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Living in Japan has always had its perks. There’s the beautiful weather, the delicious tempura prawns, and if you’re a fan of BMW , the exclusive BMW Z4 Roadster Silver Top Edition.

Say what, you ask? An exclusive BMW Z4 for the Japanese market? Well, sad to say for all of us not living in the Land of the Rising Sun, but it’s true. The Z4 Roadster Silver Top Edition is the latest Z4 special edition to come out of BMW, and it will not be available in this part of the world. Guess we’ll just have to settle for posters on our walls.

The new Z4 Silver Top Edition has been designed in cooperation to Mr. Hiroyuki. It will be limited to only 15 units and is already available for order at Japanese dealers. First customers will receive their orders in April 2011.

Details after the jump.

Source: BMW Blog

As a relatively new brand in the auto industry, Tesla has, for the most part, been a local US brand. But don’t sleep on the boys from California just yet; the brand has taken a big step in becoming more globally recognized after opening its first showroom in Asia.

The showroom, which is located just outside of Tokyo, is the brand’s first in the Asian continent. Opening its first store in Japan is a very sensible choice for Tesla considering that it puts them closer to their corporate partner, Toyota , who recently made a $50 million investment on the California-based automaker while also inking another $60 million deal for Tesla to help Toyota in the development of an electric RAV4 SUV .

Yet despite the opening of the store in Tokyo, the company is tempering their expectations as far as how many cars they’re going to sell. The only model that is currently available in the Tokyo dealership is the Roadster and the price tag attached to it - $150,000 – is two/thirds more expensive than what it costs in the US. That being said, Tesla has one thing going for it in Japan: electric vehicles are tax-free and eligible for government incentive cash payments in the country thereby curtailing the Roadster’s price tag by $40,000, giving it an end price of somewhere similar to its retail price in the US.

Here’s another cool special edition Subaru Forester that will not be offered on the US market! It’s called the Forester tS and will come with lots of STI components and upgrades that offer an improved driving dynamic. It will be limited to only 300 units and deliveries in Japan will begin in 2011.

The new Forester tS is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder with 263 HP and 347 NM of torque. The engine will be mated to a new 5-speed automatic transmission. This special edition will hit a top speed of 150 mph.

It will be distinguished by STI suspensions with sport springs and shock absorbers, STi seats, aluminum pedals, steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a big red push-button ignition. The new edition will be offered in only four exterior colors: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Stylish Silver, and WR Blue Mica.

Why do all of the good cars stay outside of the U.S.? Hey automakers, we would like to drive cool cars too!

How far can you really go to test out the limits of your supercar? The Japanese owner of this Ferrari F40 went on a highway and decided that he wanted to at least appreciate the investment he made after buying the F40 by going over 186 mph.

Full-on pedal to the metal, folks. You can just imagine what a car crash would do to that car, let alone to the insane driver behind its wheel. The funny part to this story, despite it happening years ago, is that this video of him driving the F40 at break neck speeds became such a cult video that he was able to sell over 10,000 copies of it on the black market. Yep, that’s what people did before You Tube even came into existence.

Unfortunately for the enterprising Japanese, one of the people he sold the video to was an undercover cop who, after seeing him exhaust every last bit of juice of the F40 on the highway, promptly charged him with reckless driving.

Bet he wishes he kept the video to himself, huh?

Source: You Tube

It seems that BMW is really spreading the love with the many special edition M3 models they’ve scattered all over the world. Just a few weeks ago the Chinese market received the M3 Tiger Edition and Australia received its BMW M3 Pure Limited Edition . This time, BMW felt the need to provide the Japanese with their own special M3. It is called the M3 Competition Package, and yes it is painted in the same Fire Orange metallic paint as both the Tiger and GTS models.

Other than the paint job that customers will either love or hate, the M3 will receive black 359M styling wheels (19 inches in size), black painted air intakes on the bonnet, black kidney grills, and chrome exhaust tips. BMW has also not left carbon fiber out as the material was used in the exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, and the inserts on the interior.

The BMW M3 may look a faster with all of these extras, but under the hood you’ll find the usual 420 HP, 4.0 liter V8 engine. There hasn’t been any mention of how many units will be produced for the Japanese market or how much it’s going to cost, and speculation based on previous models offers a variety of options. There were only 50 of the M3 Pure Limited Edition models built, each priced at $135,000-$148,300, but the BMW M3 Tiger Edition got 250 units with prices yet to be revealed.

Source: BMW Blog

They say that beauty comes from within, and it seems Toyota is taking that statement to heart as they are providing the iQ with a facelift consisting solely of a modified interior just in time for the Paris Auto Show. But before that, Toyota will unveil a special edition iQ just for the Japanese market.

