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Abarth’s got a little surprise up its sleeve and it’s called the 500 Track Experience. The new Track Experience package gives customers a chance to enjoy a unique Abarth 500 that comes with a bevy of nice features offered by the Italian automaker, including sleek paint colors, fancy wheels, and a track day experience in Oulton Park, Donington Park, or Brands Hatch. All those tracks are in the UK , which is a bummer for folks in America, but great news for our Abarth-loving, friends across the pond!

The car itself is an important celebratory vehicle for Abarth. It’s limited to just 65 units representing the 65 years since Abarth was founded by Italian Carlo Abarth.

For those interested in the Abarth 500 Track Experience, the automaker is selling them at all 29 UK dealers at a price tag of £14,990, which is about $24,700 as of 9/4/2014.

It’s not often that a limited-edition vehicle comes with its own track-day pass, so there’s a lot of appeal attached to the 500 Track Experience. At the very least, you can buy one and let loose on any of the three tracks available. The track experience alone is worth a nice price bump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Abarth 500 Track Experience.

The Subaru BRZ isn’t getting a facelift anytime soon, but over in the UK, the BRZ is getting — or at least getting back — the entry level SE trim. It doesn’t sound that sexy, that much I think we can all agree on. But it does give customers in the UK a cheaper BRZ alternative than the ones they’re currently getting.

There’s not a whole lot to be excited about the return of the BRZ SE other than its £22,495 ($37,033 at current exchange rates) price tag. The engine is still the same (ho hum) 2.0-liter flat-four and there aren’t any added features unless you get the higher-grade SE Lux version. At least that one gets Alcantara and heated leather-trimmed seats.

Otherwise, prepare to see standard features like keyless entry and push-button start; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; sports seats; VSC; Torsen limited slip differential; and front, side, curtain, and knee airbags. Satellite navigation is also available, although that one comes as a dealer-fit option.

Judging by what’s being offered, the BRZ SE can be an attractive buy if you’re looking for a sports car across the pond. But you’re probably better served getting the SE Lux trim. For an extra £1,500 ($2,469), you at least get some nice Alcantara-wrapped heated seats.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ SE.

The BMW i8 has become a sales hit in the UK. Actually, it’s become more than a hit if you consider reports that it’s already sold out and that there’s already a 10-month waiting list to get your hands on the hybrid sports car . British newspaper Telegraph is reporting that the demand for the i8 has become so incredible that customers are even willing to pay "any price" for the display car in BMW’s i showroom on Park Lane in London.

It’s a dramatic turn of fortune for BMW , which initially expressed fears that the i8 wouldn’t command the same amount of attention as it had hoped. It was a gamble to build it in the very beginning, especially when the German automaker made it clear that the i8 would only feature a rather petite, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, combining to produce a total output of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

But even the £95,000 ($135,925 here in the U.S. as of 8/12/2014) price tag of the i8 couldn’t dissuade buyers from putting in deposits for the car as early as 2012, even before BMW announced that production for the hybrid would ensue. BMW Park Lane sales manager even told the Telegraph that the i8 has become the "biggest conquest car I’ve known as a BMW salesman."

Something tells me that BMW enjoyed hearing those words. At least more so now that the decision and subsequent risk it took in producing the i8 is turning out to be a stroke of genius at this point.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

Source: Telegraph

Car collecting has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to one British dentist who amassed the largest private collection in Britain with multiple warehouses stocked full of antique Jaguars , Bentleys , Austins, and Minis . However Dr. James Hull’s collection is now in the care of Jaguar Land Rover after the automaker purchased the entire fleet for an undisclosed amount.

The collection consists of 543 classic cars dating back to the 1930s and is estimated to be worth some £100 million, or roughly $168,346,500 U.S. dollars as of August 7, 2014. Among the collection are cars like Sir Winston Churchill’s Austin, Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller , and even Sir Elton John’s Bentley.

Besides the sheer number of vehicles, the collection’s breath of variety is also intriguing. It ranges from million-dollar Jaguars down to the must humble Morris Minors, a plane-Jane economy car produced from the 1940s through 1970s.

