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 current-generation Audi R8 is getting ready to enter its last year on the market as the automaker is already testing a redesigned version. However, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet.

Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus . Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive Audi Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.

A unique blue paint job, new wheels, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic components, and a leather-wrapped cockpit are only a few of the features found on the new edition. But more importantly, the new sports car is fitted with Audi’s laser light technology, previously seen on the R18 e-tron quattro race car .

Although only 99 units are set to be built, the Audi R8 LMX will become the first production road-going vehicle to carry laser headlamps, snatching the achievement from German rival BMW who will launch a similar technology in the i8 sports car later this year. A sneaky move from Audi, who is probably introducing the LMX only to poke at the Bavarian company.

Updated 06/13/2014: Audi unveiled a very cool promo video featuring driver featuring Tom Kristensen driver pushing the R8 LMX to the limits. Enjoy!

Updated 06/18/2014: Audi unveiled the R8 LMX at the 2014 Le Mans and this was the perfect opportunity to release new images and video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R8 LMX.

BMW may be working on an brand-new 7 Series executive that is expected to arrive in 2016, but the Germans aren’t ignoring the current model. To help improve sales and get ready for a new launch, the Munich-based automaker will roll out numerous special edition models over the next couple of years.

Last time we looked, BMW launched the 7 Series Horse Edition , a limited edition model tailored specifically for the Chinese market. Now, the German are introducing the 7 Series Edition Exclusive, a bespoke model that’s not limited to a certain region or production number.

Developed more as a special package, the Edition Exclusive upgrade can be added to both the regular and the extended wheelbase 7 Series starting June 2014 for a yet unspecified price. Unlike other special editions, the Edition Exclusive can be had with any engine available for the 7 Series lineup, ranging from the 3.0-liter inline-six to the huge 6.0-liter V-12.

Exterior and interior upgrades aren’t exactly spectacular, but they to add a touch of exclusivity to the already luxurious 7 Series with plenty of Nappa leather as standard and Merino and Alcantara options.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 7 Series Edition Exclusive.

The Renault Captur is slowly making its way up the ranks of desirable entry-level crossovers. It’s an impressive ascent given how relatively new the Captur is. However, if you needed more proof that this crossover is the real thing, perhaps its collaboration with outdoor sport and leisure clothing brand Helly Hansen will seal the deal.

Together, Renault and Helly Hansen have announced a limited-edition Helly Hansen version of the Captur, blending the rugged appeal of this crossover with outdoor spirit Helly Hansen has come to be known for.

Adding to the list of "firsts" for the Captur, the Helly Hansen model is also the first Captur to receive Extended Grip, a system developed by Renault to optimize the crossover’s traction performance, especially when the vehicle travels on less than ideal road surfaces.

The inclusion of Helly Hansen in this collaboration makes perfect sense for the Captur as it seeks to stamp its presence in the urban crossover market in Europe . Being associated with an esteemed brand that has been around since 1877 goes a long way in developing that much-needed credibility, especially in a segment that has no shortage of competing models.

Interested buyers of the Helly Hansen Captur will also be thrilled to know that any of the engines available in the Captur catalog can be specified for this limited edition model. So if you’re eyeing this baby, look for it when it hits dealerships in a lot of European markets next month. Unfortunately, those in France, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands will have to wait. Renault won’t be delivering the crossover until September.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Captur Helly Hansen.

Peugeot’s peppy little sports car , the RCZ , is getting a unique ’Red Carbon’ treatment. This special edition will be rather exclusive with only 300 united being constructed, with each one getting a host of features as standard equipment and bespoke features.

Before jumping into what the RCZ Red Carbon has to offer, we have to give props to Peugeot for continuing to tout its sports car. It’s not the sexiest or most powerful in its group, but it does have high amounts of both qualities, earning with it a real following among those chic trendsetters in Europe .

Ok, so the RCZ Red Carbon is, well, pretty special in its own right. It comes decked with plenty of exterior and interior upgrades that should bring out the sportiness of the RCZ even more. Likewise, the inclusion of Peugeot’s ’Vision Pack’ and ’Black Pack’ further highlights the exclusivity of the model, as if any more cosmetic changes could do that on an already impressive looking sports coupe.

The RCZ Red Carbon is available on a variety of powertrains, including Peugeot’s 1.6-liter THP engine that produces 200 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 0-62 mph in just 7.6 seconds to go with an impressive top speed of 149 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot RCZ "Red Carbon" Limited Edition.

Mercedes ’ AMG Performance Studio is up to its old tricks again and if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it has a particular fondness for the Mercedes A45 AMG . Remember back in January when the Performance Studio launched the Petronas Green Edition ? Well, its following it up with a new one-off creation called "Erika."

At the onset, Erika will instantly draws attention because of its matte black exterior and the unique pink accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear spoiler. The side graphics also do their part in bringing out the splashiness of this one-off wonder.

Erika’s pink theme continues inside with the pink contrast stitching on the two-tone sports seats and the matching floor mats. As if those aren’t enough, AMG Performance Studio also applied more pink touches on the door sill plates and the air vents.

Under the hood of this custom A45 AMG lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a stout 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the car’s all-wheel-drive system.

Despite all that cosmetic work, it’s still capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That’s a pretty good combination, especially considering Mother’s day is just around the corner.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes A45 AMG.

