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Mazda UK is adding four new special editions to its lineup, one of them being a MX-5 Venture Edition. The new special edition is on sale now with prices starting £18,895 (about $28,800 at the current exchange rates) for the 126-horsepower, 1.8-liter-powered Venture Edition soft-top version and up to £22,295 (about $34,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter-powered Venture Edition Roadster Coupe with powered folding roof.

The new MX-5 Venture Edition will be distinguished by a new set of 17-inch Bright Finish alloy wheels on the outside. On the inside, Mazda is offering heated tan leather sports seats and tan leather door inserts.

The new Venture Edition will be offered in four exterior colors: Brilliant Black, Copper Red Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Stormy Blue Mica. Each color will be combined with a set of “Venture Edition" badges, while the soft-top models will be offered with a tan fabric roof.

Mercedes will soon release the new-generation S-Class onto the market, but Mercedes UK has unveiled a new special-edition based on the current model. The new AMG Sport Edition is based on the most successful S-Class model on the UK market: the S 350 BlueTEC and is priced from £69,995 (around $108,000 at the current exchange rates) on the road.

The new S-Class AMG Sport Edition will be distinguished by AMG front and rear aprons with subtle sill extensions and will be offered with an elegant set of 20-inch AMG alloy wheels in a five-twin-spoke design combined with brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering. The model will also be equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof and illuminated door sills.

The interior will be updated with a Black Ash Wood trim, a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, studded sports pedals finished in stainless steel and AMG-branded floor mats. Standard features will include technologies like a reversing camera and Keyless Go, Harmon/Kardon Front Seat Entertainment and a Comand multimedia system featuring 14 high-performance speakers and additional amplifiers, a set of headphones and remote control, and DAB digital radio.

McLaren F1

There are a handful of cars that cost over $1 million. However, for repairs for a car to hit seven figures, well, that’s unheard of…

Not anymore, apparently.

Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 , which was destroyed during an accident that occurred back in August 2011, is now up and running again. Now, repairing a totally mangled supercar of the stature of the McLaren F1 takes a pretty long time, as McLaren engineers will attest after spending more than a year restoring the car to run again. With that much time spent on just putting the car back together, costs for the repair eventually ran up to the tune of £910,000 ($1.44 million).

That figure is even more remarkable considering that it’s three times as expensive as any other repair claim that has been documented in the UK. Just a hunch: Mr. Atkinson’s insurance company will no doubt raise his insurance rates after this deal – whether they paid for it or not.

Granted, it’s a McLaren F1. But still, $1 million for repairing a car is just absurd.

Note: Photo above is not Rowan Atkinson’s restored McLaren F1

Source: Metro UK

Ingolstadt-based automaker, Audi, is already working on a new-generation TT , but this doesn’t mean customers can’t still enjoy the current generation. On the British market, for example, Audi unveiled a cool TT Black Edition that can be combined with a new Amplified Black specification package priced at only £700 (about $1,100 at the current exchange rates).

The new Black Edition will be based on the top S line trim level and adds a black trim for the radiator grille surround, tinted rear privacy glass, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The optional Amplified Black package also adds numerous black elements like the front lip spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler, rear diffuser and the exhaust pipes. The same black treatment continues on the interior.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster Black Edition.

We’ve waited a long time for Top Gear to return to TV land and now that they have, it’s definitely great to see them back in the swing of things.

The first episode saw a whole lot of the unpredictable shenanigans the three hosts - and The Stig - have come to be known for. While the real treat of episode 1 was the Pagani Huayra’s record-setting lap around the Top Gear test track, the other segments also got our good jollies up and running again.

There’s James May taking a ride with rally driver Chris Meeke on board a Bentley Continental GT Speed , a car that probably isn’t the most suitable for rally-racing purposes. But seeing as this is Top Gear where nothing appears to be out of bounds, May and Meeke still went ahead and did the whole rally routine complete with Captain Slow playing the role of befuddled navigator.

Oh, and you can’t forget about Jeremy Clarkson’s new bad boy of a vehicle, the P45, which nobody should really confuse with the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione . Whereas the latter is a bona fide exotic super/race car, the former is, well, a cute little contraption with wheels.

