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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Audi is celebrating the half-a-million mark in the production of the TT with the unveiling of a special edition TTS . Called the TTS Competition, Audi will limit the new special edition to only 500 units and it will put the model into production in October. In Europe, the new TTS Competition will add only €1,900 ($2,500) over the base TTS, which is priced from €46,700 ($62,000).

The first-generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1998 in the coupe version and one year later the roadster version debuted. The first TT remained in production until 2006 and one year later, Audi released the second generation. The first TTS version was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show as the first S model in the TT range, then the TT-RS arrived a year later at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.

Since its initial launch in 1998, Audi has sold a total of 500,000 TT models, which is proof that the model is a force to be reckoned with in the compact sports car market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TTS Competition.

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The Japanese market has received lots of special attention from tuners in the past few months. After BMW launched a bunch of special-edition models, like the BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition , Mercedes decided it was its turn to develop some special models for Japan.

The first model it released was a rather boring B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition , but now the maker wanted to make up for this lackluster model and came up with something pretty cool: this GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition.

The special model got its name from the German word for black, so it is pretty easy to imagine what the the dominant color is. The Schwarz Edition is painted in Obsidian Black, and features stainless-steel running boards and 20-inch wheels. AMG also tossed in a pretty cool styling package a new new sports suspension.

For the interior, the new GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition adds seats wrapped in a combination of Artico and Dinamica leather, a sport steering wheel, black ash wood trim and alloy pedals.

The new Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition is limited to only 100 units and is priced at ¥6,840,000 or a little under $70k.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes GLK 350.

Porsche has never been bashful about being a proponent of social media as a way of communicating with its fans. Time and again, the German automaker has taken to its Facebook and Twitter pages to get input from its fans.

There were even a couple of times in the past where Porsche built specific special edition models for its Facebook fans, including the Cayman S Facebook Edition and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid Facebook Edition .

Back in February, Porsche took it up a notch when it invited its five million fans on Facebook an opportunity to customize a unique Porsche 911 Carrera 4S .

After five months of hearing the fans’ replies, Porsche has finally unveiled the vehicle and appropriately enough, has christened it as the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Facebook Edition.

Featuring Porsche’s "Sport" exterior package for the 911 Carrera 4S, the one-off sports car received a fancy Aqua Blue finish to go with a multitude of new aerodynamic and performance components, including a new double rear wing, a new sports exhaust system, PASM sports suspension, privacy glazing and wheel spacers. Spicing up the package is a set of 20-inch white Carrera S wheels.

Inside, personalized touches alluding to its builders were prevalently displayed, highlighted by custom inner-door sills with the phrase ’‘Personally built by 5 Million Porsche Fans’ engraved on it with matching blue illumination.

A subtle performance tweak was also given to the 911 Carrera 4S Facebook Edition’s 3.8-liter, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. Whith these modifications in tow, the sports car’s output now generates 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque to go with a sprint time from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the other "Facebook Edition" models Porsche has built in the past years

Two things we’ve come to learn about Subaru in the past month: it has a special place in its heart for Australia and its doing all it can to give the soon-to-depart current-generation WRX the swan song it deserves.

The Japanese automaker’s Australian arm is introducing a limited-edition WRX model in Australia, called the WRX RS40. If you’re wondering what the "RS40" means, that’s an allusion to Subaru’s 40th anniversary in Australia and considering that the legendary sports sedan is nearing its last legs, it was only appropriate for the folks Down Under to give it a proper send-off on the same year Subaru is celebrating the big "4-0" in the country.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the WRX RS40 dons the iconic WR Blue Mica finish that has become a trademark for the model for so many years. Subaru also added a slew of new aero components, including STI front and rear spoilers, a strut-tower brace, special "RS40" badges, and of course, a set of 17-inch gold-finished alloy wheels.

There aren’t a whole lot of interior modificatons, but where it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Recaro sport seats with blue Alcantara inserts are the unquestioned highlight of the cabin upgrades and are complemented by a new short-throw shifter, and an individually numbered plaque.

No performance upgrades were given to the WRX RS40, so expect the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that develops a tidy 195kW (261 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 343 Nm (253 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Suby will offer only 300 units, each priced at AUD$4,500 over the base WRX price.

Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to Australia so if you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll probably have to jump through multiple hoops to get one.

Click past the jump to read about the base WRX STI

Still steaming over not getting a chance to own a Ferrari 458 Italia China Edition ?

Don’t feel too bad because a lot of people who aren’t from China probably feel the same way too.

But even if you lost out on the actual one that costs almost $1 million, you can still get to own a 458 Italia China Edition.

