Special-edition models have been offered by carmakers for almost as long as the car has existed – and they can represent fantastic value for money.
They serve to capture the eye of the consumer by adding extra appeal to a well established model. Whether it has a special paint finish, a one-off bodykit or a list of clever gadgets, a special edition will often save buyers a considerable amount compared to adding these features separately.
A special edition will often be released in a strictly limited run, perhaps to mark a brand’s tie-in with a sporting event or fashion brand. Certain special-edition models of the past have developed a minor cult following – a classic example was the Fiat Panda Italia ’90, released to commemorate that year’s football World Cup and made memorable by its soccer-ball wheel trims.
Some special editions actually play a major part in a car’s development, sometimes to comply with ‘homologation’ requirements in motorsport. Here, a feature such as a new design of aerodynamic spoiler might need to be fitted to a certain number of road cars before it’s allowed to be used in competition.
More prosaically, a special edition is sometimes issued to rekindle interest in a car that’s due for replacement. Towards the end of a car’s production life, carmakers will often fit certain optional extras at no added cost to keep sales buoyant. And far from being a cynical marketing exercise, cars like these can be good bargains.
Here’s our guide to the most tempting limited-edition releases on offer right now.Mazda2 Sport Black
The Mazda2 Sport Black – limited to 500 examples – is a special edition of the 88bhp 1.5-litre petrol-engined version of the brand’s Ford Fiesta rival that focuses on sporty styling.
The car is offered in a choice of three colours, with black mirrors, side skirts, spoiler, grille and shark-fin antenna, plus black 16-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass. The car is otherwise equipped as per the middle-of-the-range SE-L Nav+ model, with standard features including a seven-inch infotainment system with DAB radio and sat-nav, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic wipers and headlights, plus climate control and a leather steering wheel.
The Sport Black is available to order from 3 April, priced at £15,995.
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The Mazda3 hatchback has been given a special-edition makeover in the form of the Sport Black. A total of 700 examples will be made, each with a complement of styling upgrades and no-charge paint options.
A black spoiler and door mirrors, plus dark 18-inch alloys and a choice of Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearlescent and Eternal Blue Mica finishes help set the special-edition car apart. The Sport Black is based on the SE-L Nav version of the 3, but adds extra standard equipment including a reversing camera, adaptive LED headlights and keyless entry, along with a Bose hi-fi, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and a seven-inch infotainment system with sat nav.
The Mazda3 Sport Black goes on sale on 3 April, priced at £21,595.
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Few would argue that the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe is anything less than opulent, but the celestially themed limited-edition "Luminary Collection" model takes its bespoke specification to new heights. Beyond its special Sunburst Grey paint with hand-painted coachlines and wheel-centre pinstripes lies an interior embellished with the first LED illuminated veneer to appear in a Rolls-Royce.
Not only does light shine from the timber, but 1,340 fibre-optic lamps twinkle from its intricately crafted ceiling to create an overhead display of shooting stars. Dark anthracite leather rear seats contrast with front perches in saddlery tan, said to highlight the driver"s prominence. Meanwhile, the centre console is trimmed in a fabric that features very fine stainless-steel strands, to better reflect ambient light. All 55 examples built will bear a numbered plaque.
No price has been specified, but the Luminary Collection demonstrates that the sky really is the limit where it comes to a bespoke Rolls-Royce.
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Unlike many limited-edition supercars, the stealthy theme of the 570GT Black Collection means it"s arguably more subtle-looking than the standard model. There"s barely a speck of colour to be seen, with "bespoke" Carbon Black paint, a black exhaust finisher and "defined black pack" from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), along with diamond-cut gloss-black wheels. MSO also contributes a titanium "SuperSports" exhaust system and a "dynamic handling package" is on hand for added excitement.
The darkness continues inside, with seats in black leather and Alcantara suede, with a steering wheel to match. Special black trim completes the look, while an "MSO Defined" carbon black ignition key means you can take a bit of exclusivity with you at the end of your drive. That exclusivity is assured by only 100 being offered worldwide, at £179,950 each. Deliveries begin in the summer.
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Peugeot is celebrating the launch of the 508 saloon by offering just 200 First Edition models. Described as "range-topping", the First Edition packs virtually everything the 508 features list can offer, including i-Cockpit Amplify with engine noise generation, seat massage and dashboard displays presented to create a sporty or relaxing mood. There"s a high-powered Focal stereo, too, as well as Alcantara suede and soft Nappa leather seats, which are heated and power-adjustable in the front.
The First Edition is distinguished by its 19-inch alloy wheels and a special chequered front grille design. You can choose it in £36,975 1.6-litre petrol form with 222bhp, or as a 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel for £37,400. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. If you reserve one now for £250, you"ll receive four years" free servicing, as well as a pair of Focal wireless headphones, before your car arrives later this year.
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The Abarth 124 Spider is more powerful, sportier version of the Fiat 124 Spider, and a new limited-edition GT version is on the way from the famous Italian Fiat tuner. Finished in special Alpi Orientali Grey paint, the GT is ready for all weathers, with a removable hardtop roof made from lightweight carbon-fibre, as well as the usual folding soft-top. The GT rides on special 17-inch alloy wheels from OZ Racing and its 168bhp turbocharged petrol engine takes it from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds, with a special Record Monza exhaust to provide an evocative soundtrack. The Abarth 124 GT will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show before being released for sale in limited numbers. No UK price has been announced yet.
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Here"s a car that few expected Audi to ever make – a version of the R8 supercar that abandons the brand"s quattro four-wheel-drive system in favour of rear-wheel drive. The R8 Rear Wheel Series adopts this more traditional layout favoured by Ferrari and Maserati and is bound to become sought-after by enthusiasts, with only 999 examples offered worldwide.
Priced from £112,450, the R8 RWS can be chosen in coupe or Spyder convertible form with a 533bhp V10 petrol engine and weighs 50kg less than its quattro counterpart. It"s distinguished by a matt-black single-frame grille, with a gloss-black upper side blade on coupe versions and 19-inch alloy wheels with a design exclusive to the RWS. You can order yours now; deliveries are scheduled to begin in March.
A limited-edition Nissan X-Trail Platinum Edition has been launched, adding more style and distinctiveness to the well equipped N-Connecta model of Nissan"s seven-seat SUV. The Platinum Edition brings metallic black 18-inch alloy wheels, bright metal sill covers and matching front and rear bash plates. Chrome mirror housings and a matching finisher for the tailgate complete the look, while sports pedals bring the sporty theme inside.
These styling touches cost £1,999 altogether, representing a saving of £828 over buying them individually. What"s more, X-Trail buyers who use Nissan"s 0% interest PCP finance plan can claim an extra £750 deposit contribution, making the Platinum Edition financially attractive as well as eye-catching. The car hits participating dealers on 1 March.
It’s 30 years since BMW first introduced a convertible version of one of its sport cars and to celebrate, the manufacturer is launching the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre.
The special edition gets extras on top of the Competition Pack-spec M4 Convertible that include 20-inch matt grey alloy wheels, high-gloss exterior trim, Merino leather interior in a choice of either Black/Fjord Blue or Black/Silverstone, contrasting stitching, and a choice of either Macao Blue or Frozen Dark Grey paint colours.
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Performance remains the same as the standard M4 Competition Pack, so power from the twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine stands at 444bhp and 0-62mph takes 4.3 seconds.
Only 30 examples of the limited-edition M4 Convertible will be made available in the UK, with the exclusivity and extra equipment leading to a price tag of £76,675, which represents around £10,000 extra over the M4 Competition Pack. The M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre goes on sale in the UK this month.Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition
Ford’s wildest hot hatch to date will reach the end of its production run on 6 April 2018, but not before the company gives it a deserved send-off with a limited-run special. Sure to be an instant collector’s favourite, the Focus RS Heritage Edition will be limited to just 50 right-hand-drive examples, each finished in bold Deep Orange – a nod to performance iterations of the Ford Escort, whose nameplate turns 50 this year.
The Heritage comes with part-leather Recaro seats, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, cruise control (with a speed limiter) and a heated steering wheel. There’s even a standard sunroof – a rare feature on modern performance hot hatchbacks. Black forged alloy wheels and grey brake calipers keep things suitably sporty on the outside.
All Heritage models come with a standard limited-slip differential from specialist Quaife, along with a dealer-fitted tuning pack from Mountune. This increases power from 345bhp to around 370bhp thanks to a high-flow induction kit and turbo modifications.
The Ford Focus RS Heritage edition costs £39,985, which is around £7,000 more than the standard model, but we’d bet on demand being high regardless.
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DS Automobiles is very much a brand that puts style and fashion first, and the limited-edition DS 3 Black Lezard goes to extra lengths to stand out from the crowd. Only 100 will be offered in the UK, all with a hand-finished reptile-skin finish to their roof, rear spoiler and door tops. Four special body colours are offered: Perla Nera Black, Platinum Grey, Ink Blue and Whisper Purple, while black leather upholstery is standard.
The driver can also take a little Black Lezard style after they"ve parked – every example comes with a special clutch bag that combines leather and a reptile-skin material to match the car. Based on the 108bhp petrol DS 3 Connected, the Black Lezard also adds automatic LED and xenon headlamps, automatic wipers and diamond-cut 17-inch alloy wheels. The DS 3 Black Lezard costs £19,545 and is available now.
Hyundai has announced Go! SE versions of the i10, i20 and i30 hatchbacks and i30 Tourer estate, as well as the Hyundai Tucson SUV, in order to celebrate its sponsorship of the 2018 football World Cup.
The limited-edition models all offer lots of extra equipment for not much additional cost. For example, the Hyundai i30 Go! SE costs just £495 more than the regular SE, but adds a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, as well as privacy glass, special gloss-black exterior trim and a unique style of 15-inch alloy wheels. A special Championship Blue metallic paint finish can be chosen on any of Hyundai"s Go! SE models.
The Go! SE line-up starts at £11,285 for the i10. The i20 Go! SE is priced from £14,355, with the limited-edition i30 hatchback and Tourer starting from £20,100 and £20,600 respectively. The Hyundai Tucson Go! SE finishes the line-up and is priced from £24,300.
You can order any Go! SE model now, but limited supply means you"ll need to act quickly.
The popular Renault Clio supermini is now available in an Urban Nav special edition, with extra features and a new look. Urban Nav cars are finished in a battleship grey paint scheme, contrasting with two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels and crisp LED headlights.
Building on the Dynamique Nav trim, Urban Nav costs £575 more but is said to come with £1,265 worth of extra kit, which also sees reversing sensors added to the roster. As standard, Dynamique Nav Clios already come with a seven-inch touchscreen, sat nav and air-conditioning.
The Renault Clio Urban Nav is available fitted with a TCe 90 petrol engine and manual gearbox, or the dCi 90 diesel with either a manual or Renault’s EDC automatic. Prices start from £16,225, but more customers will probably opt for PCP or HP finance, costing from £149 per month and including a year’s free insurance.
Volkswagen has introduced a special-edition Amarok pickup that promises extra visual appeal inside and out. The Amarok Dark Label boasts Alcantara suede upholstery, a black headlining and chrome silk gloss vent bezels, and features a Discover Media touchscreen infotainment system as standard.
Outside, the Dark Label is set off by 18-inch alloy wheels and an underbody styling package. Carbon Steel grey metallic paint is standard, with deep black pearl and matt indium grey optionally available. Whichever colour you choose, the mirror housings, door handles, side bars and rear bumper are picked out in black.
The Amarok Dark Label has a 201bhp 3.0-litre, V6 diesel engine, 4MOTION four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Around 200 will be offered and you can order one now, priced from £33,650.
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Like the Suzuki Vitara Kuro below, the Ignis Adventure is a special edition based on the high-spec SZ-T model. Styling upgrades including a rear spoiler, side mouldings, front and rear skid plates, a coloured front grille centre and a decal set with colour-matched fog light surround; Suzuki says these options would usually add £1,900, but the Adventure only commands a £1,000 premium over the standard car.
The Suzuki Ignis Adventure is on sale now, with prices starting at £13,999. A 0% APR PCP deal is also available.
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Based on the two-wheel drive 1.6-litre SZ-T version of the Vitara, the Kuro is a limited-run model that was previously released in 2017, but that has now had an extra 1,000 units added to its production run.
The Kuro adds a collection of exterior design touches, including black alloy wheels, black body mouldings, black side mirrors, a black grille and a black spoiler, along with matching black interior trim and Kuro badging.
There are four exterior colours available and Suzuki says the Kuro features £1,700 of additions for just £750 more than the standard Vitara SZ-T, and Suzuki is offering a 0% PCP deal on the model.
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Joining up with fashion magazine ELLE, Citroen has released a special-edition version of its C3 hatchback with a bold combination of ‘Cherry Pink’ styling features inside and out.
The car gets pink touches around the foglights, rear quarter-lights and on its ‘Airbump’ side mouldings, while the roof gains a special roof graphic. ELLE logos on the front doors also help the car stand out.
Inside, there are matching pink accents in the stitching and and the dashboard. Overall specification is based on the standard car’s Feel trim level and it"s available with the more powerful PureTech 110 petrol engine and an automatic gearbox. The C3 ELLE is on sale now, with prices starting at £15,595.
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Based on entry-level Feel trim, the Citroen C4 Cactus Feel Edition adds to good standard equipment – 16-inch alloys, DAB radio and a seven-inch infotainment screen – with a choice of five colours (Polar White, Cumulus Grey, Platinum Grey, Obsidian Black or Pearl White), set off by red accents and black alloys.
The car’s interior also gets a generous helping of red trim. This is the cheapest C4 Cactus in the range for now, priced at £17,265 on-the-road – £700 less than the cheapest standard Cactus Feel.
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Mitsubishi has launched a First Edition of its new Eclipse Cross SUV to mark the car’s launch.
Just 250 examples of the special edition will be available, with each getting unique ‘Red Diamond’ paint, exterior design tweaks and First Edition badging, plus lots of on-board technology, including a head-up display, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, keyless go, automatic headlights, heated front seats and heated power-folding mirrors. Safety features including lane-departure warning and Mitsubishi’s ‘Forward Collision Mitigation System’ also feature.
The First Edition is available from £26,825, with deliveries starting in January 2018.
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If you"re worried that Ford"s hot-hatch hero doesn"t stand out from the crowd, the limited-edition Red Edition model is what you"ve been waiting for. Just 300 will be built in a single batch between February and March 2018, and you"ll need to act fast to secure one.
