. Additionally, the rear bumper, and the radiator grille surround and bars all sport a matte-titanium-grey finish. The front spoiler, side blades, fixed rear wing and the enlarged diffuser have been upgraded to carbon matte.

Inside, the R8 Limited Edition features sports bucket seats and headlining, both of which have been dressed with black Alcantara with contrasting stitching and piping, and the knee pad now comes in shark skin black with its own contrast stitching. Carbon matte, or at least inlays of it, was also used inside, particularly the A-pillar and the door pulls. To assert the limited-edition nature of this R8, the aluminum gear knob comes with a limited edition number, ranging from 1 to 33 with the numbers 4, 14, and 24 excluded from the list. Why, you ask? The number "4" equates to bad mojo for the Chinese.

Audi China has priced the R8 Limited Edition at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates, an amount that affluent and passionate Chinese auto enthusiasts won’t have trouble shelling out.

We totally get why automakers from all over the world are suddenly falling over themselves trying to get some love in China. After all, it’s already the world’s largest auto market and the wide diversity of buyers in the country has given automakers of all levels opportunity to establish themselves and gain some footing in the market.

For its offering, Audi decided to build an R8 V10 China Edition specifically for this purpose. The car is limited to only 80 units and comes in a choice of two colors: Malibu Blue Body/Suzuka Grey Sideblades or the inverse Suzuka Grey Body/Malibu Blue Sideblades. Look at the photos and it’s easy to be enamored with the color choices Audi decided to use on the R8 China Edition.

In addition to the color choices, the R8 China Edition also makes prevalent use of ultra-light and high-strength carbon fiber. Both the R8’s body — the carbon matte fixed spoiler — and the interior are decked in carbon fiber, making for a true special edition model that lives up to the “special” designation. Rounding out the modifications for the 80-unit R8 China Edition is a set of 19-inch, high-gloss black wheels in a 5 twin-spoke “Y” design, further stamping the uniqueness and exclusivity of this special-edition supercar.

The interior of the R8 also strengthens its billing as a special edition. It includes the characters “R8 专享” to go with the model number embedded on the aluminum gear lever knob. Notice also that any number with a “4” on it has been removed to "respect the cultural habit of Chinese customers,” as it is considered unlucky – like the number 13 in the U.S., but intensified.

Adding to the supercar’s luxury swag are materials that include shark skin and colored stitching, the handbrake and steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara, and the instrument shield is finished in carbon matte. Finally, R8 emblems also adorn the interior of the supercar, particularly on the dash and the aluminum door sill trims.

The entire cost of the R8 China Edition hits at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates.

We’ve had a pretty exciting 2012 with so many supercars, special editions and one-offs being released this year. There’s one of these bad boys that we still haven’t seen yet with the exception of some camouflaged spy videos and teaser images here and there, and that’s the Ferrari F70 .

As the successor to the iconic Enzo , the F70 is a big deal. A pretty huge deal, in fact. So, it comes as no surprise that the entire automotive world is eager to see what the F70 is going to look like and are foaming at the mouth to find out its performance credentials.

Well, we have some interesting news regarding the former because it appears that a teaser photo of the F70 was unveiled at a recent Ferrari event in China. The photo, which comes by way of a Chinese Weibo page via GT Spirit, shows a Prancing Horse supercar peeking out of the shadows with the headlights and the air vents on the hood clearly distinguishable.

We wish there was a clearer photo of the car, but seeing as we’ve been hopelessly waiting for photos of the F70, we’ll take any photo of it anyway we can get it.

Source: GT Spirit

A few weeks ago, word started spreading that a special edition - a one-off , actually - Koenigsegg Agera was being built for a Chinese client with pockets that run as deep as the Mariana Trench.

Now, word has it that the car, christened as the Koenigsegg One:1, is already on track for completion. As this recent batch of photos will tell you, the one-off hyper car appears to be closed to finish with plenty of design modifications from the already ultra fast Agera.

Judging from the photos, the Koenigsegg One:1 has a radical body design that features an accented checkerboard carbon fiber finish on pretty much the entire body, including the more aggressive lower front splitter, the roof, the hood, and the rear spoiler. Carbon fiber is also present on the wheels while the rear seems to have been treated to a completely redesigned rear end with matching diffuser and exhaust tips.

All in all, the One:1’s look makes the standard Agera look bland and mundane by comparison, something that’s also evident in the powertrain its expected to carry. We already mentioned earlier that the One:1 will feature a modified version of the Agera’s 5.0-liter V8 engine with a rumored output of 1,400 horsepower.

That’s some serious juice that only a few production cars in this world can even come close to sniffing.

Now that the Koenigsegg One:1 looks ready to roll and be delivered to this obscenely wealthy Chinese individual, you can add this extreme hyper car to that very short list.

Source: GT Spirit
Koenigsegg Agera R BLT

Last month, Koenigsegg unveiled the very cool Agera R BLT - a one-off supercar specially customized for a very rich Chinese customer using the company’s latest customer customization program. Unfortunately, the owner never had a chance to enjoy his one-off supercar because the Chinese officials have already seized the car.

