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BMW Announces M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition 9
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 BMW M3 Coupe, Automotive, BMW, Kurt, Special Editions on 07 9th, 2012

BMW’s M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition – Image: BMW

If you live (or lived) in the Northeastern United States, chances are good you associate road racing with Lime Rock Park, an historic circuit in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Along with other legendary tracks (like New York’s Watkins Glen and Florida’s Sebring), Lime Rock has, over the years, borne witness to both the worlds best drivers and some of its fastest cars.

BMW has an extensive history with the track, and has been a key sponsor of the Lime Rock Vintage Festival for years. In honor of this, the Bavarian automaker is producing a limited production, U.S.-only M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition. First and foremost, each comes sprayed in Fire Orange paint, with Anthracite and Black cloth seating trimmed in Nappa leather. That should tell you what you need to know about the car right off; unlike other special edition M3s, this is built to be as light and responsive as possible. It’s a car for owners who want to track it, not just show off at monthly Cars and Coffee gatherings.

BMW’s M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition – Image: BMW

Each comes with BMW’s Competition Package, a lightweight iconel-titanium muffler, carbon fiber front and rear aero enhancements and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, wrapped in Alcantara. There’s a numbered plaque on the center console, a left-rear window decal and a certificate of authenticity for each cars, too. Buyers do get the choice of six speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, but for purists (like us) there really is no choice.

BMW’s M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition – Image: BMW

Pricing starts at $70,995, including a destination charge of $895. While that’s significantly more than a comparably-equipped M3 Coupe, you’re really buying into a piece of racing history. Whether or not that’s worth the up charge, we suppose, depends upon how many times you’ve visited or lapped Lime Rock Park.

Mercedes-Benz And AMG Celebrate 45 Years Of Partnership With Special SL 65 AMG: Video 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG, Automotive, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Special Editions, video on 06 14th, 2012

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Anniversary Edition

AMG has been making Mercedes-Benz products go faster since 1967, and to commemorate 45 years of successful tuning, Mercedes-Benz is releasing an Anniversary Edition of the SL 65 Roadster. Details on the special edition, of which only 45 will be built, are lacking but Mercedes is quick to point out that the SL 65 AMG is the most powerful production car built in Germany. In the land of the Autobahn, that’s saying something.

Even regular SL 65 AMG roadsters come with 621 horsepower and 738 pound feet of torque, so adding more power to the Anniversary Edition seems like overkill to us. More power won’t make a faster SL; instead, it will likely translate to more tire smoke upon acceleration. Instead, we’re betting that the Anniversary SL 65 will come with every conceivable luxury option in the Mercedes-Benz catalog, and will likely get a unique leather interior and special commemorative badging.

Outside, the special edition wears a “frozen gray” paint scheme, which still looks like primer to us. We know it’s hot and trendy, but it simply doesn’t look as good to our eyes as a conventional, glossy finish does. Add in the extra care required to keep the matte paint in good condition, and we’re rather not have to travel with paint care products, just in case we encounter the occasional bird-bombing.

Of course if you have the kind of money that the Anniversary Edition SL 65 will require, you probably have an entourage following you just for wildlife or tree sap paint emergencies. We have no idea how much this special edition will cost, but we’re guessing it will be far more than the regular car’s $203k price of admission.

Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 Hammers At $175k 12
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Barrett-Jackson, Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Z06, News, Special Editions on 04 12th, 2011

Image: © GM Corp.

Barrett-Jackson has had good luck selling the first available Chevy models over the past few years. Last year, I watched them drop the hammer on the first available Z06 Carbon, which sold to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for $297,000. In 2009, the first available Camaro sold for $350,000, but none of these recent sales top Barrett-Jackson’s price of $1 million for the first Corvette ZR-1, sold at their Scottsdale event in 2008. This year, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition, with the proceeds going to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. When the gavel fell, the special edition Corvette had sold for $175,000, to – you guessed it – Rick Hendrick.

The car sold will be production number 100 of the Centennial Edition Corvettes, and will come with the Z07 performance package, the CFZ carbon fiber package and even a carbon fiber hood. The Centennial Edition package, which will be available on all 2012 Corvette models, includes special Carbon Flash Metallic paint, matte black graphics, custom wheels, interior badging and GM’s outstanding Magnetic Ride suspension. Want more details? See our story on Chevy’s announcement of the Centennial Edition Corvettes here.

Source: Corvette Blogger