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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Lotus Building Final Edition Elise And Exige Models

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Toyota has already stopped producing the 2ZZ-GE engine that Lotus uses to power the Exige and Elise. Though Lotus has a stockpile of the engines, supplies are winding down fast, meaning the end of the current-generation Elise and Exige are drawing near. Before all those 2ZZ-GEs run out this July, Lotus will offer three limited production, 'Final Edition' versions for the North American market.

The Exige Final Edition 260 will get a boost in output from 240 hp to 260 hp thanks to supercharging and intercooling of Toyota's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The model will get some extra equipment standard, including leather-trimmed sport seats courtesy of the Touring Package, and double-adjustable Ohlins dampers as part of the Track Package. Other upgrades include Torsen limited-slip differential and black, Y-type, five-spoke wheels. 30 models will be built, with pricing starting at $67,500.

Jeep Wrangler Mojave Debuts In New York

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Jeep Wrangler Mojave test 2

It's somewhat surprising that Jeep debuted the special edition Wrangler Mojave in New York this week. After all, a special-edition Wrangler named and inspired by the desert is probably more of a vehicle for the dirt, rock, and sand of the desert—say in Moab, where the Easter Jeep Safari is going on now. It certainly isn't the ideal vehicle for operating the traffic-clogged arteries of Manhattan. But, Jeep still chose to debut it there rather than in Utah. The special edition Wrangler gets both styling and hardware updates.

Maserati's On Fire With Its Two New Drool Inducers

On: Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 3:04PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Fortunately for everyone involved, these Maseratis aren't actually on fire. But there was a time, not all that long ago, that Maser's products were akin to leaky propane stoves near a live fallen power line, just waiting for the fickle hand of fate to light 'em up like flash paper (Biturbos, I'm talking about you).

These days it seems—Ferrari’s self-immolating 456 Italia not withstanding—that quality is on the upswing across (most of) Fiat’s brands, including Maserati, Ferrari, and the soon-to-reach-our-shores-for-better-or-worse Alfa Romeo, and Fiat itself (though I never thought I’d use “Fiat” and “quality” in the same sentence without it being weighed down by loads of typewritten snickering).

Anyhoo, for those of you who hadn’t noticed, Maserati has built itself quite a range of models here in the U.S. of A, most of which start with “Gran,” just like you do when tactfully explaining to your mom’s mom why you won’t wear the Christmas-themed cable-knit pullover she made for you that’s three sizes too large and has sleeves of differing lengths.

My ZL1 Can Beat Up Your ZL1!

On: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 SLP Camaro ZL1 test 2

This won’t earn me any fans at Chevy, but the upcoming 2012 Camaro ZL1 is a wussy. Though they call it everything from the “highest-performing Camaro and the most technically advanced car ever developed in its class” to the “fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet,” it still isn’t stout enough in my mind to wear what is arguably the Camaro’s most hallowed performance badge.

The important bit in all of Chevy’s PR frippery is the one that reads “by Chevrolet,” as the ne plus ultra classic Camaro, the 1969 ZL1, wasn’t technically a Chevy. Sure, it was a Chevy Camaro with a Chevy all-aluminum racing 427 cu.-in. V8 (codename: ZL1), but if it was produced today GM would demand that dealers like Fred Gibb—who ordered the first 50 original ZL1 Camaros—remove all Chevy emblems because the General doesn’t need the headaches that would follow on the heels of unleashing a tactical nuclear weapon on wheels like the ZL1.

Or so you’d think.


The Kind Of Chicago Muscle You WANT To Meet

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:02AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Nickey sticker on 69 Corvette test 2

You may not know an L78 from an SR-71, but if you know anything about classic American muscle cars you know the Nickey name. [Oh. No? It's the one with the big red backwards "K" in its logo. Yep, them. Let's continue...]

Though perhaps not as big a name-brand as Yenko, those Chicago boys at Nickey Chevrolet (the dealer) knew as much as anyone about how to transform the classic ill-handling, poor-stopping, overpowered muscle cars into something positively lethal. Not surprisingly, very few authentic Nickey Chevrolets (the cars this time) have survived, so to find one in even passable shape is something in the muscle car world akin to a miracle.

Well, move over Lourdes—the holy water place, not the spawn of Madonna—for Mecum Auctions is set to, well, auction seven Nickey-enhanced Chevrolets from the collection of noted muscle car guru Mike Guarise as part of its Original Spring Classic Auction extravaganza happening May 17-22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in—you guessed it—Indianapolis, IN.

Roush Stage 3 Mustang Revealed

On: Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:38AM | By: Tim Healey

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Jack Roush's last name is legendary in Mustang circles, and if you've ever spent time behind one of the Mustangs bearing his name, it's not hard to see why.

They're fast, fun, and no more expensive than a base Chevrolet Corvette. After weeks of teasing, more details of the newest Roush Mustang creation have been released.

Rolls Royce Helps Mini With Special Edition

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

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BMW brands are getting along famously. The big boy in the group has reached out a helping hand to the little guy. Rolls Royce teamed with Mini to present the ‘Mini Inspired by Goodwood’ special edition, which they'll debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show next week. Rolls oversaw the design of the interior, crafting a Mini Cooper with premium, Rolls-Royce-inspired materials and equipment.

Behold Your Key to the Camaro: Festival!

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 Camaro Indy Pace Car test 2

I previously mentioned just how hard—or expensive—getting your hands on one of the 500 2011 Chevy Camaro RS/SS convertible Indy pace car replicas can be. I also told you how to order a “normal” Camaro convertible that’s as close to a pace car replica as you could replicate.

I have recently come into some information on how you could get your hands on something rarer and more authentic than a regular “replica” (just 50 exist). Best of all, it might not be too late to snag one.

How do you feel about visiting Indiana?

45 Years Of Camaro Inspire Special Edition

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nothing quite inspires special-edition automobiles like birthdays. First introduced in 1967 as an answer to the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro was a venerable muscle-car competitor through the muscle-car heyday, on through the 80s and 90s up until its cancellation in 2002. The Camaro made its grand comeback in 2009 and has experienced great success ever since, giving the Mustang a run for its money.

Of course Chevy wouldn't let a 45th birthday of one of its icons slip by unnoticed. The company introduced the 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition earlier this week.

The Summer Of '69s... Again!

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 9:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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The month of May is coming up, and for most car-focused folks that means the Indy 500—and all it entails—is on the way.

This year that last bit really means something as the 2011 race is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet.

Naturally, Chevy was given the nod to provide the Speedway with its pace and “Festival Committee” cars (the former leads the field of racers during the start of and any pauses in racing while the latter are used by officials and workers to reach various places and events around the Speedway. They also participate in the pre-race parade around the track.), and it chose the race as a good place to unveil its new Camaro Convertible.

Jeep Pickup Is Here... Kind Of

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

NuKizer 715 test 2

Rumors of a pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler have been surfacing for years. Chrysler is still thought to be considering the model and only stoked the flames when it introduced a Mopar special edition called the NuKizer 715 at last year's Easter Jeep Safari. Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne was later quoted as strongly supporting that model for production, and the jeep/off-road world has waited for official word ever since.

Well, we now have an official Jeep pickup. Only it's not a production Wrangler pickup, but an aftermarket conversion kit offered by Mopar. Still, it's a step in the right direction.