Check out the highlights of the Top Gear’s pilot episode of Season 19 after the jump!

Pagani Huayra

The accolades just keep on coming for the mighty 2011 Pagani Huayra .

Already considered as one of the fastest and most beautiful supercars on the planet, the Huayra recorded yet another milestone during the first episode of Top Gear’s 19th season.

With the venerable Stig at the wheel, the Huayra managed to set a new record for a street-legal car on the Top Gear Test Track, breaking the line with a lap time of 1:13.8, more than a full second faster than what the previous record-holder — the Ariel Atom V8 — accomplished when it clocked in a time of 1:15.1.

It’s an impressive achievement for a street-legal car, although it’s still a little ways off of the time its brethren, the Pagani Zonda R , set when it blasted through the course in a scintillating 1:08.5. Of course, the Zonda R isn’t street legal, as is the Ferrari FXX , which posted a time of 1:10.7.

Be that as it may, the Huayra’s time is still spectacular.

British customers will enjoy a new addition to their already very impressive Kia Soul Originals collection. The new addition, the Soul Shaker will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine variants and will carry a relatively low price.

The model sits above the "2" specification version and shares some high-tech features with other models in the Soul Originals range, including iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and air conditioning.

When compared to other Soul models in the lineup, the new Shaker edition will be distinguished by an exclusive paintjob, a new set of alloy wheels, and premium interior in a new unique ’Houndstooth’ design.

Kia also paid intensive attention to the car’s safety level and equipped the new Shaker with technologies like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist control.

Hit the jump to ream more the 2013 Kia Soul Shaker.

Add McLaren to the growing list of automakers that are celebrating their anniversary this year.

The British automaker has been mum about their plans, but now that every other automaker has unfurled their respective anniversary plans, McLaren has finally announced their own anniversary plans 50 years after founder Bruce McLaren started a company that has since reinvented the supercar genre.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, McLaren will use a 50th anniversary logo on everything from their merchandise all the way to the new MP4-28 Formula 1 race car.

It’s certainly worth noting that McLaren has a lot to celebrate about, considering the trail they’ve blazed in the supercar world. Whether it’s through exotics or even the world of motorsports, the British automaker has made the kind of emphatic stamp in the industry only a few can claim to have matched.

And as Ron Dennis, McLaren’s executive chairman, eloquently puts it, "This is a book that’s still being written...and that, perhaps, is the greatest legacy of McLaren."

The day many gearheads have all been waiting for is finally upon us. Everybody’s favorite auto magazine show is scheduled to return on January 27th. That’s right, folks, Top Gear is back!

This teaser, which you can see above, gives us a glimpse of what to expect when Jeremy, James and Richard return for another rollicking season full of laughs, races and challenges. This teaser puts a nice little twist into the antics that these fellas pull off. We’re not going to give it away, but it’s definitely a hoot.

And yes, don’t forget about the Stig. The boys aren’t the only one included in the trailer, as he is there is all of his white-racing-suit-donning glory.

Check out the video and let us know just how antsy you are to see this hit show back to running new episodes. We definitely can’t wait to see it.

Correction: Ah, mistakes happen sometimes. We mistakenly said the 19th season debuts on January 19th. Thanks to the fine folks at the BBC and Top Gear’s fantastic PR representative for informing us that it actually debuts on the 27th of January, so reset your TiVo!

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Seemingly everyone that has any remote fascination with cars has spent the better part of the week anxious to see the uber-hyped unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

And now that Chevy has officially released it into the spotlight, we just can’t get enough of it. And apparently, the folks over at the UK are equally as excited after reports from Auto Express UK have said that the Corvette Stingray will head to the UK.

Don’t get too excited dear chaps of ours from across the pond, because Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, said that the Corvette Stingray won’t land on British soil for at least a couple of years.

Talking to Auto Express UK, Juechter remarked that "There is no plan to build a right-hand-drive version in the short term. In the long term it’s something we definitely want - to make this a more global car - but it won’t be for a couple of years."

Guess you’ll take good news any way you can get it, right?

Be patient, chaps! The Corvette Stingray is coming to the UK. It won’t be for a few more years, but hey, at least it’s coming!


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