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

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Chrysler and its subsidiaries — Mopar, in particular — are rolling into the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an amazing entourage of vehicles. Together they have developed over 20 new vehicles for this show, and one of them is a new Scat Package that pays tribute to legendary "Scat Pack Club" offered back in 1968.

The new package comes just in time to celebrate Scat’s 45th anniversary, and it will be offered for the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart models. The new Scat Package will be available starting the spring of 2014.

For the Challenger, the Scat Package is all about bumping up the output of the 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 and it will come in three different stages: Scat Package 1, 2 and 3. The only issue is that Chrysler has yet to formally announce how the kits will affect the HEMI’s output.

Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge released today performance numbers and prices for the Scat 1, 2 and 3 packages offered for the 2014 Challenger. Check the new numbers after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger with Scat Package.

A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.

Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST , the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show .

You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C . So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.

Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’

With up to 560 horsepower pushing it from the back, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is the kind of sports car you’re just dying to take for a spin around the Nurburgring. Opt for the Convertible , and you’re off to a great summer to say the least.

Although the latter is available in about 14 exterior colors, including the special GT Silver Metallic and Lime Gold Metallic hues that will relieve buyers of $3,140, we know for a fact that some customers are a bit more pretentious and need more than that. They need exclusivity, they’re after a 911 that’s like no other.

Our best advice to them is that they take it to Porsche Exclusive, Stuttgart’s in-house customizing team (similar to Rolls-Royce ’s Bespoke and BMW ’s Individual brands). Responsible for creating the stunning Lime Gold 911 Turbo a couple of months ago, Porsche Exclusive just rolled out another unique sports car , this time adding some bells and whistles to the Turbo Convertible.

As with most Porsche Exclusive models, no power-enhancing updates were operated under the hood, where the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six is just as it left the factory. No need to be disappointed though, this convertible has what it needs to stand out in a 911 crowd.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet by Porsche Exclusive.

With a little more than two months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the folks over at Mini are gearing up for the big sporting event — or should we say April Fools’ Day? — with the Paceman GoalCooper special edition.

Based on the John Cooper Works Paceman, the GoalCooper pays tribute to Brazil’s national soccer team by wearing a body wrap that combines the green, blue and yellow colors adorning the aforementioned country’s flag.

Inside, the football (err, soccer)-related theme continues with Astro Turf floor mats in a color the company calls Brasileiro Green, a similar mat to cover the entire cargo space when the rear seats are folded and a miniature table football set mounted on the center rail.

Additionally, a "floodlight" LED interior lighting package, a net attached behind the front seats and universal holder for smartphones give the GoalCooper "a stadium like feel" that fervent soccer fans are likely to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Paceman GoalCooper.

Mitsubishi hasn’t had a major piece of the European market in years, but the Japanese brand is still churning out models there. It’s recent one, though, just may be what the company needs to get Europeans’ attention. Just for the UK market, Mitsubishi is unveiling the Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition in time to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary in the UK.

Even if Mitsubishi has struggled to gain some traction in the business, the one model that has been its gleaming beacon of hope has been the Lancer Evolution X . So its no surprise that when it came time to celebrate something special, Mitsubishi tapped its pride and joy to do so with.

The Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition comes with a modest amount of cosmetic changes. Outside, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lamps, new wiper blades, and a set of 18-inch, forged BBS alloy wheels are the only thing you’re getting.

Inside, there’s a few more new additions, none fancier than the Recaro-branded leather bucket seats and the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with an SD card-based music server. That should make it a sweet deal for audiophiles across the pond.

The biggest upgrades, though, come under the hood, which has more than enough to justify why the car has been priced at a pretty steep £50,000, which is about $82,900.

Click past the jump to read more about the engine upgrades on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR.

Last time we heard anything about Panoz , the Georgia-based company was busy working on the 2014 DeltaWing Coupe program following Nissan’s withdrawal.

For those of you who are not familiar with the marque, Panoz manufactured a number of competitive race cars , such as the Esperante GTR-1 and its successors and the LMP-1, but also rolled out some limited-run, road-going sports cars as well. Dubbed Abruzzi , the most recent of them all was unveiled four years ago.

Despite this long hiatus, the American automaker hasn’t given up on building road cars, and it has now resurfaced to introduce the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder. As the name suggests, the new vehicle was built to celebrate Panoz’ first quarter of a century in the business and represents an update to the manufacturer’s notorious Esperante model.

Aiming to deliver "pure sports car performance and reflect the Panoz Le Mans endurance racing and performance ethos," the 25th Anniversary Esperante Spyder is built on a modular extruded aluminum chassis and its lightweight structure is made out of carbon fiber and aluminum.

Although it’s based on the original hand-built Esperante, the new sports car has received a redesigned fully independent suspension, a performance anti-lock brake system and BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra high-performance tires.

