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

Having introduced the F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division is already off to a great start. Now, only one month since its first creation debuted as the most powerful Jaguar ever built, SVO is back in the spotlight with yet another bespoke interpretation of the F-Type , the Tour de France Special Edition.

Although the name suggests this sports car is a limited-edition model inspired by the multiple-stage bicycle race held annually in France and nearby countries, the F-Type Tour de France is not intended to reach dealerships. The vehicle, because only one was built, will serve as a high-performance support vehicle for British cycling crew Team Sky during Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France. Before you start asking yourselves what’s the deal with Jaguar joining a cycling competition, we should mention the company is the official supplier to Team Sky since 2010.

So are we dealing with a repainted F-Type for marketing purposes? Not quite. This Jag is as bespoke as it gets and can carry two bicycles where its rear window should normally be. Check out all the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France Special Edition.

Developed on a completely redesigned platform with fully independent front and rear suspension systems, the 2015 Mustang marks the beginning of a new era for the iconic pony. Ford says the sixth-gen Mustang will be the most agile of the breed, and we have every reason to believe it, given the enormous amount of technology packed under the shell. But it seems there’s even more where that came from, as the Blue Oval is also offering a Performance Pack for the muscle car .

Available on the EcoBoost-powered Mustang and the range-topping GT model, the Performance Pack adds numerous drivetrain improvements to the pony and promises to improve its performance on the race track. And by "performance" we mean better handling, grip and faster lap times.

How fast? Well, Ford says the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Package is quicker than the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 . That’s major news considering the Boss 302’s lightness and race-inspired underpinnings. The sixth-gen pony might be controversial as far as styling goes, but it’s shaping up to be a spectacular vehicle in the performance department.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Performance Package.

We already know most of the details surrounding the 2015 Mustang , but what Ford has given us so far is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s at least one high-performance version underway and a bunch of special-edition models are sure to follow. While the beefed-up Mustang SVT is still testing on the ’Ring with swirly camouflage covering its muscular body, Ford’s next special-edition ’Stang is already out in the open, thanks to our friends over at Mustangs Daily.

The said muscle car is actually a one-off model built for EAA AirVenture and joins previous bespoke projects that have paid tribute to either iconic U.S. airplanes or air demonstration squadrons such as the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds. The latest custom Mustang to arrive in the EAA AirVenture collection before being auctioned off for charity is inspired by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a multi-role fighter plane with stealth capability introduced in 2006.

Like most aviation-themed Mustangs, the custom muscle car will go under the hammer at the Gathering of Eagles charity event at EAA AirVenture. All proceeds will be donated to the EAA Young Eagles program, a non-profit organization providing free flights to aviation enthusiasts since 1992.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

By now, it’s clear that BMW has a soft spot for the Japanese market. The Bavarian automaker has made a habit of launching limited-edition models in the Asian country, so we’re not surprised at all that it’s set to release another on. This time around the special model is called the X1 Exclusive Sport. Yes, it’s only been a week since BMW presented the Z4 sDrive GT Spirit , but who’s really counting anymore?

The X1 Exclusive Sport is limited to just 160 units, so yes, it is certainly something special. More importantly, it has all sorts of bells and whistles to justify its label. But this SUV does come at a relatively steep price, as it will run our Japanese petrolhead friends a cool 5.190 million yen, which converts to $51,100 as of 7/15/2014. That’s a whole lot of scratch for an X1.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW X1 Exclusive Sport.

It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.

These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.

The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

With a sleek, muscular appearance, and 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is far from being unattractive. Sure, it’s not as powerful and mean-looking as the CLA45 AMG , but if you’re aiming for something a bit more special and can’t afford the range-topping model, than the company’s brand-new Sport Package Plus is an option you should consider.

Transferred from Europe where it was launched under the Sport moniker last year, the Sport Package Plus comes to enhance the visuals and some of the internal bits of the U.S.-spec Mercedes -Benz CLA250. A new front bumper, red contrasts inside and out, new wheels, new sports seats, and AMG-prepped front axle and suspension highlight this compelling package. It brings a bit of CLA45 AMG-like handling to the base CLA250 and adds a touch of sportiness to its body and cabin without overdoing it.

It’s available on both the front-wheel-drive and 4MATIC versions, and goes on sale later this year. In the meantime, let’s have a look at all the details surrounding this new bundle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport Package Plus.

The Suzuki Swift debuted in 2000, but its roots stretch back to the debut of the Cultus in 1983, which was rebadged as the Swift in countries other than Japan. The second-gen Swift hit the market in 2004 and the third — and current — generation launched in 2010. Heading into the 2014 model year, the Swift receives a new SZ-L Special Edition that receives some fancy paint work.

Oh, look. It’s a Suzuki . More importantly, or at least in this particular instance, it’s a Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition! Wait, this is a special edition model?

The term "Special Edition" is supposed to apply to something truly special. Unfortunately, the automotive industry is prone to abusing this term, so we are not surprised to hear that this "special edition" Suzuki isn’t really all that special.

This Swift SZ-L does have features that standard Swift models don’t have, so we have to give Suzuki some credit here. Suzuki is packaging the Swift SZ-L Special Edition by adding an exclusive two-tone metallic paint finish with a choice of either a Boost Blue or a Cosmic Black hue. Both colors come with a contrasting Cool White roof, not to mention a rear spoiler, and door mirrors.

And...that’s about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition.

The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.

Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.

But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Black Edition.

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.

In 2006, Mercedes realized that some buyers need four doors, but also want the sleek design of a coupe. With this realization, the German automaker released the CLS-Class Coupe, a four-door car with a coupe-like roofline. In 2012, the CLS-Class received a full overhaul and for 2015, the CLS-Class is receiving a new Sport Package.

One package apparently isn’t enough for the Mercedes CLS-Class . Around the same time Mercedes announced the Night Package for its resident luxury sedan, the German automaker also went out and launched the Sport Package for the same model. Why make one awesome package when you can make two, right?

What makes the Sport Package different from the Night Package is the focus put on improving the CLS-Class’ mechanical components. A new Direct Control sports suspension makes an appearance to enhance handling without killing comfort. The package also features a new dual-exhaust system with stainless-steel tailpipes and larger front brake discs paired with "Mercedes-Benz"-stamped calipers.

That’s as far as the upgrades go for the Sport Package. There are also wheel options available, but overall, It’s admittedly a little underwhelming compared to the Night Package. The good news is that the Sport Package is available for all versions of the CLS-Class except the CLS 500 and AMG lines.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS with Sport Package.


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