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Volkswagen Beetle Bows Down With Final Edition Model

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Before the Volkswagen Beetle bids goodbye next year, it introduces two Final Edition models—a coupe and a convertible. These two models will mark the last year of the Beetle’s production in 2019.

It has been a long time since Volkswagen revealed the New Beetle and was named the 1999 Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend. In 2012, the Beetle was redesigned that helped reignite sales. But alas, the entrance of the crossover segment ended the blooming re-interest on the retro-styled coupe.

The Final Edition packages are modeled after the 2003 Ultima Edicion. They are going to be offered with a beige or a light blue paint, as well as a few other colors. The convertibles will get their own brown top, except for the beige convertibles, which will get their tops in another color. Other changes on the exterior are a few chrome trim, body-color side-view mirrors, a rear “Beetle” badge, and unique wheels.

Inside, the Final Edition Beetle gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a beige dash, and special upholstery. If you want better features, you can upgrade from the base SE model to the SEL version, which gets Xenon headlights, LED taillights, larger wheels, diamond-stitched leather seats, navigation, and a premium audio system.

Hinrich Woebcken, Volkswagen’s North American President and CEO, said in a statement that after nearly seven decades in the market, the end of production for the Beetle will “evoke a host of emotions from [its] many devoted fans.”

The German automaker will move toward a more full-line, family-oriented cars in the United States. It will also ramp up its electrification strategy with the use of the MEB platform. Woebcken hinted, though, of the possibility of the Beetle’s revival but as an electric car.

The Final Edition packages will start at $23,940, including destination. The SEL version will add another $2,950. The convertible variant will start at $28,190 or $30,890 if you want the SEL version.

2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition Is The Cheapest Way To Own A Mini

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Are you tired of hitching a ride with your parents to school? Do you always have to take the public transportation when going home during weekends? Do you have to wait for an airline seat sale before flying back home for the holidays? How about if you simply get a car—and not just any car, but a 2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition.

This week, Mini announced that it is offering Oxford Edition models of its two- and four-door Cooper hatchback to current college students and recent graduates (graduated within 12 months). The prices range from only $20,600 for the two-door model to $21,600 for the four-door model. Mini said that both cars will be equipped with some $6,900 worth of equipment at no extra charge.

The prices already include the mandatory destination charge of $850, and both are the lowest and the cheapest to be built using Mini’s online configurator. Meaning to say, this is the most basic setup that the Oxford Edition will arrive with. The cheapest Mini Cooper two-door in the base Classic trim is $22,750.

The equipment added to the Oxford Edition comes from higher trim levels. Standard to the step-up Signature trim are mini Teleservices with an emergency call, heated seats, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The top Iconic trim, on the other hand, is offered with 17-inch wheels. Oxford Edition buyers can choose a total of six exterior body colors. All the colors will come free except for the Moonwalk Grey, which costs an additional $500 on the Classic model.

There is also an option to choose between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic will cost an additional $1,250.

The name Oxford did not come from the famed university, rather from the Mini’s UK headquarters. This model can be had by both full- and part-time students of any two- or full-year accredited college or university. Those who have graduated within 12 months are also eligible to get the car, as well as those enrolled in post-bachelor’s degree programs.

3 Things That Define The 2019 Subaru WRX Raiu Edition

The Canadians are getting a special edition Subaru WRX. The model is called the WRX Raiu Edition, which takes its name from the Japanese word meaning “thunderstorm.” It features exclusive exterior and interior elements. Since there are only 100 units available, the model is a must-have for fans and enthusiasts.

1. It Is The First Special Edition For Canada In Years

The 2019 Subaru WRX Raiu Edition will signify the first time that Subaru created a special edition car for Canada in over 15 years. That’s a seriously long drought for a market as big as Canada but alas, the Japanese company has decided to give the North more focus.

