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Land Rover Defender XTech Special Edition goes on sale at £27,995

Land Rover has finally conceded to customer demand and built a Defender without all those fluffy soft-roader comforts of the standard version – they’ve called it the ‘XTech’ – think of it like an Audi S-Line, or Volvo R Design – more street (or forest) cred, but essentially the same as a standard version.

The BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition

I’ve lost count of the number of BMW M3 ‘special editions’ released in the past 12 months. What do you think? Does it enhance the M3s reputation or make it seem like BMW are struggling to sell them?

MINI introduces the Soho Special Edition models

With MINI’s Countryman and new Coupe models gaining most of the attention in 2011, it’s clearly time to shine the special edition limelight on those old stagers in the range – the MINI Hatch and MINI Convertible.

Vauxhall de-restricts the Insignia VXR

Vauxhall are offering a £250 upgrade on its top-of-the range VXR Insignia which de-restricts its engine management system, allowing the car to achieve 170mph – although presumably not whilst heading along the M1 motorway near the company’s Luton HQ.

Nürburgring Edition upgrade makes Vauxhall’s Corsa VXR even more playful

I have always found the Corsa VXR to be the most endearing of Vauxhall’s VX range – there’s an honesty about its performance that matches the way it looks on the road, a playful nature that makes a MINI Cooper S seem… well, a bit sensible and a Clio Cup feel like it’s trying too hard. Each has their place in the affections of the hot-hatch enthusiast, so it’s good to see Vauxhall continue developing the Corsa VXR with this new Nürburgring Edition.

Porsche reveals the Boxster S Black Edition

Following swiftly on from last week’s 911 Black Edition, Porsche have revealed another Black Edition special, this time for the Boxster. Unlike the £67,000 911 Black Edition, which is priced to match the base 911 Carrera, the Boxster Black Edition is more than £3,500 more expensive than the Boxster S at £47,426 when it is launched in March 2011.