Included are even pristine examples of a super-rare 1950s-era Jaguar XKSS and a D-Type worth more than $6.7 million together. Hull’s vehicles even include classic pedal cars dating back to the 1920s to present day. Perhaps the most special one is a Ferrari example that was hand-built in Maranello, Italy in the 1950s.

It’s unclear what Jaguar Land Rover plans to do with the massive collection, but it’s a sure bet that all 543 cars are in good hands. Perhaps those vehicles not wearing a Jaguar badge will end up at auction, possibly fetching a profit for the British automaker. Be sure to check out the video below the jump.

Click past the jump to learn more about this private collection.

Source: DailyMail

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.

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’s always a place for hot sports hatchbacks in the industry these days. The Volkswagen Golf isn’t an exception to that. This model is a certified seller for the German brand in large part because of its unique combination of hot aesthetic styling with its stellar performance capabilities.

But Volkswagen isn’t just keen on keeping the Golf stale. Sometimes, the company takes it a step further, introducing special edition models to keep the Golf fresh and appealing for its loyal fan base.

The launch of the Volkswagen Golf Match is proof of that. It’s been touted as a replacement model for the Golf SE with the added exception of it being more tricked out than the SE at no added cost. That’s incredible for fans of the Golf SE, a lot of whom already attest to the trim’s well-specified status.

Adding new features to the Golf SE is no easy task and yet, Volkswagen successfully did it by adding even more features to the Golf that customers will undoubtedly appreciate. These new features aren’t your run-of-the-mill additions, either. A lot of them, like the front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, and mirror pack, all serve their own functions. Those mirror packs, in particular, comes with automatically folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. Functions, baby!

The Volkswagen Golf Match is already available to order starting at a price of $33,750 for the 1.4-liter TSI all the way up to $41,300 for the 2.0-liter TDI. Deliveries of the models are expected to commence in September.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Match.

Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition.

Open top road/track cars have become the rage these days. That’s especially true in Great Britain where seemingly a new startup comes to life promising to take the segment to a new level. Elemental is the latest to try its luck and it has come out swinging, unveiling the RP-1 and promising to lay waste to the KTM X-Bow and the Ariel Atom .

It’s an awfully difficult segment to launch new products into, especially when it’s pitted against some very established competitors. But Elemental is undaunted and the British company is relishing the opportunity to prove its worth with the RP-1.

You can’t blame the company for at least being confident. After all, the RP-1 is being promised as an evolution of the road and track car and taking it to a new level with a package that includes a powerful Ford EcoBoost engine wrapped in a lightweight carbon fiber body.

In a perfect world, such proclamations are treated with wide-eyed admiration. But with so many of this kind of cars in the market, Elemental still needs to prove itself before it’s treated with the same reverence as a company like Ariel.

The company has gotten the ball rolling in that regard. Now comes the time where the RP-1 prove its worth.

Updated 06/23/2014: The first images on the Elemental RP-1 were revealed before the car’s official debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Elemental RP-1.

The Gumball 3000 is an exciting thing to be a part of , but when you get hundreds of nice cars together to go on a 3,000-mile road trip, there is bound to be some carnage and general mayhem . Sadly that often means that one of the cool and valuable cars entered in the rally will not be going home in one piece. That story rings true for this modified Shelby Cobra .

The car is said to be good for 800 horsepower, and it looked downright menacing with its matte-black vinyl wrap. At some point during what looks like the UK leg of the trip, the Cobra was involved in an accident that ripped most of the car’s front end clean off. Most of the suspension, wheels and body work are completely missing in the photos gathered by GT Spirit. There is no information on the cause of the crash, but thankfully it appears that all those involved are safe.

The car itself was a 1966 model and as entry number 113, it was the official car from Battery Energy Drink, one of the main sponsors of this year’s rally.

Epic road trips are lots of fun, I love them , but it is important to remember to keep it safe out there. Especially when piloting an 800-horsepower hot rod with no roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Cobra.

Source: GT Spirit

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