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4 Special Things To Note About The 2017 Ford Mustang Blue Edition

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In an aim to better target the European market, Ford developed a special edition of its Ford Mustang that will suit Europe’s roads and emission requirements. The Blue Edition, in a sense, pays tribute to the eye-popping colors Ford offered in the late 60s to the early 70s.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford Europe, said Mustang drivers will surely be turning heads when they drive by in the Blue Edition.

Here are the four key features of the special edition Mustang based on a report:

“Go Fast” Black Stripes

Grabber Blue is used on all Blue Edition Mustangs. This is one of the two blue hues used on the sixth-generation coupe. Choosing the Grabber Blue won’t cost you extra and it doesn’t make it special, too. What makes the 2017 Ford Mustang Blue Edition special is the double “go fast” black stripes, which have a “dissolve effect” as it nears the grille. It is even more complemented by the black-painted, 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Remember the 1969 Shelby GT350 and GT500 models that used the Grabber Blue? That’s exactly what Ford is aiming for here. The Mustang, as you well know, depends on its heritage and that Mustang nameplate is a testament to that.

Added Options Indoors

In the cabin, the Blue Edition enjoys a number of features, which include heated and cooled seats, a premium audio system, and Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. This system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen and cool apps that  enables drivers to locate cafes, parking lots, and gas stations.

Two Engines Available

Under the hood, you’ll find two options for the Blue Edition. You can choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. Looking for the V-6? That is only available for the American market. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can produce 317 horses while the 5.0-liter can churn out 421 horsepower. Either engine can be paired with six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Pricing Nears Standard Model

Ford has yet to release the prices for the Blue Edition, but we believe it should stray too far from the standard model. In the UK, EcoBoost has a starting price of £31,745 while the GT costs £35,745 and up.

3 Things To Know About The 2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited

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Once again, Toyota released a special edition of its popular 86 model. And although it still didn’t turn the car into a full-blown performance car, it tinkered with enough technical and mechanical features to make the driving experience better for owners.

In many ways, it is similar to the 86 Yellow Limited and the 86 Style CB, though the Solar Orange Limited is still different in many aspects—the Creamsicle paint finish and the High Performance package, for example, are both exclusive to this edition.

1. It is Only Available in Japan

Sadly, much like Toyota’s other 86 limited editions, the 2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited will only be released in Japan, and will unlikely land on US shores. Not only does the Solar Orange paint job is making us frustrated in many ways, but this 86’s improved braking and sharper handling make the envy for Japanese cars shoot up to the roof.

2. It Sells for Less Than $30,000

 Toyota has yet to announce how many of these 86 Solar Orange Limited they are planning to build. They said, though, that prices will start at 3,251,880 yen ($29,400) for the manual transmission model and 3,318,840 yen ($30,000) for the automatic transmission model. Those who want to place their orders only have from January 31 to March 10, 2017 to do so. After the order book has been closed, Toyota will stop production to ensure the exclusivity of the edition.

3. It is Compatible with the High Performance Package

Toyota is also releasing a High Performance package, which is compatible with standard 86 models. The package includes a new set of Brembo brakes with red calipers and new shocks from Sachs. These are then paired with the special set of 17-inch thin-spoked wheels found on the 86. For those who want the Solar Orange Limited with High Performance package, you need to shell out an addition of $2,200.

2 New Ram 1500 Special Edition Models Announced

Two new Ram 1500 Special Edition models are coming, thanks to Fiat Chrysler’s knowledge of how to do really awesome special editions. These are going on sale at the end of the year, just in time for that much-required holiday reward.

Here are the info we dug up about the upcoming 2017 Ram 1500 Special Edition models:

Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand

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The Ram Rebel we now have offers many distinguishable attributes, but none of that subtle color scheme we all want. Instead, what we have are options for bright red, black, white or reserved gray while the interior is painted a black-and-red combination. The Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand is offering the sweet paint job of Mojave Sand (as the name implies) for $595 on top of any package of 1500 Rebel.

It pairs with an all-black interior scheme and matte black hood stripe that looks great with the Mojave Sand paint. The seats have gray contrast stitching, as well as the dashboard and a set of rubber floor mats.

There will only be 1500 units available of this, each starting at $46,910 while the four-wheel drive will go up to $2,100.

Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport

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What the Ignition Orange Sport added to the Ram 1500 is the zany orange paint, the black hood graphics, a “sport performance hood,” black-colored wheels, and blacked-out exterior trim. The interiors have everything orange on them: orange stitching on the seats, orange-painted trim, orange-colored ram’s-head logos on the headrests and orange-colored seat panels.

This one has a starting price of $45,060. There will also be only 1500 units available for purchase.

The Comparison

While the Mojave Sand offers a subtle take on the Ram 1500 theme, the Ignition Orange Sport goes to another direction with the orange color splattered on everywhere you look—exterior and interior.

