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.
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?
This year marks the 20th anniversary since the first Ferrari, a 348 TS, was ordered in Beijing, and to mark the occasion Ferrari will introduce a special-edition 458 Italia, produced exclusively for the Chinese market.
Remember the RX-8? It seems a long while since we heard from Mazda’s rotary-engine four-door, four-seat sports coupe, but it’s still on sale and the Japanese market is receiving a final special edition version called the RX-8 SPIRIT R.
Infiniti have teased out a few more details on the Sebastian Vettel inspired FX model that we mentioned last week, with a new batch of images and some details about its technical specification.
Last week we saw the video of reigning Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel together with Infiniti’s Shiro Nakamura as they cooked up something special for the Frankfurt Show, and now Infiniti have released the first image of their collaboration.
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 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.
After numerous leaks during the past months, most recently of the European price list and official pictures, Porsche have officially revealed details of its 911 GT3 RS 4.0 which will go on sale in July 2011.
After the spec sheet leaked out a couple of weeks ago (see below) on the Teamspeed forums, we’ve now received a batch of official pictures to whet our appetites for the latest – and perhaps greatest Rennsport model from Porsche.
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.
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.