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Cadillac is introducing a new limited-production version of its hot new ATS sedan. The Crimson Sport special edition offers buyers some exclusive features.
In a thoroughly rigorous demonstration of the potential in its bespoke program, Rolls-Royce revealed its one-off “Ghawwass” Phantom Coupe.
The rendered images here likely show the Agera One:1 from Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg.
Be warned, this is the most dangerous Infiniti ever built and it has nothing to do with safety ratings or recall notices. No, the real danger here is that once inside, you may never want to leave.
In their second, and undeniably remarkable, redesign of the Infiniti EX37 interior, Bulgarian design studio Vilner has our attention. The rich brown leather and soft black suede are seductively luxurious, while conservatively placed metal pieces emphasize the sophisticated look. Various stitching patterns on the seats, dashboard and sun visors give the sort of hand-made feel you ache for with such craftsmanship.
Aside from the rich upholstery, the special EX37 gets a steering wheel dressed up in Nappa leather and chrome. The sound system gets enhancements and the cabin is further cushioned against outside noise than other editions.
GALLERY: Vilner Infiniti EX37
Lexus intends to drum up excitement across its 2012 lineup by offering a series of limited edition models. Lexus has massaged its LS flagship with a sport-tuned air suspension as well as a 19-inch 10 spoke wheels and Brembo brakes. The interior receives sport seats at the front and a two tone leather trim throughout. This Lexus LS460 Sport Special Edition is expected to cost over $77,000.
The Lexus ES 350, Lexus’ most popular model, gets a special Touring Edition that will receive 17-inch 10 spoke wheels, a luxurious cabin with a steering wheel and shift knob trimmed in wood and leather, as well as saddle-tan leather seats. The luxury enhancements will place the ES350 Touring Edition at $40,475.
The last special edition model is the hybrid Lexus hatchback CT200h F Sport Special Edition. It will receive all the necessary F Sport components including 17-inch alloy rims, an F Sport Suspension with firmer springs and sway bars, as well as an appearance package that include a mesh grill, a larger rear spoiler, aluminum pedals and a perforated leather steering wheel. The Lexus CT 200h F Sport Special Edition can be yours for $37,995.
GALLERY: Lexus 2012 Special Edition Models
From the moment Lamborghini made its foray into sports car manufacturing, they have been masters of stunning the audience. It is exciting to hear, then, that the recent masterpiece from the Raging Bull, the Sesto Elemento, will not be the last of the hyper-limited edition Lamborghinis to be built.
From Miuras to Murcielagos, hardly any automaker comes close to Lamborghini’s level of insanity. Lamborghini cranked it up to eleven when they unveiled the Reventon concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, producing twenty of them for 2009 at more than $1 million a pop.
Then, Lamborghini captivated the crowd once again at the 2010 Paris Auto Show with the raw and mighty display of the Sesto Elemento. Showcasing one of the most advanced and complex carbon fiber architectures in the world, the Sesto Elemento delivers a V10 packing 570 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque fitted inside a mere 999kg (2,202 lbs) package. This combination propels the special Lambo from zero to sixty in only 2.5 seconds. To the satisfaction of extremely wealthy car enthusiasts around the world, Lamborghini will sell twenty track-only examples to their customers for a very hard to believe $2.6 million, more than double the price of the Reventon.
To this, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann responded, “Once in a while we should do one-offs or special editions… In this case, we made the concept and then got enough interest in it to make a limited run. If the car meets the image of Lamborghini and there is demand, we will build them… The key is that every car we build meets the emotional standards of our company, and that it is profitable. We build cars of dreams for car lovers, and that must stay core to the brand.”
There are no definitive details on Lamborghini’s next exciting project.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
GALLERY: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Debut
Another year, another auto show and another special edition exotic sports car is to be unveiled. At the 64th Frankfurt International Auto Show, Aston Martin is to introduce the Vantage 4.7 Special Edition.
This model, which features the firms V8 motor, produces 426-hp (6-hp more than usual). That power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed manual or Sportshift automated manual gearbox.
This model, according to its maker, is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 180-mph.
From the exterior, there is not much difference. Apart from the silver grille surround, it looks just like any other V8 Vantage.
It is the same story inside, with changes limited to a gunmetal alloy instrument binnacle and graphite finish on the center console. However, this special edition model does come with such goodies such as satellite navigation and park distance control as standard.
This special edition is only on sale in Europe and for a very limited time. Orders will be taken from 13th September to 30th September only. The number made will depend on how many orders got taken in these 17-days. These special edition cars will be delivered by the end of this year.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Nissan has just launched its high performance limited edition 370Z GT Edition, to celebrate 40 years of the Z in the UK as well as its GT racing heritage.
The 370Z GT will feature grey stripes running along the both sides of the car as well as three unique colours- Kuro Black, Pearl White and Black Rose. The suspension has been revised to include refined dampers providing “ideal balance and high speed handling,” according to Nissan. Interior features include a rear parking camera and tire-pressure monitoring system. The 7 speed automatic gearbox will feature a snow mode for better traction and 19-inch alloys will also come as standard.
Vice president of product planning Pierre Loing said, “The 370Z is an iconic sports car and the GT Edition underlines its appeal to enthusiasts everywhere.
The 370Z GT will start from £35,000 in the UK, with orders starting at the beginning of June.
GALLERY: Nissan 370Z GT
Creatively named the Fiat 500 by Gucci, the car is customized by Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci. The introduction of this special edition which features a Gucci inspired interior and some unique stripes, coincides with the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification and also the 90th anniversary of the Gucci brand.
The 500 by Gucci was launched on the opening day of the Milan Fashion Week, and will also be present at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, which will include a pop-up Gucci store in the middle of the Fiat booth.
Get more Fiat 500 news and info at Fiat500Owners.com
Taking a page from the Ford Mustang playbook, GM is set to launch a torrent of Chevrolet Camaro special editions on a bi-annual basis. After the Camaro ZL1 will be a special edition Camaro based on the car set to appear in the newest Transformers movie, followed by a replica Indy 500 pace car, and then a Camaro Synergy model, which will give V6 buyers all of the V8s performance upgrades sans the small-block mill – sort of like the previous Camaro RS models.
Those new models should carry the car through to 2014, but after that, it’s anyones guess. While so many variants may prove to be distracting, it’s also a cost effective way to keep the Camaro fresh long after the novelty of the car has worn off, and “early adopters” have snapped up the car during the initial excitement.
[Source: Automotive News]