Like other RS Edition models, it"s distinguished by grey brake calipers that nestle behind its special black alloy wheels, but the Red Edition wears a Race Red hue that contrasts with its black roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors. Inside, its Recaro sports seats are partially covered in leather and carbon-fibre trim adds a racy feel. Finally, a Quaife limited-slip differential provides cornering traction to match the sporty looks.
The Focus RS Red Edition is available to order now, from £36,295.
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Mazda is building 300 examples of the Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport, a limited edition model that"s based on the standard 2.0-litre Sport Nav version of the MX-5 but gets a Cherry Red fabric roof and black 17-inch BBS alloy wheels.
Inside, the Z-Sport has new sand-coloured leather seats, model-specific floor mats and a numbered plaque on the dashboard indicating which one of the 300 you"ve bought.
The car is powered by the same 158bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Sport Nav and also features the same limited-slip differential, performance dampers and strut brace.
The MX-5 Z-Sport will only be sold in the UK and is available to order now, with first cars arriving in March 2018. Its price tag of £25,595 represents a £1,400 premium over the Sport Nav model.
To celebrate 10 years of its high-performance F brand, Lexus has unveiled special-edition versions of its RC F coupe and GS F saloon. Carbuyer understands a handful of examples of the RC F are destined for the UK, while the GS F is likely to be reserved for the Japanese market.
The special-edition RC F gets matte-grey body panels and a host of CFRP (carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) parts, including sills and bumper trims. Other exclusive touches on the RC F include 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels, a titanium exhaust and blue brake calipers.
The blue-on-grey theme continues inside, with blue leather seats, a blue leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, along with blue seat belts and carbon-fibre trim.
The abundance of carbon-fibre parts has paid off, with the RC F weighing 16.5kg less than the standard car.
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Based on the M3 Competition Pack, the M3 CS is powered by a 454bhp version of the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox; 0-62mph takes 3.9 seconds and top speed is 174mph.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and tweaks to the suspension, steering and differential all help make the CS more capable in corners, while lashings of carbon fibre keep weight down and let the world know you favour a sportier BMW saloon. The CS keeps the carbon-fibre roof of the standard car, but gains a carbon-fibre bonnet for further weight-saving.
Inside, the CS gets two-tone leather sports seats and plenty of Alcantara trim, but keeps much of what makes the standard model a useful everyday sports car – creature comforts haven’t been sacrificed in the name of weight-saving.
Just 100 of the planned 1,200 examples will reach the UK, priced at £86,380 when they go on sale in January 2018 – £24,800 more than a standard BMW M3 Competition Pack.
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Volvo will introduce an Ocean Race special edition of its rugged V90 Cross Country estate. It"s set aside from regular model by unique colours, with details in matt grey and bright orange, as seen on the Volvo Concept XC Coupe in 2014. The Ocean Race also has special wheels and seat stitching and is finished in crystal white.
As well as celebrating Volvo"s association with the world famous Ocean Race sailing competition, sales of the special-edition V90 will contribute to research into combating plastic pollution in the ocean. Volvo is donating €100 for each of the first 3,000 Ocean Race cars it sells – a total donation of €300,000. The car also has floor mats made from Econyl, a 100% recycled material made in part from abandoned fishing nets recovered from the seabed. Full details, including pricing, will be announced soon.
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The Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Package is already a special car thanks to its a 434bhp twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 engine and a driving experience that’s more reminiscent of a sports car than an SUV. The Exclusive Performance Edition embellishes the Macan Turbo Performance Package further thanks to the addition of LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels and red trim detailing on the bodykit, in addition to red Macan Turbo badging on the boot. Further red details are to be found inside in addition to Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition badging on the sills, while Voodoo Blue paint has been added to the available colour palette. It’s available to order now, priced from £86,267 – an increase of £17,000 over the ‘standard’ Macan Turbo Performance Package.
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In the market for a mid-size SUV? Lots of people are, and the Honda CR-V S Plus special edition looks to offer a good deal. Arriving in Honda dealerships on 1 November, the CR-V S Plus is available with a 2.0-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engine and comes finished in white, black, silver or red, together with a colour-coded front bumper and a reprofiled rear one. Although you’ll have to be happy with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox – there’s no auto or 4x4 option with the limited-run model – the CR-V S Plus is very well equipped. It comes with sat nav, climate control, a reversing camera and autonomous emergency braking, and Honda says the extra kit included represents £1,500 of added value. Combine that with an estimated saving of £3,000 thanks to a £299 a month PCP deal, and it’s clearly a car worth further investigation.
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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition is actually three special editions in one, each designed by a Le Mans-winning Porsche driver. Richard Attwood, Derek Bell MBE and Nick Tandy have each designed a 911 British Legends Edition, which are available in red, white or Blue from 9 October in “limited” numbers. The three variants of 911 Carrera 4 GTS come with Union Flag and British Legends Edition logos, race-inspired decals and drivers’ signatures embossed in their Alcantara arm rests; they also feature rear axle steering, upgraded suspension, headlights and seats. The red 911 British Legends Edition is £122,376, while the blue and white cars are £123,210.
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The Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition takes the luxurious four-seater LC coupe and covers it in a sophisticated new paint, dubbed Structural Blue by its maker. Inspired by a butterfly, this paint took 15 years to develop, takes eight months to produce and is applied to the LC in seven layers. It’s said to reflect almost 100% of incoming light, while standard paints absorb around 50%. Although production will be “strictly limited” - partly as only two LC Structural Blue Editions can be produced in a day – the Structural Blue Edition is offered with the 5.0-litre V8 LC500 or the 3.5-litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid LC500h.
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Nissan has introduced the Pulsar N-Connecta Style Edition across Europe and just 275 will be made available to buyers in the UK. The car is based on the mid-range N-Connecta trim but comes with a styling pack that includes black sports headlights with distinctive daytime running lights, 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, and black wing mirrors. The car also has the NissanConnect five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, DAB digital radio, aux/USB ports, and a rear view camera.
Just 2,500 Ford Ranger Black Edition models will be produced. The model is based on the mid-spec Limited trim and has the standard-fit chrome replaced with black trim for the radiator grille, roll bar and exterior detailing. The alloy wheels are also finished in black, and the car is painted in Ford’s Absolute Black hue.
The Double Cab pickup is fitted with sat-nav, front parking sensors and a rear view camera, in addition to the SYNC 3 infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, leather seats and power folding and heated door mirrors fitted as standard to the Ranger Limited.
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The Renault Twingo Iconic Special Edition is based on the mid-level Twingo Dynamique, and gains around £2,825 worth of extra equipment – saving the customer £740. It is available in a unique Mint Green paint finish, as well as Diamond Black and Crystal White colours. It also features a crosshatch-patterned fabric folding sunroof, 16-in alloy wheels, side decals and folding door mirrors.
It also comes with part-leather upholstery with the same pattern as the sunroof, Mint Green highlights around the interior, sat-nav and climate control. It is priced from £14,595 on the road.
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If you’re looking for a compact urban runabout, the limited-edition Suzuki Celerio City could be right up your street. Building on the entry-level SZ2 model that boasts DAB radio and central locking, the City adds handy rear parking sensors and sturdy black side mouldings with Celerio logos, matched by black covers over the B-pillars. ‘City’ badging and a set of polished alloy wheels add distinction. The City is powered by a 1.0-litre, 68bhp petrol engine and offers a claimed 65.7mpg. Limited to just 500 examples, the Suzuki Celerio is priced at £7,995.
A car as exclusive and as in-demand as the Ford GT arguably doesn’t need a special edition model to pique interest, but that hasn’t stopped Ford releasing a limited ’67 Heritage Edition of its sold out supercar. The ’67 Heritage Edition marks Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt’s 1967 win at Le Mans in the GT40 Mk4, and features the same red and white livery as its historic predecessor. The ’67 Heritage Edition’s looks are bolstered by 20-inch satin silver forged aluminium wheels, red brake callipers, silver wing mirrors and lashings of carbon fibre, while inside it features red seatbelts, anodised grey paddle shifters for the gearbox and red accent stitching for the seats. Ford says “limited quantities” of the GT ’67 Heritage Edition will be offered for the 2018 model year.
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The Allure Premium Special Edition is based, as you might imagine, on mid-spec Allure trim, but comes with a panoramic sunroof, all-round electric windows, power-fold wing mirrors, a reversing camera and 16-inch matt-black alloy wheels. The Black Edition, meanwhile, sports gloss-black alloys as well as black accents for the foglights, wing mirrors and radiator grille. The extra equipment represents a saving of £1,100 for the Allure Premium and £600 for the Black Edition, and both models come with Peugeot’s 1.2-litre 81bhp petrol engine.
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Bentley has introduced a special Galene Edition of its Continental GT Convertible. The Galene Continental is inspired by luxury yachts and created by Mulliner – Bentley’s bespoke automotive tailoring division. It’s finished in Glacier white with Sequin blue detailing, rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with a ‘propeller’ design, and Bentley says it offers “sophisticated maritime opulence and exquisite material detailing.” The nautical theme is continued inside with an optional superyacht image that can be hand-painted on the dashboard, while a new “pinstripe walnut” finish graces the Galene’s interior surfaces.
Named for the Greek Goddess of calm seas, the Galene Edition is powered by Bentley’s turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine. While no price has been announced, you’ll need to visit your dealer quickly if you want one – it’s available now and only 30 examples will be offered worldwide.
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A special Pulse edition has been added to the heart of the Kia Rio line-up. Fitting between the existing 2 and 3 trim levels, the Pulse is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels and a black radiator grille with chrome surround. You can opt for Midnight Black paint, or choose Clear White metallic to contrast with the privacy glass of the rear windows. Inside, there’s a five-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and a reversing camera display. Power comes from a 1.25-litre petrol engine producing 83bhp, with a manual gearbox as standard. It’s on sale now for £14,595, and you’ll get a year’s free car insurance if you can get your fingers on the Pulse before 30 September.
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The Nissan Juke Envy has been launched with some new features to entice crossover customers. Taking the already high-spec N-Connecta trim level as a starting point, the Envy aims to get chins wagging with its Tokyo Black front and rear bumper inserts and restyled xenon headlights. The Envy also includes a Style Pack with Detroit Red door mirror covers and a horizontal red stripe on the boot. There are flashes of red inside, too, adorning the air-vent surrounds and gearlever. The Juke Envy is available with either the DIG-T 115 petrol or dCi 110 diesel engines and starts from £19,045.
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The Jeep Wrangler has been toughened-up with a limited-run Rubicon Recon special edition. The Recon can be distinguished from its regular Rubicon stablemate by its unique Granite Crystal 18-inch alloy wheels and dual-vented ‘power dome’ bonnet, while red-stitched heated black leather seats and a matching steering wheel and seatbelts characterise the interior. As well as tough looks, Jeep promises the Recon has enhanced off-road prowess thanks to a stronger front axle and heavy-duty covers for the rear differential. With power from a 280bhp 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon is available as a two-door or in long-wheelbase four-door form. Order books are now open – two-door prices begin at £40,505 and the four-door starts at £42,175.
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Smart has teamed up with Disturbing London, an entertainment company set up in the capital by rapper Tinie Tempah and his manager, to produce special-edition versions of the two-seat Smart ForTwo and four-seat ForFour city cars. Based on the 89bhp Brabus version of each model, both cars feature a satin-black paint finish with rose gold exterior and interior details. Rear parking sensors are standard, as is a Smart media package including phone integration and TomTom sat nav. The ForTwo Disturbing London starts from £15,895, with the ForFour version priced from £16,390. Both are available now from Smart dealers.
Those wishing to stand out from the crowd should investigate the Toyota Yaris Yellow Edition Bi-tone, a limited-run model that sports a distinctively waspish colour combination. The Yaris Yellow Edition comes in new Yellow Burst paint, with a black roof and black roof pillars. Tinted rear windows and gloss-black side sills, together with a gloss-black radiator grille and 16-inch alloy wheels in black and silver complete the look outside, while inside you’ll find yellow surrounds for the gearlever, air vents and carpets. The Yellow Edition is based on the Yaris Bi-tone model, so comes with LED running lights, cruise control and Toyota’s Touch 2 infotainment system. You can order it with Toyota’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine, or as a petrol-electric hybrid. The former is priced at £17,595, and the latter comes in at £19,845.Subaru Outback Black & Ivory
Just 50 examples of the Subaru Outback SUV are being offered in Black & Ivory specification, and this limited-run model comes with Crystal Back Silica paint and Ivory leather. You get Subaru’s capable four-wheel drive system as standard, the choice of a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.5-litre petrol engine, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats and a reversing camera.
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Black Edition versions of Honda’s compact HR-V and larger CR-V SUV are now available. The limited-run models have a more adventurous look, with black running boards, skid plates and a unique black front grille. 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted, while special leather upholstery and carpets are found inside.
The HR-V Black Edition starts at £25,000 for the 1.5-litre petrol version with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, with CVT automatic and diesel manual versions priced a little higher. The CR-V Black Edition is four-wheel drive and starts at £31,000 for the 2.0-litre petrol with a manual gearbox. The automatic 1.6-litre diesel costs £34,300.
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The Fiat 500 Anniversario celebrates the 60th anniversary of the original Fiat 500. If you’re interested, you’ll be able to choose from the hatchback or the convertible 500, while paint options are Riviera Green and Sicilia Orange – though you’ll have to be happy with the 68bhp 1.2-litre engine. The 500 Anniversario nods to nostalgia thanks to vintage Fiat badges and classically-styled 16-inch alloy wheels – and it also features modern conveniences such as cruise control, rear parking sensors and climate control. It’s available to order now, priced from £14,265.
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Built to commemorate 25 years of car production in the UK, the Toyota Auris Hybrid GB25 features a host of visual tweaks, including a contrasting black roof, front grille and door mirror casings and a “25 years of building cars in Britain” badge. The GB25 is available in Tokyo Red, Pearl White or Aspen Grey paintwork.
It has black leather upholstery with quilted backrests and contrasting stitching and Toyota’s Touch 2 multimedia system, which incorporates a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB and a rear view camera. The Toyota Safety Sense package is also fitted, with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights and road sign recognition. It goes on sale on 1 July, priced at £24,045.
