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

The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1 , the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Updated 06/12/2014: Bugatti unveiled a cool promo video for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Check it out in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

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The Lotus Exige S has always been one of our favorite sports cars . It carries an unmatched design that oozes sportiness and aggression, plus it houses a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That enables the Exige S to speed from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph. Those are impressive credentials for the Exige S, a car that Lotus has apparently deemed fit to use as the basis for the Exige LF1, a special-edition model that pays homage to the company’s success in Formula One .

Lotus developed the Exige LF1 as a shout-out to its 81 Formula One victories. That’s why the automaker will offer only 81 examples, ensuring that the LF1 remains as exclusive as any sports car Lotus has created in its long and esteemed history.

Unique modifications are at the heart of the changes made to the Exige LF1. These upgrades ensure the exclusivity of the model, while also giving customers a unique education on the success the company has had in Formula One racing.

Lotus plans to debut the Lotus Exige LF1 simultaneously in two separate locations. A right-hand-drive version of the model is currently on display at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London where it will remain until Sunday, June 15th. A left-hand-drive, European-spec model will make its debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans June 11th through June 15, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition.

If there’s one thing the Martini brand is famous for, besides its wide range of vermouths, that would have to be sponsoring several Porsche race cars in the golden era of motorsport. The 917 , the 911 RSR, the 935 and the 936 are only a few of the cars that have won important racing events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans , while wearing the distinctive dark/light blue and red livery.

The Porsche-Martini partnership ended rather abruptly in the late 1970s, but the two companies tied the knot once again in 2013, when a Martini-liveried 911 GT3 raced in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Now, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans right around the corner, a new Martini-striped vehicle is about to leave Stuttgart - the 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition.

Sure, it’s a bit disappointing that no Martini-liveried Porsche 919 Hybrid will hit the Le Mans track this year, but the 911 S Martini Racing Edition is more than just a pinstriped sports car . To begin with, it’s crafted by Porsche Exclusive , the customizing division responsible for a bevy of unique-looking Porsche products. Then there’s the extra amount of standard features that come with it, otherwise not available in the regular 911 S, and production numbers limited to just 80 units.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Carrera S "Martini Racing Edition".

It’s been less than a year since the redesigned C7 Corvette reached its first customers, and the latest iteration of the sports car is already available in a couple of special-edition trims. The extremely cool, 650-horsepower Z06 is already on its way and the new-generation Corvette is shaping up pretty nicely for the 2015 model year.

But expect more to follow, even if Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter hinted that a new-generation ZR1 is not very likely. With that out of the way, we might be looking at new special-edition models as early as 2016, maybe even a Grand Sport revival. It’s a long shot right now, but we have reason to believe Chevy is pondering a back-to-the-roots "Zora" Edition to celebrate famed engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.

What makes us think about a tribute car to the man known as the "Father of the Corvette" is a trademark request for the "Zora" name General Motors filed with the United States Patent Trademark Office. The application is currently filed under the category of "Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air of water" and strongly suggests its automotive-related purpose. And since Arkus-Duntov’s career is strongly related to dropping Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8 into the second-generation Corvette , we can’t think of anything else but a special edition C7 Vette with a "Zora" badge on its fenders.

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BMW Individual has continued its torrent pace of releasing new programs for its models. Not even recent releases can stop the Bavarian automaker from unveiling a new one, this time for the BMW 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe .

This time around, BMW enlisted the help of Bang & Olufsen to give the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe a unique and luxurious sound system befitting the status of the high-end audiophile. But that’s not where the upgrades end.

Both the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe received a new Sophisto Grey metallic paint finish, further driving up the class of both luxury models . The Opal White, fine-grain Merino leather adds a nice complement to the black exterior while the Alcantara headliner and piano black interior trim pieces provide the latest touch of luxury. BMW Individual continues to be identified as a division that can really make something good and turn it into something great.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW announced prices for the new 6 Series Bang & Olufsen Edition which will be limited to just 100 units. Prices will be $116,240 for the 650i version, $119,240 for the 650xi version and $152,423 for the M6 version.

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Facelifted for the 2012 model year, the Honda Pilot SUV remained basically unchanged for 2014 , keeping its boring, highly criticized exterior looks. Now if you were hoping that will change for 2015, then you’d better start relaxing those fingers, because the boxy, three-row SUV is holding onto its current specifications for one more year.

There is a notable change in the Pilot lineup, however, coming in the shape of a brand-new Special Edition trim. Sounds familiar? It should, because we’re talking about the same strategy Honda pushed with the aging Ridgeline pickup truck last year.

Essentially a well-equipped model fitted with a couple of exclusive features, the Pilot SE resides between the EX and the EX-L trims and can be had in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations. The Special Edition benefits from the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the rest of the Pilot lineup, meaning it can carry up to eight people and tow up to 4,500 pounds with input from 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

In charge with transferring the power to the wheels is a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control. The unit can be paired with Honda’s VTM four-wheel-drive system for AWD capability. Helping the SUV cope with tougher terrain is a fully independent suspension with a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link unit with trailing arm to the rear.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Pilot Special Edition.