This special edition is called the iQ 130G and is distinguished by a revised bumper, exterior mirrors painted in a gray finish, and a revised exhaust tip. On the interior the 130G will get a new color combination for the leather finish and piano black trimming. Japanese customers will also be able to choose from a long list of options in order to customize their car.

The iQ 130G is powered by a 1.3 VVT-i engine that can produce 95 HP in JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) spec. The engine is mated to either a manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.

Considering this special edition was made specifically for the Japanese market, not everyone will be able to enjoy it. We guess we will just have to wait for the Scion iQ to be launched on the US market in 2011 before we get to see any iQ action.


Believe it or not, the much-maligned Mitsuoka Orichi can now be rented out in Japan. We don’t want to believe it, but apparently – and unfortunately – it’s true.

The decision was made to rent out the Orichi by its manufacturer Mitsuoka – no surprise there – for anybody looking for a cheap sports car to drive around in Japan. And by cheap, we mean $390 a day.

It’s not as pricey as most rental sports car we’ve seen in the past, but then again, we don’t know anybody who’d shell out $400 a pop per day to be seen in this hideous sports car. There is that other option that we think is a little more palatable. For $177 a day, you can navigate your way around the streets of Osaka in a Himiko , the company’s not-as-powerful-as-the-Orichi-but-definitely-more-pleasing-to-the-eye roadster.

Either way, you could do a lot better than renting out these two cars. But if you’re going to play the ‘I’ll do it for the experience’ card, then, by all means, give it a go.

Source: Mitsuoka

We’ve lost count on how many special edition models Fiat has of the 500 mini hatchback, although it’s not really a question of having one too many. Besides, it’s their car, and if they think that it’s a good idea to churn out limited edition upon limited edition of the same model, then more power to them.

The latest one that’s going to be released is being called the 500 Arancia and, similar to other special edition 500 models in the past, it’s going to be limited to just 300 units. And as for the Arancia, the car will have an exclusive home in the land of Toyota Toyota and Honda, Japan. It’s fitting too because the model takes its name from the Japanese translation of ‘orange’, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is the color of the car.

As far as what you can expect from the 500 Arancia, well, it comes with a chrome package and 15-inch allow wheels on top of the orange paint finish and the customized orange and white interior. Apart from that, the only thing that makes this car ‘limited’ in the sense of the word is that it’s only going to Japan and only 300 buyers will have a chance to own one.

Source: Fiat

Last week, the guys from GT-R Blog brought the first details of the 2012 Nissan GT-R . Today they are offering new details on the future sports car, but this time, the details surround the Spec-M version.

According to the blog, the R35 GT-R “Gentleman’s Edition” will be launched as the Nissan GT-R Egoist on the Japanese market. We have no idea why they would do this, but the name does sound pretty cool. However, this nomenclature will only be used on the Japanese market, the other markets will be keeping the usual Spec-M version.

The current Nissan GT-R develops a total of 520 HP, but the 2012 GT-R Egoist is rumored to be boasting an output of 540 HP. Add that black exterior paint and the gold wheels, and you have the perfect recipe for an amazing sports car!

The 2012 Nissan GT-R will come with a modified front bumper, rear diffuse, and rear underspoiler, offering 10% more downforce. There will also be modifications made to the suspensions, brakes, wheels, and tires.

Source: GT-R Blog

Mitsuoka , the Japanese auto replica maker, became infamous within the auto industry for their off shoot concept, the hideous, piranha-looking Orochi sports car.

Undaunted by the overwhelmingly negative response to their concept car, Orochi has come out with a new creation, a special edition version of the company’s Mazda MX-5 -based Himiko roadster, a soft-top version of the Mitsuoka Himiko Classic Edition.

Previously available with just a power-retractable roof, the new soft-top variant, which features a classic British look similar to what was running in the streets half a century ago, is powered by the Mazda MX-5’s 2.0-liter engine that produces in excess of 170 horsepower for the five-speed manual variant and 162 horsepower for the six-speed automatic transmission.

Aesthetically speaking, the car is treated with a boatload of the same features found in the hardtop version, including a similar color paint scheme with a two-tone, black and red color set-up as well as chrome strips that run on either side of the vehicle. As for the model’s interior, Mitusoka continued the entire black and red motif by putting in red-leather seats on the front and back and some additional ornamental wood trim to complement the car’s overall paint scheme.

All in all, the car doesn’t look as repulsive as the Orochi; it’s actually pretty sleek and comes with a classic feel to it. Just go past the fact that this car was made by the same people who gave us the Orochi and you’re going to begin to like the car’s overall set-up. And the best part is, while it’s limited to only 20 models, the model doesn’t come with a mammoth price tag - ¥4,880,000 (or $56,500) – making it a more attractive purchase to interested buyers.

Source: Es Autoblog

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