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The latest Porsche 911 rather stretches the definition of ‘special edition’ – it’s more of an ultimate. The Turbo S Exclusive Series – limited to only 500 examples worldwide – is the most powerful 911 ever, with 599bhp courtesy of a tuned version of the Turbo’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine. The extra power means it can scorch from 0-124mph in just 9.6 seconds.
Distinguished from lesser 911 Turbos inside and out by hand-applied finishes from the Porsche ‘Exclusive Manufaktur’ workshop, the S Exclusive Edition boasts an aerodynamically tweaked rear wing and apron, plus a carbon-fibre roof, bonnet and side skirts. It also sits on special black and gold 20-inch centre-lock wheels. Of course, all this comes at a price – £186,916, or £40,000 more than the regular Turbo S.
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The Mitsubishi Outlander Keiko. is based on the mid-range Outlander 3, but for an additional £550 adds the Mitsubishi Global Navigation (MGN) unit. This features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to allow the driver to access maps, music and other apps through their phone. It also boasts a 6.5in touchscreen, DAB radio, TomTom sat nav and a CD/DVD player.
It also packs the same list of equipment as the standard Outlander 3, which includes leather seats, dual-zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors and seven airbags. It’s priced from £27,999 on the road.
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The Mazda2 has recently undergone a round of technical changes intended to make it more fun to drive – with technology such as Mazda’s ‘G-Vectoring Control’ now standard. To mark the launch of the updated Mazda2, 750 examples of a limited-run Tech Edition model have been released for UK customers.
Based on the sat-nav-equipped SE-L with an 89bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Tech Edition adds 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, reversing sensors and climate control. Three special colours – Dynamic Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearlescent or Jet Black Mica – can be chosen, all at a cost of just £300 more than the SE-L. The Mazda2 Tech Edition is available from 1 July, for £14,995.
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Just 350 Toyota Aygo x-claim will be produced, distinguished by Burgundy decals, which contrast with White Flash paintwork and compliment the red retracting canvas ‘Funroof’ - similar in design to the roof of the DS 3 Cabrio and Fiat 500C convertible.
The 15-inch alloy wheels are white with red centre caps to go with the theme, which continues inside thanks to white air vent surrounds and a Burgundy piece of trim spanning the dashboard. The x-claim’s high level of kit includes leather seats, air-conditioning, a seven-inch x-touch multimedia system and a reversing camera. Prices for the five-door manual x-claim start from £14,195, while the x-shift automatic gearbox costs £700 extra.
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As the BMW M4 sports coupe evolution continues, the BMW M4 CS is the latest version to emerge from Munich. Designed to sit between the M4 Coupe Competition Package and the expensive, hardcore BMW M4 GTS, power rises by 10bhp to 454bhp, allowing the M4 CS to get from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 174mph rather than 155mph.
Its suspension is carried over from the M4 Competition Package, but the M4 CS gets unique alloy wheels (19-inches in diameter at the front and 20-inches at the rear) and semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The interior motorsport-influenced, with lightweight seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara along with pull loops to open the doors. The theme continues outside, with a carbon fibre bonnet, deep air intakes and exposed carbon fibre aerodynamic pieces to increase downforce and stability. Priced from just under £90,000, the BMW M4 CS will cost around £27,000 more than the BMW M4 Competition Pack model it’s based on.
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Ford’s junior Fiesta is only offered in two trims, but buyers after the well-equipped Zetec model can now opt for a Black or White Edition. Both come with the 84bhp version of Ford’s 1.2-litre petrol engine, and cost £600 more than an equivalent Zetec Ka+. For the extra outlay you get black or white paint paired with a contrasting white or black roof and wing mirror caps. Ford also throws in tinted rear windows, while the White Edition gets black alloy wheels, and the Black Edition features similar wheels, but with white inserts.
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The latest in the Protonic series of BMW i8 sports cars will hit the UK in July – but just 15 will be available. The BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition is finished in Protonic Frozen Yellow paint with Frozen Grey contrast accents and is fitted with 20in alloy wheels sporting a matt finish. The seats are trimmed in black leather with yellow highlights and there’s a range of black and grey detailing elsewhere. The front headrests are embossed with ‘i8’ and the door sill protection strips boasts ‘Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition’ text. The BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition is priced at £116,250.
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Along with some trim upgrades, BMW has announced three special-edition trim levels for the BMW 3 Series saloon and BMW 3 Series Touring estate. They’ll be available from July 2017 and can be chosen with any engine in the range.
Edition Sport Line Shadow includes black inserts for the headlights and tail-lights, while the kidney grille and lower air ducts are given a black finish. It’s the same story with the 18-inch alloy wheels, and even the tailpipes get a dark chrome finish for a menacing look. The interior is kitted out with a new design of sports steering wheel, a revised instrument cluster and half-leather seats.
A little less sporty in its focus, the Edition Luxury Line Purity brings exterior trim (window surrounds, grille, tailpipes etc) finished in ‘Satin Aluminium’, along with 17-inch or exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in the same shade. Inside you’ll find leather (with a new Cognac colour available), wood trim and ‘Pearl Gloss Chrome’ inserts. There’s also an enhanced dashboard with contrasting stitching and a new instrument cluster.
Rather like the previous special edition on our list, Edition M Sport Shadow takes an existing trim level – M Sport in this case – and gives it a dark makeover for a more aggressive look. Exterior trim is painted black and inside you’ll find ‘Dark Aluminium Carbon’ trim, a new dashboard covering and an enhanced instrument cluster with extra displays.
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Jeep is quite partial to a special edition, and the Wrangler Night Eagle follows in the footsteps of the Cherokee SRT Night, the Cherokee Night Eagle Limited Edition and the Jeep Renegade Night Eagle. Just 66 examples of the Wrangler Night Eagle will be brought to the UK and all come with a 197bhp 2.8-litre diesel engine, mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. You get a choice of Xtreme Purple, Alpine White or Solid Black paint, and all Night Eagles come with black 18-inch alloys and black exterior trim accents. Inside you’re treated to a combination of ‘Diesel Gray’ stitching, Piano Black trim pieces, sat nav and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo complete with a subwoofer. The Wrangler Night Eagle costs £39,810 and sits at the top of the Wrangler range.
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For customers who find the supercar-baiting M2 a little de trop, the BMW M240i M Performance Edition should appeal. The M240i packs a weighty 335bhp punch thanks to its turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine (the M2 has a similar engine but produces 30bhp more) and the addition of the M Performance moniker indicates the fitment of what amounts to a bodykit. This comprises Alpine White paint, a carbon fibre boot spoiler, extra front aero parts, a blackened radiator grille and front splitter, bi-tone 19-inch grey alloy wheels, carbon-fibre exhaust trim and a general array of dark garnish including carbon-fibre wing mirror caps.
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Dacia is releasing a special SE Summit edition trim for three of its models, with the Duster SUV and Stepway versions of its Sandero hatchback and Logan MCV estate being offered in this high-spec guise. SE Summit is based on each car’s top trim level (Prestige for the Duster, Laureate for the Logan and Sandero), and the Duster and Logan MCV Stepway come with ‘Nordic grey’ paint, while the Sandero Stepway SE Summit can also be specified in a striking ‘magma orange’ finish. Inside, exclusive seat fabrics are highlighted thanks to orange detailing, while rear parking sensors, a DAB radio and cruise control all feature. The Duster SE Summit also gets more pronounced wheelarch guards. The SE Summit range starts at £10,995 for the Sandero Stepway, £12,295 for the Logan MCV Stepway and £15,195 for the Duster.
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The BMW 1 Series is being facelifted this summer, and though the updates focus more on the interior than the exterior, there will be three new special editions launched when refreshed cars go on sale in July. The Sport Line Shadow, M Sport Shadow and M140 Edition Shadow all feature black contouring on their LED headlights, a blackened radiator grille surround and darkened rear lights. Choose the Edition M Sport Shadow and you’ll get black chrome exhaust pipes, too.
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A special-edition Range Rover Evoque Landmark has been launched to mark the production of 600,000 examples of Land Rover’s upmarket SUV since its arrival in 2011. It’s available in a “vibrant” Moraine Blue, which Land Rover says has been inspired by the colour of lakes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Other colours available for the Evoque Landmark include Yulong White and Corris Grey. Exterior features include a bodykit and grey design details, a panoramic roof, 19-inch dark grey alloy wheels and the front grille and bonnet being finished in ‘Graphite Atlas’. Inside there are more dark grey accents, ebony leather seats with contrasting light stitching. The Evoque Landmark will carry a price tag of £39,000 and is being officially launched at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on 10 May, when orders will open.
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Like the Desert Hawk further down this list, the new Jeep Renegade Tough Mudder edition will be limited to just 100 UK cars. It’s available in orange or black (both with gloss-black alloy wheels) and features Tough Mudder decals and badges, limited-edition numbered stickers and an off-road-style front bumper. The special-edition Jeep overcame a specially designed obstacle course with imposing-sounding obstacles such as the ‘Mud Mile’, ‘Quagmire’ and ‘Killa Gorilla’. The Tough Mudder edition uses a 140bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It costs £27,795, or £500 more than the standard Limited model.
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The year 2017 marks the 60th birthday of the original Fiat 500 and the latest version has been given advanced smartphone connectivity in a new Mirror special edition. The Fiat 500 Mirror features a seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a USB connection. It can be operated with controls built into the leather steering wheel, or by voice recognition. In keeping with its highly polished name, the Mirror is distinguished by chrome-finished wheel covers and casings for the door mirrors, together with special badging. Buyers can choose from five colours and hatchback or convertible bodystyles. A 1.2-litre 68bhp petrol engine is standard, achieving 60.1mpg, or 62.8mpg if you choose the optional Dualogic automatic gearbox. The Fiat 500 Mirror starts at £12,515 and order books are now open.
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Lotus has released an even lighter limited-edition Exige Cup 380, with the aim of providing the ultimate in road and track performance. Based on the already formidable Exige Sport 380, the Cup 380 has wider rear tyres, carbon-fibre side pods and a one-piece carbon-fibre tailgate. This shaves 7kg from the weight, with further use of carbon fibre available optionally, reducing mass still further. The roll-over bar is made from high-strength T45 steel, a material usually reserved for very competitive motorsport applications. Like the Sport, a four-mode traction control system is fitted, with Race mode to make the very most of a 370bhp supercharged V6 petrol engine. The Cup 380s modified aerodynamics increase downforce to 200kg, which helped it set a new Exige lap record at the company’s Hethel test track. Only 60 Exige Cup 380s will be offered, priced at £83,000.
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In 2016, a lightly modified Hyundai Santa Fe crossed Antarctica to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. To celebrate this feat, the South Korean carmaker has launched a new range-topping limited edition Santa Fe Endurance model. The Santa Fe Endurance is based on the seven-seat Premium SE trim, with a convenience pack that includes electric tailgate opening, a panoramic sunroof, autonomous emergency braking and active cruise control. It’s distinguished by 19-inch alloy wheels, side running boards and special Endurance logos on the B-pillars and floor mats. The car has the 2.2-litre diesel engine, along with an automatic gearbox, and is priced at £38,995. This represents a saving of £2,400 compared to a Premium SE fitted with the same options. Only 500 will be available and order books open on 18th of May.
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To celebrate the company’s success in motorsport, the Audi R8 supercar is being offered in limited Audi Sport Edition guise. Just 200 examples will be built, and these will feature red wing mirrors and side blades, with the interior echoing these colours and a red centre stripe on the steering wheel to help owners who want to “challenge their driving skills”. The front grille, diffuser and spoiler are finished in gloss black, the 20-inch alloy wheels are finished with Audi Sport logos, while the backs of the seats are exclusively embossed with the R8 emblem. The R8 Audi Sport Edition is available to order from May, and is being offered with the 533bhp R8 or the 602bhp Plus version. European pricing indicates it’ll command a premium of around £12,000 over the standard R8.
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If you’re taken with Toyota’s latest SUV and want the very best version, head quickly to you nearest Toyota dealer and snap up one of the 100 Limited Edition C-HRs being offered to UK buyers. You’ll need deep pockets though: the C-HR Limited Edition costs £29,995, which is around £9,000 more than the most affordable model in the range. So what do you get for your money? Well, the more powerful and economical hybrid version, for one thing, along with leather seats, a nine-speaker 576-watt JBL stereo, matte-black alloy wheels and chrome side sills. That’s on top of the sat nav, anodised dashboard, keyless entry and go, LED headlights and rear parking sensors already fitted to the C-HR Dynamic, on which the Limited Edition is based.
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Just 250 Fiat 500-60ths will be offered in the UK, celebrating 60 years since the first 500 – or Cinquecento – appeared. The modern Fiat 500 is a very different car to is historical namesake, and the 500-60th comes with a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat nav, cruise control, Apple CarPlay and a reversing sensors – a far cry from the original car, which came with an ashtray, a speedometer and little else. The 500-60th is being offered exclusively as a convertible (which comprises a full-length sliding fabric sunroof) and comes in two-tone white and ivory paint, together with white 16-inch alloy wheels. It’s priced from £19,240 and is available with Fiat’s 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol or its 0.9-litre turbocharged ‘TwinAir’ engines, though the latter is offered with 84 or 104bhp.
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The DS3 is already known as a fashion-forward hatchback, and for those who like to combine their couture with their cars, the Inès de la Fressange special edition DS3 should appeal. Named after a French model and designer, the Inès de la Fressange DS3 comes with de la Fressange handbag, and is finished in Ink Blue paint with an Opal White roof, garnished with ‘airmail’ style rear window frames. Sat nav, blue leather seats, automatic lights and Apple CarPlay feature inside, and the DS3 Inès de la Fressange can be ordered with a 99bhp diesel engine or a 108bhp petrol. It’s priced from £20,310.
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Some limited editions are more limited than others, and with just 25 DS4 Crossback Moondusts coming to the UK, it’ll be a rare sight. The Crossback Moondust comes with matte grey paint, gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals and black leather seats, as well as a reversing camera and the latest smartphone connectivity systems. You can choose from a 128bhp petrol engine or a 118bhp diesel, the latter being available with an optional automatic gearbox.
