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 |  Dec 02 2011, 2:00 PM

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To celebrate 150 years of Italian unification, Maserati presented a limited edition GranTurismo S at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The hot, luxurious coupe will be limited to just 12 cars for the Italian market and sports a pretty nice Sebring Blue matte shade.

On the exterior, the matte blue is further contrasted by carbon fiber elements found on the front spoiler, side mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler. Peeking behind each 20-inch wheel is a hand-polished, aluminum brake caliper. Accents on the vehicle include matte black headlights and side skirts – though we’re not sure why they didn’t just manufacture the side skirts in carbon fiber.

The interior gets plenty of treatment as well with a carbon fiber frame surrounding the instruments, controls on the dashboard and the center console. A commemorative Italian Unification plate designating Italy’s 150th Anniversary is located at the base of the center console. And just to make sure it’s authentic, each limited edition will feature a numbered plaque inside the vehicle.

It’s safe to assume that the powerplant was left untouched, so the limited edition GranTurismo S will still feature a 4.7L V8 with 444-hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

GALLERY: Maserati GranTurismo S Limited Edition

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 |  Dec 01 2011, 3:30 PM

At this year’s Bologna Motor Show, both Mercedes-Benz and Ducati displayed machines finished in a striking “Streetfighter Yellow” color scheme, in this case a SLK 55 AMG and 848 Streetfighter.

The idea behind it is to highlight increasing cooperation between both manufacturers and follows on from a similar setup at the 2011 Frankfurt show, where Mercedes showcased a CLS 63 AMG and Ducati a Diavel AMG Special Edition.

Although at this time, the “Streetfighter Yellow” paint scheme for the SLK and contrasting black interior with yellow stitching is purely a one-off, Mercedes says that provided there is favorable response to the show car and sufficient demand, it could be made available as an individual option from the AMG Performance studio.

As for the Ducati 848 Streetfighter, it’s been one of the most well received performance motorcycles in recent years, bowing to favorable reviews at the 2008 EICMA Show in Milan, so much so that it won the award for “Most Beautiful Bike” at the event.  Besides the yellow paint and black frame as seen here, the Streetfighter 848 is also available in traditional Red with a red frame and Dark Stealth with a black one.

Besides the cooperation in jointly presenting themed vehicles, the partnership between AMG and Ducati also extends to the MotoGP series where AMG is the “official partner” of the factory Ducati racing team; riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden feature AMG logos prominently on their overalls. In addition, Ducati’s fleet of vehicles are slowly being replaced by Mercedes-Benz models.

 |  Nov 22 2011, 9:15 PM

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With Italy as one of its main markets, it’s no surprise that the Fiat Group would bring a huge collection of new and special edition models to the Bologna Motor Show. This year, the Fiat Group will headline the local auto show with a new 2012 Fiat Sedici model, a Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition, a Fiat TwinAir 500, a Fiat 500C by Gucci, a Lancia Ypsilon Black&Red, an Abarth 595 turismo, 595 competizione, 695 Assetto Corse, and a Punto scorpione.

Fiat’s Sedici receives a minor facelift for 2012, six years after its initial launch. It’ll be available in three different trim levels, Dynamic, Emotion and Experience, with two engine options, a 1.6L 120-hp and a 2.0L 135-hp MultiJet diesel. Both models can be purchased with front-wheel-drive or selectable all-wheel-drive. Updates to the Sedici’s exterior includes a new color option (Rebellious Purple), painted roof rails and 16-inch wheels for the Experience model.

We’ve already seen Fiat’s 500C by Gucci, and the Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition, so we’ll turn our attention to the four Abarth special editions that’ll be making an appearance. The new Abarth 595 will be making its world premiere in Bologna in two forms, the turismo and competizione, with the turismo targeted towards personality and comfort while the competizione is built for the racing purist.

Both Abarth 595 models will be powered by a 1.4L Turbo T-Jet powerplant with 160-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque in Sport mode. The turismo model sports a two-tone paint job and the vehicle on display at Bologna will feature Fiat’s Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista accented by a white liner. Turismo graphics are a finishing touch alongside the 17-inch titanium-colored wheels.

On the competizione model, Abarth outfitted the 595 with a five-speed manual transmission, metallic Grigio Record scheme with 17-inch titanium-colored wheels. Behind each race-styled wheel are yellow Brembo brake calipers. The interior further lends the racing spirit to the car with Abarth Corsa by Sabelt leather and alcantara seats. Both 595s also have customization suspension kits and brakes available as options.

The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse has been designed for track racing, and features an aggressive front-end design with a complete aerodynamic spoiler and screen-printed grilles. In the rear of the car is a winged spoiler and twin exhaust pipe. Under the hood is a 205-hp 1.4L turbocharged powerplant while 17-inch racing wheels puts the power to the ground. The interior features all the safety equipment required by FIA regulations including a roll-bar welded to the body. The side windows have been lightened thanks to the use of Lexan, making it 66-lbs lighter than the previous 500 Assetto Corse.

The last of the Abarth models is the Punto scorpione, a limited edition model with just 99 vehicles being made. A two-tone Nero Scorpione paint scheme is further contrasted with a special matte black paintwork on the hood and roof. Under the hood is a 1.4L MultiAir engine with 180-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Braking performance is enhanced with four-piston yellow brake calipers while the suspension features front and rear Koni shock absorbers and specially lowered springs.

Lastly, the Fiat Group will be introducing a Black&Red edition of the Lancia Ypsilon coming in four different color choices, two reds, a black and a two-tone black and red scheme. Other the hood is a 1.2L 69-hp engine or a 95-hp 1.3L turbo diesel.

GALLERY: Special Edition Abarths

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GALLERY: 2012 Fiat Sedici

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GALLERY: Fiat 500 Nation Limited Edition

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GALLERY: Lancia Ypsilon Black&Red Edition

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