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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

BMW’s Individual Program has given rise to some pretty unique vehicles over the years. Remember in the 90’s when the automaker decided to build a bespoke BMW 750Li for Karl Lagerfeld?

Fast forward to 2013 and once again, the 750Li has become the subject of another individualized creation from the Bavarian automaker. This time, the company is teaming up with Robbe & Berking, a silverware maker with a long tradition that spans back to the 19th century, to create the 750Li Sterling Robbe & Berking Edition.

The car itself doesn’t receive any outward aerodynamic modifications, but as far as giving it some luxurious aesthetic upgrades, BMW is guilty of doing so. In building the 750Li Sterling Robbe & Berking Edition, the company began by adding a bespoke exterior shade to the car while also recreating the a number of exterior and interior components using 925 sterling silver, including the badges, the front grille, door sill finishers, door handles and the interior décor.

Speaking of the interior, there are plenty of upgrades in the cabin to justify its unique billing. Notice that a crescent moon, a crown, and the Robbe & Berking logos appear prominently on the interior. Those aren’t accidents, but rather intentional homages as symbols for silver and Germany, respectively.

A fine-grain, Merino full-leather trim in Amaro Brown was likewise used on the seats with contrast Oral White piping. Rounding out the luxurious interior upgrades are the Alcantara headliner, a silver carafe at the back, and Robbe & Berking silver goblets.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 750Li Sterling Robbe & Berking Edition

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Infiniti decided to help its business clients with a new Q50 Executive version that adds the most advanced satellite navigation systems and a highly competitive finance package. The model is offered in SE Executive and Premium Executive versions, with either a manual or automatic transmission.

The model comes exclusively with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers a total of 168 horsepower. On top of respectable power, the 2.2-liter also delivers fuel economy of 64.2 mpg combined with a manual transmission and 58.9 mpg combined with the automatic.

Despite being developed for business people, the new Q50 Executive is also pretty fast, as it hits 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds.

The new Infiniti Q50 Executive is priced as follows: £29,870 ($48,500) for the SE Executive version with the manual gearbox and £31,420 ($51,000) for the one with the automatic gearbox, and £33,470 ($54,400) for the Premium Executive with the manual version and £35,020 ($56,800) for the version with the automatic gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.

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Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.

As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.

The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven 160

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At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Mazda unveiled the MX-5 GT Concept . Because the GT Concept’s reception was so warm, the folks at Jota decided to produce this concept and add a little more pep to its step.

The new MX-5 GT Jota is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech version, but Jota added a more powerful engine, an updated exterior look and a sportier cabin. What’s even cooler is that the new GT Jota is about 1.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than a base MX-5.

The new MX-5 GT Jota checks in at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It will be sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota, so only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it. For now, us Americans will simply have to wait until Mazda decides to bring back the Mazdaspeed MX-5 project.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT Jota.


BMW isn’t the only one that can build a special edition DTM Championship-inspired sports car. After the Bavarians did it last year with the 2013 BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition as a way to celebrate driver Bruno Spengler’s championship season, Audi is doing the same this year for its own star driver Mike Rockenfeller. The model is only available exclusively to the A5 and will come with a choice of three unique colors: Glacier White, Misano Red, and Daytona Gray.

In addition to the color options, the A5 DTM Champion will also receive a host of exclusive features, highlighted by a fixed rear wing that matches the car’s body color, aluminum-look side mirror caps, DTM badges on the door sills, fenders, and side skirts, and a new set of 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The features won’t set the world on fire, but they’re notable enough, specifically those DTM badges, to differentiate the A5 DTM Champion from the standard A5 and not to mention, the more powerful S5 and RS5 models.

Audi will only build 300 models of the A5 DTM Champion and not surprisingly, all 300 models will be sold exclusively in Europe.

Orders for the Audi A5 DTM Champion begins on October 21 with the package costing €1,900, which is about $2,600 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi A5

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Pagani Huayra

About the Pagani Huayra we know a lot of things, except maybe the most important one: price and optional features. However, a leaked document is now also disclosing these features, so all we need now are the money to buy it.