Source: AMG Facebook

Shown for the very first time at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984 and introduced for the 1985 model year, the BMW M5 quickly made a name for itself in the midsize sedan market for blending excellent performance with luxury and an attractive design. Exactly 30 years have passed since the first-generation model was unveiled and the German manufacturer is rolling out an anniversary model to celebrate the nameplate’s long-standing success.

Suggestively dubbed 30th Anniversary M5 , the limited edition model gained subtle exterior and interior updates plus a significant power update under the hood.

This festive Bimmer is not only faster than the M5 fitted with the Competition Package , but it’s also the fastest road-going BMW ever built. The bad news, however, is that only 30 units of the total 300 will reach U.S. soil before being sold through a rather complicated process.

As per BMW , those looking to purchase one of these vehicles will need to keep an eye out on the company’s Instagram channel, where a phone number for the reservation hotline will be gradually unveiled between May 17-21. Once the number is complete, 29 units of the 30th Anniversary M5 will become available for booking, with the final example to remain with BMW of North America and sold at a later date.

In addition to buying a limited edition sedan, the lucky buyers will also be invited to a one-day M Driving School at a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, California.

Click past the jump to read more about the 30th Anniversary BMW M5.

As we’ve previously mentioned earlier this year, BMW is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its M5 sedan in 2014 and the year-long party will also see the launch of special edition model.

We already knew some of the details surrounding the 30th Anniversary M5 , including that it will be limited to only 300 units and wear a few exclusive features, but we had no idea it will become the most powerful M5 ever built.

Yes, folks, that’s no mistake! The 30th Anniversary M5 will pack more horsepower than the M5 Competition Package, which is rated at 575 horses and 513 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, this festive Bimmer will have its 4.4-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 40 horses more than the regular M5.

Naturally, the anniversary sedan will be fitted with everything that comes with the Competition Package , but will also receive a number of amenities that will make it appear unique inside and out, including a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic exterior via BMW Individual and a full leather Merino/Alcantara cabin with Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, console, armrest and door handles.

To further enhance its special purpose in the M5 lineup, the 30th Anniversary model, BMW will also add special "30 Year" badges and an exclusive set of 20-inch, bi-color wheels. Speaking of exclusivity, this specific sedan will only be sold with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Production of the 30th Anniversary M5 Edition is expected to commence in July, while the grand unveiling is supposed to take place at the BMW M Festival at the Nürburgring track next month.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M5 Competition Package - currently the most powerful M5.

Source: m5post

Shown in 2001 as a concept and launched in 2006, the Mitsuoka Orochi is about to retire with a Final Edition model. If you’re not familiar with the Orochi, it’s a controversial Japanese sports car with supercar looks that sits on an old Honda NSX platform and uses a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine as motivation.

Sourced from Toyota (it used to power Camry , Avalon and Sienna modes), the unit produces just 233 horsepower making the Orochi not only strange-looking — some might say plain ugly — but not very fast either. Things were a bit better inside, where Mitsuoka offered plenty of leather, Alcantara and a few customization options.

Moving over to the model that’s set to put an end to Orochi production, the Final Edition will be built in just five units and will stand out through a few unique exterior and interior features. Three of these vehicles will be painted in a light Gold Pearl paint, while two of them will wear a dark purple hue dubbed "Fuyoru".

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition.

The Chinese market got an early look at the new-generation Jeep Cherokee earlier this year. If our Chinese friends are paying attention to the Beijing Auto Show , they might find the Cherokee even more appealing with the debut of the Cherokee Sageland Concept. Featuring a bevy of cosmetic changes on the exterior and the interior, the Cherokee Sageland Concept really does bring out the best in the SUV .

For this specific concept, Jeep drew inspiration from a region in China that’s considered more of a legend than an actual location: Shangri-La.

It’s an ambitious task considering that the historical landmarks and natural sceneries in Shangri-La is more a myth than anything else. But give props to Jeep for embracing the challenge of turning the Cherokee with an aesthetic upgrade that will draw the curious side of the Chinese people.

Considering that we’re not really big fans of the Cherokee’s new look, we have to admit that the Sageland Concept does a good job of drawing attention away from its overwhelming appearance, making the SUV look, admittedly, quite attractive.

The upgrades shown on the concept actually makes us wonder if the Cherokee really is an acquired taste for some people. At the very least, the Sageland Concept has made us believe that it’s actually possible.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee Sageland Concept

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Earlier this month, Ferrari filled some patent drawings revealing a new model that many people believed was the new Ferrari California . On the same day, Ferrari also filed a patent for the new "SP FFX" name and an accompanying logo. These two occurrences on the same day lead us to believe that those patent drawings were, in fact, of the SP FFX.

First things first; why is it unlikely that these drawings are of the new California? Mainly because the car showed in the images featured Ferrari FF door mirrors, headlights, taillights and general proportions. These make us believe that we were actually looking at a special FF Coupe.

The SP FFX name is a little unclear, but we do know that SP stands for Special Projects. As for the "FFX;" that part makes it pretty clear that a special edition FF is on its way.

Updated 04/28/2014: More images of the upcoming SP FXX surfaced online today, revealing just how cool Ferrari’s latest special project will look. We also got a few new details on the engine. (Carscoops)

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari SP FXX.

Source: Jalopnik

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