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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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After being officially unveiled in 2012, the special-edition Altitude models return to Jeep ’s lineup for 2014. For the first time, this special treatment will be applied to the Cherokee , and it will also return to the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler . All three models will be put on sale this spring.

The Cherokee Altitude is distinguished by a "blacked-out" exterior with special added elements and a series of upgrades inside the cabin. The Cherokee Altitude is available a choice of two engines: a base 2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine or a more powerful 3.2-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 271 horsepower and afford the model a 4,500-pound towing capacity.

The Cherokee Altitude is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations and prices starting from $24,995 and $26,995, respectively. Sales will begin later this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Altitude.

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The first Jeep Wrangler Altitude special edition was revealed back in 2012 when the company combined it with the Wrangler Unlimited version. Now, for the 2014 model year, this special edition returns, but this time Jeep combined it with the Wrangler Sahara.

The new Wrangler Altitude is offered in Amp’d, Black, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue exterior paints combined with a matte-black grille with gloss-black throats, headlight rings and Jeep badge, and gloss-black front and rear bumper appliques.

Under the hood, the model gets a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering a total of 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and mated to a either a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission.

The new Jeep Wrangler Altitude is offered in Jeep Wrangler two-door models priced at $31,595 and Wrangler Unlimited priced at $35,395.

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Jaguar’s got a pair of special edition XK models it’s planning to release in the UK, making us here in America green with envy.

As the more luxury oriented XK model, the Signature Edition has some pretty cool luxury amenities, even if it seems to have been short-changed in the engine department.

Then again, customers probably won’t mind because of the luxurious interior upgrade Jaguar gave to the model. Seems appropriate that an XK comes with standard soft-grain leather luxury seats that are available in a choice of either Ivory or Charcoal finishes. If that isn’t enough, the cabin also features a pretty smooth canvas Suedecloth headliner, Figured Ebony veneers and Bright Metal sport pedals. As far as the wheels go, the XK Signature gets the treat of having the fancier set of wheels, which in this case are 20-inch Kalimnos wheels.

Unfortunately for the XK Signature, Jaguar opted to give the model the base 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that "only" produces 385 horsepower, which is good enough to allow the sports coupe to break 60 mph in 5.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Like the XK Dynamic R , the XK Signature’s engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Another shared system between the two models is the Dynamic Stability Control system, which can be configured in four different modes — Normal, Winter, TracDSC and DSC Off — giving the driver suitable choices on how much computer help he’s going to need while driving on the road.

Like the XK Dynamic R, customers can choose from a variety of colors for the XK Signature, including Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Signature Edition


Jaguar’s rise to prominence has been well documented here at TopSpeed. The company’s recent lineup of models have certainly caught the world’s attention, so much so that when the company talks about releasing special edition models, nobody scoffs at it anymore.

That’s the power attributed to the brand’s resurgence, especially in its home in the UK . It’s come to the point even that the brand has no problem releasing not just one, but two new special edition models for its entry-level beauty, the XK .

This particular one is called the XK Dynamic R, and it comes with a slew of upgrades befitting its "dynamic" label. Whether it’s the new 20-inch Vortex Vortex wheels or the interior that’s been dressed to the nines, thanks to a choice of either diamond-sewn performance seats in ivory/charcoal soft grain leather with ivory contrast stitching or charcoal/red soft-grain leather with red contrasting stitching, the XK Dynamic R exudes the same kind of confidence that the brand has had since it served warning to the rest of the industry that the Big Cat is ready to pounce once again.

Rounding out the upgrades on the Dynamic R’s interior is the Jet Suedecloth headliner that’s fully complemented by Piano Black veneers, while bright metal sport pedals have also been installed.

And we haven’t even taken into account the car’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles that control the Jaguar Sequential Shift function. All that and the XK Dynamic R pumps out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 mph in around 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 174 mph, attributed largely by the inclusion of Jaguar’s Speed Pack on the model.

Finally, a new suspension setup, which it it borrows from the XKR-S, was also installed courtesy of the Black Dynamic Pack, while a choice of colors, including Polaris Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green, are available for the model.

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The new-generation Mercedes C-Class comes with plenty of good news, especially for the British market. This is where Mercedes decided to launch a C-Class AMG Sport Edition that replaces the AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus models.

The new AMG Sport Edition is distinguished from the rest of the C-Class lineup by an AMG body kit, a new set of alloy wheels combined with a 15 mm (0.59-inch) lower sports suspension for better handling and a sportier look. Mercedes also updates the model with an AMG boot lid spoiler, dark-tinted headlamps and high-gloss black grille.

Prices for the Mercedes C-Class AMG Sport Edition start from £30,170 - about $49,500 at the current exchange rates. Mercedes is also offering two additional packages that will further enhance the look of the car, including a Premium Package priced at £1,595 ($2,600) and Premium Plus Package priced at £2,495 ($4,100).