The WRX Raiu Edition is based on the WRX sedan but without the STI designation. To be clear, the special edition car will have the same power as the other WRX models. It is going to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine. It makes 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

2. It Offers Exclusive Features

The car is dressed in a Cool Grey Khaki paint finish. That color is exclusive to the WRX Raiu Edition, so you know your special edition car is special simply because of its color. That will be contrasted with blacked-out door mirrors, a shark-fin antenna, and a lot of badging showcasing the special edition status of the car.

It will have a lot of STI components such as the ground-effect aerodynamic components and the short-throw shifter in the cabin.

3. It Is Similar To The Subaru WRX Series.Gray

The WRX Raiu Edition will only be released in Canada but that should not be the cause of envy of American buyers. The car is very similar to the WRX Series.Gray Edition that the automaker launched in America a few months ago. Each model of the 100 units will cost CAD$40,995 or about $31,000 in USD.

 

 

Top 3 Features of the 2019 Lexus LC Yellow Edition

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The Lexus LC 500, even without the exclusive additions, is already a powerful and beautiful car. It slots between a capable touring car and an everyday supercar. But though the LC 500 has its own identity, that didn’t stop the brand from treating it with more features.

Exterior

The color outside is, of course, an eye-catching vibrant Flare Yellow. It is really just yellow on the surface with a hint of a mango-like color to it, too. Lexus also fitted this special edition with extra aero bits like the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic rear spoiler. This helps in the LC’s stability, especially when it is going at high speeds. Completing the whole look is a set of 21-inch forged alloy wheels.

Interior

The cabin is slathered with yellow color. The interior is wrapped in a generous amount of semi-Aniline leather and Alcantara in colors black, white, and warm yellow. The color schemes used are less vibrant than the exterior, but they are still effective in providing the luxury touch that Lexus is known for. Most of the times, Toyota’s luxury brand could not compete with its European counterpart but when it comes with special edition models like this one, Lexus could battle with the best.

The 10-way power-adjustable front seats are dressed in semi-aniline leather while the headlining above is all wrapped in Alcantara. Between these, there are yellow Alcantara inserts in the door panels and warm yellow contrast stitching on the white leather seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, and center console armrest.

Powertrain

The Yellow Edition is available either in LC 500 or LC 500h. The LC 500 is powered by 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 that produces 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and it has a top speed of 168 mph.

The LC 500h uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that combines with a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. It can produce 354 horsepower, enough to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph.

As a pure-bred Lexus special edition, the Yellow Edition has Dynamic Handling and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). The system allows four-wheel steering, enabling the driver to independently control the front- and rear-wheel-steering angles.

3 Reasons Why The 2019 Ford Mustang Hennessey Heritage Edition Is Special

It was in 1991 that John Hennessey began modifying and tuning cars to maximize their potential way and beyond what automakers were able or willing to. To celebrate the 10,000th car that Hennessey tuned, the company comes up with the Hennessey Heritage Edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang.

1. There Will Only Be 19 Units Available

This is a proper special edition car. Many tuning companies are quite too liberal in using the phrase “special edition” that we really cannot separate the cars anymore. Hennessey will only be producing 19 units of the car, so you better get your cash ready if you want to own one of these.

2. It Is Based On The 2018 Ford Mustang Heritage Edition

It is important to understand that the 2019 Ford Mustang Hennessey Heritage Edition is based on another special edition model—the 2018 Ford Mustang Heritage Edition. The most prominent addition to the 2019 model is the carbon fiber body parts, followed by a stainless steel exhaust system, a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and a livery package similar to what Ford used on its Heritage Edition Mustangs.

The interior gets a lot of upgrades, too, though you will first notice the individually numbered dashboard plaques that denote the model number of the 19 units that Hennessey will produce. There’s also a letter of authenticity and a personal letter of gratitude that comes from John Hennessey himself.

3. The Car has 808 Horsepower

But it’s not the changes on the exterior and the interior that highlights the Hennessey Heritage Edition. It’s what you find under the hood—a modified version of Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can now produce 808 hp and 677 lb-ft of torque. With the new figures, this special edition car can now sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds. It also has a top speed of 200 mph.

