It is becoming more and more common in the premium sedan market for manufacturers to offer a limited production model with extra specification and equipment for the same price as the normal standard car. BMW is a master of the limited edition model with umpteen thousand dollars of added value at no extra cost, and now Mercedes-Benz has jumped on the bandwagon. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review” »
Whether it’s Sherlock Holmes or Gerry Rafferty, most of you will have heard of the real-life Baker Street, in London. Mini isn’t shy about releasing special themed editions of its cars and with this one you get an enormous amount of extra equipment and bling (around $10-12,000 worth) over a standard Mini Cooper, but for less than four grand more – a total price of $39,900.
The Baker Street comes with satellite navigation, 16-inch black alloys, Baker Street trim and Bluetooth and USB functionality. You get the same Continue reading “Mini Cooper Baker Street 2012 Review” »
Dodge is flying to next week’s LA Auto show with a new special edition take on one of its most popular vehicles. The iconic American manufacturer will be debuting the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee. The hardcore Charger has been created for enthusiasts and the muscle car faithful and has plenty to excite Mopar fans.
Inspired by the original Super Bee series that was first introduced in 1968 as a member of Dodge’s Scat Pack performance group, the nameplate was then revived with the limited-edition Charger SRT8 in 2007. This new edition brings exclusive content inside and out to the 2012 Charger SRT8.
In terms of power, the Super Bee keeps the 6.1-litre HEMI V8 and five-speed automatic transmission. Power figures haven’t increased, but 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet are serious numbers. The Super Bee edition Charger will feature the 392 HEMI badge, which was brought back for the 2010 Challenger 392 model. Continue reading “Dodge stings fans with Challenger SRT8 Super Bee” »
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” »
Ford is usually thought of as an American carmaker but its British arm has been in operation for longer than most car companies have been in business altogether. British Ford has been building its own vehicles for exactly 100 years and for 2011 the company has been celebrating the milestone in a number of ways. The latest is a new special edition model.
While you’d usually expect a centenary edition vehicle to be a uncompromising sports car that’s highly exclusive, in this case its something different. Ford are selling a upgraded version of Britain’s largest-selling small car, the Ford Fiesta with this special variant called the “Centura.”
The Centura celebrates the 100th anniversary of Ford in Britain, and pays tribute to the first Ford vehicle to be manufactured in the UK, the Model T in 1911. Continue reading “British Ford celebrates 100th birthday with Fiesta ‘Centura Edition’” »
Let’s say we’re all Transformers robots for a minute. When you’re no in robot form, you’d want to transform into something pretty cool, like a jet plane or a big truck. That’s why the character Bumblebee from the Transformers film franchise morphs into a pre-production Chevy Camaro. Keen American fans are then put on to the Camaro Bumblebee special edition car, which looks just like the one in the movie.
But not everyone can afford a brand new Camaro, most people have a more limited budget and they can’t afford to play ‘Transformers’ every day on the way to work. But in China that has just changed with the release of the Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Edition. Sure, it’s not a Camaro and sure, there isn’t actually a Transformer in the movie that doubles as a Cruze but you can still pretend. Continue reading “Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Edition all the buzz in China” »
Mazda knows the current generation MX-5 is a tidy piece of kit and what better way to prove it than with another special edition. Mazda’s European division has handled the mods on this latest limited MX-5 naming its creation the ‘Karai’ which apparently means ‘sharp’ in Japanese.
The Karai is based on the MX-5 Roadster coupe, meaning it’s equipped with a retractable hardtop. Its defining paint work is a lime-green hue named “Metal Green Metallic” on the body and a gloss black finish for the metal top, exterior mirrors, and various trim. Packing out the wheel guards are 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels cloaked in low profile performance rubber.
In the Karai cabin there’s a pair of black leather Recaro sport seats, aluminum pedals and leather steering wheel with white stitching also feature. Mazda has painted all the interior trim pieces that are usually finished in silver, with a gloss black. Continue reading “Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5” »
It’s been 10 years since Porsche first set up camp in the growing Chinese market and to celebrate, it has built a special edition 911 Turbo S.
There isn’t much in the way of mechanical mods with the special machine using the Turbo S’ 395kW, twin-turbo flat-six, mated to Porsche’s PDK sequential gearbox. However, the appearance package is quite distinctive with a bespoke Gold Bronze Metallic paint job set off with flat black and carbon fibre trim. Filling up the wheel guards are retro-inspired 19-inch black Fuchs-style alloys lifted off the 911 Sport Classic.
Interior tweaking includes a gold commemorative plaque, and plenty of black Alcantara fabric with contrasting gold stitching. Deluxe.
If you really want to get one of these special 911s, tough luck. Porsche is panning on building just 10 examples, and naturally, they’re all heading to China.