2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition
The Volkswagen Passat is officially dead in the United States. Well, not quite yet, but it’s definitely taking its last breaths as Volkswagen prepares the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee for production of the Atlas, Atlas Cross, and all-electric ID.4. As the U.S. market bids farewell to the Passat, it’s going to honor it in the only way it knows how – a special edition. The car you see here is just one of four configurations, with a total of 1,973 examples being built. Why 1,973? Because 1973 was the first year the Passat was offered.
Volkswagen will produce 411 examples of the Passat special edition in a combination of Aurora Red Metallic with a Titan Black interior. This model represents the original production code of the Passat – 411. Next, there will be 423 examples of the passat finished in Racing Green Metallic with a Mauro Brown interior. 423 represents the Chattanooga, TN area code. Another version finished in Pure White with Mauro Brown interior will be produced in just 524 examples, representing the opening date of the Chattanooga plant: May 24, 2011. Finally, the fourth iteration of the Passat special edition will be offered in Grey Metallic with a Titan Black interior. 615 represents six generations of imported Passats (6), one generation assembled in Chattanooga (1), and 5 decades of U.S. sales (5).
Outside of the exclusive exterior paint and interior theme, there’s not a whole lot to set the Passat special edition apart from the pack. The seats inside will feature a “x of 1973” tag on one side and “Chattanooga 2011” on the other. Comfort sports seats will come standard with Vienna leather while the exterior will ride on distinctive 18-inch, fifteen-spoke wheels. Pricing for the Passat special edition comes in at $30,295 but the Aurora Red Metallic will add an extra $395 to the ticket.
MINI Has introduced a “MINI Anniversary Edition” to Honor Six Decades of Partnership with John Cooper
The MINI brand began collaborating with John Cooper 60 years ago in September 1961, and that bond continues to this day; MINI’s top performance variant still bears the JCW name - with a John Cooper Works badge - and this new special edition has been launched to commemorate that very relationship between the two brands that spans six decades.
2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Mexico Editions
It’s been a decade since Lamborghini opened its first dealership in Mexico. To commemorate this, the automaker has come up with four special editions based on the themes of Mexico’s culture – Life, Death, Dream, and Time. These are all aesthetic changes and come with no upgrades under the skin. The Mexico models are all about the ideology and the reasoning behind the four themes. Which edition is your favorite?
2022 Lexus RXL Black Line
Lexus is growing its exclusive Black Line series with the new RXL Black Line for the 2022 model year. This new special and limited-run edition will be based on the RX 350L or RX 450L, with the former being limited to 389 examples and the latter being produced in just 106 examples. The main highlight is, arguably, the new Cloudburst Gray or the optional Eminent White Pearl, however, it’s the black accents outside that really tie the package together. The 20-inch black wheels are the most notable, however, the wheel lug nots, radiator grille, outer portion of the mirrors, badging, and lower front bumper are all finished in black. When paired with the standard Cloudburst Gray, the RXL looks downright menacing while the Eminent While Pearl exterior finish makes for an awesome two-tone contrast that really draws attention.
On the inside, there’s a decent helping of open-pore wood trim, while te Nu-Luxe seats are upholstered in black with blue contrast stitching. That same blue stitching also ties together the dash pad, shift boot, and steering wheel. Since the Black Line is a purely aesthetic package, the RXL 350 delivers 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter V-6 while the hybrid model dishes out 308 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque from the same engine paired with an electric motor. Pricing for the RX 350L Black Line comes in at $52,030 while the RX 450 HL Black Line commands $55,290.
One-of-Three 1972 Lamborghini Miura SVJs Comes Up For Sale
It has been over 55 years since the Lamborghini Miura was launched. It stayed in production for around seven years, during which the Italian automaker produced 764 examples of the beauty. Out of these 764 copies, three were conferred with the SVJ badge to make an ultra-rare model of a rather rare car. One of those three, a 1972 model, has now come up for sale and is listed on Kidston.com!
2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn And Wraith Black Badge Landspeed Collection
Before World War II sent the world into chaos once again, Captain George Eyston piloted the aero-shaped Thunderbolt record car to not one but two world land-speed records. His first wun on the Bonneville Salts Flats happened on November 19, 1937 where he managed to push the thunderbolt up to a record of 312 mph. Almost a year later, in late-1938, he did it again, only this time he hit 357.5 mph, and that record held through WWII as there were no other land-speed record attempts that that time. The car itself was of significant importance because it was powered by two mighty Rolls-Royce V-12 aircraft engines. Eyston never returned to attempt breaking his record after WWII ended, but Rolls-Royce has found it appropriate to remind the world of his previous records and honor him with special edition cars – one based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith and the other based on the Rolls-Royce Dawn, both in Black Badge trim.