 

Bentley Commemorates Founder With Mulsanne W.O. Edition By Mulliner

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This will be a year of celebration for Bentley as it commemorates the 100th year since the company’s conception. The celebration started on July 10 and will last throughout the year. The event will be highlighted by the coming of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, which will be limited to only 100 units around the world.

The sedan, which will be available in standard, long wheelbase, and Speed versions, celebrates Bentley founder Walter Owen Bentley and his 1930 8 Litre, the founder’s personal car. The 8 Litre was the last vehicle Bentley designed for the luxury automaker and the second example off the production line. The classic car wore a coach-built body from Henry Jervis Mulliner & Co., the same company that personalizes Bentley cars until this very day.

Walter Owen was not able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and the “ultimate expression of automotive engineering” because financial troubles forced him to sell the company in 1931. In 2006, Bentley bought the 8 Litre and immediately gone through the process of restoration. This means replacing the crankshaft, which is the central feature of the Mulsanne W.O. Edition.

What happened to the old crankshaft? Bentley cut it into 100 pieces and each will be placed inside a custom, illuminated cocktail cabinet that’s located in the rear quarters of the 100 special Mulsanne units. The glass display will be framed by four different kinds of wood and aluminum that create a marquetry scene.

The special edition will also get Heritage Hides in Fireglow with Beluga details and stitching, Dark Stain Burr Walnute veneers, and Fireglow lambswool carpets. The exterior is painted in onyx and features a chrome hood strip, optional chrome grille and surround, and discrete special edition badging. There will also be Beluga Back wheels.

The best thing about owning this car, aside from it being a special edition, is that customers can have their W.O. Edition Mulsannes customized.

The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in August.

2019 Toyota 86 Plans TRD Special Edition Model

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It looks like we’re getting a Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition Model for the 2019 model-year. It was reported on Friday that the sports car’s order guide showed the special edition model that will be aimed at the hardcore crowd.

According to CarsDirect, the TRD treatment, as always, will include plenty of updates and racier looks. The SE trim will have a six-speed manual transmission while the other models will get a six-speed automatic. The trim will also pack Brembo brakes, SACHS dampers, and a TRD exhaust. Finishing off the new look is a TRD body kit with three-piece spoiler and 18-inch split-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

The order guide described that the TRD package will get a tri-color TRD side graphic. Photos are not available yet, but Toyota will only offer the Special Edition model in Raven Black exterior paint. The 86 SE will get upgrades in the interior as well such as red seat belts, red contrast stitching throughout the cabin, and a TRD logo stitched on the passenger’s side instrument panel.

The 86 SE will not get upgrades on the powertrain. It will have the same 2.0-liter flat-4 engine that produces 205 horsepower. The output is the same with other models.

These extra features will make the 86 TRD Special Edition the most expensive model from Toyota 86 to date. Prices will start at $33,340, which includes a mandatory destination charge. It’s $3,800 more than the 2018 86 GT model. For the 2019 model year, the base and GT trims will make appearances as well.

The Toyota 86 hadn’t hit refresh for quite some time now, but it’s going to take more time before a redesigned 86 and Subaru BRZ appear for the 2021 model year. We’re hoping the new models will get a larger-displacement engine and more powerful motors.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition is Just Too Cool

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The 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition, a special edition model made for the 20th anniversary of the exclusive website Classic Driver, takes on a color scheme that resembles a lot like the American dollar. And why shouldn’t it be wrapped in green and gray? The special edition Aston Martin DB11 screams money and yes, only the ultra-rich would have the rights to own one.

The Classic Driver edition is probably the best bespoke creation made by Q by Aston Martin, the brand’s personalization program. The vehicle was made for Classic Driver, considered to be the world’s first website solely for the sophisticated car collectors and auto enthusiasts. There will only be 20 units of the Classic Driver Edition, and they can be had by long-time members of the Classic Driver community.

