special editions

special editions

  Special Editions and limited production cars. Those cars usually offer packaged options and interior trims to celebrate special events such as model anniversary, movie release, celebrity signature or co-branding. They usually come up a few month to a year before the car get a more serious facelift

It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.

These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.

The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

With a sleek, muscular appearance, and 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is far from being unattractive. Sure, it’s not as powerful and mean-looking as the CLA45 AMG , but if you’re aiming for something a bit more special and can’t afford the range-topping model, than the company’s brand-new Sport Package Plus is an option you should consider.

Transferred from Europe where it was launched under the Sport moniker last year, the Sport Package Plus comes to enhance the visuals and some of the internal bits of the U.S.-spec Mercedes -Benz CLA250. A new front bumper, red contrasts inside and out, new wheels, new sports seats, and AMG-prepped front axle and suspension highlight this compelling package. It brings a bit of CLA45 AMG-like handling to the base CLA250 and adds a touch of sportiness to its body and cabin without overdoing it.

It’s available on both the front-wheel-drive and 4MATIC versions, and goes on sale later this year. In the meantime, let’s have a look at all the details surrounding this new bundle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport Package Plus.

The Suzuki Swift debuted in 2000, but its roots stretch back to the debut of the Cultus in 1983, which was rebadged as the Swift in countries other than Japan. The second-gen Swift hit the market in 2004 and the third — and current — generation launched in 2010. Heading into the 2014 model year, the Swift receives a new SZ-L Special Edition that receives some fancy paint work.

Oh, look. It’s a Suzuki . More importantly, or at least in this particular instance, it’s a Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition! Wait, this is a special edition model?

The term "Special Edition" is supposed to apply to something truly special. Unfortunately, the automotive industry is prone to abusing this term, so we are not surprised to hear that this "special edition" Suzuki isn’t really all that special.

This Swift SZ-L does have features that standard Swift models don’t have, so we have to give Suzuki some credit here. Suzuki is packaging the Swift SZ-L Special Edition by adding an exclusive two-tone metallic paint finish with a choice of either a Boost Blue or a Cosmic Black hue. Both colors come with a contrasting Cool White roof, not to mention a rear spoiler, and door mirrors.

And...that’s about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition.

The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.

Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.

But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Black Edition.

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.

In 2006, Mercedes realized that some buyers need four doors, but also want the sleek design of a coupe. With this realization, the German automaker released the CLS-Class Coupe, a four-door car with a coupe-like roofline. In 2012, the CLS-Class received a full overhaul and for 2015, the CLS-Class is receiving a new Sport Package.

One package apparently isn’t enough for the Mercedes CLS-Class . Around the same time Mercedes announced the Night Package for its resident luxury sedan, the German automaker also went out and launched the Sport Package for the same model. Why make one awesome package when you can make two, right?

What makes the Sport Package different from the Night Package is the focus put on improving the CLS-Class’ mechanical components. A new Direct Control sports suspension makes an appearance to enhance handling without killing comfort. The package also features a new dual-exhaust system with stainless-steel tailpipes and larger front brake discs paired with "Mercedes-Benz"-stamped calipers.

That’s as far as the upgrades go for the Sport Package. There are also wheel options available, but overall, It’s admittedly a little underwhelming compared to the Night Package. The good news is that the Sport Package is available for all versions of the CLS-Class except the CLS 500 and AMG lines.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS with Sport Package.

The Jaguar F-Type was launched for the 2013 model as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type . Bolted onto a shortened XK platform, the F-Type was initially introduced as a soft-top convertible . The Coupe version arrived a year later and went on sale for the 2014 model year. Both versions are powered by supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 335 horsepower to 542 ponies. As we approach the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve learned that Jaguar will actually produce the F-Type Project 7 that it rolled out as a concept in 2013.

Shortly after releasing the F-Type Roadster, Jaguar created the Project 7 design study. The concept car paid tribute to Ecurie Ecosse racing team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice with the Jaguar D-Type in the 1950s. The concept featured a D-Type -style rollover hoop behind the driver’s seat, as well as the race car’s white-striped livery. It showcased its astonishing looks at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed before going into history as one of the sexiest concept cars of the 21st century.

Coming into 2014, Jaguar commissioned its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the concept car into a production vehicle. Thus the F-Type Project 7 ditches its auto show queen status and goes to wander the streets and tracks in all of its Le Mans-inspired glory.

Updated 07/03/2014: Jaguar announced that the new F-Type Project 7 will make its dynamic debut at Le Mans Classic this weekend just in time to celebrate Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary. It will be joined by the very first D-type and other F-TYPE R Coupe models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

Supercar sightings are nothing new in today’s social media-heavy world. But seeing ridiculous one-off models is an added treat because of their exclusivity. That’s exactly the case with the Ferrari F12 SP America, a one-off, F12berlinetta -based car that was recently spotted at Wide World Ferrari Maserati — a New York Ferrari and Maserati dealership.

Details about the car are still limited other than the fact that it’s based on the F12berlinetta. What we do know is that it’s awesome. It also comes with distinctive styling upgrades, particularly on the exterior where we see a modified front section with a new hood that features nostrils to send more air to the engine. A reconfigured front bumper and splitter, and a new headlight setup help change the appearance up front.

The F12 SP America is arguably the most enigmatic of the recent one-off Ferrari s the Italian automaker has released, so consider yourself lucky if you saw the F12 SP America in the flesh. Chances are that not many had the same privilege.

Click past the jump to read more about the one-off Ferrari F12 SP America.

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Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition.

The Mercedes CLS-Class is a perfect example of a luxury sedan done exactly the way it was supposed to. But that doesn’t mean it stil can’t be improved upon. That’s one of the reasons Mercedes announced a new Night Package for the CLS, giving the model a nice brush up in style and class.

The package is limited to exterior upgrades and is available only on the CLS 500, CLS 500 4MATIC of AMG Line-equipped CLS-Class models. A short list of design elements are a part of the Night Package, including the addition of a high-gloss black lamella in the radiator grille and a new, high-gloss black front splitter in the front bumper. In fact, high-gloss black was used generously on the CLS; notice the exterior mirrors sporting the same finish?

Heat-insulating dark-tinted glass on the rear doors and an anodized trim strip are also part of the Night Package. These two elements don’t catch the public’s attention and yet, both play important roles in creating a comprehensive package that owners of the CLS-Class can appreciate.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS With Night Package.


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