A base Huayra is priced at €1,050,000 - or about $1,4 million at the current exchange rates. Of course this can be considered a reasonable price, when you consider the amount of power, the price for the competition and the fact that you are indeed buying a Pagani supercar.

However, things can change literally when you take a look at the options prices. For example a full carbon body work is priced at €112,500 - or about $151,700; chancing the color of the wheels will add another €3,500, or $4,700, while adding a premium leather interior will cost you an additional €7,900, or $10,650. So, with a few updates here and there the price for your Huayra can easily go up to about $2 million - which is not so cool.

To remind you, for the money you will get a supercar powered by an AMG sourced V-12 engine that delivers a total of 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. With this power the Huayra will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 230 mph.

Click past the jump for a full options price list.

BMW’s taste for performance really knows no bounds. The German automaker has time and again taken some of their high-powered performance cars and given them that race car feel normally accustomed for cars that really are made for racing.

But such is the case when you have a company with the drive and passion of BMW. Nothing’s left to chance, and when there’s an opportunity for improvement, it’s the first one out the door and working on the garage.

The company’s latest line of M Performance Accessories for the BMW M5 is proof of that.

Just like the similar M Performance package for the M6, the M5 received a steady dose of exterior upgrades, beginning with the unmistakable red and blue body stripes, which goes really well with the gloss black grille and the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that neatly weighs just 10kg (22 lbs), lighter even than the standard model’s exhaust. Carbon fiber components are also part of the package and you can see them neatly distributed throughout the sedan with the prominent ones, including the rear spoiler, mirror caps, and the rear diffuser.

Moving inside, customers can choose from a wide range of dress-up options, highlighted, at least in our eyes, by a carbon fiber trim. There are also leather and Alcantara treatments, particularly the steering wheel, as well as stainless steel pedals and BMW M Performance floor mats.

Notwithstanding all the things we love about the BMW M5, this Performace Accessories package really does give BMW’s sports sedan that added shine, doesn’t it?

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW M5

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The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.

Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.

That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.

Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.

The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.

Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.

Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.

A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster , it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

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The Ferrari F12berlinetta and its predecessor, the 599 , are some of the baddest front-engine, V-12 supercars in the world. Poke each with a sharp stick, and they will easily hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and deliver lap times ahead of anything else with the engine out front.

But the Ferrari pricing and positioning strategy seems backwards to some outsiders. The 458 is the entry-level car, then the FF wagon , then the F12 and ultimately, the million-dollar LaFerrari .

As the flagship production car line, the F12 is absolutely one of the best cars ever made. Period. Its high-dollar clients like it so much that the previous 599XX program of special, owners-only racing events has become a major profit center for the Prancing Horse.

A bit like renting a car for about $50,000 a day for a few days a year, the Corsa Clienti and XX evolution programs have some rich history with Ferrari. Worth recalling that the 288 GTO Evoluzione both directly spawned the F40 and a whole generation of turbocharged sports cars from Japan.

So to really get buyers to open the checkbook wider than ever, the F12XX program must whet their appetite for the front-engine exotic, but also leave them wanting even more. A buyer of one car suddenly owns two red stallions. It does not take an accountant to know how lucrative this double-down selling strategy is.

Of course, spending time on Yas Marina circuit or Imola with hundreds of racing-overalls-wearing Ferrari engineers does bring a bit more street cred when wearing a red baseball hat back home in the standard F12 .

So what do these double-rich buyers want from the XX program of the latest F12 supercar? Will it be a lightness and stripped-out racing program, a test-bed for new tires and manettino settings?

Or just a fun way to set the brakes on fire while keeping the wide-eyed racing stare of F1 heroes?

This exclusive TopSpeed rendering shows a speculative preview of the next Ferrari F12, which we have dubbed the F12berlinetta XX - or just F12XX for short.


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