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If the idea of cruising around stealthily in an electric car appeals, the Nissan Leaf Black Edition is almost as silent and sleek as it’s possible to get. Black paint, alloy wheels, wing mirror caps and a black roof spoiler ensure this limited Leaf lives up to its name, while being based on Acenta trim means it comes with a reversing camera, automatic headlights and cruise control. The Leaf Black Edition also includes LED headlights, and the first 200 UK buyers will get a free wi-fi hotspot thrown in for good measure.
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The sleek-looking BMW 6 Series Coupe and its four-door Gran Coupe sister have never been short of appeal, but the limited-edition M Sport model gives both versions a new, more muscular look. Finished in Sonic Speed Blue metallic, the M Sport is distinguished by carbon-fibre door mirror caps and a unique design of 20-inch alloy wheel. Inside, its ‘comfort’ seats are trimmed in Merino leather from the BMW Individual selection, while the interior ambience is defined by carbon-fibre highlights and ‘M Sport Limited Edition’ inscriptions in the sills. Added equipment includes variable damping control, LED headlamps, a Harman/Kardon stereo and head-up display. Order books will open in April this year.
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The latest Nissan Micra is a vast improvement over the car it replaces, and a real contender in the supermini class; if you’re in the market for one, the Bose Personal Edition is worth investigating. Being based on top-spec Tekna trim means you get a Bose stereo, a DAB radio, sat nav, autonomous emergency braking and a 360-degree bird’s eye parking camera, but this limited edition model (only 3,000 will be sold in Europe) adds LED headlights and a smattering of orange trim details to the Micra’s body, wheels and interior. The Micra Bose Personal Edition is available with black or grey paint, and Nissan’s 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine or its 1.5-litre diesel; sales start in summer 2017.
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For those after a top-spec Citroen C4 Cactus, the special OneTone edition should appeal – as long as you like black. With black metallic paint, black alloy wheels and black ‘Airbump’ protection panels on the doors, the OneTone certainly lives up to its name. Being based on Flair trim means you get a leather steering wheel and sat nav, while the OneTone model also features a self-parking system. Paired with the PureTech 110 petrol engine, the C4 Cactus OneTone is around £700 more than an equivalent Cactus in Flair trim.
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Just 100 examples of the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk will offered for sale in the UK, and this limited trim brings 17-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, decals on the bodywork and exclusive part-leather seats with a map of the Moab desert on their bases. The Desert Hawk is based on top-spec Trailhawk trim, so comes with a heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats, as well as cruise control, all-round parking sensors, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with sat nav, and underbody protection for the fuel tank, suspension and gearbox. The Renegade Desert Hawk is paired with an automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, and is priced at £28,995 – a saving of around £500 over a similarly-specified Renegade Trailhawk.
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If the 549bhp Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster isn’t already special enough for you, the limited Edition 50 model ups the exclusivity count and equipment list. With just 500 examples built worldwide, the Edition 50 celebrates the half-century that’s elapsed since AMG’s founding. Edition 50 GT C Roadsters come with ‘designo graphite grey’ or ‘designo cashmere white magno’ paint, and black chrome accents are fitted to the side skirts, the radiator grille’s air intakes, the side vents, the rear diffuser and the exhaust pipe tips. Inside, a black AMG Performance steering wheel (complete with centre stripe) takes pride of place, while the Napa leather seats are patterned with diamond cross-stitching. GT Edition 50 logos and silver seat belts complete the package.
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To celebrate its "innovation partnership" with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin is releasing special Red Bull Racing editions of its Vantage S coupe. Created by Aston’s bespoke ‘Q’ service, the Red Bull Edition package is available with either the 4.7-litre V8 or 5.9-litre V12 Vantage S. it brings a special ‘Mariana blue’ paint with the option of a satin finish, or tungsten silver paint; lashings of carbon fibre, meanwhile, feature inside and out. Other additions include red edging for the radiator grille, yellow brake callipers, embroidered headrests and an inspection plaque and door sill signed by Red Bull F1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – though you have to choose which name you would rather your Vantage S bears. No pricing information has been revealed, with potential customers invited to “enquire directly with their local dealership”.
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The Lotus Evora is a powerful, expensive and rare car. The 410 version is even more powerful, more expensive and rarer, with only 150 made each year. But while the recently announced James Bond tribute Evora 410 is no more powerful than the normal 410, it’s likely to be more expensive. And, with only one being produced, it’s unquestionably rarer. This special car marks the 40th anniversary of the Lotus Esprit featuring in the 10th Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Like the Bond Esprit, the limited-edition Evora comes in white, while its nameplate is rendered in the same font as the Esprit’s. Inside, tartan inserts feature in the seats and doors, lending a distinctly retro charm.
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The Fiat 500X Fulham FC edition really requires two things of you: first, you need to be after a stylish, distinctive and affordable SUV. Second, you must be a fan of Fulham football club. To celebrate Fiat Chrysler Motor Village UK’s partnership with Fulham, 15 Fiat 500X Fulham FC editions will be built, based on Pop Star trim. That means the 500X Fulham FC features parking sensors, cruise control and sat nav, in addition to the ‘FFC’ logos and a special white, black and red paint finish. There remains a small chance, however, that a rival fan from Chelsea could buy the 500X Fulham FC and turn it into an effigy.
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The Mercedes SL convertible is now available in Designo Edition, which focuses luxury and “fine interior design”. Choose Designo Edition and the SL’s seats come in porcelain (read white) and black Nappa leather, while the porcelain roof liner and two-tone black/porcelain steering wheel are bound to stand out. Available with the SL 400 and 500, Designo Edition also includes 19 or 20-inch alloys and ‘brilliant blue’ metallic paint, while the £10,000 or so extra it costs over the AMG Line model almost guarantees exclusivity.
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The Nissan Navara is a highly capable and competent pickup truck, and if you’d like yours to stand out from the crowd, the Trek-1° edition should fit the bill nicely. The Navara Trek-1° references the longitude of the Navarre desert in Spain, from which the truck takes its name. Based on the top-spec Tekna model, the Trek-1° Navara adds black styling bars, 18-inch alloy wheels, a pair of LED spotlights and a new load bay cover to the Tekna’s equipment list, which includes sat nav, a 360-degree parking camera, a DAB radio and LED headlights. Only 1,500 Trek-1° editions will be built, and it’s available exclusively with the double-cab arrangement – though you can choose between the 158 or 187bhp 2.3-litre diesel engines.
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The current Honda Civic Type R isn’t long for this world, as a new Civic is due soon – and with it will come a fresh Type R. To mark the demise of the current model, Honda is releasing a limited Black Edition Civic Type R – and by limited, we mean limited: only the final 100 cars to roll off Honda’s production line will wear this exclusive trim. The Civic Type R Black Edition comes with a red-edged rear spoiler and a black interior with red accents, adding a degree of menace and purpose to an already extreme-looking hot hatch. The Black Edition is based on the GT version of the Civic Type R, so will also have drilled alloy pedals, a host of extra safety features and sat nav.
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Following in the footsteps of the Golf, the smaller Polo now benefits from special Match Edition trim. It’s based on the Polo Match, but for about £300 more than that model, the Match Edition adds a host of connectivity functions to the Composition infotainment system. These include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as support for Spotify and Skype. There’s even a mount for a GoPro action camera, while heated, body-coloured, power-folding door mirrors also feature. That’s all on top of the Polo Match’s equipment list, which includes cruise control, all-round parking sensors, front foglights, air-conditioning and 15-inch alloy wheels. The Polo Match Edition starts at around £13,300, and is available with the 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engines, the 89bhp 1.2-litre petrol and the 74bhp 1.4-litre diesel. You can also choose from a three or five door model, while buyers who opt for the 1.2-litre engine can have a manual or DSG automatic gearbox.
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The Mazda MX-5 Arctic is the latest in a long line of special editions for the world"s best-selling roadster. It"s based on the MX-5 SE-L Nav, and features Blue Reflex metallic paint and a silver windscreen surround, wing mirrors and headrest hoops as well as 16in alloy wheels. There"s more silver trims inside as well. Equipment-wise, you"ll find leather seats, automatic headlights and wipers and rear parking sensors. Just 400 MX-5 Arctic models will be produced, priced at £20,995.
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The SsangYong Turismo MPV is now available to order in a choice of two new special editions. Priced from £26,250, the new Black and White Edition models are based on the top-of the range ELX trim of the seven-seat large MPV. To differentiate the special models from the standard production versions, you can specify the Turismo in either metallic Space Black or Grand White paint schemes – depending on which edition you go for. These models also get new dark grey interior upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a Kenwood DAB digital radio and satellite navigation as standard. They also come with 17-inch alloys, cruise control, rear privacy glass and heated front seats. They also come with automatic lights and wipers. The SsangYong Turismo Black and White Editions are available to order now, priced from £26,250.
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Just 500 examples of the Volkswagen Caddy Black Edition small van will be available in the UK. Orders are open now, with prices starting at £19,370 (before VAT).
It’s based on the Highline trim level, but comes with approximately £2,000 worth of optional extras, but commands just an £800 premium over the Highline version. This extra kit includes two-tone 17-inch alloys, a Deep Black pearl effect paint job, lowered suspension, front fog lights, black roof rails, as well as body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and door handles.
On the inside, there’s full carpeting, a leather multifunction steering wheel, a leather gear knob and air-con as standard. There’s also a heated windscreen, DAB radio and cruise control.
Black Edition versions of the Caddy are powered by a 101bhp 1.6-litre diesel that returns 60.1mpg and emits 123g/km.
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Nissan has announced a Black Edition of its all-electric Nissan Leaf. The car will be produced in a limited run between March and August 2017, and the first 1,000 customers in Europe will receive a free in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot.
As the name suggests, the Black Edition features plenty of black styling touches, including its alloy wheels, mirror caps and rear roof spoiler. It also features LED headlights and illuminated door sills, plus tinted windows to complete the stealthy look.
The car’s equipment list is based on the standard mid-range Acenta trim, so the Black Edition model comes with the NissanConnect EV system and Around View Monitor technology as standard. No official prices have been revealed but we expect the car to cost around £19,500.
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Just 17 of these very limited edition versions of the DS 4 Crossback hatchback-cum-SUV are coming to the UK. The Terre Rouge Special edition goes on sale on November 1 and is priced from £30,045.
This is £3,000 more than you’d pay for the next most expensive standard DS 4 Crossback and for that extra outlay you get unique features like the matt Tourmaline Orange paint, 18-inch gloss black alloys, tinted rear windows, black leather upholstery, front parking sensors (in addition to ones at the back) and aluminium sports pedals. You also get Blind spot monitoring and door mirrors that automatically dip when you go into reverse.
As standard, the Terre Rouge edition of the DS4 Crossback gets the 177bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine combined with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This will do 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and return 64.2mpg, according to official figures. This equates to CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an annual tax bill of £30.
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To celebrate its recent win in the German Touring Car racing series, BMW is releasing the M4 DTM Champion Edition. It’s based on the M4 GTS (see below) so comes with the same 493bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre engine, complete with water injection to aid power; this represents an increase of 68bhp over the ‘standard’ BMW M4.
The M4 GTS is already a pretty extreme car, and the M4 DTM Champion Edition even more so. An addition to the GTS’ huge rear spoiler, carbon-ceramic brakes and specially adapted sport suspension, the M4 DTM Champion Edition has an exclusive ‘Alpine White’ paint job and racing-inspired decals running down its side. Although the M4 DTM Champion Edition features largely cosmetic changes compared to the GTS model, performance BMW fans are likely to welcome its arrival, not least because all 30 examples of the M4 GTS earmarked for UK customers have been sold. No word on how much the M4 DTM Champion Edition will cost, but expect an increase over the GTS’ £121,770 asking price.
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, and the Juro special edition is well worth hunting out if you’re in the market for one. The Juro is based on the Outlander PHEV’s GX3+ trim, but adds sat nav and a DAB radio at no extra cost. That’s in addition to the 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats and clever smartphone GX3+ trim already includes.
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Set to go on sale on 4 March 2017, the Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition will be limited to just 500 units and is set to entice new buyers into the new, semi-convertible hardtop version of the company’s popular MX-5 roadster.
The Launch Edition model is powered by the top-spec 158bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and comes with a multitude of exclusive features. It gets a choice of either Soul Red or Machine Grey metallic paint, a contrasting-colour roof panel, BBS alloy wheels, and piano-black door mirrors and rear spoiler. Inside, there’s Alcantara suede fabric on the dashboard, gear stick, handbrake and doors.
The special edition model also gets the Safety Pack as standard. This includes blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights and rear cross-traffic alert, which senses if there’s any traffic crossing behind as you reverse out of a parking spot.
The Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition starts at £28,995 and will go on sale next March.
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Caterham is using its Harrods Seven, a one-off special edition of the 210bhp Caterham Seven 420S, to launch its “Signature” personalisation programme. In keeping with the current trend, Signature allows customers to personalise more of their car’s look and feel, from paint colours to interior trim. The Harrods Seven is the first Caterham to be given this treatment.
The Harrods Seven gets an exclusive Harrods Green paint job, butterscotch leather and a wood veneer dashboard. There are also white stripes, each trimmed with a gold pinstripe, down the bonnet and the sides of the car. Under the body, the tubular steel frame has been powder-coated in gold. To celebrate the tie-up with Harrods, both the ignition key and the gearknob are adorned with the Harrods ‘H’ logo.
The Harrods Seven is completely unique and is on sale exclusively through Harrods’ Knightsbridge store for £59,995. The Signature treatment is available across the regular Caterham Seven range, however, from the humble 160 all the way up to the rapid 620R.
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The final model built to celebrate 50 years of Lotus being based in Hethel, Norfolk, the Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition follows on from the Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition and Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition. Just 50 examples of this car will be built, sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
The special edition is 26kg lighter than the standard Exige Sport 350, thanks to lightweight carbon-fibre seats, a lighter battery, lighter brakes and forged alloy wheels all round. There’s also less interior trim, lighter pipework around the engine and reduced sound deadening. It’s not completely spartan, however: you have a choice of leather or suede-like Alcantara upholstery, both with contrasting stitching.
This reduction in weight, combined with a 345bhp supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine mounted behind the driver, allows the 350 Special Edition to go from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, before topping out at 170mph. This makes it very slightly faster in a straight line than the Sport 350 on which it’s based.
The 350 Special Edition also comes with cruise control and floor mats as standard, while an infotainment system can also be specified that allows Bluetooth and MP3 player connectivity.
You can place your order for one of the 50 Lotus Exige 350 Special Editions now. It’s priced at £61,900.
