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2017 BMW 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition

2017 BMW 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition

Another special edition BMW is headed to Japan

Remember when the U.S. used to receive a good number of special edition vehicles from automakers all over the world? It still happens to a certain extent, but it seems that a lot of BMW’s desirable limited edition cars are headed elsewhere, most notably to our friends over in Japan. And so, after staring longingly at this new special edition from Bimmer, I present to you the 7 Series Rose Quartz Edition.

As most of you can expect, this is not a “standard” 7 Series, even though I’m fully aware of the paradox that comes with mentioning the words “standard” and “7 Series” in one sentence. But it’s also true because the 7 Series Rose Quartz has a menu of nice features that are exclusive to it. Even better, BMW has based the special edition 7er on the 750Li, which means that in addition to its unique add-ons, it also carries a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that pumps out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The 7 Series Rose Quartz will make its debut on November 2, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka. There’s no mention yet on how many units of the special edition 7 Series will be made available to the public. What I do know is that unless somebody finds a way to import these units to the U.S., the only way to get them is if you’re in Japan and you have 20.19 million yen to spare, or the equivalent of $193,900 based on current exchange rates.

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2016 BMW 320d Celebration Edition "Style Edge"

2016 BMW 320d Celebration Edition "Style Edge"

BMW gives the 320d a little love for its 100th-anniversary celebration

BMW has picked the BMW 320d to create the third installment of its 100th-anniversary celebration. This time around, there will be 200 examples of the 320d and 200 examples of the 320 Touring built with a few exclusive exterior features and special interior appointments. Best of all, the two models will be equipped with BMW’s next-gen B47, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, clean diesel engine and a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The model is set to go on sale on May 28th in Japan and is expected to be sold in a short period of time.

With a Japan launch, obviously those of us in Europe or the U.S. will probably never get to lay eyes on one, but it’s at least worth knowing about. As expected, the 320d Style Edge 3 models get some M Sport love and a little bit of attention from BMW Individual too. Pricing for both models tips in between $50,000 and $55,000, which will be about $10,000 more than their standard-model counterparts.

So, coming in at a $10,000 premium, the Style Edge models must be pretty special, right? Well, let’s take a look at what BMW did with them to make them worth being part of its 100th anniversary.

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2015 BMW M4 Coupe M Performance Edition

2015 BMW M4 Coupe M Performance Edition

Ever since the BMW M4 broke into the scene back in 2014, Bavaria’s resident sports coupe has received numerous iterations and special edition treatments. In just over a year, versions like the M4 GTS, M4 Coupe Individual, and M4 Pyrite Brown Edition have all taken center stage at various points in time. Now, BMW Japan is adding two more special edition versions of the M4 into the mix, one of which is called the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition.

Taking its cues from a handful of other special edition M4s released before it, the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition comes with a bevy of upgrades to the exterior and interior, although most of it can be found on the body of the sports coupe. Oddly enough, the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition doesn’t have any performance upgrades, although some of the new components on the exterior of the M4 can be described as “performance-enhancing.”

Another downside to this special edition M4 is its availability. BMW’s only making this available in Japan so unless you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re not going to get access to buying any of the 17 units BMW is building of the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition.

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2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

It’s been less than a week since BMW launched the limited-edition 5 Series Grace Line model in Japan, and the Bavarian automaker has announced yet another special-edition car exclusive to the same country. This time around it is based on the 6 Series and goes by the name 640i Coupe M Performance Edition.

As its lengthy, official name suggests, it’s a mid-range 640i model powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at 315 horsepower. What sets it apart from the version you can buy at any U.S. dealership is the M Sport package that adds an array of special features inside and out.

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for launching several limited-edition models in Japan over the course of a model year. In essence, these cars are basically regular models equipped with all sorts of packages you can buy just about anywhere else in the world, but the trick here is that they cost less than they would with all those features added as separate options.

The fact that most of them are limited to less than 100 units likely attracts customers looking for something a bit more exclusive. All told, it’s a good marketing scheme BMW should be using more often in Europe and the U.S., as many enthusiasts would love to have access to a highly optioned, limited-run model. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 640i M Performance Edition.

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Japan Gets BMW 5 Series Grace Line Edition

Japan Gets BMW 5 Series Grace Line Edition

Asian countries, Japan and China specifically, get a lot of attention from luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes. Today, BMW has announced that it will deliver yet another special model to Asia in the form of the Japan-exclusive 5 Series Grace Line.

The Grace Line will be a package, much like the Sport Line and Luxury Line, but BMW will limit it to only 160 examples. Unlike so many “special” models exclusive to Asia, this limited 5 Series actually offers a lot of bang for the buck.

This model gains two exclusive colors (mineral and gray), exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, exclusive matte-chrome bars on the grille, adaptive LED headlights, LED turn signals, LED cornering lights, LED fog lights, and a high-gloss Shadow Line exterior. On the inside, this special Bimmer gains Dakota leather sport seats with contrast stitching, heated front seats, a multifunction M steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, a rear-window electric blind, and dedicated interior badges. As an option, buyers can also add a sunroof.

The Grace Line will be available on two versions of the BMW 5 Series, the 523i and the 523d. The 523i features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine, which produces 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 270 Nm (199 foot-pounds) of torque. The 523d has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that churns out 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) of torque. Both models use an eight-speed auto transmission.

Both the 523i Grace Line and the 523d Grace Line will hit showrooms on June 13th, 2015. The 523i will start from ¥7,200,000 ($57,855 as of 2015) and the 523d will base at ¥7,430,000 ($59,703 as of 2015).

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2015 BMW 3 Series M Sport Style Edge Edition

2015 BMW 3 Series M Sport Style Edge Edition

BMW loves releasing random special editions in Japan, and oftentimes they are limited to only mild body kits and a few extra standard features. Well, for 2015, BMW has just released this Japan-exclusive version of the 320i and 320d that it calls the M Sport Style Edge.

