Official: Maserati and Zegna to roll out limited-edition Quattroporte in Frankfurt

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Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Concept

Back in April, Maserati announced a new partnership with men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. We wondered at the time how a Maserati could possibly get any more stereotypically Italian stylish, but now the Modenese automaker is presenting the answer in this fresh take on the new Quattroporte.

When the doors open at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Maserati will unveil the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car. That’s their name, not ours, and if you’re wondering how a production vehicle could be turned at once into both a concept and a limited edition, well… we don’t know, either. Maserati says that it previews a production version to follow next year.

So, confusing nomenclature aside, what are we looking at here? For starters, there’s a special platinum-color paint finish with tiny aluminum flecks and a gloss-black primer to give it that extra-deep luster. And the interior has been upholstered in “moka” and “greige,” with leather seats, door panels and headliner and other surfaces finished in Zegna’s own textiles.

We have the feeling pictures probably don’t do it justice, as strikes us as the kind of thing you have to see in person to appreciate, so we’ll look forward to seeing how it comes across in the flesh next week.

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Filed under: Concept Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, Sedan, Maserati, Luxury

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition Concept

Back in April, Maserati announced a new partnership with men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. We wondered at the time how a Maserati could possibly get any more stereotypically Italian stylish, but now the Modenese automaker is presenting the answer in this fresh take on the new Quattroporte.

When the doors open at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Maserati will unveil the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car. That’s their name, not ours, and if you’re wondering how a production vehicle could be turned at once into both a concept and a limited edition, well… we don’t know, either. Maserati says that it previews a production version to follow next year.

So, confusing nomenclature aside, what are we looking at here? For starters, there’s a special platinum-color paint finish with tiny aluminum flecks and a gloss-black primer to give it that extra-deep luster. And the interior has been upholstered in “moka” and “greige,” with leather seats, door panels and headliner and other surfaces finished in Zegna’s own textiles.

We have the feeling pictures probably don’t do it justice, as strikes us as the kind of thing you have to see in person to appreciate, so we’ll look forward to seeing how it comes across in the flesh next week.

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Official: 2014 Nissan Maxima gets new Limited Edition model, pricing

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Nissan

2014 Nissan Maxima

With a new Maxima expected to debut next year for the 2015 model year, Nissan is only making small changes to its big sedan for 2014. Buyers looking to get behind the wheel of Nissan’s “4-Door Sports Car” will be happy to know that the base price for the 2014 Maxima carries over from 2013 starting at $31,000 (*excluding the $810 destination charge).

Aside from two new colors, the only change to the base Maxima S is the addition of a new option group. Sounding very similar to the Sport Package available on the SV, the $750 Limited Edition Package adds smoked Xenon headlights, dark-accented 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and fog lights. Stepping up to the SV trim level, the Maxima now comes standard with a rearview camera, Xenon headlights and a seven-inch screen, but its price has also been increased by $850, so it starts at $34,090. Scroll down for more info on the 2014 Maxima.

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Official: 2014 Chevy Sonic to offer short-term limited-edition colors

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Crossover, Chevrolet, Design/Style

2014 Chevy Sonic - front three-quarter view - Deep Magenta Metallic paint

When Chevrolet launched its subcompact Sonic, it made a splash with a bright paint dubbed Inferno Orange. The metallic citrus shade was a genuine retina searer, featuring prominently in the car’s early marketing efforts as its so-called ‘launch color.’ But Inferno Orange is now gone from the Sonic’s order sheets, and the rest of the car’s color palate is more traditional and – dare we say it – a bit sober.

But that’s about to change – Chevy has just announced that it will begin releasing a range of limited-edition short-term paint colors beginning with the “chromatic plum” shade seen above, Deep Magenta Metallic. The striking hue came about after witnessing the successful launch of the Chevy Spark in Techno Pink. The special paint will only be available from August through October, but Chevy hasn’t revealed if it is capping the number of vehicles it will produce in this shade.

Chevy says that Deep Magenta Metallic will be followed up by Cool Blue, a shade the company describes as “a grayish, dirty blue.” The latter will be available from November until March, and another new shade, Dragon Green, will join the Sonic’s permanent color choices sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Interestingly, the company says that a typical Chevy vehicle receives “10 to 12 color options throughout its lifecycle.” The Sonic already received a similar number of paints before Deep Magenta Metallic and it’s still relatively early in the car’s lifecycle, so clearly Chevy sees small car buyers as being receptive to a broader range of color choices.

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Official: Limited-edition VW Beetle GSR priced from $29,995*

Filed under: Car Buying, Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR on show stand - front three-quarter view, yellow

Volkswagen has announced that pricing of its limited-edition 2014 Beetle GSR will start from $29,995, *not including $820 for destination. This throwback to the original 1970s “Yellow Black Racer” first debuted at the Chicago Auto Show and will be limited to just 3,500 units worldwide.

The prominent black-and-yellow paint scheme sets the GSR apart from lesser turbocharged Beetle models, and the car rides on 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40-series tires. That same color combination makes its way inside the Bug, with yellow contrast stitching on the black leather surfaces. Additionally, there are sport seats, a sport steering wheel (with a serialized number plaque), plus a unique R-Line dash pad and GSR shift lever.

The Beetle GSR builds off the R-Line model, powered by Volkswagen’s tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in this application. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though Volkswagen will offer the GSR with its six-speed DSG dual-clutch ‘box for an additional $1,100. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes just 6.6 seconds in the GSR, and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

Scroll down for Volkswagen’s official pricing release on this limited-edition B.

