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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


In the past few months we have seen lots of special Ferrari models, the latest one being the SP12 EPC — a 458 Italia specially designed for Eric Clapton. Today, however, is time for another special Ferrari: the 770 Daytona Milano. It is based on the latest F12berlinetta and has been designed by E.Milano in cooperation with Pininfarina.

At this moment we cannot provide you with many details on this amazing project, but we do know that it will feature a nose that is heavily inspired by the 365 GTB/4 Daytona/ With “770” in the title, we can only assume that this is a reference to a 770-horsepower engine output — a 30-horsepower increase over the F12berlinetta’s 740 horses.

Additionally, Milano Torino announced that the 770 Daytona program will also work on the Ferrari 612 Berlinetta or 599 in collaboration with either Pininfarina S.P.A. or Fioravanti S.P.A., respectively.

Source: Autogespot

If you thought the Audi R8 China Edition was rare, then you’ll be shocked to know that there’s a limited-edition model that’s even rarer than that. This is the Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition and, as its name suggests, Audi is only building a select number of these babies — 30 in all — for the Chinese market. To distinguish itself from the rest of the R8s out there, including the aforementioned China Edition, Audi decided to dress up the R8 Limited Edition in a unique Nordic Gold paint finish that, on looks alone, can make a serious case as a permanent color option for the R8.

Aesthetic modifications are also abound for this limited-run model, highlighted by front and rear air intakes and outlets, lightweight tailpipes, and a radiator grille that has been finished in matte black. The dress up continues with the front and rear slats. Additionally, the rear bumper, and the radiator grille surround and bars all sport a matte-titanium-grey finish. The front spoiler, side blades, fixed rear wing and the enlarged diffuser have been upgraded to carbon matte.

Inside, the R8 Limited Edition features sports bucket seats and headlining, both of which have been dressed with black Alcantara with contrasting stitching and piping, and the knee pad now comes in shark skin black with its own contrast stitching. Carbon matte, or at least inlays of it, was also used inside, particularly the A-pillar and the door pulls. To assert the limited-edition nature of this R8, the aluminum gear knob comes with a limited edition number, ranging from 1 to 33 with the numbers 4, 14, and 24 excluded from the list. Why, you ask? The number "4" equates to bad mojo for the Chinese.

Audi China has priced the R8 Limited Edition at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates, an amount that affluent and passionate Chinese auto enthusiasts won’t have trouble shelling out.

We totally get why automakers from all over the world are suddenly falling over themselves trying to get some love in China. After all, it’s already the world’s largest auto market and the wide diversity of buyers in the country has given automakers of all levels opportunity to establish themselves and gain some footing in the market.

For its offering, Audi decided to build an R8 V10 China Edition specifically for this purpose. The car is limited to only 80 units and comes in a choice of two colors: Malibu Blue Body/Suzuka Grey Sideblades or the inverse Suzuka Grey Body/Malibu Blue Sideblades. Look at the photos and it’s easy to be enamored with the color choices Audi decided to use on the R8 China Edition.

In addition to the color choices, the R8 China Edition also makes prevalent use of ultra-light and high-strength carbon fiber. Both the R8’s body — the carbon matte fixed spoiler — and the interior are decked in carbon fiber, making for a true special edition model that lives up to the “special” designation. Rounding out the modifications for the 80-unit R8 China Edition is a set of 19-inch, high-gloss black wheels in a 5 twin-spoke “Y” design, further stamping the uniqueness and exclusivity of this special-edition supercar.

The interior of the R8 also strengthens its billing as a special edition. It includes the characters “R8 专享” to go with the model number embedded on the aluminum gear lever knob. Notice also that any number with a “4” on it has been removed to "respect the cultural habit of Chinese customers,” as it is considered unlucky – like the number 13 in the U.S., but intensified.

Adding to the supercar’s luxury swag are materials that include shark skin and colored stitching, the handbrake and steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara, and the instrument shield is finished in carbon matte. Finally, R8 emblems also adorn the interior of the supercar, particularly on the dash and the aluminum door sill trims.

The entire cost of the R8 China Edition hits at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates.

Koenigsegg is celebrating the production of its 100th Agera with the unveiling of the one-off Agera R Hundra — the word "Hundra" is the Swedish translation for "one hundred." This one-off edition is distinguished by a hand-made piping in 24-carat gold, and 24-carat-gold thread embroidery on the seats and dash board.

The model is based on the Agera R , so it features the same exterior body kit, including front and side winglets, and that huge rear wing that provides increased downforce. However, the upcoming Agera R Hundra features a bespoke color trim and carbon-fiber wheels.

Under the hood, the Hundra features the usual 5.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers that delivers a total of 1,140 horsepower. The car sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in 7.5 seconds. Top speed for the Agera R Hundra is 273 mph.

Source: Shmee150

One-off Bugatti Veyrons are nothing new in today’s world. Despite their relative commonplace, they are still among the most talked about one-off models in the world.

At the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 event, the French automaker unveiled its latest one-off Veyron that was personally designed by renowned French artist Bernar Venet. Bugatti actually commissioned Venet to create the design of the one-off Veyron Grand Sport based on his artistic interpretation.

We’re big fans of Venet, particularly his Arcs sculptures. The man is considered one of the finest at his craft and works, and has received many honors, including the title of Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur. So when Bugatti commissioned Venet to design a one-off Veyron Grand Sport, we anxiously waited to see what he’d come up with.

The result is, well, wow.