Photos

Check out the photos of the two new models of the Ram 1500 in the gallery below:

BMW Releases Pricing Info On The 30 Jahre M3

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BMW introduced the M3 30 years ago, and as a tribute to its 30th anniversary, the company came out with an anniversary edition called the 30 Jahre M3 (German for “30 Years M3”).

Reports said there will only be 150 units of the 30th anniversary edition produced for these shores. And now, pricing information from its maker is available too.

The 30 Jahre M3 will go on sale starting this month, and it will be available either with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The former will cost $84,245 while the latter goes as high as $87,145, depending on the slew of features these will come with.

These US-bound anniversary edition from BMW will come with a deep coat of Macao Blue paint, a color that was first seen on the E30 M3 Sport Evolution. It’s a sophisticated and elegant color that speaks well of the German automaker’s dazzling style.

To complement this dark hue, the German automaker used a 20-inch “star-spoke” wheels, which are also being used on the M4 GTS.

There are minimum interior changes in this anniversary edition sedan. As expected, there are 30 Jahre M3 logos placed on the dashboard and the doorsills, as well as embroidered into the headrests of the two-tone seats.

As for the performance aspect, BMW fitted the 30 Jahre M3 with its Competition package, which means an adaptive suspension that boost’s the sedan’s dynamic capabilities and a 19-horsepower rise over the standard car, bringing the total production to 444 horsepower. This while using the same standard 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six.

Every 30 Jahre M3 that will arrive in the United States comes with BMW’s Executive package, which comes with a head-up display system, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, and other equipment. It has Driver Assistance Plus package as well that include blind spot monitor, additional exterior cameras, and LED headlights with automatic high-beams.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Receives Makeover From Bespoke

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After several special editions, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is receiving another makeover from Bespoke. But this time, it aims to be “one-of-a-kind,” and will be a part of Bespoke’s theme called “Dusk Until Dawn.”

The unique Wraith was unveiled at the Rolls-Royce’s exclusive Summer Studio event in Porto Cervo, Italy, thus it was dubbed as the Rolls-Royce Porto Cervo Wraith according to a report.

To represent the “Dusk” in the theme, the Wraith is finished in two-tone silver exterior, with the engine hood and the roof being just a bit darker than the rest of the car’s body. But what separates the Wraith cannot be found on its exterior as it is far more impressive once you go inside.

Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the “Porto Cervo Wraith–One of One” insert in the door sill. Everything is finished in shades of blue, purple, slate and black. In detail, you’ll see that the inside is made of ostrich leather and fine wood veneer. The four seats are wrapped in purple leather with white stitching and silver “RR” logos on the headrests.

But the main highlight comes from the infotainment system, where Bespoke placed the emblem of Porto Cervo made of emerald stones, mother of pearl and white gold. The upper dashboard is similar with emerald-like top and white lower section.

Anyone who buys the Porto Cervo Wraith will receive a leather headrest designed by London-based artist Mo Coppoletta.

Under the hood, you’ll find Wraith’s standard engine and transmission—6.6-liter V-12 that can produce 623 turbocharged horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which allows the coupe to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 186 mph.

There’s no information about pricing yet, but let’s expect this new Wraith to start at $500,000.

Check out some of its photos in the gallery below:

2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition Coming Soon

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Ford is releasing special editions of their Focus ST, Focus RS and Mustang just in time for the Le Mans 50th anniversary. The new Ford Fiesta ST special edition, which will be covered in black livery with gray racing stripes that run from front to rear, is being built specifically for the French market.

There would only be 50 units of the Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition, reports said.

On the exterior, the Fiesta ST Le Mans is quite similar to the looks of the No. 2 GT40 from 1966. They have the same front and rear fascias, front and rear light units, radiator grille, and same wheels.

Inside, there’s the same styling and features as the current Fiesta. There’s the oversized six-speed shifter with leather accents on the center console, as well as MyFord’s Touch infotainment system as standard.

The only difference in this special edition Fiesta is the plate on the center console that read “1966-2016” and “Limited Edition 50 units.” There’s also that classic Ford racing logo from the 1960s.

Fiesta also has that “sound symposer” located under the dashboard, making you think you’re going faster than you actually are.

That being said, you’ll be more disappointed with what you find under the hood. Despite it being a tribute to Le Mans, we found nothing special on the engine. It has the same 1.6-liter, EcoBoost that produces 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque.

With a six-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta can go 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 130 mph. It seems to be an underwhelming effort to pay tribute to the GT40. But since there are only 50 production units of the special edition Fiesta, Ford fans will certainly want to get their hands on this.

The Fiesta ST Le Mans edition will sell for $30,428, an increase of $2,684 from the current price of the regular Fiesta.