Thanks to Hot Wheels’ premium line of collectable die-cast models, a Ferrari 458 China Edition can be in your future. You won’t be able to drive it because it’s only a 1:18 scale version of the actual supercar but then again, you take what you can get, right?

Besides, parking it on your desk sounds about cooler than actually taking one out for a spin. It still comes with the distinctive "Marco Polo Red" finish and it has the distinctive decorative dragon imagery running the length of the car. Gold wheels are in there, as is the finely-dressed interior.

Really, it’s the best way to own this ultra limited supercar without having to pay a fortune for the real deal. All you need to fork over is $105 and it’s yours.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to read about the actual Ferrari 458 China Edition

SRT has unveiled at the Spring Fest the special-edition Charger SRT 392 - a model limited to only 392 units that hit showrooms earlier this year. It is available in five exterior colors: Bright White, Billet Silver, Plum Crazy, HEMI Orange, and TorRed.

Far more than just adding some color to the already unabashedly charismatic Charger SRT, the 392 Package also gives the muscle car some added attitude. Not that it needs ay more attitude, but when you’re in a market that also includes the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro , any sort of extra sizzle is a wonderful thing.

No performance modifications are included in the Charger SRT 392 package but that’s not why you’re going to spend another $2,495 to avail of the add-on. The Charger SRT 392 package is all about turning the Dodge muscle car from frighteningly awesome to frighteningly awesome with some spitting attitude to boot.

Click past the jump to read about the Dodge Charger SRT 392.

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If you needed more proof of what an amazing car the new Alfa Romeo 4C is, you will get it this weekend when the car serves as the Safety Car at the Silverstone round of the FIM World Superbike Championship.

This will be the second time that British customers have the chance to see the 240-horsepower sports car in action, after its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed .

While we usually saw the base version in either red or white exterior paint, the new Safety Car features a white exterior paint combined with the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag that will run the length of the body.

This is the seventh year in a row that Alfa Romeo is the proud sponsor of the FIM World Superbike Championship and this year’s championship will help it to prepare the 4C for launch in the UK.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Typically, Chevrolet sends its most powerful cars to pace the most important racing events and this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup will be no exception. Chevy and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that a Camaro ZL1 will pace this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup field set to the start the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ZL1 will be driven by ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate, Sage Steele

The ZL1 Pace Car is painted in a nice combination of blue and gray with the official logos and badges. There are also lots of sirens and LED lights that will help it be more visible on the racetrack.

Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

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In every company in the world, there are people that have helped elevate it to supremacy and some companies see it fit to celebrate its heroes. Bugatti is doing just that by preparing a series of six individual Veyron models, specially developed to pay tribute to the people that "have played a crucial role in its history and which have helped creating its mystique."

The first from this special series is called Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" Edition and, as its name suggests, it pays tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille — a racecar driver that brought two Le Mans victories to Bugatti.

This special edition was inspired by the Bugatti 57G Tank that won the Le Mans in 1937. It comes with a two-tone paint job that features blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu. Under the hood, this Bugatti Veyron stays bone stock, leaving it at the amazing 8-liter W-16 engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

The model will be making its world debut at the US The Quail/Pebble Beach set to take place from 16 to 18 August.

Click past the jump to read more about Jean-Pierre Wimille.

McLaren recently trooped to Hong Kong to introduce its P1 supercar to arguably one of the most exotic-friendly markets in the world. But in the course of telling the gathered crowd that the P1 would cost HKD$8.9 million (excluding First Registration Tax) - that’s about $1.14 million based on current exchange rates, by the way - the British automaker also brought a special one-off MP4-12C that came straight out of its McLaren Special Operations program.

Similar to past one-off creations out of the customization program, this 12C B&W Edition, was treated to a bevy of modifications, highlighted by a two-tone exterior with a unique white color and gloss black accents. The latter, in fact, was used on the roof, the front splitter, the mirror casings and the wheels.

Additionally, the 12C B&W Edition also had its gloss white paint on both the air vents and the instrument cluster bezel, providing a consistency of color and shade that belies its appearance as a true one-off supercar.

And in case there are any questions regarding how much the 12C B&W Edition is going to cost, McLaren has officially priced it at a tidy HKD$4.68 million, which is just a shade above $600,000 based on current exchange rates.

There’s something to be said for a supercar, even a one-off make like this, to carry such a price tag. But given the exotic climate in a place like Hong Kong, we doubt this piece of handiwork from the McLaren Special Operations program would sit long in the McLaren dealership.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C


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