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Only a limited number (Nissan hasn’t said how many) of these Nissan Jukes are coming to the UK, available with either a 113bhp petrol or 109bhp diesel engine. N-Vision is based on the N-Connecta trim level, but adds some extra kit.
It gets the safety pack, which includes an Around View Monitor (Nissan’s 360-degree camera), blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and a moving object detection system. You also get the Exterior+ pack, which adds special front and rear bumper inserts, headlamp inserts and 18-inch alloy wheels with coloured inserts.
Alongside these features, there are also floor mats with white stitching, the choice of metallic or pearlescent paint, as well as sat nav, DAB radio, a reversing camera and automatic lights and wipers. You can have your Nissan Juke N-Vision in either metallic Pearl Black with white interior and exterior trim, or pearlescent Storm White (a £195 option) with black interior and exterior trim.
The car goes on sale on 1 October, priced from £18,860 for the petrol and £20,485 for the diesel.
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Just 100 of these Subaru Forester Special Edition Models will make it to the UK, with orders opening on September 1. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Subaru’s signature flat-four ‘Boxer’ engine configuration.
Priced from £29,995 for the petrol version and £31,495 for the diesel models, these cars – based on XC Premium trim – get an extra £1,500 worth of equipment at no extra cost. This includes metallic ‘Hunter Green’ paint, brown leather upholstery, guards under the front and rear bumpers, as well as wheel arch protectors.
Standard kit also includes the Starlink infotainment system, controlled from a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, which includes Bluetooth and sat-nav, as well as hill descent control and a clever electronically controlled four-wheel drive system.
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A limited-run version of the new Audi Q2 crossover – the Edition #1 – has been announced, with orders opening in September 2016. Based on the sporty S line trim, the small crossover adds special 19-inch alloy wheels and a Quantum Grey paint colour.
It also benefits from the addition of a Titanium Black styling pack, which adds black exterior trim around the front grille and door sills. The 19-inch alloy wheels are finished in Anthracite Black, while it also gets LED lights all round, with dynamic ‘sweeping’ indicators.
Inside, there are black and ‘Amaretto’ part-leather seats, a leather steering wheel and illuminated door-sill trims. There’s also an ambient lighting package, which allows you to choose between 10 different lighting colours.
UK pricing hasn"t been announced yet, although we do know that the Audi Q2 Edition #1 will be in dealerships from late autumn. You"ll be able to specify your Audi Q2 Edition #1 with any of the standard model"s engines.
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Initially, just 1,000 examples of this Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition will come to the UK, although the company is considering making it a permanent addition to the range if it proves popular. Priced from £12,975, it"s based on the i20 in SE trim with the 99bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, which also incorporates audio and phone controls. This model also comes with a reversing camera, automatic lights, satellite navigation and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The sat nav includes a seven-year subscription to TomTom Live services, which give real-time traffic updates, speed-camera alerts and weather notifications.
On the outside, there"s a choice of six paint colours – Polar White, Aqua Sparkling, Sleek Silver, Stardust Grey, Phantom Black and Red Passion – while 16-inch alloys are also standard.
The Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition Goes on sale in August 2016, priced from £12,975.
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Available to order now, with sales officially starting on 1 August 2016, the £18,890 Citroen Cactus W Special Edition is based on the top-spec Flair model, but comes with a special colour scheme.
On top of the Flair"s standard equipment, which includes automatic wipers, climate control, a reversing camera, tinted rear windows and sat nav, the W gets white cross 17-inch alloy wheels and a special white paint job. It also comes with "Dune" Airbumps, while you can specify a panoramic sunroof for an extra £425 and black part-leather upholstery for £695 more.
You can have your W Edition C4 Cactus with one of two engines – either the 109bhp turbocharged three-cylinder petrol or the 99bhp 1.6-litre diesel. The petrol costs £18,890, while the diesel costs £19,620.
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With a new BMW 5 Series due to arrive in early 2017, time is running out for the current M5 super-saloon. With this in mind, BMW is building just 200 examples of this "Competition Edition" version of its legendary sporting saloon – only a handful of which will come to the UK.
Its turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 will be upped from the standard model"s 552bhp to 592bhp – 25bhp more than the M5 equipped with the Competition Pack and exactly the same as the M5 30 Jahre edition. This is enough to get it from rest to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds – half a second faster than the standard model – although its top speed remains electronically limited to 155mph.
Buyers will be able to choose between Mineral White or Carbon Black paint. The Competition Pack sits on a set of 20-inch black alloy wheels, while at the front there"s a gloss-black finish to the famous "kidney" grille. It also comes with various pieces of carbon-fibre exterior trim, including front and rear spoilers, a rear diffuser and the door mirror caps.
Inside, there’s black leather upholstery everywhere, with contrasting white stitching, while the headrests are embossed with the "M5" logo in white, too. There"s also carbon-finish interior trim, as well as an "M5 Competition Edition" logo with a numbered plaque.
In terms of standard kit, the car gets adaptive LED headlights, a reversing camera and a powered bootlid. Both the front and rear seats are heated, while tinted glass and a rear sunblind system protect occupants from the sun. These cars also get an upgraded Bang & Olufsen Advanced stereo.
Under the skin, the Competition Edition gets a host of upgrades, including the M Competition Pack, which adds stiffer, beefier, electronically controlled suspension. As ever, there"s also the M electronic differential to improve grip out of corners and various driving modes to choose from.
Available to order now, the BMW M5 Competition Edition is priced from £101,995. If you want one, though, you’ll have to hurry, as only a few are coming to the UK.
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In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s Hethel HQ, the Lotus Evora 400 Blue & Orange Edition has been revealed.
Its distinctive blue and orange paintwork – voted for by the company"s fans on social media – harks back to the famous racing colour scheme first seen in the "60s. Just 10 will be made, guaranteeing exclusivity, while a price hasn"t been announced.
Mechanically, the special edition is unchanged from the standard Lotus Evora 400, with the same focus on performance, thanks to its 400bhp supercharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. The 186mph top speed is unchanged, as is the 4.1-second 0-62mph time.
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Just 400 examples of the limited-run Mazda2 Red Edition will be sold in this country. Priced from £14,995, the special-edition model is based on the SE-L Nav trim with the 89bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine. It"s available in either white or black paint, with red exterior and interior trim.
On the outside, there"s a red roof spoiler and a red rear underskirt, while metallic paint is also standard. Meanwhile, 15-inch gun-metal grey alloy wheels are optional.
Continuing the red theme inside is swathes of red trim on the centre console as well as across the dashboard and the air vents. What’s really striking, however, are the bright red cloth seats, as well as a red-and-white interior decor pack. You can also specify Red Edition floor mats at extra charge.
It"s on sale now, priced from £14,995.
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In order to celebrate the three millionth Toyota Yaris rolling off the company’s Valenciennes production line, Toyota has released a special Orange Edition of its popular supermini. Unsurprisingly, there’s a pretty striking orange paint job to go with the name, as well as a host of extra equipment over and above the Icon trim on which it"s based.
There are 16-inch alloys, black roof support pillars and black mirror caps, as well as tinted rear glass, a panoramic sunroof and a matt-black finish for the honeycomb grille. Inside, there"s piano-black trim and black carpet mats with contrasting orange stitching. The Orange Edition also gets LED rear lights, cruise control and a rear spoiler, while the hybrid gets climate control, too. Also included is a touchscreen infotainment system, a reversing camera and LED daytime running lights.
Available to order now, the Orange Edition Toyota Yaris can be had with either the 1.33-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel or 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine. Prices start at £15,795 for the petrol, rising to £17,995 for the hybrid.
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This latest limited-edition version of the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai is based on the top-of-the-range Tekna trim level and is only available with the 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel. This is capable of returning up to 70.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of just 103g/km.
As the name suggests, the Black Edition gets plenty of black-coloured features, including black 19-inch alloy wheels, a Pearl Black metallic paint job, black exterior trim and a panoramic glass roof. This last item is usually a £400 option and can become opaque at the touch of a button.
You also get Nissan’s Safety Shield system, which includes blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, auto-dipping headlights, traffic-sign recognition and forward emergency braking, among other things.
Inside, it comes with black leather upholstery, DAB radio, LED headlights, automatic parking, a 360-degree camera system and satellite navigation. In all, the Black Edition comes with around £1,200 worth of extra equipment and costs just £450 more than the equivalent Tekna model. It"s available to order now, with prices starting at £27,310.
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On sale now and priced from £14,415, the Nissan Note Black Edition adds both exterior and interior design upgrades, as well as more standard equipment. It"s based on the mid-range Acenta trim and gets a sporty bodykit, including body-coloured bumpers and a black boot spoiler. There are also black 16-inch alloy wheels and black door handles, as well as a black finish on the headlights. The car can be had in either pearlescent Storm White or metallic Pearl Black paint colours.
Inside, there"s even more black trim detailing, including a black headliner, a gloss-black centre console and a black gearknob. Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, electric rear windows, Bluetooth and a multi-function leather steering wheel. The Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system is available as an option.
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This special edition of the popular Renault Captur crossover gets a host of exterior additions, as well as a bunch of extra equipment. Styling-wise, this version comes with a contrasting Arctic White pearlescent and Diamond Black paint job, with blue exterior detailing on the roof, doors and mirrors. There are also 17-inch "Explore" alloy wheels with black inserts, as well as painted lower front and rear bumpers.
Inside, you get part-leather upholstery, with light blue stitching on both the seats and steering wheel. You also get the light blue-tinted chrome interior touch pack, as well as aluminium pedals and matt-black interior trim. Plus, there are heated front seats, satellite navigation and a reversing camera, as well as the R-Link touchscreen infotainment system. Finally it has Renault"s Grip Xtend traction-control system that helps with light off-roading.
The Iconic Nav edition is on sale now, priced from £19,175.
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Just 30 of these high-performance Jeep Cherokee SRT Night editions will go on sale in the UK and will be priced from £69,865. It’s the fastest and most powerful Jeep ever, with 462bhp being developed from its 6.4-litre V8 engine.
This is enough to get it from 0-62mph in less than five seconds and on to a top speed of 160mph. It’s not just about the engine, however. The SRT Night gets matt-black trim for the front grille, roof supports and badging, which, according to Jeep, gives it a "stealth-like appearance". There are also 20-inch black alloy wheels and more powerful brakes to help deal with the extra power.
Inside, there"s leather upholstery, new interior trim and SRT decals on the door sills. There are only two colours for the car, however; black or white. Orders are open now, but only 30 are coming to the UK, so you’ll have to pay your £69,865 pretty quickly.
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Fiat has taken the desirability of the Fiat 500 to new heights in partnership with Riva, the legendary Italian boat-builder.
With the emphasis on luxury, the limited-edition Fiat 500 Riva draws on the hand-built craftsmanship of classic speedboats. It’s made unique with a dashboard finished in hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work, with a mahogany gearknob and door sills. The seats are trimmed in an exclusive ivory leather created by Poltrona Frau.
Outside, it"s distinguished by unique blue 16-inch alloy wheels and finished in Sera Blue, a special colour also seen on the exclusive Riva Aquariva Super speedboat.
The 500 Riva sits right at the top of the range, equipped with automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster with aquamarine background and Fiat"s seven-inch HD Uconnect LIVE infotainment system with Bluetooth and DAB radio. It"ll be available with the 69bhp 1.2-litre, 85bhp TwinAir or 105bhp TwinAir petrol engine.
With pricing not yet announced, the Fiat 500 Riva can be ordered in UK dealerships from the end of August 2016.
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Hyundai has celebrated its partnership with Sir Bradley Wiggins’ cycling team by releasing a specially equipped Hyundai Santa Fe named in his honour.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Team Wiggins is based on the Premium SE model, which features a panoramic sunroof and ventilated front seats, an electric tailgate and parking assistance as well as automatic headlamp high-beam built into the headlights.
With only 500 available, the Team Wiggins special edition adds sporty side running bars and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in dark gunmetal. There are also subtle Team Wiggins badges on the front wings. It"s available in five special colours.
Despite these additional features, the Team Wiggins edition costs £705 less than the standard Premium SE model, starting at £35,995 for a seven-seat 2.2-litre diesel with four-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Team Wiggins will be available to order at Hyundai dealerships in July 2016.
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You’d expect Ford to want to make a fairly big deal of winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race and that’s exactly what it’s doing with the ’66 Heritage Edition of the GT supercar. It was back in 1966 that Ford took a 1-2-3 finish at the famous endurance race, while on the company’s return to La Sarthe this year it won the GTE Pro class.
Over 6,500 people have already put down deposits for the standard Ford GT supercar that"ll be arriving later in the year – although only 250 will be built a year and Ford will select who gets them. However, this ’66 Heritage Edition will be built in even more limited numbers – Ford won"t say how many – and at a very exclusive price. This is likely to be a case of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.
This special edition gets 20-inch aluminium wheels, finished in a ‘satin’ clear coat. All cars are finished in a ‘Shadow Black’ paint job (in either gloss or matt) with silver stripes down the centre line. All cars also get a silver and black number 2 graphic, harking back to the number 2 car that won at Le Mans in 1966.
Inside, the carbon fibre seats are finished in ebony leather, as is the dash, while the seats also get gold accents, as do the gear change paddles and instrument panel. There’s also a unique serial number on the door card, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue webbing effect. You’ll also find exposed carbon fibre trim.
These will only be available in very limited numbers and for a considerable premium over the standard GT’s approximate £250,000 asking price. First deliveries are likely to start next year.
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Having made an appearance as a concept car at May’s Concourse d’Eleganza Villa d’Este by Lake Como in Italy, Aston Martin decided to build 99 examples, thanks to strong customer interest. As well as the obvious styling modifications, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato also gets more power and uprated suspension.
Aston Martin’s got a long history with Italian styling house Zagato – stretching all the way back to the DB4 – and the latest Vanquish version gets traditional Zagato styling cues. This includes the gaping front grille, a sloping ‘double-bubble’ roofline and a dramatic, entirely altered rear end, with all-new light clusters. There are also larger bonnet vents and circular LED daytime running lights in the grille. All of these new body panels are made from carbon fibre.
Inside, there’s carbon fibre and anodized bronze trim, as well as the option of an aniline leather trim for the fascia. There’s also ‘Z’-shaped quilting for the leather upholstering the seats and the inside of the doors, while the headrests are also embossed with the letter Z.