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The Shelby Cobra went into production in 1961 and only three years later, Shelby unveiled an FIA version of the car which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series. Now, 50 years later, Shelby American is celebrating this great model with the unveiling of a special 50th anniversary model called the CSX7000.

This special Cobra is offered exclusively in Viking Blue with Arctic White FIA stripes and roundels. The interior is trimmed in black combined with special billet anniversary badges and a variety of additional options are offered exclusively at customer’s request.

The new Shelby 289 CSX7000 is limited to only 50 units with prices starting from $94,995 for fiberglass-bodied models and $159,995 for aluminum-bodied models. For both versions prices do not include a drivetrain. Shelby American will show off the CSX7000 this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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In the upcoming months we will learn lots of new details on the recently launched Lexus RC F , like the official specifications, prices and other optional features. The first of the news started today when Lexus finally released the first images of the optional Carbon Fiber package.

The biggest change that comes with this package is the clear-coated carbon-fiber roof, hood and active rear spoiler, which raises and lowers depending on the coupe ’s speed in order to improve the car’s driving dynamics and stability at high speeds. These new parts not only look cool, but they also help lower the curb weight and lower the center of gravity. This will easily translate into improved performance figures.

No other details were released just yet, but we expect this optional carbon fiber package to add some carbon-fiber goodness on the interior too.

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The Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale is one bad mutha, and that’s putting it in a PG-13 light.

It’s everything you want in a Ferrari this side of the LaFerrari . It’s powerful, limited, and downright awesome to look at, the 458 Speciale is as it’s name implies: special.

So when you have a car that looks and performs like a rock star, aftermarket companies are going to be lining up to get a piece of this mighty Ferrari, including Novitec Rosso.

In some ways, it’s not surprising that Novitec Rosso would be one of the first tuners to get its hands on a 458 Speciale. And we know what happens when it has a Ferrari on its hands. Aftermarket awesomeness!

In this particular case, Novitec’s work on the 458 Speciale is limited to a Stage 1 kit, which pretty much means a simple engine tune and a new set of wheels. With 600 horsepower on tap from the factory, Novitec was able to bump it up to 622 horsepower. Sure, it’s not a massive increase, but it appears to be a small sample of bigger things to come. There’s also a set of custom Novitec NF4 forged wheels that are finished in black with bright yellow rims, and blacked out taillights.

That’s the extent of Novitec Rosso’s Stage 1 kit for the 458 Speciale. More importantly, though, the program suggests that there could be a Stage 2 or possibly Stage 3 kit. That’s what we’re definitely looking forward to.

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Subaru of American announced that the first 1,000 units of the 2015 WRX STI offered in North America will be special Launch Edition models. The WRX STI Launch Edition will come draped in WRX Blue Pearl exterior paint combined with gold-painted, 18-inch, BBS alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40R18 summer performance tires.

On the interior, the 2015 WRX STI Launch Edition will also feature an exclusive cabin design treatment that includes performance-designed front seats wrapped in blue Alcantara with black stitching — regular WRX STIs will be carry black seats with red stitching. The same blue and black combination will see used on the door panels, console and the carpeted floor mats. The will be lots of "STI" and "Launch Edition" logos placed all over the cabin to remind you that this is a special model.

As standard, the new WRX STI Launch Edition will come with an STI short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission and Keyless Access & Start system, which are usually offered as an option on the WRX STI Premium.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

The recent line of special-edition Bentley Mulsanne models is about to gain a new addition with today’s unveiling of the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition. But before you start tying up this Mulsanne with those Birkin bags from Hermes, understand that we’re talking about a totally different inspiration for the former.

That inspiration comes in the form of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin, a legendary race car driver from the 1920s and 1930s who was also identified as a style icon in his own right. He’s like David Beckham in today’s time, at least if Beckham raced cars for a living as opposed to kicking soccer balls.

In any case, the Birkin inspiration was intentional, in large part because the racer was considered a true and true Bentley Boy and this lineup of Mulsanne models — 22 models in total — pays homage to the man with numerous unique styling details representing only the finest in British luxury.

The Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition is available in three colors — Ghost White, Damson for a more vibrant touch, and a sophisticated contrast of Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire — each carrying a distinctively unique appeal in it of themselves. Door sill plaques have also been added, each carrying a distinctive number to represent which of the 22 models it is.

Inside, its a picture of luxury , one that can only be identified as a true Bentley. Striking 3D ‘Flying B’ logos have been stitched into the headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables. Similarly, the seats and door panels were given intricate diamond quilting patterns and complemented by the indented leather headlining and ‘knurling’ details that were done on the cabin’s metalwork.

One thing we know for certain: very few cars in the world come with the same level of intricate and extravagant handiwork that was done on the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition.

And if those aren’t enough, the 22-unit vehicle can also be bought with an Entertainment Specification package, which includes twin 8-inch LCD screens in the rear of the seat headrests, a DVD player, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system and iPads integrated into the hand-crafted solid wood picnic tables.

Luxury meets functionality meets technology meets exclusivity. That, in a nutshell, is how you can put the Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition into proper context.

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