Even though production of the mighty Pagani Zonda was supposed to come to a halt once the last example of the Zonda Revolucion left the company’s workshop in Modena, the Italian automaker is not yet keen on letting its supercar become a thing of the past.

Last time we checked, Horacio and his crew were working on the Zonda LM , a vehicle based on the 760 RS and paying tribute to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Up until now, the consensus was that the LM is the final Zonda to come out of Modena. Well, guess what? Pagani is rolling out yet another supercar that goes by the name 760 X and, like most of its bespoke cousins, it’s a one-off rocket.

Unlike the Zonda LM, which displays a carbon-fiber suit, the 760 X comes in an eye-catching Baby Blue-like wrap, with only a few body pieces, such as the enormous rear wing or the long air scoop covering the cabin, showing their bare carbon skin. For an extra touch of exclusivity, the taillights have their surrounds finished in the green, white and red colors of the Italian flag, a trick borrowed from the Zonda Uno .

Moving into the cabin, we find the same shade of blue covering the leather-wrapped seats and some of the dashboard. Like with most Zondas, the cockpit is crammed with carbon-fiber parts and aluminum inserts. Can you believe the Zonda is actually 15 years old? There’s no specific word on how many ponies are motivating the 760 X, but the vehicle’s designation is a strong hint that the AMG-sourced V-12 mill cranks out 760 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda 760 X.

The list of improvements customers can add to the powerful and stylish 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe just got bigger thanks to newly announced AMG Line kit. Just like the individual items and packages coming through the AMG Performance Studio , the AMG Line kit doesn’t meddle with the coupe’s engine, leaving the 5.5-liter V-8 and its 577 horsepower untouched.

However, the bundle comes with an array of exterior and interior upgrades that add to the S63 AMG Coupe’s aggressive personality. The vehicle’s front fascia changes dramatically thanks to a diamond grille that comes with white surrounds for the star emblem and with chrome pins covering the slats. Moving down the bumper, the slightly reshaped air intakes are joined by a chrome splitter that might come in handy at high speeds.

Alterations are less obvious around back, where a white diffuser replaces the black one found on the regular model, while the twin exhaust configuration leaves room for dual, rectangular pipes. A new set of side sills are also in place to make sure the coupe ditches its standard looks no matter how you look at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe AMG Line Kit.

Karmann has built more than three million vehicle for various automakers in its century-long history, but the Germans are mostly known for their cooperation with Volkswagen , for whom they assembled more than one million units of Beetle , Golf , Scirocco and Ghia models.

Although the partnership came to an end in the early 1990s and Karmann went bankrupt in 2009, Volkswagen is still paying tribute to its life-long partner by releasing limited-edition models of their compact vehicles. Last year, for instance, the Germans placed a Karmann badge and a few unique amenities on the Golf Cabriolet . In a similar fashion, they are now rolling out the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann, a special edition bug that celebrates the classic vehicles built by the Osnabruck company between 1949 and 1980.

Highlighted by a number of unique exterior features and near-luxury interior attributes, the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann is based on the "Design" equipment line, which includes a wind deflector and the Park Pilot parking distance monitor and can be ordered in any engine and transmission configurations. Engine options thus include anything from the 2.5-liter to the turbo 2.0-liter units, as well as the more frugal TDI Clean Diesel oil burner, while transmission offerings consists of a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Karmann Special Edition.

Audi is adding to the number of A3 models that are available with the very efficient 1.4-liter, I-4, TFSI engine currently sipping gasoline in Europe. The impressive powertrain is now available in the four-door sedan, three-door hatch, five-door Sportback, and of course, the Cabriolet pictured above.

Audi is offering the engine with a choice of transmissions: standard six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch. The highly engineered mechanics inside the engine allow for outstanding fuel efficiency to the tune of nearly 50 mpg on the European combined cycle. The engine’s carbon footprint is equally impressive, emitting only 175.4 grams of C02 per mile.

Though the engine does well at sipping fuel, it lacks somewhat on power. Its horsepower rating is listed at 150 and it propels the car to 62 mph in an underwhelming 8.1 seconds. Then again, 50 mpg is a pretty solid trade off for losing nearly every light-to-light drag race.

If torque is what’s needed, Audi also offers the 1.6-liter, TDI engine in the A3 Ultra. Making 110 horsepower, the turbo diesel consumes fuel at the sparse rate of 71.3 mpg. Its clean-diesel technology also keeps it from cutting holes in the atmosphere, emitting only 141.6 grams per mile. The TDI is available in both the four-door sedan and three-door hatchback versions.

Sadly, it seems Audi will be keeping these fuel-efficient models away from these United States, likely due to regulations and red tape.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Cabriolet Ultra.


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