Under the skin, there’s an uprated version of the 5.9-litre V12, producing 592bhp. This is enough to get the car from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. Just 99 of these cars will ever be produced with first customer deliveries beginning in the first few months of 2017. There’s no word on price, but we suspect if you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it.
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Given Porsche’s illustrious heritage at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for the company to come up with a special edition celebrating this fact. It’s just unveiled the 911 Endurance Racing Edition at the famous La Sarthe circuit and it comes with a host of extra equipment, as well as some dynamic upgrades over the standard 911.
It’s based on the Porsche 911 Carrera S and, as such gets a 414bhp version of the new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat six engine. It shares the same four-wheel steering system with the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS models, while it also gets adjustable driving modes and lowered adjustable suspension. This model also comes with the Sport Chrono pack as standard.
You also get a sports exhaust, black 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED lighting, graphics celebrating Porsche’s success in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship and black leather upholstery. There are also black floor mats trimmed in red, with red seatbelts too. You also get an electric sunroof, parking sensors at the front and back, as well as a bespoke indoor car cover. It’ll make its UK debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, meanwhile orders have already opened, with prices starting at £107,216.
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Set to make its debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the special Mazda MX-5 Icon edition is based on the SE-L Nav model and comes with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine only. Just 600 will be making their way to the UK, with all cars getting a choice between Meteor Grey Mica, or Crystal White Pearlescent, while red door mirrors and other red exterior trim pieces, including a rear spoiler and front splitter. You also get gunmetal grey alloy wheels, leather seats and rear parking sensors, as well as automatic lights and wipers.
Fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the new car at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Prices for the Icon edition start at £20,995 and orders are being taken right now.
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Just 100 of these hardcore versions of the MINI Cooper John Cooper Works will be built, all of which will be coming to the United Kingdom. Obviously, there’s a power boost over the standard MINI John Cooper Works, with the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine now putting out a significant 228bhp. This is enough for it to do 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds, before topping out at 153mph. Power is directed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox (there’s no auto option), while official tests say the car will return an average of 42.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of 155g/km. This results in an annual tax bill of £185.
It’s not just under the bonnet where there have been tweaks, however. The new car gets super-grippy tyres, as well as revised, adjustable suspension to provide the optimum handling for track work. There’s also a new front differential, which helps the front tyres to grip more effectively under hard acceleration, especially out of slow corners. As well as getting gripper tyres, each 17-inch wheel is 2.5kg lighter than on the JCW model, while there are also larger, more powerful brakes.
There are also aesthetic additions inside and out, as well as some more purposeful aerodynamic addenda. This includes a bespoke bodykit, with a new rear wing and front splitter, as well as a White Silver paint job and black alloy wheels. There’s also a new exhaust system that saves weight and makes more noise, as does the carbon fibre intake system. Inside, each car has a unique build number on the passenger side dashboard, as well as carbon black sports seats. There’s piano black interior trim, parking sensors, auto wipers and headlights, as well as automatic, adaptive LED headlights.
Orders for the MINI Cooper John Cooper Works Challenge – which will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – are open now. Just 100 will ever be built and it’s priced from £32,000.
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A special version of the Renault Twingo city car – introduced to celebrate Renault’s partnership with THE COLOR RUN charity running event – has been announced. It’s based on the Play trim level and includes air-con, electric front windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the R&GO system that can make any compatible smartphone into an infotainment and navigation system. These versions also get 15-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic folding fabric sunroof. Unsurprisingly, given the car’s affiliation, there’s an extensive array of colour options (both on the inside and out) available. Priced from £10,495 (an £800 saving compared to an equally-specced non-special edition Twingo) the COLOR RUN Special Edition is only available in the five-door body and with the 69bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.
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With the French Open Tennis Championship having just ended, Peugeot is celebrating its partnership with the venue that hosts the event – Roland Garros – by announcing two new special editions boasting that name.
Both the retractable fabric-roofed 108 city car and the 208 supermini have been given the Roland Garros treatment and come with more equipment than you’d find in the Allure model. The Peugeot 108 TOP! Roland Garros can be had with either three or five doors, and the 81bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol model. You get 15-inch alloys, with distinctive orange centre caps, orange door mirrors and a Diamond White paintjob, as well as Roland Garros badging dotted around the bodywork. Sat-nav, tinted windows, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning and keyless entry and go are all included as standard, too. Safety features include lane departure warning, active emergency braking and a reversing camera.
Also included is a special grey cloth interior with orange trim and a white dash with orange inserts. The car is on sale now, priced from £13,360, while a five-door model costs from £13,760.
Elsewhere, the Peugeot 208 Roland Garros edition can be had with either the 109bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, or the 99bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine. The petrol model can be had with either a manual or an automatic gearbox, while diesel is manual only. In terms of extra equipment, the 208 comes with 16-inch alloys, tinted rear windows, two-tone leather seats and LED daytime running lights. You also get the same orange door mirrors and Roland Garros badging as the 108, as well as a choice between Nera Black or Satin White paint.
You also get a panoramic glass sunroof and a touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav, as well as Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity. As well as all this, there’s also rear parking sensors, electric windows all round, cruise control and automatic headlights. Prices for the 208 Roland Garros start at £17,695, rising to £18,915 for the diesel.
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To celebrate the iconic BMW M3 super saloon’s thirtieth Birthday, BMW has released this – the 30 Jahre Edition (30 Jahre being, imaginatively, ’30 Years’ in German). Sticking with that numbered theme, just 30 examples will be coming to the UK, each getting a numbered plaque to give credence to the car’s exclusivity. The standard car’s 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight six has been fettled to produce an extra 13bhp, bringing the total up to 444. This shaves 0.1 seconds from the car’s 0-62mph time (now 4.0 seconds dead), although the car’s top speed is still limited to 155mph. To cope with the extra performance, there are also carbon ceramic brakes at each corner as standard.
As well as some mechanical tweaks, the special edition also gets some exterior and interior design upgrades, too. There are door mirror caps, a front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser all fashioned from carbon fibre, while the exhaust tips are made from black chrome. You also get unique 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and a special metallic ‘Frozen Silver’ paint job.
Inside, you get the aforementioned plaque, special sports seats and seatbelts with the blue, red and white BMW ‘M’ stripes woven in. Leather upholstery is standard, while the gear selector and steering wheel are both trimmed in Alcantara. The special editions also get LED headlights, a 13-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo, a head-up display, 360-degree cameras and the advanced parking pack.
On sale in the summer, the BMW M3 30 Jahre Edition starts at £82,675 – a significant premium over the standard car. With only 30 coming to the UK, you’ll have to be quick, too as they’re likely to be snapped up by enthusiasts and collectors pretty sharpish.
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Limited-run First Edition models – of which there will only be 200 examples coming to the UK – get an extra £3,500 worth of standard equipment for just an extra £1,000 over the standard SE model. This includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav, keyless entry, a powered tailgate, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. There are also tinted rear windows, as well as black window surrounds and black roof-rails. First Edition models are priced from £21,995 and £24,305, depending on whether customers go for the 113bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine or the 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel. Customers will also get the choice of three colours - Nevada White, Rodium Grey and Samoa Orange when it goes on sale in September.
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While this may not be a special edition in the traditional sense of the word, the MINI Seven hatchback – named after the famous pre-war Austin Seven – offers features over and above what you’d get as standard from a MINI hatch and is only available on certain models. MINI calls it a ‘design’ model and can only be had on the petrol Cooper and Cooper S models, as well as diesel Cooper D and Cooper SD versions.
Both three and five-door variants are available, and thanks to this being a ‘design’ model, naturally all of the changes over the standard trim levels are aesthetic, rather than mechanical. It comes with a unique paint colour – Lapisluxury Blue, as well as three other choices – and a roof, mirror caps and racing stripes in ‘Melting Silver’. There are also exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, while inside, you get a mix of leather and cloth upholstery in Malt Brown, while there is piano black trim and ‘Mini Seven’ badges. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch colour display within the large central speedometer.
You can also add the Chili package to the Mini Seven, which means you get LED headlights, LED fog lights, cruise control, full black leather upholstery and a leather steering wheel. The car is available to order now, with prices starting at £18,545.
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To celebrate its famous victory at the legendary Nurburgring 24h race with the Audi R8 LMS racing car, the company has announced a special edition of its fastest car – the Audi R8 V10 plus. It’ll be dubbed the “selection 24h” edition and while the 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine remains unchanged (although you won’t feel short-changed with over 600bhp at your disposal) you do get upgrades to the suspension and steering. This includes the dynamic steering setup, adaptive damper control and the Audi magnetic ride system. This uses a variable magnetic field to firm up or soften the suspension as and when it’s required. This model will also get Audi’s laser lighting system.
Just 24 of the special edition cars will be built – with each getting its own numbered plaque indicating which one of the 24 it is. They come with gloss-black anthracite y-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. You’ll also find the rear spoiler, engine cover, rear diffuser, ‘side blades’ and door mirror caps are all made of gloss-finish carbon fibre. Those ‘side blades’ will also feature a matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. All cars will also be finished in Suzuka Grey, with Misano Red and mythos black highlights – Audi’s racing colours.
Inside, there is full grey leather upholstery, while the headlining is made of Alcantara. There are also gloss-finish carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) pieces of trim around the air-vents and the virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster. The individual serial number is found in the special illuminated door-sill, while the door’s entry lights will project the R8 logo onto the road surface when the doors are opened.
Orders are open now, with prices set to be announced very shortly.
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DS, along cosmetics and fashion brand Givenchy have teamed up to create a special edition DS 3. Dubbed the DS 3 Givenchy Le MakeUp, just 500 examples of the car will be coming to the UK and will be available in either the hatchback or convertible body styles. It comes in a unique ‘textured’ Opaline White paint job and a "Whisper Purple" roof, as well as ‘Givenchy Le MakeUp’ badges positioned on the doors.
It’s inside where most of the changes have taken place, however, and the car is based on the normal Elegance specification. This means you get black leather upholstery, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, heated/folding door mirrors and automatic headlights. You also get a ‘Rose Pink’ dashboard, Givenchy Le MakeUp badges on the floor mats and, best of all, a special Givenchy cosmetics set in a special compartment between the seats.
Available to order from 1 June, the DS 3 Givenchy Le MakeUp will cost from £19,395 for the hatch version, while the Cabrio will cost from £21,695.
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A special version of the Porsche Cayenne SUV – the Platinum Edition – has been announced. This new version will only be available on either Diesel or S E-Hybrid models and is on sale now, priced from £55,134 for the diesel and £66,919 for the hybrid.
There’s plenty of extra equipment on Platinum Edition models. They sit on 20-inch alloy wheels that are housed in wider wheel arches, while there’s also the choice of five extra paint colours. These models also get bi-xenon headlights, which are fitted with the Porsche Dynamic Light System that can move the light beams when cornering in the direction of travel. There’s also tinted rear privacy glass and special door sills highlighting the cars’ special status.
Inside, there’s the latest PCM infotainment system that includes sat-nav, a 665-watt Bose stereo with 14 speakers and extra mobile connectivity (including Bluetooth). There are also eight-way electrically adjustable leather sports seats at the front, some Alcantara trim and the Porsche badge is embossed on each headrest. All cars also get front and rear parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera.
Orders for the Platinum Edition Porsche Cayennes are open now, with first deliveries starting in June this year. Prices for the diesel start at £55,134, while the hybrid model will cost from £66,919.
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Details of the Nissan X-Trail Style Edition have been revealed today as orders for the special edition model have opened. It’s based on the current range-topping Tekna trim level, but adds a host of extra aesthetic upgrades.
These include alloy sports pedals, 19-inch black alloy wheels, leather seats and extra protective trim pieces on the front bumper and around the boot opening. Inside, the front leather seats are heated, while they also boast electrical adjustment. Unsurprisingly, these models also get satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. An electrically operated boot lid is also standard.
Prices for the Nissan X-Trail start at £29,405 and can be had with either a 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel or a 161bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
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Built to celebrate the company"s 100th birthday, this special edition of the BMW 7 Series luxury saloon purports to be the ultimate example of the ultimate BMW saloon. Just 100 examples of the new car will be built and it utilises much of BMW’s premium ‘Individual’ range of upmarket additions.
This includes a unique Individual paint colour – Centennial Blue metallic – produced exclusively for this new model, while all cars will also get a hand crafted signet saying ‘THE NEXT 100 YEARS’ on the central roof pillar. All models will also receive a plaque bearing the words ‘1 of 100’ on the cup holder cover.
Inside, the car is swathed in white leather, while the seats are finished with quilted diamond stitching and contrasting piping. The rest of the interior – including the floor mats, headliner and seat belts – come in the same ‘Smoke White’ colour as the leather upholstery, while there are also piano black trim pieces and the steering wheel is covered with wood and Smoke White leather.
As well as a more luxurious interior, owners will get more equipment as standard as well, including a head-up display (which projects certain information such as speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen) surround view cameras, a panoramic glass roof, heated and ventilated front and rear seats and a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo. Passengers in the back can also control the entertainment on offer by using their own removable seven-inch tablet.
This special 7 Series has been created in conjunction with the luxury stationer Montblanc and all cars will come with a specially created ‘Montblanc for BMW’ Centennial Fountain Pen. This has been designed as a joint effort between both BMW and the stationary company and comes in the same Centennial Blue colour as the car.
The car is based on the high-performance M760Li xDrive version, which means it sits on the long-wheelbase platform, meaning improved interior space compared to the standard wheelbase car. It also gets a version of the same turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 petrol engine used in the Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine. This produces 602bhp, which is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’ll do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 155mph.
Although the car is available to order now – with BMW dealers accepting expressions of interest – no pricing details or information on when this year the car will arrive have been announced
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Arriving in the summer, the new Ember special edition version of the Range Rover Evoque will get a contrasting Firenze Red roof, rear skid plate and front bumper trim, with the rest of the car finished in Santorini Black. It also gets the Black Pack exterior design package, which includes 20-inch satin-black alloy wheels, black badging and lettering, plus black exhaust-pipe tips and a Narvik Black grille, as well as darkened front and rear lights.
