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Volkswagen Touareg “Lux Limited” edition for the US

At the Detroit Motor Show, Volkswagen presented the Touareg Lux Limited, a special edition aimed at the US market. Under the hood, customers will be able to choose from VW’s recently introduced 225 hp (165 kW) V6 TDI Clean Diesel, a 280 hp (106 kW) V6 FSI and a 350 hp (257 kW) V8 FSI.

As you’d expect in a special edition, the car boasts a set of exclusive features, such as 20-inch alloy wheels, styling package with special side skirts and customized front and rear aprons and customized color lineup (Biscay Blue, Black magic pearl effect, Campanella white and Galapagos gray). The interio was also modified, faeturing two-tone leather combined with special interior accents, door panel inserts trimmed in “St. Tropez white” and 12-way power seats for the driver and the front passenger.

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The $2 million convertible Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Pininfarina

Some of us might say that the Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe, priced at $600,000 is already an exclusive convertible. But apparently a rich collector doesn’t agree with that, because he asked Pininfarina, the famous Italian coachbuilder, to create an unique version of the Phantom.

The car, which will be named Hyperion (a Titan from the Greek mythology) and, as you can see from the teaser image, will be a really unique car. Pininfarina will create a complete new body for the car, inspired by pre-war Rolls-Royce models with an aerodynamic shape featuring a swept-back windscreen and sculpted flanks and a bespoke cabin. The interior will probably be redesigned as well, but we’re really curious how will Pininfarina beat the already exclusive interior on the production Drophead.

Nothing official so far, but AutoExpress estimates that the project will cost around £1 million (1.4 million Euros or $2 million).

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Mercedes Benz SLK accessories range

With the updated 2008 Mercedes Benz SLK out, the Stuttgart based producer wants to make sure that the SLK owners will be able to personalize their roadsters, so it released a range of dealer-installed accessories. The range includes exclusive wheels, chrome exterior elements, practical telematics modules and ingenious items.

Exterior accessories include exclusive 18 inch Korsunia and 17 inch Kikuchi wheels, plus various chrome features, including trim for the radiator cross fins, bumper and exterior mirrors plus door handle. For the sport loving SLK owners, Mercedes offers the possibiilty to fit the car with new Alustyle basic carrier bars, which are only available after the SLK is fitted with the optional extra “pre-installation for carrier systems”. The ski and snowboard rack is able to hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, while the bicycle rack can hold up to three bikes. Aerodynamic roof boxes are also available, with a capacity of between 330 and 450 litres.

The SLK accessories range also include features like a “Limited Edition” draught-stop, illuminated door sill panels made from brushed stainless steel, with the blue Mercedes-Benz lettering lighting up every time the door is opened, Bluetooth® telephone module (SAP), Media Interface and separate iPod® Interface Kit. Mercedes-Benz accessories for the new SLK are available via authorised Mercedes-Benz partners.

Check out more photos after the jump and also read the full press release.

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Brabus Maybach 57 V12 Biturbo brakes speed record

The Brabus Maybach 57 V12 Biturbo has just became the world’s fastest ultra-luxury sedan, reaching a whopping speed of 205.2 mph (330.6 km/h) on the Nardo track in Italy. The car is powered by Brabus’ 730-hp SV12 S Biturbo engine and broke the record set also by a Brabus car, the Maybach 57 SV12 Biturbo, with 195 mph (314 km/h). This is impressive, especially when you talk about a 3-tons car. The SV12 engine was developed for the Brabus Rocket project, based on the Mercedes CLS, which is by far the world’s fastest sedan, reaching an astonishing 227.2 mph (365.7 km/h) top speed.

The increased engine displacement (from 5.5 to 6.3 liters) was obtained by using a special crankshaft with longer stroke, precision-balanced piston rods, larger pistons to account for the increased cylinder bore, precision-machined cylinder heads and special camshafts. The engine is also fitted with a high-performance turbocharging system with special manifolds, two larger turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal catalysts.

And, of course, being a Brabus, the car has everything a rich ass needs: LED lights integrated into the body that illuminate the ground beside and behind the car, so you don’t slip with your $5000 shoes in potholes or puddles, exclusive custom-tailored interiors, custom-tailored Brabus lambs wool floor mats 15.2-inch flat screens integrated into the back of the front seats or 6-disc DVD changer. So, tell us here, how would you feel going 200 mph in this?

More photos after the jump.
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Maybach 62 Landaulet Study

Maybach presented the 62 Landaulet Study, a semi-convertible version of the Maybach 62 saloon. Scheduled to debut at the upcoming Dubai Motor Show (where else?!), it seems a limited production run will be available next year. The concept features a sliding roof over the rear compartment, roof which opens and closes in 16 seconds.

The car also gets a revised interior with a removable glass panel dividing the front and rear quarters, while back passengers now benefit from white leather, piano lacquer and black granite surfaces. The Maybach Landaulet is powered by an upgraded version of the 6.0 liter V12 engine from the Maybach 62 S, which now develops 612 hp (450 kW), thanks to twin turbochargers and water intercooling.