Not surprisingly, Venet put some touches of numbers, scientific formulas and mathematical equations on the car’s exterior and interior, an allusion to his acclaimed mathematical paintings, which are currently on exhibit at the Art Plural Gallery in Sin Sin gapore. Equally interesting is the fact that these equations and formulas are the same ones used by Bugatti engineers when they were developing the Veyron. Another signature Venet influence on the Veyron is the rusted-metal finish applied to the supercar, which when you really look at it, makes for a pretty sexy two-tone color.

The Venet-designed Veyron Grand Sport will be on exhibit at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 from December 6 to 9, 2012.

Supercar builders like Bugatti and Pagani have made a living building special, one-off supercars for their exclusive clientele. Recently, their Swedish counterpart, Koenigsegg , has been getting some buzz for doing the same.

In the past few months alone, multiple reports about an Agera X , an Agera R BLT and even a Koenigsegg One:1 have surfaced, giving further credence to the growing notion that Koenigsegg is knee deep in its client-customization program.

Guess what? A new variant of the Agera has been spotted lurking the streets of Hong Kong. These photos of what’s being called the Agera S were taken by Ron Alder W Photography and he was kind enough to share them with us.

There’s not much in terms of details surrounding the Agera S, although we’ve been told that the supercar was built by Koenigsegg for countries where biofuel is not readily available. What this means is that owners of this supercar can still enjoy the all of its 1,030 horsepower capabilities by using premium fuel instead of the Agera R’s Flex biofuel capabilities.

As far as color choice is concerned, the Agera S looks to be sporting a sexy jade green color, which if you think about it, is appropriate for a country that holds jade — the jewel, not the color — in high regard.

We’ll continue rolling out more information as it becomes available.

Update 12/3/2012: This review has been updated with higher-quality images and a good look at the sweet rims and massive brakes.

Images used with permission from Ron Alder W Photography

Straight from the Cross Promotion 101 handbook comes this one-off project car from Nissan and Warner Bros., celebrating the UK release of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" on DVD and Blu-Ray.

As only Nissan can, the Japanese automaker decided to build a one-off Juke Nismo crossover solely to promote the new DVD and Blu-Ray. Appropriately enough, the crossover is called The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo.

The crossover features plenty of Batman-inspired details, something that you should expect from a car promoting The Caped Crusader. Matte-black paint was used to give the Juke Nismo a Batmobile-like appearance. A shark fin antenna was also installed in lieu of the traditional set-up on the Juke, and aluminum bat badges have been plastered in various parts of the Juke Nismo, including the front grille and the tailgate. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels with red detailing.

Moving to the interior, Nissan gave it a Batman-inspired look, beginning with Bat logos on the kick plates. Reflective Bat badges on the suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats’ headrests pays homage to the inspiration for the one-off project car. The puddle lights in the door mirrors are particularly cool because they project the Bat symbol on the floor area by the doors. The same setup can be found on the uplighter, projecting the same Bat symbol on the headlining.

Unfortunately, the Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises will neither be sold nor be sent off to the auction block. The question of how to get it has yet to be answered, although expect the Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises to be a prize in some sort of competition down the road.

Based on the new Nissan Juke Nismo, which goes on sale in the UK in January 2013, The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo features the same 200PS (197-horsepower) 1.6-liter turbocharged engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, giving it a 0 to 62mph (0 to 100 km/h) time of 7.8 seconds. It also gets a Nismo body kit and upgraded suspension.

Mitsubishi is celebrating its 30th anniversary on the North American market by lifting the veil from a limited-edition model based on the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport .

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition distinguishes itself from the rest of the 2013 Outlander Sport lineup with an exterior package that includes blackout side mirrors, center bumper, wheel arch trim and roof rails. There is also a set of special argent Limited Edition alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the only modifications include new two-tone Dove Grey and Black leather seating surfaces. Lots of "Limited Edition" badges remind us again that we are looking at a special edition.

Under the Limited Edition’s hood is the usual 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 148 horses and a 145 pound-feet of torque. However, for this special edition Mitsubishi installed a new engine balancer shaft that helps reduce the rolling resistance inside the engine, resulting in smoother and quicker acceleration.

The new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition will be produced at the company’s assembly plant in Normal, Illinois.

The all-new Jaguar F-Type made its North American debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Alongside this much-anticipated model, Jaguar also unveiled the "Firesand" version. This version is based on a standard F-Type V-6 S model and demonstrates the range of personalization options that are available for customers.

As it name suggests, this version features Firesand paintwork — available as a special order paint — and comes equipped with the two optional packages: “Design” and both exterior and interior “Black” packs. This “Black” pack adds a more aggressive look to the F-Type, thanks to a gloss-black paint applied to the grille and its surround, and the side power vent surround and mesh.

The V-6 S version is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 to 5,500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 171 mph.

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Volkswagen decided to put next to it a series of three special edition models that each reflect the style of a decade: the 50s, the 60s and the 70s.

The first of the three special models is the "50s Edition" and it comes with a special set of 17-inch Circle Black alloy wheels and chrome door mirrors. It is painted in Monochrome Black combined with a black soft top.

Next there is the "60s Edition." This version is inspired by the style of the 1960s. It comes in either Denim Blue or Candy White combined with a black soft top.

Finally, the most elegant version is the "70s Edition." It comes in either Toffee Brown Metallic or Platinum Grey Metallic exterior color combined with a beige-colored soft top and leather sport seats.

The 2013 Beetle Cabrio, and these special editions, will be put on sale at the end of November 2012.


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