Unsurprisingly, this rather dark theme continues inside, with Ebony Black seats highlighted with red stitching, gloss-black trim and red-and-black carpet mats. The Ember is based on the HSE Dynamic model, so standard equipment includes cruise control, 12-way power-adjustable heated leather front seats, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, DAB radio and satellite navigation. It also features the updated InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.
The Evoque Ember will only be available to order for three months this summer, with first deliveries expected in September. It’s priced starting at £47,200.
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The stripped-out, hardcore BMW M4 GTS – a very special edition of the BMW M4 super coupe – has been revealed. It gains more power, trick suspension, a very racy bodykit and loses quite a lot of weight. Just 700 of these very special cars will ever be made and a paltry 30 will make it to the UK. That level of exclusivity is reflected in the £121,770 starting price – a £64,705 premium over the standard M4 Coupe. This means you could buy two of the standard models – with a bit of change – for the price of the GTS.
It does, however, promise to be very special. The twin-turbocharged straight-six has been fiddled with to produce 493bhp – a fair chunk more than the standard car’s 425bhp – and 0-62mph is dealt with in just 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is upped form an electronically limited 155mph to 190mph. This makes it the fastest production BMW road car of all time. The suspension has also been given a thorough re-working to make the car’s handling even sharper, while it also comes equipped with some super-grippy, specially developed Michelin tyres.
Although the standard model is no shrinking violet, looks-wise, the GTS is even more distinctive. Bright orange detailing is everywhere and that contrasts hugely with the matt black paint job. There’s also a huge rear wing and a jutting front splitter to provide downforce, as well as a massive air vent in the bonnet to help cool the uprated engine, as well as a huge "power hump" to signal further aggressive intent. Inside, there are special lightweight bucket seats, while the rear chairs have been removed altogether and replaced by a bright orange roll cage, which protects the occupants if you roll the car over. The rest of the interior is carried over pretty much unchanged from the standard M4, however.
Unfortunately, the 30 examples earmarked for UK buyers have all been sold. Don’t despair though: if you want an exclusive and race-track-focused M4, look out for the forthcoming M4 DTM Champion Edition (above), which is at least as extreme as the GTS.
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To celebrate the company"s 100th anniversary, Isuzu has revealed a special edition of the Isuzu D-Max pick-up. Just 100 will be available and they feature a massive £11,000 worth of extras over the standard model. Owners will get a numbered plaque on their car, as well as a special presentation box holding a personalised collection certificate.
Isuzu says the D-Max Centurion is the highest-specification pick-up on sale in the UK, with 19-inch alloy wheels, an exterior body kit and roof bars, plus stainless-steel side bars and side steps, as well as a remote-locking hard tonneau cover. There are also LED daytime running lights and front foglights.
Inside, there’s leather upholstery, as well as a new Alpine infotainment system controlled from an eight-inch touchscreen on the dashboard. Rear passengers also get a drop-down 10.2-inch screen that hangs down from the roof, allowing them to watch a DVD with wireless headphones without disturbing those in the front. The Centurion also gets a reversing camera as standard. It"s on sale now, priced from £30,999.
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Special editions of the Dacia Sandero, Logan MCV and Duster have been revealed, promising to add £1,190 worth of equipment to each car for just a £500 premium over the equivalent Ambiance versions. All three get chestnut-brown metallic paint, alloy wheels (15-inch on the Logan and Sandero, 16-inch on the Duster), while the Logan and Sandero also get front foglights. Ambiance Prime versions of the Dacia Sandero, Dacia Logan MCV and Dacia Duster are available to order now, priced from £7,295, £8,295 and £10,995 respectively.
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Built to celebrate the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI’s 40th birthday, the Clubsport Edition 40 is a harder, meaner, faster and more powerful version of the legendary hot hatchback. Power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is upped from 217bhp (or 227bhp with the Performance Pack) to 261bhp under normal circumstances. This, however, is just a baseline figure: an "overboost" function allows the engine to produce up to 286bhp for short bursts of up to 10 seconds when you"re overtaking or at the track.
Speaking of tracks, the Clubsport has been specifically designed for circuit driving. You can specify super-sticky trackday tyres, while the sporty body kit produces real downforce, making it properly quick through the corners.
You also get extra air intakes and cooling vents, as well as a choice of Pure White, Tornado Red, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Carbon Grey Metallic or Urano Grey paint colours. There are also some upgrades inside, including an Alcantara-covered steering wheel, body-hugging sports seats and a red marker on the steering wheel indicating the straight-ahead position.
If you want one, however, you’ll have to be quick – just 1,000 are coming to the UK, priced from £30,875 to £32,945 depending on how many doors you want and which gearbox (manual or dual-clutch automatic) you’re after. Buying one might be tricky, but if you want to see one, then it"ll be making its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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If you’d like a more distinctive look for your 633bhp Bentley Continental GT Speed, then the Black Edition model could be for you. Available as either a coupe or a convertible, the Black Edition of the GT Speed comes with 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in black, the choice of black or red brake callipers, high-gloss black exterior trim pieces, including around the windows and the headlights. There are also contrasting colours for the front splitter, rear diffuser and side skirts available in a choice of four colours: Hallmark, Beluga Black, St James" Red or Cyber Yellow. You can also choose to colour-match the door-mirror caps.
Inside, there’s a carbon-fibre dashboard, centre console and roof console, while the leather upholstery that adorns the rest of the cabin is available in contrasting Beluga, Porpoise, Cyber Yellow or Pillar Box Red colours. These are finished with quilted diamond stitching in contrasting colours. Buy one of these and you’ll also get Mulliner GT Design seats. The new car is available to order now, with first deliveries beginning in the summer. Prices start at £176,300.
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Full details of the Kia Soul Urban special edition have been revealed today. Priced between £15,500 and £18,595 (depending on which engine and gearbox combination you choose), it offers a choice of four exterior colours: Clear White, Caribbean Blue, Inferno Red and Quartz Black. All models get 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the "SUV pack" which adds gloss-black bumpers, as well as rear and side sills in the same colour, while there are chrome exterior trim pieces, too.
The Soul Urban also gets power-folding door mirrors, LED indicators, LED rear lights and daytime running lights, plus privacy glass and rear parking sensors. Inside, there are yellow-trimmed cloth seats and some gloss-black plastics, while you also get DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port as standard.
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New special editions of the Hyundai i10 city car and Hyundai i20 supermini have been announced. These GO! versions of Hyundai"s small hatchbacks have been built to celebrate the 2016 European football championships. They"re available in a choice of Passion Red, Polar White or Aqua Sparkling Blue to mirror the flag of France – the country where the tournament is being held.
The i10 GO! is based on the i10 SE and adds a leather-upholstered steering wheel with integrated audio controls, blue-and-white stitching inside as well as Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition. Outside, the i10 GO! gets special badges, while if you go for the Passion Red paint, you also get LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass and unique door mouldings. Just 1,250 examples of the i10 will go on sale and cost from £9,545.
The i20 GO! is available in the same choice of colours and the changes are mostly limited to the exterior, with GO! badging, side body mouldings and privacy glass being added. Inside, there are new trims around the air vents and on the gearstick, while the car also benefits from automatic headlights and wipers. Just 750 of these will be available, priced from £11,545. If you go for a Personal Contract Purchase through Hyundai Finance, you"ll also get a £500 deposit contribution, whether you go for the i10 or i20.
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Set to arrive in UK dealerships soon, the new Peugeot 208 XS special edition will be limited to just 2,000 examples when it goes on sale. It"s based on the standard Active version of the 208 supermini and is available in either three or five-door configuration. This means you get 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights and a wide choice of exterior paint colours and personalisation options.
You can have it in one of five colours and there are two exterior design packs. Bianca White, Nera Black and Ice Silver cars come with the Lime Yellow exterior pack (which includes bright yellow trim on the mirror caps and foglight surrounds) while Virtual Blue and Orange Power Metallic cars get the Menthol White pack.
Inside, the XS gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth connectivity, a USB socket, air-conditioning, Apple CarPlay, cruise control and a speed limiter. You can only order the 208 XS with the 81bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and it"s available now, priced from £13,495.
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This latest addition to the popular Mazda3 family hatchback range adds some exterior aesthetic enhancements as well as extra equipment. Just 800 of these will come to the UK, boasting extras like 18-inch gunmetal grey alloy wheels, a choice of two paint colours (Snowflake Pearlescent White and Soul Red Metallic) and door mirrors finished in Brilliant Black. There"s also a sporty bodykit, which includes extended side skirts, a front splitter, a new rear bumper and a roof spoiler.
Inside, the Sport Black gets a powerful BOSE stereo, leather and suede-upholstered seats, unique carpet mats and a reversing camera. These models also come with keyless entry, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes sat nav. If added to a standard Mazda3, this equipment would cost an extra £3,376, but Mazda is putting this model on sale for £20,995 – just £1,500 more than the SE-L Nav on which it"s based.
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If you want your SsangYong Korando Sports pick-up truck to stand-out from the crowd (or, in fact, blend in) then the DMZ special edition could be the one for you. Finished in camouflage paint, the model is, the company says "a bit of fun", but has been remarkably successful, so more have been ordered in addition to the original 10 sold in the UK. The DMZ based on the top-of-the-range EX automatic and prices start at £19,195 (before VAT). As well as the unmissable paint job, the model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and roof rails, as well as leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver"s seat and rear parking sensors.
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Just 124 of these numbered examples of the new Fiat 124 Spider will be available in the UK when it arrives later in the year. Priced from £23,295 (the standard car starts at less than £20,000) these Anniversary Edition models come with extra equipment such as LED headlights, sat nav with 3D mapping, a nine-speaker BOSE stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and a wi-fi hot spot. Visual clues to the special model include silver trims for the windscreen surround, roll bars and door mirrors, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels and a numbered badge on the front grille.
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A new special version of the venerable Suzuki Jimny SUV has been announced. It"s based on the high-specification SZ4 model, which means you get 15-inch "Dark Silver" alloy wheels, synthetic leather seats, air-con and rear privacy glass as standard. The Adventure edition adds sat nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a hard spare-wheel cover, complete with "Adventure" logo in Japanese script. It also comes in a special two-tone Pearl White Metallic/Quasar Grey paint job. It"s available to order now, priced from £14,949 – £1,000 more than the SZ4 model, but you do get equipment that can"t be specified elsewhere in the Jimny range, making the Adventure Edition properly unique.
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Launched to coincide with the release of the latest superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this special edition of the Jeep Renegade gets more kit, some new paint colours and revised interior trims. Available with either a 109bhp 1.6-litre petrol or 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine – both with two-wheel drive only – it comes in a choice of Granite Crystal, Carbon Black or Colorado Red paint colours. Outside, there are also special 18-inch alloy wheels, plus foglight and rear light surrounds, all with polished black inserts.
Inside, there"s a leather steering wheel and exclusive cloth-upholstered "Dawn of Justice" seats, plus black air vents and speaker surrounds. Meanwhile, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav, a six-speaker stereo and the UConnect live infotainment system are all standard, too.
You"re also able add certain features as options. These include a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a full-size spare wheel. Available to order now, the petrol costs from £19,495 and the diesel from £21,195.
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Special editions of the Skoda Citigo city car and Skoda Fabia supermini have been announced. Called the "Colour Editions", their most distinguishing feature is a range of new paint colours, which on the Fabia are allied to contrasting roof and wheel colours.
In total, the Fabia Colour Edition – which is available in Candy White, Race Blue Metallic, Black Magic Pearl or Rallye Green Metallic – comes with £1,045 worth of extras over the SE model it"s based on, but it only costs £540 more. Other standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and cruise control.
Available to order now, the Colour Edition Fabia comes with either a 74bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine or an 89bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol. These cost from £13,360 and £13,990 respectively.
As well as the Fabia, Skoda is also offering the smaller Citigo with similar upgrades. It"s based on the SE model and is available with the 59bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and the choice of three or five doors. You can also choose between four different paint colours – Tornado Red, Candy White, Deep Black Pearlescent and Spring Green – while the car also comes with 15-inch black alloy wheels.
In addition, you get the Entertainment Pack – which includes four extra speakers and a multimedia device holder – front foglights, sunset glass and a portable infotainment device as standard. Usually, these features would cost £1,485, but going for a Colour Edition version only costs £855 more. On sale now, the three-door model is priced from £9,990 and the five-door model starts at £10,350.
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This year sees iconic off-roader manufacturer Jeep turn 75 years old, and to celebrate, the company is producing special "75th Anniversary" versions of its whole range – the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Renegade, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee. They made their public debut at the Geneva Motor Show and just 8,000 will be available in Europe, of which only a small number will come to the UK. They"re on sale now and feature 75th Anniversary badging, low-gloss bronze-coloured alloy wheels and orange-coloured inserts outside. Inside, there are new seats, which have the 75th Anniversary logo on them.
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Volkswagen has teamed up with rapper Dr. Dre"s popular audio brand, beats, to launch a special edition of the recently revised Volkswagen up! city car and Volkswagen Polo supermini. Unsurprisingly, both cars get an uprated stereo system compared to the standard cars. Both get a 300-watt, eight-channel system with seven speakers dotted around the interior.
As well as the uprated audio system, both cars get extra equipment to mark them out from the other models in the range. The up! gets 15-inch alloys, contrasting door mirror caps and beats decals on the bodywork. Inside, however, it gets a multi-function steering wheel, a bespoke doorsill plate and colour co-ordinated seatbelts. Meanwhile, the special Volkswagen Polo gets 16-inch alloys, a gloss black grille and coloured door mirrors, and inside it gets new seats, coloured seatbelts and a leather steering wheel. The Polo is on sale now, priced from £13,910, while the up! will go on sale shortly.
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Fiat has announced a new Tricolour special-edition version of its Abarth 595 hot hatchback. Available, unsurprisingly, in a choice of red, white or blue paint, just 300 examples of the car will be available. As well as the exclusive paint job, the special edition gets 17-inch titanium alloy wheels, red brake callipers and black exterior detailing. Inside, there"s a special tricolour steering wheel, too. You also get air-conditioning and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity as standard. The Tricolour is available to order now and costs from £15,150.
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MINI has just launched the convertible version of the popular MINI hatchback and to celebrate, it has revealed this limited-edition Open 150 Edition. As the name suggests, only 150 examples of this car will find homes in the UK and it comes with a host of Open 150 Edition plaques and badges, as well as a unique MINI Yours canvas roof featuring the Union flag. Elsewhere, there"s the popular Chilli Pack and Media Pack options packages (including satellite navigation), bright LED headlights and heated leather seats in a new colour called Chester Malt Brown.