The body paint for the car is inspired by the Classic Driver’s green and grey colorway, as well as Aston’s Charcoal Grey finish that became famous back in the 60s. The color scheme is called Classic Driver Grey and it looks like a deep, glossy dark grey paint with fine and subtle pearls thrown in. When sunlight hits the color, it turns into a surprising green shade.

There will be no two models with the exact same shade of this colorway because the Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Editions are color sprayed by hand. To finish off the exterior look, the Classic Driver Edition comes also with a discrete carbon fiber body pack that is finished with a bespoke satin Eiffel Green lacquer.

The interior is an all-green interior that should look wrong but somehow was able to pull it off. Majority of the cabin is wrapped in the exclusive Eiffel Green Caithness leather, which is a rich shade of green leather. There’s an embroidered Parliament Green Classic Driver logo on the headrests. The finished product? Magical and almost untrue in its elegance.

Each unit will come with a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that produces 496 horsepower and 498 pound-feet of torque.

The standard DB11 already has a price tag of $208,000, so the special edition will certainly go north of that.

Presenting The Lexus RC F And GS F 10th Anniversary Editions

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If you want limited editions vehicles, there will be a price to pay. If you want the anniversary editions of the Lexus RC F and GS F, the brand’s sport-tuned and performance vehicles, you might have to sell a kidney… or two. Kidding aside, the F sub-brand is celebrating its 10th year anniversary since the debut of the IS F in 2008.

When the IS F debuted a decade ago, it was a direct competition to the tried and tested BMW M3. That was packing a V8 engine, but it was soon followed by the LFA, RC F coupe, and GS F sedan that are all powered by a V-10 machine.

The two anniversary editions are called the RC F and the GS F and there will only be 240 RC Fs in America and 100 GS Fs. That’s how exclusive these two editions are going to be.

Both cars will be finished off with matte Nebula Grey paint, 19-inch black BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and Brembo brakes with blue calipers. The RC F has blue leather seating with white accents up front and blue accents on the shift knob, steering wheel, and instrument panel cover.

On the other hand, the GS F also gets blue leather seating both for the front and rear passengers and driver. There are also blue carbon-fiber accents, blue suede on the dashboard, and blue seat belts. It will also have blue leather on the steering wheel, console, and shift knob.

Overall, the two cars will get that elegant black-and-blue combination that’s a favorite for most sports and performance vehicles.

These two vehicles are still going to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine that can produce 467 horsepower. That power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and both cars will come with a torque vectoring differential.

These special edition models should arrive later this year.

3 Key Features of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The Subaru WRX STI is getting an upgrade. Recently, the giant Japanese automaker announced the souped up version of the car in the form of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

According to a report, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a limited special edition model. The name “RA” means “Record Attempt”. The car features a lot of upgrades that you can find below:

1. Engine

The Type RA version of the WRX STI is packed with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the standard model of the auto. The power of the unit was given a boost but it was only up to 5 hp. So from the 305 hp of the standard WRX STI, the Type RA only got 310 hp. A new cold air intake, exhaust system, modified pistons and reconfigured ECU contributed to the increase.

2. Design

The styling of the WRX STI Type RA was enhanced a bit, thanks to its new badges, red accents surrounding the front grille, mirror caps, front spoiler, antenna, hood and rear wing. Parts like the roof and rear wing made use of carbon fiber materials to significantly reduce weight.

Inside, the special edition WRX STI received Recaro seats and plaque indicating the car’s number within the 500 samples ever produced.

3. Performance

In addition to the reduced weight, the maneuverability and handling of the WRX STI Type RA was improved due to its new 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels in 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires, Brembo brakes with silver calipers, cross-drilled rotors, uprated suspension with Bilstein dampers and STI-adjusted Vehicle Dynamics Control System.

Lastly, the power distribution of the auto has been modified with its reconfigured six-speed manual gearbox matched with a short throw shifter.

Photos

Check out the some of the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA in the gallery below:

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