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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

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As with years past, BMW is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a special-edition model, built specially for China . We’re pretty sure that most of you remember the very successful M3 Tiger Edition announced back in 2010. Now, as China officially enters the year of the horse, BMW is releasing the special-edition M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

Do not expect this special-edition M6 to offer numerous updates over a base M6 Gran Coupe. In fact, it is based on a model equipped with the Competition Package and it includes embroidered horse logos on the headrests.

The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition is limited to six units ,and each will carry phenomenal price of 2.77 million yuan — about $458,000 at the current exchange rates. To put that into perspective, the U.S.-spec BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced at $115,000, so that is quite a hike.

BMW also announced that the same treatment will also be applied to 30 M5 sports sedans too. This version will be priced at 1.98 million yuan - or about $327,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M6 Gran Coupe and to see more of the M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.


We know about real-life cars being cars being rendered into the virtual world, but Honda and Turn 10 Studios are going against the grain a little. Instead of the usual process, the two companies have teamed up to bring a virtual Honda Civic SI from Forza 5 into the real world.

The car will be developed as part of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest, a competition Honda and Turn 10 Studios created to let designers attempt to design the best Civic SI. The competition was eventually won by Tiffany Labedz.

We don’t know who she is exactly, but still, congratulations on a job well done, madam!

As far as her design goes, Honda refused to release on the unique Civic SI, opting only to say that it beat out more than 170 other entries on its way to being chosen by the two companies. The special edition Civic SI is scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7th as a one-off, which means that it could end up being one of the most sought after Honda Civics in recent history.

Also, FYI, the image above isn’t the competition-winning Civic SI designed by Labedz.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda Civic SI

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After enjoying success during the 2013 model year, Chrysler decided to bring back the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition for the 2014 model year. This time, however, the special edition also offers Chrysler ’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, along with a series of bespoke exterior appointments and exotic interior materials.

Just like in the previous year, the new 300C special edition is offered with a standard 292-horsepower, Pentastar V-6 engine, while the HEMI V-8 with 363 horsepower is available as an option. Both engines are offered with Chrysler’s intelligent AWD system that features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system. This means that the system automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention.

The 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition will be put on sale later in March at a starting price of $44,480.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition.

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Mercedes launched a special edition A45 AMG at the 2014 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Called Petronas Green Edition. This model is based on the A45 AMG Edition 1 and was built as a tribute to the Petronas oil company, Mercedes-Benz’s major sponsor in F1 .

The model was specially designed by AMG Performance Studio and, as its name suggests, is all about the green elements added to the car — a hat tip to Petronas. The model features green graphics on the front bumper and sides to spice things up a bit. On the inside, there are green highlights on the moldings, decors and stitching with special AMG logos on the headrests.

No details were revealed on the engine, so we expect this special edition to be offered with the same engine found in standard A45 AMG. This means it’ll carry a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.

The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Petronas Green Edition will be limited to just 30 units and all of them will be offered exclusively for the Japanese market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Petronas Green Edition.

This isn’t the first time Fiat has partnered with a retail brand on one of its models, and we bet that it won’t be the last either.

Yet this particular collaboration, which Fiat has with French perfume house Guerlain, really has us thinking of how far the former is going to go with these kinds of partnerships.

Don’t take that the wrong way, as Fiat has hit some home runs with some of its past retail tieups. It’s just that this one strikes us as a little weird because we don’t usually see perfume makers diving into the automotive world. Having said all that, we actually do find something surprisingly interesting about the La Petite Robe Noire 500 and 500C.

The model is available in the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 500, and it comes with a load of unique features, highlighted by an interior that’s been dressed in a bi-color black and white Poltrona Frau leather upholstery. Fancy digs for a Fiat 500 , right? Oh, and there’s also a clothing hanger on the passenger headrest.

Tinted rear windows are also part of the package, as are rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps and a rear wing that also comes with a dynamic silhouette created by Kuntzel+Deygas.

And just because Guerlain was highly involved in the development of all 250 units of this special edition 500, anybody who purchases one will also receive a 100 ml bottle of the La Petite Robe Noire perfume, as well as a makeup kit that includes 30ml of Velvet Body Milk, black mascara, nail lacquer and Terracotta 4 Seasons in Tint Nude powder.

The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire Edition will set you back &euro15,700 ($21,360 at the current exchange rates) with all models predictably earmarked for the French market.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500


Patent drawings revealed late last year got the web buzzing about a new one-off Ferrari called the SP FFX .

As it turns out, a forum member from Ferrari Chat disclosed that this car is, in fact, the one-off SP FFX that was built by Ferrari’s own customization program, which was created specifically to let people with pockets deeper than the Marianas Trench pay exorbitant sums for a Ferrari that they can call uniquely "their own."