The MINI Convertible also has a feature called MINI Rain Warner, which, if you park and leave the roof down, sends a message to your smartphone to warn you of any forecast rain. This system also alerts you of any rain while driving with an alert on the centre console. The MINI Convertible Open 150 Edition is available to order from March and costs from £29,990.
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Citroen has teamed up with famous surf brand Rip Curl to create a special-edition version of its small hatchback/SUV crossover, the Citroen C4 Cactus. This new version concentrates on the car"s limited off-road ability and comes with the company"s Grip Control traction and stability system, which has a variety of settings to optimise grip on rough surfaces.
There are five settings: Standard, Sand, Off-Road, Snow and ESP Off. These all help the car achieve the maximum grip in each situation. ESP Off only works up to 31mph and is only suitable for going up slopes on loose or icy ground.
As well as technical updates, the Cactus Rip Curl also gets some aesthetic modifications inside and out. The Rip Curl logo is scattered over the bodywork, including the front wings, while there are aluminium coloured skid plates at the front and rear. You also get white roof bars as standard, plus there"s a choice of five body colours (Tapenade Grey, Obsidian Black, Sport Red, Arctic Steel or Pearl White) and three for the "Airbump" side panels (Dune, Chocolate or Grey).
Inside, you get orange seatbelts and orange stitching on the floor mats, with Rip Curl labels attached. The model also comes with orange trim surrounds for the speakers. Equipment-wise, sat-nav, cruise control, climate control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and Bluetooth connectivity are all standard, as well as a panoramic sunroof.
The C4 Cactus Rip Curl is on sale now, after making its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. It"s priced from £18,480 for the 108bhp petrol model, while the 99bhp diesel starts at £19,210.
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In partnership with the online men"s fashion retailer MR PORTER.com, BMW has created a special edition of the all-electric version of the BMW i3 hatchback. There are no mechanical changes, but it does get a bespoke "tuxedo blue" paint job as well as a hand-painted stripe down the sides. This runs the length of the car and is apparently inspired by the pinstripe suit.
Priced from £43,500 (before the £5,000 Government grant) – £12,520 more than the standard car, the model gets the aforementioned paintjob, as well as a MR PORTER Essentials travel kit in a leather BMW i holdall. This contains a black-and-white London Undercover umbrella, a special-edition Leica camera, Cutler & Gross sunglasses, a Lock & Co bowler hat and a bespoke edition of the Phaidon City Guide Book. You also get exclusivity, as very few of these cars will be available when it goes on sale on 18 February 2016.
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The ground-breaking plug-in hybrid sportscar, the BMW i8 is now available for a limited time only with a special paint job and some new interior trim. The Protonic Red edition is named after and finished in this all-new shade, and also comes with Frozen Grey metallic inserts and 20-inch alloy wheels painted in Orbit Grey. Inside, there"s contrasting red double stitching, as well as exclusive carbon-fibre and ceramic trim pieces
Nothing has changed mechanically, though, and nor do you get any extra equipment. This special-edition model costs £112,535 – significantly more than the standard i8"s £104,540 starting price.
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This special edition of the SsangYong Korando mid-sized SUV is based on the ELX trim level and comes with the all-new 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. This produces 176bhp and returns around 41mpg. Extra equipment for the Red edition over the ELX includes, naturally, a full red leather interior and a six-way power-adjustable seat that can be both heated and cooled. You also get an electric sunroof, a six-speed automatic gearbox and the choice of either Metallic Space Black or Metallic Techno Grey paintwork.
All this is over and above the already generously equipped ELX, which comes with satellite navigation, an infotainment system controlled from a seven-inch touchscreen and a rear-view camera, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels.
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The Suzuki Swift SZ-L is a special edition of the company"s popular supermini that"s based on the mid-range SZ-3 version. On top of the standard SZ-3"s equipment, which includes Bluetooth, a USB port and LED daytime running lights, SZ-L models get niceties like DAB digital radio, cruise control, satellite navigation and seven further paint options. They also come with 16-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a boot spoiler. The new car is available to order now, with prices starting at £10,999 for the three-door model and £11,499 for the five-door. That equates to a saving of £600 compared to a very similarly equipped five-door SZ-4 model.
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Following in the footsteps of the Jeep Cherokee Night Eagle – details of which you can find further down this page – there"s now a Night Eagle edition of the Jeep Renegade. Like its bigger brother, the limited-edition Renegade is based on the mid-range Limited trim level. In addition to the standard features you"d find on one of these, however, Night Eagle models add 17-inch black alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, coloured roof bars, satin grey Jeep badges, and a black front grille edged in satin grey.
Inside, these models get seats upholstered in brown fabric, with electric lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio, sat nav, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Just 350 of these models will be sold in the UK, of which 160 will be available in a Volcano Matt Sand paint finish. All other versions will be available with a choice of Carbon Black or Alpine White. You can also specify an electric panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a full-size spare wheel and tyre as well as a heated steering wheel as optional extras. The car is on sale now, priced from £21,595 to £24,095.
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The Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour city cars are now available in new "edition white" and "edition black" varieties. Based on the "prime" trim, which already includes heated leather front seats, these variants add the Urban Style and Premium packages as standard. These add extra equipment such as a three-spoke steering wheel upholstered in perforated leather, stainless-steel pedals, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rake-adjustable steering wheel. These cars also get sat nav and rear parking sensors, while the ForFours also get tinted rear glass. You won"t be surprised to learn that "edition black" models get an all-black exterior colour scheme, while "edition white" variants are coloured... white.
This all amounts to an extra £1,500 worth of equipment on the ForTwo for only an extra £895 than the standard car. ForFour buyers get £1,660 worth of extras, which represents a saving of £765. Both models are available to order now, with the ForTwos starting at £12,715 and the ForFours beginning at £13,210.
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Details of new special editions of the Volkswagen up!, Volkswagen CC and Volkswagen Scirocco have been revealed, with each model coming with more equipment, more paint options and some aesthetic upgrades.
The Volkswagen Look up! – as the special version of the car is known – gets 15-inch alloy wheels, unique interior trim and black door mirror casings. These models will also come with black foil decals. The new car is available to order now, in a choice of three colours – Saturn Yellow, Tornado Red or Pure White – for £9,995. This is just £70 more than the Move up!on which the car is based, despite coming with more than £1,000 worth of extra equipment.
Secondly, Volkswagen CC GT and R-Line models are now available as Black Edition variants. The extra specification that these come with includes an exterior styling pack, which adds a black front grille, tilting sunroof and special designs of 18-inch alloy wheel for GT and R-Line models. They both get Nappa leather upholstery, carbon-fibre-effect plastic trim on the doors and piano-black inserts on the centre console. These cars are on sale immediately, starting at £29,950 – an increase of just £575 over the current GT and R-Line models.
Lastly, there"s also the new Volkswagen Scirocco GTS. Not only does this benefit from the usual styling and equipment upgrades, but there are mechanical improvements, too, in the form of a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Available with both the six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the car will do 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds regardless of which transmission you choose. Top speeds vary between the two gearboxes, however with manual topping out at 153mph and the automatic managing 152mph.
These cars also get gloss-black door-mirror casings, GTS badges and tinted rear glass. Urano Grey is the standard colour, with Flash Red, Pure White, Oryx White, Indium Grey and Deep Black available as options. Each paint colour gets specific colour-co-ordinated GTS body stripes on the bonnet, roof and bootlid.
Inside, these models get Vienna Leather upholstery with GTS logos stitched onto the front seats. There are also piano-black trim inserts, a bespoke gearknob and red GTS stripes. Manual versions start at £29,695, while automatic models are priced from £29,695.
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Based on the V6 S version of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible, the British Design Edition adds a host of extra equipment to the standard model. Its colour scheme is said to be inspired by the Union Flag and, unsurprisingly, it"s available in Caldera Red, Glacier White and Ultra Blue as well as Ultimate Black. You also get 20-inch "Cyclone" alloy wheels and a 380-watt Meridian stereo, with the option of a 770-watt system, too.
Behind those 20-inch alloys (which are finished in a unique Satin Grey colour) sits an updated braking system with red brake callipers. Inside, you get the full InControl Touch infotainment system and access to the InControl Remote App, which allows you to check various features of the car – including its fuel level – as well as allowing you to lock and unlock it remotely. This can be controlled from a variety of smartphones, as well as the Apple Watch.
You also get a higher-quality leather interior, the seats of which are embossed with the British Design Edition branding. These versions also get carbon-fibre trim, as opposed to the standard aluminium trim on the S model.
Outside, you get the Sport Design pack as standard – this adds a gloss-black front lip spoiler, side skirts and a black rear diffuser. Coupe models get a fixed rear boot spoiler as well. Lastly, in place of the red-and-green S badge on the rear and front grille, the British Design Edition gets a Union Flag motif.
The car is on sale now, with the coupe starting at £75,225 and the convertible priced from £80,390.
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Just 250 of these special versions of the MINI SUV will be produced, in either Cooper S or Cooper SD trim. On the outside, changes compared to the standard car include a black paint job, black 18-inch alloy wheels and a metallic ‘Space Grey’ roof and door mirror caps – a colour combination not available on any other Countryman.
Inside, Special Edition versions get Bluetooth phone connectivity, sat nav, heated front seats, voice control and automatic air-conditioning as standard, while leather upholstery and piano-black trim pieces are also standard. Both versions come with four-wheel drive as standard. The petrol Cooper S is priced from £28,855 and the diesel Cooper SD is from £29,710.
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The ageing Volkswagen Scirocco is being given a new lease of life thanks to the introduction of Black Edition special-edition models based on the R-Line and GT versions. Naturally, one of the major themes of these cars is ‘Black’ and it’s present everywhere – you get black wheels, a black roof, black door mirrors, a black roof spoiler and black tinting for the rear windows.
Both versions are available with a choice of two petrol or two engines. The petrols comprise 1.4 and 2.0-litre four-cylinders, while the diesel selection is two 2.0-litres, producing either 148 or 181bhp. All are available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, with the exception of the 1.4-litre petrol, which is manual-only.
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The Renault Twingo, Clio and Captur have all been given the Iconic treatment in three new special editions. Most of the additions to the cars are aesthetic, with new designs of alloy wheel, special paint jobs and new interior colours available.
The Twingo, for example, gets new interior trim, part-leather seats and different designs of alloy wheel. You also get climate control, as well as automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. The additions to the Clio – dubbed Iconic 25 Nav – are all cosmetic, with new designs of alloy wheel, four new paint colours, chrome exterior detailing, decals for the roof and door mirrors and part-leather upholstery.
Iconic Nav versions of the Renault Captur gets the Techno Pack as standard, which includes an upgraded version of Renault’s R-Link infotainment system, full European mapping for the sat nav and a reversing camera. Most of the rest of the additions are cosmetic, with new paint colours, new interior colours and new alloy wheels, as well as tinted rear windows and ‘Cappuccino’ part-leather upholstery.
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Built to celebrate to celebrate Mercedes’ triumph in both the Formula 1 Driver’s and Constructor’s World Championships in 2015, this special edition pays homage to the victorious Mercedes W06 Formula 1 car with various cosmetic additions. There’s a bigger rear spoiler, green and black highlights, as well as a bigger front spoiler.
There are also unique 19-inch alloy wheels, painted titanium grey with green stripe around the rim in the colour of Mercedes’ main sponsor, the Petronas oil company. Buyers will also get the Night package, which includes black detailing, black front and rear spoilers, black door-mirror caps and dark-tinted windows. You also get the AMG Exclusive package, which adds various interior pieces like red seatbelts, silver seatbelt guides, four-way lumbar support and black-and-red leather upholstery.
One of the biggest extras is the AMG Dynamic Plus package. This includes a limited-slip differential (to help improve grip under hard acceleration), adaptive suspension and a setting called ‘Race Mode’, which makes the car feel sharper and more immediate. There are also interior additions, including new seats and a steering wheel with a petrol-green ‘12 o’clock’ indicator.
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Just 350 of these special-edition Cherokees will find their way to the UK and they feature a host of cosmetic upgrades. They’ll only be available in one of four different paint colours – Brilliant Black, Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal – and also have some black exterior trim. You also get satin-grey finished detailing on the grille-mounted Jeep badge and 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels.
Inside, Night Eagle versions come with leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control, an electric tailgate and rear parking sensors. These models also feature automatic headlights, windscreen wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Prices start at £36,795.
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If you’re after the most exclusive version of the re-booted Fiat 500, then the ‘Modena Yellow’ Abarth 695 Biposto Record is it. Just 133 examples of the hardcore hot hatchback will be produced, costing from £36,610.
Like all Abarth-fettled versions of the Fiat 500, the Biposto Record uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, making 187bhp in this case. The Record in the name celebrates the 50th anniversary of a 104bhp Abarth-tuned classic Fiat 500 breaking the quarter-mile acceleration record for a Class G car at the famous Monza track.
The modern car justifies its high price tag not just through exclusivity, but also due to the fact that large parts of it are made from carbon-fibre. This helps bring the weight down to only 992kg, which results in a 0-62mph time of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.
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Even if you could afford the eye-watering list price (if you have to ask, it’s unlikely you can), you can’t buy one of these First Edition Bentley Bentaygas. Just 608 will be made and they’re all sold out already. To give you an idea of just how much this car might cost, each one comes with a unique Breitling watch as standard, along with quilted leather upholstery, bespoke interior lighting, Union Flag motifs everywhere and 22-inch black-painted alloy wheels. Buyers were limited to choosing one of 10 colours for the Bentayga First Edition, in order to protect its exclusive status.
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Just 600 examples of this high-spec version of Mazda’s little sports car will be produced, costing from £24,295. Based on the Sport model with the 158bhp 2.0-litre engine, the Sport Recaro Limited Edition adds things like a boot spoiler, side skirts and a more prominent front spoiler as part of the ‘Black Sports Aero’ kit.
The car sits on 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which are engraved with the MX-5 logo. Unsurprisingly, given the name, you also get Recaro sports seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara, while the dashboard is also trimmed in this suede-like material.
This version is based on the MX-5 Sport Nav model, so you get plenty of equipment, including DAB digital radio, satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone connectivity, as standard. It also gets the same upgraded suspension components as the standard Sport model does, giving sharper handling.