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Official: Nissan announces limited-edition 2014 GT-R in Midnight Opal

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Nissan

2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition

Nissan has unveiled the 2014 GT-R Special Edition. Finished in Midnight Opal paint, the GT-R SE will be limited to just 100 units worldwide, with 50 earmarked for the US.

With sales slated to start this fall, the Special Edition of the 545-horsepower GT-R tacks $6,000 on to the $105,590 price of a GT-R Premium. The hand-applied Midnight Opal paint isn’t the only special item, though. Forged RAYS wheels are included in a ten-spoke design that’s never before made it to American shores, and there’s a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler, similar in design and appearance to the one found on the GT-R Black and Track Editions. Finally, a gold-plated plaque has been fitted to single out the GT-R Special Edition from the very fast herd.

US sales of the GT-R SE are slated to begin in September. Scroll down for the official press blast.

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2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

Filed under: Sedan, Chrysler, Reviews

Sebring Replacement Gets A Seat At The Big Kids Table – Barely

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

2011 Chrysler 200 – Click above for high-res image gallery

You don’t have to take a trip to Egypt to know what the pyramid of Gisa looks like. It’s an amazing feat of engineering, the construction of which continues to confound scientists to this day. But while Gisa is a true world wonder, Egypt is also home to many structures that were never completed. Half-built pyramids, obelisks that were intricately cut out of solid bedrock only to be left un-hoisted and 1,000-ton rocks that were dragged by hand for miles and left sitting unused. Why would anyone go through all that effort without finishing what they started?

We’ve long asked the same question about the Chrysler Sebring. Engineers took the time to come up with all the components needed to craft a new sedan for Chrysler, yet the steering, chassis and engines were woefully unfinished works. When looking at the Sebring, it’s like designers threw darts at a wall to find the right sketch, and the same lack of completeness could be felt on the inside, where rubbery materials materials were assembled with the precision of a sofa cushion fort.

Luckily for Chrysler, the Sebring and those unfinished Egyptian objects have one more thing in common: They’re both consigned to history. Chrysler’s designers and engineers have worked together to right the wrongs of the Sebring, and those efforts have led to the newly named 2011 Chrysler 200. We spent a week with a nicely equipped Limited model to see if Chrysler’s mulligan can go toe-to-toe with its peers in a very competitive mid-size sedan segment. Continue reading…

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Limited Edition leaked online?

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Porsche, Rumormill

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and GT3 RS

Bridging the gap between Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and GT3 RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumors of a more powerful, special edition Porsche 911 GT3 RS have been circulating for months, and now the spec sheet has purportedly been leaked online. The order form is ostensibly for what’s being dubbed the GT3 RS 4.0, packing a bored-out flat-six with 500 horsepower – a 200cc increase in displacement and 50 horses more than the existing GT3 RS, which itself already packs 15 more ponies than the standard GT3.

The price sheet also lists a €150,000 sticker before tax (equivalent to $217k), or €190,000 with a 20-percent value-added tax attached, and details options like a nav system, ceramic brakes and a nose-lift apparatus. The sheet was posted on the Teamspeed forum, but while the intrepid poster claims its authenticity, a debate is raging over its potential falsification, pointing out, for example, certain discrepancies (such as the 2011 model year instead of 2012, output listed in BHP instead of Porsche’s usual PS, and “breaks” instead of “brakes”) that have raised doubts.

Whether the spec sheet is authentic or not, we should be finding out soon enough, so stay tuned and watch this space for more.

Gallery: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

[Source: Teamspeed.com]

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Limited Edition leaked online? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kimi Raikkonen to run limited 2011 schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports

Filed under: Motorsports, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Celebrities

Kimi Raikkonen

The rumors are true. Former Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen will run a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2011. Raikkonen’s debut is scheduled for May 20 in the N.C Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as owner Kyle Busch’s teammate.

Raikkonen’s nine-year F1 career saw 18 wins, 62 podium finishes and the 2007 Drivers’ Championship. Since leaving the sport in 2009, Raikkonen has campaigned in World Rally Championship with his own team ICE 1 Racing.

Raikkonen’s debut for KBM will be the first step in what the champ hopes will be a successful transition from open-wheel and rallying to NASCAR, a switch that fellow F1 champ Juan Pablo Montoya made in 2007. Raikkonen’s sponsorship deal hasn’t been revealed yet, but will be announced before the start of the Charlotte race.

[Source: Kyle Busch Motorsports | Image: (C) Gepa Pictures/McKlein/Red Bull Content Pool]

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Gateway Classic Mustang to produce limited edition Steve McQueen Mustang

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Limited Edition 1968 Steve McQueen Signature Mustang

Gateway Classic 1968 Steve McQueen Signature Mustang – Click above for high-res image gallery

Making a limited edition Ford Mustang based off of a famous movie car is nothing new, but Gateway Classic Mustang is taking a different approach. The St. Louis-based company has partnered with the Steve McQueen Estate to produce a modern rendition of the 1968 Ford Mustang featured in the movie Bullitt.

Each car starts out as an original ’67 or ’68 Mustang fastback and is fitted with a 450-horsepower V8, Keisler five-speed transmission, Baer brakes, American Racing wheels and BFGoodrich tires. The suspension has been worked over as well, with adjustable coilovers front and rear.

Gateway Classic Mustang says that they are currently taking orders for the Limited Edition Steve McQueen Mustang, and although pricing isn’t listed, we imagine that they won’t come cheap. You can read more details about the car in the press release after the jump, and be sure to check out the high-res gallery below.

Gallery: Limited Edition 1968 Steve McQueen Signature Mustang

[Source: Gateway Classic Mustang]

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Gateway Classic Mustang to produce limited edition Steve McQueen Mustang originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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