Like many Asian special-edition Bimmers, this model’s updates are limited in terms of exclusivity, as most of the updates are simply added standard features. Things like upgraded rims, a new aero kit, and upgraded interior trim are just a few examples of what makes this Bimmer special. However, the fact that BMW will offer only several hundred of these M Sport Style Edge models may be enough to make up for its slight price hike.

You can check out our full review of the standard 320i here

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2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

For the 2014 model year, BMW decided to take the beautiful 3 Series and ugly it up a bit by releasing the Gran Turismo version. The 3 Series GT is the definition of a niche vehicle, as it hovers in the no man’s land between a wagon and a compact SUV. For the 2015 model year, the U.S.-spec 3 Series GT saw limited changes, but the Japan-spec model earned a new, limited-production model dubbed the 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge.

This special model doesn’t have anything overly wild and crazy to make it special. Instead, BMW focused on adding in a handful of premium features without jacking up the price too much. The issue is with such a narrow niche and plenty of traditional wagons to choose from that offer more features, more room and a lower price, it is arguable whether this limited-edition 320i GT makes any sense or not.

Continue reading my review of the 2015 BMW 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge to learn more.

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2014 BMW 740i Executive Edition

2014 BMW 740i Executive Edition

On the streets since late 2008, the current-generation BMW 7 Series is a little long in the tooth, but that’s not to say the luxury sedan has lost its appeal. On the contrary, the 7 Series is still popular among full-size sedan buyers, even though Mercedes’ redesigned S-Class has been turning heads for more than a year. The Germans are already working on the next-gen 7 Series, scheduled to arrive for the 2016 model year, but the current model is still getting all the attention it deserves. Especially in Japan, a country known for the numerous limited-edition models hitting its showrooms. For 2015, it’s the 7 Series’ turn to spawn a special-edition offering, this time in the form of the entry-level 740i.

Much like past Japan-exclusive models from BMW, this 740i — dubbed Executive Edition — presents itself as a more upscale, better-equipped version of the company’s base 7 Series. Exterior paints are limited to black and two shades of white, while the interior is exclusively wrapped in Dakota leather. A host of convenience features otherwise available only as options on the 740i are offered as standard equipment. What’s more, this sedan is limited to only 110 units for even more exclusivity. Check out all the details after the break.

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2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition

BMW has never been a company to shy away from special edition cars, especially when it involves young markets like Japan and China. Japan recently received a handful of special edition models, including the 528i "30th Anniversary Edition" that was launched in October 2011 and the M5 Nighthawk Edition that arrived in July 2013. This time around, BMW is preparing a special edition model of its flagship 7 Series for the Japanese market.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is the model’s actual name and yes, it’s got enough personalized details to justify its “Individual” designation. The changes are limited to the exterior and the interior of the car, there are no power or drivetrain changes.

That’s not to say that the ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is lacking in any performance credentials thanks to a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery that produces a total output of 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough output to cover 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

The ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition is expected to hit Japanese dealerships in December 2014 with each model carrying a price tag of ¥13.1 million. That’s about $120,100 based on current exchange rates.

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2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit

2014 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit

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.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport

2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport

The Japanese market received another BMW special edition: this time based on the 3 Series and called "Exclusive Sport." The new model will be limited to only 320 units, and BMW will put on sale in late January 2014. Prices will start from ¥5,490,000 — about $52,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 3 Series Exclusive Sport features design elements seen on the BMW M Sport models, including an updated exterior look and a high-quality interior equipped with tons of innovative driver assistance systems. The 3 Series Exclusive Sport can be ordered in only two colors: White and Carbon Black.

For the exterior, the updates are limited, and they only include 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and side window frames in a satin aluminum finish. Most of the Exclusive Sport updates are found on the inside, where BMW focused on making the 3 Series sportier and more luxurious.

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2013 BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition

2013 BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition

The Japanese market received yet another special edition from BMW: an M5 Nighthawk Edition. This special model is limited to only 10 units and is available for order exclusively in August with deliveries beginning in October.

The model features BMW Individual Frozen Black Matte exterior paint combined with dark chrome on the kidney grille, door handles, exterior mirrors, exhaust finishers and diffuser. The model sits on 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and features a new exhaust system with black end pipes.

For the interior, the model gets a full-leather Merino trim in bright Sakiru orange combined with a BMW M Performance carbon interior trim.

The model comes equipped with the recently launched Competition Package that increases the bi-turbo V-8’s output to a total of 575 horsepower. As a result, the 0-to-100 km/h mph sprint time drops 0.1 seconds from the base M5 to 4.2 seconds.

On the Japanese market, the new M5 Nighthawk is priced at ¥18,200,000 , which is about $180,000 at the current exchange rates.

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2013 BMW 7-Series V12 Bi-Turbo Special Edition

2013 BMW 7-Series V12 Bi-Turbo Special Edition

The Japanese market received yet another special edition from BMW: a 7 Series V12 Bi-Turbo. The model will be limited to only 52 units and can be ordered starting today (May 23rd) through the end of August. Customers will start receiving their cars in October 2013. Pricing for the special 7 Series V12 Bi-Turbo starts at ¥22,600,000 (about $223,000).

The model is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine equipped with VANOS technology and features twin turbochargers, high-precision direct injection, and intake and exhaust variable valve timing. This engine delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

For the exterior, customer can choose between Silverstone II and Singapore Gray paints combined with dark chrome on the kidney grille and the exhaust pipes. The model is also equipped with an M aerodynamic package and will be offered with standard 21-inch alloy wheels in a V-spoke design.

On the inside, the only addition is a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that delivers 1,200 watts.

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