February 20th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham
At $130,250 I’m as likely to go roving over the land as I am to wear my favourite business shirt while doing judo. However, with the limited off-roading I dare do in the Discovery 4 Black, which consisted of a verified ‘safe’ bit of beach and some fairly non-challenging rocks, I can confirm that it has abilities that normal cars don’t have on terrain that will throw you around and pin you to the mat.
Five Terrain Response modes help the air suspension adapt to the requirements. Leave it in the standard mode and you’ll get through most obstacles, but there are options for low gear ratios, raising the suspension up to 125mm for a total of 310mm for extreme off-road, and lowering it by 50mm to allow easier entry for passengers. Bashing through the rocks? Put it in the rock crawl mode which gives lighter braking. In ruts and mud? Put it in the mud mode for better ground clearance. On the beach? Put it in sand mode to give better launch control to stop you digging yourself a hole. Continue reading “Land Rover Discovery 4 Black Limited Edition 2013 Review” »
October 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Rotary fans worldwide took the news hard that Mazda was killing off its RX-8 without word of a successor – but now there is a small silver lining.
Mazda has just announced that it is releasing a final special edition of its RX-8 which could be the final rotary production cars ever built. Named the RX-8 Spirit R, this very collectable special edition will be limited to just 1,000 units, with sales in the Japanese domestic market only.
The Spirit R nameplate is familiar being also used for the final edition of the RX-7 and the RX-8 version will be sold in two variants – a six-speed manual version based on the RS model and the other with a six-speed auto based on the Type E model.
After it launches the Spirit R and the auto-only Type G will be the only RX-8 models on sale in Japan with production ending fully on June 12th, 2012.
Naturally, the Spirit R receives some special touches like an exclusive Recaro bucket seats and bronze 19-inch alloy wheels. Special equipment includes a sport suspension set-up, larger brakes with red calipers, new front headlights and Spirit R badges. Continue reading “Mazda releases end of line RX-8 Spirit R final edition” »
March 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
What was once the Whitbread Round the World yacht race has become the Volvo Ocean Race and to celebrate its sponsorship of this yachting event Volvo is releasing special edition models.
The nautical themed Volvos will only be on sale in Europe with the V60, XC60 and XC70 all receiving treatment. The cars will be available to order starting in April, with the first deliveries expected to take place in July.
Engine options are yet to be announced, but the cars will have special interiors in sail-reminiscent off-black or beige, and the seatbacks will come embossed with the Volvo Ocean Race logo. Two special exterior colors will also be available, called “Volvo Ocean Blue II” and “Electric Silver.”
The special logos don’t stop with the seats, the door panels and cargo covers also get the Ocean Race treatment, with special script and stitching. Finishing off the package is a set of sail-inspired floor mats. If you want to feel the wind in your face while driving you’re special Volvo the windows go down and you can stick your head outside.
Volvo is expecting to sell about 7,500 of the special editions per year, targeting England, Germany and Italy especially. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. Continue reading “Volvo reveals Ocean Race special editions” »
May 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of its historic victory in the Mille Miglia race in Brescia, when the now classic BMW 328 took first place and an overall team victory, the German automaker has announced that it will build a limited edition Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia.
Only 99 examples will be built and each Z4 Mille Miglia edition will be finished in a Polaris Metallic matte paint job with a blacked-out front grill. A BMW M aero kit and 19-inch rims finished in a dark chrome will drive home the unique look. The cabin will also receive special treatment with seats and steering wheel getting a dash of red stitching. The limited edition model will also receive special badging inside and out.
BMW’s standard 340-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six will provide motivation and it will be matched up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Check out images of this special vehicle in the gallery below. Continue reading “BMW to celebrate Mille Miglia win with limited edition Z4” »
January 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Alfa Romeo is building a special version of its Mito and the only way to get a drive is to own a Maserati with the unique version of Mito being produced exclusively for Maserati dealers to use as loan cars.
The special-purpose cars will be styled in Maserati Blu Oceano, and fitted with the new 1.4 125 kW MultiAir turbocharged engine which is set to arrive in New Zealand later this year, making this special Alfa Romeo Mito available to local Maserati dealers.
The cars will be distinguished by their unique color and also by two other exclusive features: the “Limited Edition” plaque on the dashboard, and the kick plate made from specially treated aluminum, bearing the words Alfa Romeo for Maserati.
This unique Alfa Romeo Mito will also have a series of high-end details, supplied as standard: Pelle Frau upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel complete with radio and telephone controls, bi-xenon headlights, SatNav, and a hands-free Blue&Me system including a USB port. 18′ alloy wheels, rear spoiler, rear bumper and aluminum pedals are all fitted as standard. All the cars will come with the DNA suspension system, and electronic shock absorber control system.
It’s a tidy machine, but will Maserati owners worldwide be deliberately blowing their engines just to get a ride in one? Possibly not.