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 |  Feb 08 2012, 9:09 PM


Of all the special edition vehicles Mopar has on display today at the Chicago Auto Show, the Dodge Dart is probably the most attractive.

It’s also the most radically different looking of the four vehicles we had a chance to see today thanks to the sweeping carbon fiber hood with an aggressive-looking hood scoop that looks down towards a black grille. Those colors work well against the car’s red paint, especially with the 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels which set this special dart aflight.

Mopar also graced the car with a better air intake and exhaust and retuned engine computer to make an extra 30 horsepower, bringing this version up to 210 total.

Inside, the car gets similar treatment as the exterior. A matching color scheme and piano black trim set the Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute well apart from the stock model — if you’re into the racer boy look.

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GALLERY: Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute


 |  Sep 23 2011, 7:00 PM

It’s fair to say that any ‘ordinary’ Maybach is a decidedly rare beast. So it comes as no surprise that this, the Edition 125 ranks as absolute hen’s teeth.

Currently on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this one-off special was conceived to celebrate parent company Daimler AG’s 125 years of making automobiles as well as the legacy of legendary stylist Wilhelm Maybach.

In addition, it showcases just what’s possible in the world of ultra high-end bespoke luxury sedans, as a result it employs such indulgences as contour lighting and a laser engraved lit motif incorporating Maybach’s famous ‘Double M’ logo in the front seat armrest, as well as glovebox lid embroidered with Wilhelm’s signature, along with silver colored topstitching.

Exterior ‘enhancements’ include high contrast 20-inch alloy wheels, a re-profiled hood, special grille, and Tahiti Black and Patagonia Silver paint, the last two of which have been added to the regular Maybach range.

Under the hood of this one-of-a-kind beast, is the standard Maybach V12, a 630 horsepower twin-turbocharged  monster that actually meets EU5 emissions requirements. Who says you can’t be extravagant and environmentally conscious at the same time?

 |  Jul 26 2011, 7:00 PM

Thanks to the success of Mazda‘s MX-5 GT, which competes in the UK’s Britcar Production GTN championship, the Hiroshima company has decided to release a pair of special ‘Black Limited Edition’ Mazda models, inspired by the race car.

Interestingly, despite it’s name, the ‘Sport Black’ Edition MX-5, available at UK dealers from July, is offered in exterior hues of Crystal White Pearlescent, Spirited Green Metallic and Velocity Red mica; that said, the car does sport a ‘Brilliant Black’ finished retractable hardtop; black trimmed upholstery with sand stitching and a black finished steering wheel and deco panel, though the 17-inch alloy wheels are actually finished in dark gunmetal gray.

Special ‘Black Limited Edition’ badging, unique floormats and a full roster of comfort and entertainment options, including a premium Bose sound system, climate control, and Bluetooth hands free system are also included.

All ‘Black Limited Edition’ MX-5s are based on the Sport Tech model and are powered by the 2.-0-liter 160 metric horsepower twin-cam four, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Mazda2 based ‘Black Limited Edition’ follows a similar theme to its two-seater stablemate, offered in identical exterior colors, save for the red, which is a slightly different shade – True  Red. Other exterior touches include special black vinyl roof treatment, matte black finished 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and special rear bumper trim. Like the MX-5 version it boasts special exterior and interior badging, standard Bluetooth and special floormats.

Just 500 examples of the MX-5 Black edition will be produced, along with 618 of its Mazda2 counterpart. Priced at £22,995 and £12,815 respectively both cars represent quite a good buy by UK standards.

 |  Jul 12 2010, 10:35 AM

Twenty-Eight years is a long time in anybody’s book, but that’s how long it’s been since you could buy a new Fiat on U.S. soil. However, with the much anticipated return of the marque to North America, spearheaded by the new Cinquecento (500), the company decided to give enthusiasts who’ve been keeping the spirit of the marque alive over here, the chance to purchase their own collectible edition of the cheeky new 500.

At the annual Club Fiat-Lancia Unlimited gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, also known as the ‘Fiat Freakout’ the Italian company brought along a ‘Fiat Mobile Experience’ display which included a merchandise store and a cafe with complimentary gelato, cappuccino and expresso. However, that evening the company went a step further when Laura Soave, appointed head of Fiat’s North American operations, made an exclusive offer at the club’s dinner party. Said offer was the chance for Fiat enthusiasts to reserve an example of the Cinquecento Prima Edizione, of which (perhaps appropriately) only 500 copies will be made for U.S. consumption.

Each Prima Edizione will be finished in one of three exterior colors – Bianco (white), Rosso (red) or Grigio (gray). All will be equipped with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and manual gearbox, plus will feature a unique VIN and serialized build plaque. More information about the Prima Edizione as well as ordering details will be available on a specific website –

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