Neither of these cars feature anything like the massive 37-liter, V-12, Rolls-Royce engines that sent Eyston beyond the 300-mph mark way back in the 1930s, but they do feature the brands tried-and-true 6.6-liter V-12. In the Wraith, that engine is good for 623 horsepower and 642 pound-feet of torque while the Dawn Black Badge is good for 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Oddly enough, Rolls-Royce didn’t think it was worth providing any performance upgrades for either of the special edition cars, but there are a few things of not. The interior of both cars feature a special texture that resembles the cracked ground of Bonneville. The starlight headliner in the Wraith was design to mimic the night sky over Bonneville on September 16, 1938 when Eyston made his second land-speed record. Finally, the interior is finished off with silhouettes of the Thunderbolt laser-etched on the front tunnel and the clock has been redesigned to look like the original gauges in the Thunderbolt.
The exterior of these cars are limited to a special two-tone finish, most notably the new “Bonneville Blue” hue designed specifically for these two cars. You’ll find a few bits of yellow and black, which also pay tribute to the old record-setting car. In the end, Rolls-Royce is only making 60 examples of these cars, with production of the Wraith limited to just 35 and the Dawn being even more obscure, with production capped at just 25 examples.
2022 Genesis G80 Sport
The Genesis brand has come a long way in a short while, and the G80 embodies that perfectly. It was the G80 that made the transition to the Genesis brand, as it actually started life as the Hyundai Genesis. In 2020, came the second generation and a year later the first Genesis EV – the G80e. Now that the mid-size luxury sedan has made a full circle, Genesis wants to make the G80 a bit more exciting. The next evolution of the Genesis G80 will be the Sport version, which brings a few exciting features.
2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T and Rebel G/T
Ram is going through a purple patch right now and it doesn’t want to take its foot off the gas pedal. After beating the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F Series in the second-quarter sales this year, Ram is keeping the ball rolling by adding spice to its arsenal. The automaker launched the 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary edition earlier this month and has now come up with a couple more special edition trucks. This time, they’re based on the Laramie and Rebel models.
Ram has introduced G/T models for the 1500 Laramie and the 1500 Rebel that come with aesthetic upgrades and an updated exhaust system. They are priced at a premium over the standard models and will be available within the next couple of months.
2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Ram brought luxuriousness to the pickup truck segment. Take the 1500, for instance. The higher trims are plush enough to put similarly priced sedans and SUVs to shame. This has even forced companies like Chevy and GMC, and Ford to up the ante and come up with premium offerings.
Ram knows this, too, and isn’t very modest about it. To commemorate the 1500 Limited truck, the epitome of luxuriousness in the Ram 1500 lineup, the automaker has introduced a new 10th Anniversary Edition. The way Ram hyped it, it seemed like the truck will wear a big sticker price; but, it comes at a premium of just $3,000 over the standard Limited model, which isn’t too bad.
2021 Q by Aston Martin Vantage Roadster ’A3’
Aston Martin’s customization division, Q, has come up with a special edition of the Vantage Roadster that pays homage to the A3. The A3 is the oldest surviving car in the British automaker’s history, celebrating a centenary this year. Aston Martin Q has designed the Vantage Roadster and will be making just the three. If you wish to lay your hands on one, you need to get in touch with Aston Martin HWM, the company’s oldest dealer, which has been commissioned to take orders for the same.
Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package - Jeep’s Answer to the Ford Bronco’s Sasquatch Package?
After dominating the off-roading niche for decades together, the Jeep Wrangler finally has a true-blue competitor in the form of the new 2021 Ford Bronco. The revived Bronco came out all guns blazing to step up to the apex predator of the segment. The companies have been trying to go one-up against their respective rival, but it still seems to be as close as ever.
Jeep has made a move once again by coming up with an Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler. This takes the off-roading capabilities to the next level, just like the Sasquatch Package does for the Ford Bronco. To quote from George Villiers’ play from the 17th century - “Ay, now the Plot thickens very much upon us.” Indeed!
2021 Maserati Ghibli Operanera and Operabianca Special Editions
Maserati just announced that it’s teaming up with famed Japanese fashion designer and DJ Hiroshi Fujiwara to create a pair of special edition Ghiblis themed after the street brand “Fragment.” These special editions go by the name Operanera and Operabianca, and total production is capped to just 175 examples for the entire planet. The Operanera is the darker of the two models and features an oddly contrasting exterior finish of gloss and opaque black. Operabianca, which hasn’t been revealed quite yet, will apparently feature a mix of gloss white and opaque black.
Exterior modifications outside of the main body include body-colored door handles, a new set of 20-inch matte black wheels, the Fragment logo on the grille, and the fashion brand’s emblem on the C-pillar. There’s also a very interesting and somewhat cryptic code on the fenders below the vents that reads “M157110519FRG.” But, this isn’t The Da Vinci Code, so don’t start trying to figure it out, because we already have the answer. “M157” stands for the Ghibli’s Id code, “110519” stands for the date that the company first met with Fujiwara (November 5, 2019), and FRG is the acronym for Fragment.
The interior of these special edition cars come upholstered in a mix of premium leather and Alcantara. Contrasting silver inserts make up the vertical stitching and the trident on the headrests. The seatbelts are, oddly, dark blue. As part of this partnership, Fragment is also launching a capsule collection that will only be available via Maserati. As for when these cars are going to launch, that’s a complete mystery, as is their price, but I wouldn’t expect them to come cheap. The Ghibli starts out from $72,190, and you can expect both of these special editions to come at quite the premium.