Mini Hipster Hatch Has Instagram Filter Windows

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Mini is trying to capitalize in the hipster subculture that is now composed of affluent or middle class. Gone were the days when the hipster culture of the 1940s hated the idea of automobiles because luxury wasn’t “hipster” at all.

According to a report, Mini created a special edition of the Cooper, called the Mini Hipster Hatch, for fans of many hipster bands mere mortals like us have probably never heard of.

The Hipster Hatch is made available in three colors—Brooklyn Blue, Organic Pumpkin and Monochromatic Green. The colors are complemented by the red-and-black lumberjack patterns on the front fenders, side mirrors and the roof. It sits on top of three-spoke alloy wheels that are reminiscent of everything about the 90s.

Inside, this three-door Cooper received an even more vintage style. It has twin-deck cassette player, a big speaker instead of an infotainment screen, and stonewash denim upholstered seats that are good for four persons.

But if you think that’s everything this special edition Cooper have, you’re dead wrong. Mini upgraded its windows with Instagram filters, which by a touch of a button, drivers can turn nostalgic.

There are 12 pre-loaded filters, which included the ever-popular Lo-Fi, Clarendon and Crema.

The Hipster Hatch is being powered by a fixed gear drivetrain with a five-speed transmission that lacks four of the forward gears. Top speed is limited at 25 mph.

Apparently, the sole forward gear and 25 mph top speed will give the driver better control of the vehicle.

Earlier, Mini also surprised us with the announcement of the scissor doors, which will allow the driver and passenger doors to open vertically. This will address tight parking spaces, and ensure comfort for the drivers going in and out of the car.

The Instagram windows, though, is as cute as Mini has ever produced. Who doesn’t want to drive down the road on a lazy Sunday morning with the Lo-Fi filters on the windows and an old cassette tape blaring from the speakers.

Chevrolet Announced A Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition

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Chevrolet is marking the Camaro’s 50th anniversary with a special edition trim level loaded with all the best aesthetic touches imaginable according to Motor Authority. The first Camaro entered the auto scene in 1967, so the Anniversary Edition will arrive in time for 2017.

Chev actually launched the first Camaro on September 26, 1966 but by then, Ford Motor Company’s Mustang, which debuted in 1964, already developed quite a following. This was a challenge for Chev, but thanks to careful positioning and aggressive marketing campaign, the Camaro was well received.

From here automobile’s greatest rivalry began. The current Camaro is the sixth generation of the brand.

The 50th Anniversary Edition will be in Nightfall Grey metallic paint with an orange and black stripe running from nose to tail. Convertible models would have a black top.

It has a unique 20-inch alloy wheels that cover the orange and black calipers (available at front only for the V-6 powered models) that adds some extra color to the edition’s dark appearance. It will also have orange stripes on the hood, a front splitter, and a mesh grille, which has a satin chrome trim.

The anniversary edition also has the special “Fifty badges” on their front fenders. Inside, the 50th Anniversary Edition models have an all-black interior with suede inserts and orange stitching and badges on their seats. There are also badges on the instrument panel, seatbacks, steering wheel, and illuminated sill plates.

This anniversary package will only be offered on top-trim versions of the V-6 and the V-8 powered Camaros, the 2LT and 2SS, respectively. It also includes the RS Appearance Package.

The combination of tweaks creates a handsome Camaro. The pricing is still not available for the 50th Anniversary Edition since GM spokesperson Tara Kuhnen said it won’t be released until a later date. Expect it to be released this summer.

Lotus Evora Sport 410 Gives Ferrari F50 A Run For Its Money

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Lotus made a special edition of its Evora Sport 410 that has supposedly become faster than the Ferrari F50. This special edition is based on the latest 400, but focuses on giving it more power and less weight.

As a result, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 will provide more power and stronger performance at a top speed of 186 mph with a 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. This is 0.3 second quicker than the 400 edition, and is at par with the Ferrari F50.

According to TopGear, the special edition 410 packs a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine—output rising to 404 horsepower—with the extra 10bhp. On top of this super machine, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 will only be 1,325 kilos, 70 kilograms lighter than the previous edition.

The weight would take it on the level of the Ford Focus, but this means Lotus had to trim some features such as the arm rests, storage bins and speakers. It’s also mainly made of lightweight carbon trim, including the boot lid.

The Evora Sport 410 can handle recalibrated suspension, which was dropped at 5mm compared to the Evora 400. Imagine combining it with Evora’s sharp dynamic elements such as its limited-slip differential, Michelin Cup tires, and multi-stage stability control, and you’ve got a supercar in your midst.

This and the Porsche Cayman GT4 is on the same wavelength, but the Evora Sport 410 promises to be more powerful and easier to handle because of the lightweight materials used to produce it.

And although it packs less features than the 400, so that it can be lighter and more powerful, the price remained at £79,995. This is 8,000 more expensive than the Evora 400. If you want to get your hands on the 410, you have to order quickly since only 150 cars will be mass produced.

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