The Anniversary Edition Esperante will go on sale with two different bodies. The standard Spyder will sport a "super formed" aluminum body made through a process developed for aerospace applications, while the Spyder GT will feature carbon body panels constructed by Elan Composites, Panoz’ partner from the DeltaWing program.

Click past the jump to read more about the Panoz Esperante Spyder 25th Anniversary Edition.

Mercedes "Edition 1" series has found its way into a number of models and now, you can add the C-Class to that list. Limited in quantities, the C-Class Edition 1 isn’t limited in new details, largely attributed to the plethora of cosmetic changes done on the exterior and interior of the car.

Avant-Garde was a phrase Mercedes used a lot in describing the C-Class ’ exterior and interior looks and really, the innovative way by which the company prepared the model does fit that bill. First of are the choice of colors for the body of the C-Class. Nothing too fancy, just a steady offering of neutral colors in different finishes. The other distinctive characteristics of the C-Class Edition 1 are the "Edition 1" badges on the right and left front fender and the new set of 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels in a Tremolith metallic sheen finish.

Inside, a few AMG components can be seen clearly, particularly the flat-bottomed multifunction sports steering wheel, the instrument panel in Artico leather replica and the aluminum steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Now those might be inconsequential additions for somebody who doesn’t understand the status of the C-Class Edition 1, but for those who do, it’s more than a welcome treat.

Like the badges outside, the interior also has its own "Edition 1" that you can immediately locate in the center console. Speaking of the console, it’s nice to see that Mercedes also took the time to dress it up in nappa leather to complement the seats, which also has that nappa leather treatment.

Mercedes has yet to reveal the price of the Edition 1 C-Class, but it’s expected to be released on April 7, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Had it not been for some silly rules, like needing 30 production cars to qualify and needing two back-to-back runs, the Hennessey Venom GT would have taken home the title as the "World’s Fastest Production Car" after its 270.49-mph run at Kennedy Space Center. But those rules are in place, and Hennessey couldn’t care less, as it is rolling out a special World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs in very limited quantities.

There is very limited information on the World’s Fastest Edition, but we do know that it features a red, white and blue livery to match the American flag. We also learned that the model will come in at a price tag of $1.25 million.

According to what I can gather, the Venom GT WFE will carry the same 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the rest of the Venom GTs. This means that it pumps out 1,244 horsepower, and shoots the hypercar to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.63 ticks. While the Venom GT only hit 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center, Hennessey claims it can hit about 278 mph.

I’m sure that Hennessey will announce more details on the WFE Venom GT, if there is more to talk about, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Hennessey Venom GT.

Cadillac’s aggressive promotion of its brand doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and just for the spring of 2014, it’s got a special model for those interested in a unique 2015 ATS Coupe . The model is called the Crimson Sport Special Edition, and while it does come with a host of new upgrades, including Caddy’s Track Package, the indelible characteristic of this special edition ATS is its Crimson Red Metallic exterior paint.

Unique as the paint is, the color isn’t the only thing special about the exterior of the vehicle. A ground effects package was also installed, featuring a color-matched front splitter, rocker moldings and rear diffuser, and an aero deck-lid spoiler. Finally, a set of exclusive 18-inch Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels were added to the mix, giving the ATS Crimson Sport a true special-edition look to it.

Moving inside, four different interior environments — Morello Red with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Jet Black accents or Light Platinum with Jet Black accents — are offered to go with new heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel and shift lever, both of which are made from microfiber suede.

The ATS Crimson Sport Special Edition is offered with either the 272-horsepower ATS 2.0T Performance Collection with the automatic transmission or the 321-horsepower 3.6L Premium Collection with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model are set to hit dealerships at the end of March with a retail price of $46,010 for the 2.0T and $51,010 for the 3.6L.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac ATS.

The Jaguar XK may be nearing its extinction, but that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from rolling out a special-edition model for its German clientele. The model is called the XK66 Special Edition, and if you’re wondering about the car’s nomenclature, the ’66’ refers to the the years since the unveiling of the XK120 at the London Motor Show back in 1948. One look at the model and you know why it’s referred to as such, and really, the British Racing Green and Stratus colors used the original XK120 are the predominant colors of the XK66, which incidentally, are available in both coupe and convertible versions.

In addition to the distinctive colors of the XK66 Special Edition, the model also distinguishes itself from the rest of the XK lineup with an XK66 emblem placed on the rear of the vehicle. There’s also a number of black Union Jack emblems on the hub caps, and a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels polished in what Jaguar describes as an "Orona" design.

There doesn’t appear to be any performance upgrades given to the XK66 Special Edition, which is a bit of a letdown considering that the power train — a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 385 horsepower — could’ve used a power bump to make the car more special.

Only 66 models of the XK66 Special Edition will be produced, and the model appears to be exclusive to the German market. Still, if you’re looking to get yourself one, you can do so at a price of &euro99,380 ($138,267) and &euro107,580 ($149,676) for the convertible model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XK66 Special Edition.


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