Chinese officials stated that the car had been smuggled, since the driver never paid the import tax upon receipt of the vehicle. One look at the import tax and just about everyone will be able to see why the owner wanted to skip out on it. The Agera R BLT sold for $2.35 million, but after applying the import taxes, the price skyrocketed to $4.7 million - twice the value of the car. Yeah, anyone’s checkbook would raise an eyebrow on that one.

What makes the situation worse is that, according to the Chinese police, this seize is just part of a bigger anti-smuggling campaign that has netted vehicles from Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Porsche, Audi, and Range Rover. We all have to pay our taxes, people!

Source: CarNewsChina

Ten years ago, seeing a Ferrari in China was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but with its economy being one of the few thriving in the world and its people slowly climbing the world’s income ladder, it is becoming far more common. Along with the Ferraris on the road come more smashed up Ferraris on the shoulder of the road. Enter in the latest crash on the Baomao Expressway and you have one of the more extreme ones that we have seen in a while.

It’s not the number of cars or the cumulative amount of automotive damage caused, but rather the fact the Ferrari California and 458 Italia hit each other so hard that it ripped the California’s 453-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-8 engine – we assume it’s the California’s because the rear end of the Italia is intact – along with half of the drivetrain, right out of the car. Now, we are not too sure of the exact timeline and details of the crash, but it is apparent that the California and Italia hit each other at extremely high speeds. Scary stuff…

We don’t know anything about injuries, so we can’t comment on that. We simply hope everyone made it out alive. We can all assume that both Ferraris are too far gone to recover and are set to meet their final resting place in a scrapyard somewhere in China.

We’ll pass along more information, if it becomes available.

Source: Jalopnik

While everyone is waiting for the final edition Gallardo , Lamborghini has decided to offer its faithful Chinese customers a new special edition called the Gallardo LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata. The name is quite a mouthful, but it has a purpose. The GZ stands for Guangzou, while the number 8 indicates the number of units that will be built. The downside to this special edition is the price tag usually associated with a limited special edition; all eight customers will have to fork over 4 million Yuan (or about $600,000 at the current rates) to park this baby in their garages.

For that kind of money, they’ll get a very special set of orange wheels and a carbon fiber rear wing, matte black engine cover, and glossy black roof borrowed from the Super Trofeo Stradale Edition. The package continues with carbon fiber exterior rear view mirrors, carbon fiber side skirts, special black and orange striping in the Superleggera style on the side, and a new front bumper. Since this is a special edition, there will be "’GZ8 Edizione Limitata" logo on the outside of the super car, as well as aGZ8 logo on the headrests, to further differentiate them from the rest.

So far, we don’t really see anything that warrants a $600,000 price tag, except for the fact that only eight will be built. Those orange wheels must be expensive! (Insert sarcasm here)

Source: LamboCars

Qoros Auto is a young car company co-owned by Chinese Chery Automobile and Israeli Israel Corporation. It may not ring a bell in terms of its automotive designs, but its Vice Chairman is former Volkswagen AG Executive Volker Steinwascher and its Chief Designer is ex Mini Design Director Gert Hildebrand, so that’s a good start. Steinwascher has promised that Qoros cars will "combine German design quality and craftsmanship with Japanese convenience and functionality."

Their first sedan, internally known as the C11, was taken out for some testing sessions in South Europe for the first time and our spy photographers were there to shed some light on this otherwise dark project. These images show that the future Qoros Qoros C11 will be about 4.6 meters long and will take on models like the Volkswagen Jetta. It will be powered by a 1.6 turbo engine delivered from Chery and will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT.

The C11 will be followed by three other models - hatchback, crossover, and SUV - and all four models will also be available in Europe. The new C11 is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2013.

There are some records that you wouldn’t even think existed were it not for great marketing from those that are trying to set it.

One of those records is the recent one set by MINI earlier this month; you remember that as the parallel parking record they attempted to promote the special edition Chinese Job MINI Cooper . Well, despite their penchant for quirkiness, attempting to set the record was no small feat - even with a professional driver like Han Yue behind the wheel.

In this video, MINI takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on the preparations and hours of practice that went behind the attempts. In the end, Yue managed to squeeze in his MINI with only 5.9" of real estate separating the MINI from hitting the cars.

Check out the video and see how everything went down; it’s certainly worth your time to see how somebody is capable of doing something as cool as that when a lot of us can’t even grasp the concept of parallel parking.

Source: MINI
Ferrari 458 Italia China Special Edition

On the US market, a 458 Italia is priced at $220,000 - a reasonable price considering it’s a 570 HP Ferrari model. Now the question is: would you pay $870,000 for a special edition 458 Italia?

The car is question is the 458 Italia China Edition , which only received an extra golden dragon on the front bonnet, the title of being a "special edition," and a limited run of 20 units. Ferrari then had the gall to price it at 5.588 million yuan, or 700,000 euro, or $870,000. That adds up to a roughly $650,000 addition to the final price. With such a high markup, that dragon better be real, flame shooting and all.

Now here’s the real question. Is Ferrari trying to make its customers pay for their "little" mistake of using a 458 Italia China for a stunt on the Zhonghua Gate Tower in Nanjing that resulted in an insult to the Chinese culture? We hope not, because up-charging them on a car with little to no modifications may just add insult to injury.

Source: Jalopnik

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