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

If there is anything Porsche loves more than creating cars that are amazing to drive , its allowing people to pay unheard of amounts of money to personalize them. The Porsche Exclusive program is one of the many ways that you can order a unique vehicle that is perfectly suited to your tastes and personal style.

Porsche has seen fit to release a Porsche Exclusive modified Panamera Turbo S on Facebook. The collection of photos gives us a good look at what sort of customizations are possible, and Porsche was even kind enough to include a list of changes and exclusive options with every still image.

Overall the car is very menacing, very beautiful, and very desirable. Although we don’t have a price, you can be sure its expensive. A base Panamera Turbo S rings in at more than $180k.

I would suspect you could take home a shiny new Ferrari 458 for the asking price of this powerful machine.

That said, this machine does come equipped with one of the most powerful engines Porsche has ever created, and will it blister most 911s and Caymans around a race track.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera Turbo S in Jet Black Metallic by Porsche Exclusive.

When it comes to cars that deliver pure driving pleasure, the Caterham Seven is tough to beat. Maybe this is why the roadster has used the same recipe for more than 50 years. Caterham has been working to improve it since 1973, but we mustn’t forget that Colin Chapman, who built the first Lotus 7 in 1957, penned the Seven. It’s true that the technology behind it has changed over the decades, but Chapman’s iconic "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy remained printed in the Seven’s DNA. Caterham sells a host of iterations nowadays, ranging from the bone-stock 165 model to the lightning-fast 620 R, but, from time to time, it also releases special-edition models that become prized collectibles.

For instance, the Brits created quite a stir with the Seven JPE, a Vauxhall -powered Seven developed with input from F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and launched in 1993. More than 20 years have passed since then, and Caterham turned to another Formula One driver to create a new limited edition track rocket. This time it was Kamui Kobayashi’s turn, a Caterham F1 Team ace that has five Grand Prix seasons to his name.

As with most Caterham special editions, the Kobayashi Seven is gifted with a unique appearance and the latest tricks in carbon-fiber embellishment. It packs the same no-nonsense attitude present in all Caterham Caterham -badged vehicles and it has everything it needs to make a petrol-head grovel at its wheels. There is a catch though; the possibility that we may never see one blow past us on the highway is very low. But you’ll have to join us in our in-depth trip to find out why.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition.

It’s common knowledge that BMW doesn’t waste any time when it comes to applying its Individual treatment to most of its brand-new releases, so we’re not at all surprise that the Germans have rolled out the details for the entire 4 Series lineup.

Since we’ve already seen the Coupe and Convertible versions receive their unique exterior colors and exclusive interior tweaks earlier this year, time has come to take a look at what BMW Individual has in stock for the 4 Series Gran Coupe , the sole four-door member of the 4 Series family.

As with most Individual creations, the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be had with an array of special body wraps, either metallic or matte. Customers that are into the metallic look can order it in Citrine Black, Tansanite Blue, Pyrite Brown or Moonstone. The special pigmentations of these paints will allow the 4 Series Gran Coupe to display different nuances depending on light conditions and perspective.

Moving over to matte hues, which are produced in a special painting process used exclusively by the BMW Group, four more shades are available: Frozen Brilliant White, Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze and Frozen Cashmere Silver. Each vehicle can also be fitted with a set of BMW Individual light-alloy wheels. The rims come in 19-inch sizes and feature a V-spoke design.

Updated 05/26/2014: After being announced about one month ago, BMW finally released information on this cool 4 Series Gran Coupe specially customized by BMW Individual.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Give BMW Individual a black auto canvas and the group will do wonders with it. We’ve recently been inundated with a lot of its works and now, we’re being treated to the latest sample of BMW Individual at its finest. This time around the BMW M6 Coupe is that canvas the German automaker’s personalization group is working on, specifically designing it for DTM driver Marco Wittmann.

The Fire Orange paint finish of the M6 Coupe is absolutely stunning, bringing out that fiery sportiness of the M6 Coupe. Remember, this vehicle is about as powerful as any BMW in the market today, capable of producing 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Mixing that much power with a color that in itself emits a fireball-like rage is like drawing a moth to a flame. You just can’t take your eyes off of it!

With respect to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe that BMW Individual introduced last month, we actually like this one a lot better. Maybe it’s because we’re biased to the color orange and as far as we’re concerned, BMW Individual really brought out the goods on this personalized M6 Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M6 Coupe "Fire Orange".

Source: BMW Facebook

Well that didn’t take long, did it? It’s already universally recognized that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular models in the history of the industry. So it didn’t come as a surprise that when Mazda released the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition , all 100 models of the car were accounted for in just 10 minutes.

Reservations for the sports roadster were set for 10:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday and as soon as the time read "10:35, all 100 models were reserved via 250 individual registrations, rendering Mazda’s allocated time for pre-orders that was set until May 31, 2014 essentially useless. Who didn’t see that one coming?

Those who successfully registered their reservations will now get contacted by Mazda North America and given the chance to pre-order the model. The first 100 who verify their intent to purchase and provide transmission selection will get first dibs, meaning that not all 250 will end up with the special-edition model.

And as an added bonus, the 100 who secure the special model will each be given a Swiss-made, custom-crafted Tourneau watch with an Italian-made genuine leather black strap, contrasting Soul Red stitching, and a deployant buckle.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition will sell for $32,205 with a six-speed manual transmission and $32,655 for those equipped with an automatic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition.

If you want a smaller, affordable Jaguar sedan , your dream is one step closer to reality. Our spy photographers have just captured the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE getting a workout around the "Green Hell."