The general proportions of the Ferrari FF are pretty clear on this one, particularly the headlights and the side-view mirrors. The special grille doesn’t do much to excite us, but we do like how the splashes of white — particularly on the wheels — add a nice balance to the unmistakable Rosso Red body.

Performance numbers are still a relative mystery, but we think it’s going to retain the standard 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with 651 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque on tap. We expect the supercar to hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and head up to a top speed of 208 mph.

According to "getnoir" — the aforementioned forum member of Ferrari Chat who showed the photo — the SP FFX was designed and built specifically for a Japanese customer. Something tells us that he’s going to love what Ferrari has built for him.

If anything, the SP FFX has one-off written all over it.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari FF

Source: Ferrari Chat

It’s easy to see why brands like Rolls-Royce have a deep interest in the Middle Eastern market. It’s one of the biggest sales markets for the company and as a sign of its commitment to building an even bigger presence in the market, the British company is preparing to launch its new 1,001 Nights Collection.

In case the name escapes you, the 1,001 Nights Collection is exclusive to the Middle East, further casting little doubt just how match Rolls wants to be loved in that region.

In this video, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division is giving everyone a peek at the exclusive collection, which we will see manifest themselves in the Rolls-Royce Ghost in the future. Incidentally, Rolls-Royce already unveiled the Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition late last year.

But it’s only now that we’re seeing just how intricate and meticulous the level of detailing was in putting together what could very well be one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models we’ve seen in a while. From the unique motifs to the veneer and wood inlays with arabesque symbols, the Rolls-Royce 1,001 Nights collection is going to be all sorts of exclusive for arguably one of the most exclusive-starved markets in the world.

At this point, we don’t expect anything less from the region and the brand that wants a bigger piece of that said region.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition

Count your blessings if you’ve been lucky enough to see the Lamborghini Veneno in person. Seeing as there are only three of these babies in existence, it’s a quite a sight to behold.

Better yet, count yourself really lucky if you just happen to have the financial freedom to afford one, kind of like one Kris Singh, who recently took delivery of the second Veneno in his own home on Miami Beach.

It’s become abundantly clear to a lot of people that the Veneno isn’t your ordinary Lamborghini , as if using the word ’ordinary’ to describe Lamborghini is already enough of a stretch as it is. But Singh, who is a manager of a private investment firm, isn’t your ordinary guy, either. The man clearly has the money to pay for a $4.1 million, even if his taste in the Veneno leaves a little to be desired.

Still and all, the mere fact that he had the Veneno delivered personally to his front door is worthy of being documented, which the folks over at duPont Registry were more than happy to do.

And you know what? The video also offers a nice look into the kind of customization — or lack there of — Singh put into his new Veneno before having it delivered to his house.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Veneno

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Until the new, lighter Audi Q7 hits showrooms, the British market gets to enjoy a new special-edition version of the current Q7. The new Q7 S Line Style Edition is built on the S line Plus trim and, despite tons of updates, it only includes a £1,500 ($2,500) price hike.

The new S Line Style Edition is offered with 21-inch wheels in a five-arm rotor design and painted a matte-titanium color. The model is further distinguished by stainless-steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches, special bumpers with modified lower sections.

Customers can choose between seven exterior colors: Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The new Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition is priced from £52,975 (about $88,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 245-horsepower model and up to £62,600 ($104,000) for the 340-horsepower version.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi Q7.


Quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what the new and lighter Audi Q7 is going to look like. But until then, we’re going to have to settle with these special-edition models that the German company has just released for the UK market.

In addition to the Q7 S Line Style Edition, the other "unique" model is the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, which comes with its own unique set of upgrades that standard Q7s don’t offer. Among the modifications you’ll see in the S Line Sport Edition include body-colored wheel arch extensions, which adds more width to the full-sized SUV.

Enlarged front air intakes with high gloss slats, lower bumper spoilers, a stainless steel underbody protection, and dual oval exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper are also part of the package, all of which add character and performance enhancements to the SUV . The changes may not be all that evident at first glance, but they’re there, and Audi put them in there for a reason.

A full slate of paint finishes are also offered for the Q7 S Line Sport Edition. There are 13 choices in all with varying paint effects, including solid, metallic and pearl.

Both S Line models come with "standard equipment" that are unique to both of ’em, if that even makes sense. Privacy glass from the B-pillar rearward, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fancy Verano leather upholstery and stainless-steel side running boards are among the features list, as is a powered tailgate operation, an HDD satellite navigation, the Audi parking system advanced with visual and acoustic guidance, the Audi Music Interface, Audi connect, adaptive air suspension, and double glazing.

That’s a lot of features, fellas, and maybe a big reason why Audi is touting both these full-sized models to its customers.

Anybody interested in the Q7 S Line Sport Edition will have to spend anywhere from £52,975 ($72,462) to £64,100 ($87,,679).

Click past the jump to read about the Audi Q7


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