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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

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.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Dynamic R

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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).

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Sport Edition.

For a lot of sports fans, late-January and early-February is always a time to look forward to because of the NFL playoffs Super Bowl.

But another January tradition that has people waiting with baited breath is the return of Top Gear , considered by many as the preeminent automotive series on television. So, with the days winding down before the debut of the 21st season on January 23, a lot of gearheads are counting down the days to get a new look at the new Top Gear season, featuring the lovable and controversial, trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

To give us a small sample size (a really small one, at that) of what to expect for the coming season’s worth of episodes, BBC released a short preview of one of the episodes with Clarkson driving aimlessly while counting all the lories that pass his way. Those are called trucks on this side of the Atlantic, by the way.

It’s nothing to go by, to be honest, and the look on Clarkson’s face seems to suggest that he’s having a not-so-enjoyable time behind the wheel of what looks like a compact hatch . Still and all, Top Gear’s back and that’s great news for everyone who has waited a while for these fellas to return.

Click past the jump to read about Top Gear

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Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.

As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.

The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven 160

They say that you only celebrate a 50th birthday once, so when it happens, you might as well make it as memorable as possible.

Italian automaker Lamborghini is in the middle of its 50th anniversary celebrations and since the start of the year, it’s celebrated it with the kind of extravagance befitting of its stature in the industry.

Recently, things took an interesting turn in the United Kingdom when the UK Lamborghini 50th Anniversary 50th Anniversary Tour officially opening its doors to the public.

Held at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire, over 50 Lamborghinis participated in the event with models ranging from the classic Countachs all the way to the current Aventador Roadsters . In between, there were Murcielagos , Diablos , Gallardos , and even the one-off Oakley Design Aventador LP760 Nasser Edition.

Needless to say, it was as close to a Lamborghini overdose as you could possibly get, and not surprisingly, Shmee150 was right in the middle of all the festivities with cameras in tow.

(Click past the jump to read about one of Lamborghini’s anniversary edition models, the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario pride and joy}

Like a lot of the marquee auto brands in the world today, Porsche has taken that dive into the world of in-house customization and recently, it made a rather subdued and under-the-radar release of one 911 model that falls under this program .

Limited to just a handful of examples, this is the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition. Apart from its exclusive quantity, this particular model will only be sold in the United Kingdom, further keeping it away from the hands of customers outside the British isles.

As far as its uniqueness is concerned, the 911 Carrera S Exclusive Edition boasts of some impressive exterior and interior additions, including an exclusive grey exterior finish, a sport design body kit, premium leather upholstery on the interior, and most distinct of all relative to its market, a series of Union Jack (that’s the flag of the United Kingdom) logos on the door entry guards and the center armrest.

The 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 395 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque in its standard setup, but Porsche Exclusive equipped it with a Power Kit to boost its output. Porsche has yet to unveil its total output, but we expect it to fall near the 425- to 450-horsepower range.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S

Innovation is at the heart of what McLaren does and there’s no question that when it comes to making use of the latest technologies available, there aren’t a lot of companies — British ones, at that — that can hold a candle to McLaren.

That’s also why the automaker is a staunch supporter of the GREAT campaign, an initiative in the UK that aims to highlight the it’s status as a world leader when it comes to technology.

In celebration of its advocacy to this cause, McLaren and F1 racecar driver Jenson Button recently unveiled the GREAT 12C , a McLaren supercar dressed up in the latest GREAT campaign livery, complete with fancy graphics and the campaigns key message "Innovation is GREAT" plastered throughout the 12C.

There is no mention of any performance mods on this liveried 12C, so we assume that it features the same 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant that produces 616 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque as the standard 12C. This engine sprints the 12C to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 207 mph.

If you remember, this isn’t the first McLaren that has prominently displayed the advocacy on its body. Last year, McLaren did the same to an MP4-12C GT3 , giving it the same unique treatment to match the message it wished to bestow.

The 2013 GREAT 12C will make the usual promotional rounds in the coming days, beginning with an appearance at an exclusive ‘McLaren 50’ screening of Formula 1 film ‘RUSH’ today before leading a procession of rare cars from Buckingham Palace to Marlborough House Gardens in the St James’s Palace Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read about the first GREAT McLaren, the MP4-12C GT3

F1 license plate bought for $880.000

In addition to owning one of the most recognized aftermarket companies in the world in Kahn Design , businessman Afzal Kahn also has a pretty fabulous collection of exotics to call his own.

Recently, though, Kahn made headlines, not because of any new supercar purchase or a new program for the multitude of vehicles that go through Kahn Design. Instead, he’s in the news because he apparently turned down a $9.4 million offer to buy his “F1”numbered license plate, which was first registered to a Panhard Levassor — a 15-horsepower, four-door car — in 1904.

Remove yourselves from the ridiculousness of buying a license plate for almost $10 million and you’ll probably realize that the “F1” plates aren’t your typical plates to begin with. For one, the Daily Mail reports that it’s been in circulation for 109 years, far longer than most automakers in existence today!

Second, it really does cost a figurative trip to the moon. Back in 2008, Kahn purchased the plates for a staggering$880,000 , a figure that a lot of people scoffed at when he made the purchase five years ago at a charity auction.

Well, look who’s scoffing now.

Kahn, of course, turned down the staggering offer, opting to keep the license plates to himself because he believed it’s worth a lot more than the offered amount, plus he’s known as quite the Formula One racing fane. How much more? Who knows, really, but the fact that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea of splitting with the plate number goes to show how valuable he thinks they are. And for good reason, too, because according to a spokesman for Kahn Design, “the interest on this plate is enormous, yet Kahn’s willing to wait for an even bigger offer that will undoubtedly come moving forward.

Click past the jump to read about one of Kahn Design’s most recent programs

Source: Daily Mail

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