The new shots don’t really give us any more information about the car, but they do give us a pretty strong indication that the car is nearing the end of its development cycle. Usually, by the time cars hit the Nurburgring , they are undergoing final suspension tuning.

Seeing the Jag on the ’Ring reiterates their desire to beat the Audi’s , Mercs and BMWs that currently dominate this segment.

That said, the XE is still wearing a surprisingly large amount of camouflage, and it makes me wonder if Jaguar might be hiding a little something we are not yet aware of. If you don’t like the camo look, we have a stunning exclusive render of what the new XE might look like after the break.

Whatever the case, expect the Jaguar XE to be unveiled late this year with an on-sale date sometime next spring as a 2016 model. Engines will include a collection of V-6 and V-8s mirroring Jag’s other offerings. Expect AWD to available as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Jaguar XE.

Introduced in 1999, the Pagani Zonda was supposed to retire this year once the fifth and final example of the Zonda Revolucion rolled out of Horacio’s workshop in Modena, Italy. However, a mysterious vehicle that surfaced online recently suggests the company has built one more supercar before closing the Zonda chapter once and for all.

Although Pagani has yet to reveal any details about this peculiar model, the folks over at Prototype Zero claim it’s a unique vehicle that has been christened LM. The bespoke supercar is reportedly based on the 760 RS model and pays tribute to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Unlike other special edition Zondas, the LM is supposed to wear a revised front fascia with brand-new headlamps.

The video below doesn’t shed too much light on that aspect, mainly because the vehicle’s front end is covered in duct tape, but it does reveal other features that make us believe we’re not looking at a "regular" Zonda. For instance, it carries a huge wing that’s different than the one seen on the Zonda Revolucion. What’s more, it sports "LM" graphics on the rear fenders and tricolore stripes depicting the Italian flag on one side and the German flag on the other.

The rest of the body appears to be built on standard 760 RS specifications, including wider fenders, a roof-mounted airscoop and rear fender intakes. Power should come from the same AMG-sourced, 6.0-liter V-12 mill, but we wouldn’t be surprised if output figures would blow past the 800-horsepower mark.

All told, this is an intriguing Zonda we’re very anxious to learn more about, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Update 6/20/2014: A video of the 760 LM’s reveal made it to the Internet, but was swiftly deleted. We managed to grab the video before the uploader deleted it, and you can see it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda LM.

Two years after unveiling the E-Type — built between 1961 and 1975, and known as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever designed — the folks at Jaguar rolled out a lighter version of the model specifically developed for racing .

Dubbed E-Type Lightweight, it featured an all-aluminum body and engine block, and had most of its interior trim removed, making it 250 pounds lighter than the standard E-Type. Only 12 units of this track-purpose vehicles were built, although Jaguar’s initial plan was to conceive 18 of them.

Believe it or not, the Brits have just decided to make use of the remaining designated chassis numbers and construct six more Lightweight E-Types 50 years after the original example left the factory. The sports cars will be built to their original specifications and fitted with the same 3.8-liter, straight-six engine.

Jaguar has yet to mention when the hand-built coupes will become available or at what price, but word has it each vehicle will fetch about $1.7 million. Despite costing more than a brand-new McLaren P1 , the Lightweight E-Types are expected to sell like hot cakes and it appears the company will hand them over to established Jaguar collectors that already own historic race cars.

Since we don’t own any Jaguars and our pockets arn’t deep enough, we’re not hoping to take delivery of one of these race-bred beauties, but we’re hoping to see them on the track as soon as they’re out of the factory gate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

The age of customized and personalized vehicles is alive and strong. In fact, many manufacturers have taken this route to ensure a level of uniqueness for their customers. One such automaker is Porsche , and judging by how it spruced up this Boxster S in a sparkling in blue, you can tell that the German automaker’s Porsche Exclusive program is doing quite well on its own.

There aren’t a lot of wholesale changes made to this Boxster S to make it look completely new. On the contrary, it’s full of subtle modifications that all add up to an incredible visual treat, the kind that customers will definitely want to get their hands on.

The Porsche Exclusive options fitted into this sports roadster includes a the new Riviera Blue paint job that is nicely complemented by doses of black on the exterior mirrors, the headlight cleaning system covers, the rear side air intake grilles, the "Boxster S" graphics on the doors. All these new trimmings were specifically modified to give a smooth blue-and-black look to the Boxster S, and yes, they do bring out a new level of sporty aggression to the baby Porsche, don’t they?

There is a handful of other upgrades to this particular Boxster S, details of which you can check out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster S in Riviera Blue by Porsche Exclusive.

Founded in 1919 by Walter Own Bentley, British luxury automaker Bentley is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Crewe-based manufacturer is rolling out a special-edition Mulsanne that will be sold with in special heritage colors, and with exclusive features inside and out.

Dubbed Mulsanne 95, the limited edition four-door sedan was created with help from the company’s iconic Mulliner division, who will also be in charge with the vehicle’s hand-crafted assembly process.

Three bespoke exterior colors have been conceived specifically for the Mulsanne 95, while a Flying B mascot finished in a dark tint and large, 21-inch five-spoke wheels will further add to the sedan ’s sumptuous appearance. The details are much more intriguing on the inside, where customers will be greeted by luxurious wood veneers and bespoke "Ninety Five" scripts.

But before we take a deeper dive into the Mulsanne 95, we’d like to break the only bad news about it. Only 15 examples of this limousine will be built and all of them will be sold sold in the United Kingdom exclusively. No soup for you, North America!

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne 95.


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