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring – The Ultimate Sleeper Porsche
The Porsche 911 GT3 looks just as brutal as it drives, but maybe it looks a little too brutal to you. If you’re not a fan of the GT3’s massive rear spoiler but want all of the other GT3 goodness, then the 911 GT3 Touring is exactly what the doctor ordered. This is technically a second-gen 911 GT3 Touring, as the first GT3 Touring was offered as part of the 991.2-gen lineup. And, just like its predecessor, this GT3 touring comes with all the power and tech, but in a more subdued, humble package.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series
After 14 years of the 200 Series, Toyota debuted the Land Cruiser 300, which happens to be the iconic SUV’s 13th generation. The automaker will most likely not bring it to the U.S. Instead we might get the LX instead, the Lexus equivalent of this model. The 13th generation Land Cruiser 300 Series rides on a new platform and comes with two V-6 engine options. It looks different on the inside and outside, too. Should Toyota have tried this new-gen Land Cruiser in the U.S. for a year before pulling out?
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition
2022 Kia Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition
To celebrate the onset success of the new Kia Seltos, Kia has made it even better for the 2022 model year. A big part of the improvements for 2022 are the now standard safety features across the entire lineup. All models above the LX trim now feature a 10.25-inch infotainment display, UVO link connectivity, remote start, and auto climate control. The other side of the of the celebrate for 2022 is the new Seltos Turbo Nightfall Edition.
The Turbo Nightfall package is only available on models with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (S and SX trim levels) that have 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and all-wheel drive. The exterior is enhanced with a number of black elements, including the new 18-inch matte black alloy wheels, black grille, and the standup roof rails, among other things. The interior is left largely untouched outside of a flat-bottom steering wheel and the option to have a “Plum” colored interior. Pricing for the Seltos Nightfall Edition comes in at $26,690.
8 Cars You Might Not Realize We’re Based On the Dodge Viper
It’s common practice for small boutique manufacturers to base their products on other carmaker’s platforms. Most times, it’s only the engines that are borrowed, but there are more than a few cases where chassis and even whole vehicles are being used as a basis for a new car. In the high-performance segment, the Corvette is the most popular choice on which other cars are based. However, the Viper platform is equally, if not more, capable and there are more than a few cars based on it.
2022 Toyota Supra A91-CF
The A91 Toyota Supra has been the center of controversy ever since early 2020, when Toyota announced that the 2021 model would benefit from more power and better engineering. It got even worse when it was announced that Europeans wouldn’t get the updated 2021 model, while Toyota announced its [justification for improving the Supra its second year->art188439 on the market, despite the shaft it gave first-year buyers. Beyond this, however, the Supra has proven itself to be worthy of the Supra name, and the latest addition to the 2022 lineup gives it the carbon-fiber look that it deserves. This is the 2022 Toyota Supra A91-CF (Carbon Fiber) Edition, but don’t get too excited yet because it’s a North American affair, and its production is limited.
2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition
The Kia Stinger might not be quite as popular as Kia had hoped, but when it was released, it proved itself a viable and formidable competitor for those well-known German brands and it forced auto enthusiasts to look at the Korean brand a little differently. These days, Stinger sales bounce from around the high three-figure to low four-figure range per month, and a new limited production Stinger Scorpion Edition could help increase sales a bit. It comes just a short time after we laid eyes on the updated 2022 Kia Stinger which means we’re still waiting for the next-gen, highly evolved Stinger that could be arriving for 2024 or 2025.
The new Stinger Scorpion doesn’t hit the road with any performance upgrades, unfortunately, but it does include a nice aesthetic package that makes the Stinger look a little darker. The new rear wing is, arguably, the highlight, but the exhaust tips, side mirror caps, and a few other components have been blacked out. New 19-inch wheels are a Scorpion-only affair while the interior has nice helpings of Nappa leather, updated sports seats, and the usual carbon-fiber-look trim. The Scorpion package comes in at $1,195, which is a bargain, especially when you consider the exclusive wheels, but it can only be had on the GT2 trim with rear- or all-wheel drive. So, in the end, a Stinger Scorpion Edition will set you back by $53,630 in RWD form or $55,830 with AWD. It is on sale now, however, only 250 units will be sold and built each month, with availability determined on a month-by-month basis until Kia decides to retire it, most likely when demand starts to die off.
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport
Toyota has been quite busy in the last few days. The automaker unveiled the new GR86, a carbon-fiber Supra, debuted the Corolla Cross, introduced the refreshed Tacoma TRD Pro, and even brought the bZ4x concept to our shores. Apart from all this, Toyota also introduced a new TRD Sport model to the 2022 4Runner’s lineup. If you want something that has more off-road vibes and street cred than the regular trims but not something as full-blown off-roader as the TRD Pro trim, then the TRD Sport will fit your bill.