View more photos after the jump.
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Aston Martin Vanquish S tuning by Mansory

Mansory, the German tuner specialized in some exclusive tuning programs for British cars, after coming up with exclusive kits for Bentley or Rolls Royce, now [tag]Mansory[/tag] turned their attention on Aston Martin. And they presented this. The modified Aston Martin Vanquish S.

The body kit features a new front spoiler with aerodynamic carbon fiber trims left/right, an adaptive 4-line grille element, side skirts, integrated carbon flanks with air intakes and large air outtakes on the engine bonnet, plus fully forged aluminium 20 inch wheels.

Mansory improved handling and performance by lowering the suspension 25 mm and equipping the car with sport performance springs. Also, the Vanquish is equipped with BREMBO brakes with 6 piston calibers for the front and for the rear 4 piston calibers and an integrated handbrake system. The interior also got more exclusive, with colored sporty leather covering seats, door covers and the dashboard. The steering wheel has carbon fiber trim and aluminium pedals and brake handle.

View a photo gallery of the Aston Martin Vanquish S after the jump.
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Lorinser L55RS Tuning Package For The Mercedes Benz CL500

German tuner Lorinser, specialized in creating some very stylish tuning kits for Mercedes Benz presented a new creation, based on the Mercedes Benz CL500 luxury coupe. By adding new camshafts and making some modifications to the cylinder heads, exhaust manifold and engine control unit, Lorinser engineers managed to increase the 5.5 liter V8 engine’s power from 388 to 460 hp. The result is an increase in output, from 388 to 460 horsepower.

Handling is improved by a lower suspension and the car also got a new sport exhaust system is part of the upgrade package. Exterior modifications include a new front spoiler, side skirts, rear apron and air intakes in the fenders, plus 21 inch alloy wheels. Of course, being a luxury coupe, Lorinser also made some modifications to the interior, so the seats, headrests and steering wheel are fully reupholstered in Lorinser’s signature quilted leather.
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Exclusive Rolls Royce Phantom Conquistador from Mansory

The guys at Mansory never cease to amaze us. After the Bentley Continental GTC, they developed another exquisite tuning program, this time for the Rolls Royce Phantom. For its new Conquistador edition, developers added LED daytime running lights, elongated grille stripes and new side skirts with integrated aluminum flanks. The ultra exclusive Phantom is powered by a 7.5 liter engine that develops 543hp (405kW) and 810Nm (597 lb-ft) of torque.

But what’s really impressive is the body-kit and the interior. On the inside we have ‘Shadow Black leather, solid silver trim, carbon fiber, Alcantara panels and LCD displays. The body-kit includes a new rear bumper, stainless steel exhaust ends, sporty trunk lid spoiler, plus 22 inch wheels and Brembo brakes.

Enjoy a full photo gallery after the jump.
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Bugatti Veyron ‘Pur Sang’ sold out in one day

You know the Bugatti Veyron “Pur Sang”, which impressed this week at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Well, we have some bad news for you. All five units which will be produced were sold from the first day, for 1.4 million Euros each. However, we also have some good news. Because the “Pur Sang” created such a good impression and was appreciated by everyone, it looks like Bugatti decided it will create more special editions in the future. Meanwhile, check out our Bugatti Veyron “Pur Sang” photo gallery.
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Exclusive Bentley Continental GTC by Mansory

Bentley Continental GTC Mansory Tuning

Mansory is doing some pretty good job with creating some really exclusive Bentleys. After some time ago we presented the Bentley Continental Flying Spur now we have a new jewel from Mansory, a modified Bentley Continental GTC.

The car has an all-new front spoiler with large air intakes, carbon fiber and LED daylights and is powered by a modified 6.0-liter W12 which now develops 641 bhp and takes the exclusive convertible from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds and a whopping top speed of 330 km/h. There will only be 24 units available and we have no clue on the price, but it won’t come to cheap, for sure. View a photo gallery after the jump.
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Frankfurt Special: Mercedes Benz F700 design study

Mercedes wouldn’t be Mercedes if they didn’t prepare something really spectacular for the Frankfurt Motor Show. This time they came up with the Mercedes Benz F700 design study which is an ultra exclusive luxury sedan. The model previews osme of Mercedes’ upcoming technologies, such as the DiesOtto, which is a four-cylinder petrol engine, that develops 238hp and has the consumption levels of a diesel. With this technology, the 5.18 meters concept saloon does an amazing 44.3mpg (5.3L/100km) and just 127g of CO2/km.

Mated to a new hybrid starter/generator system and a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds. Engineers have also added new active PRE-SCAN suspension, a new system that scours the road ahead using two lasers and automatically adjusts the suspension to suit. Another feature is the new SERVO-HMI (Human Machine Interface), which features a virtual operating assistant that the driver can converse with.

And of course, the Mercedes Benz F700 looks beautiful, having that specific Mercedes elegance. It has distinctive front fenders, flowing side-skirts, recessed door handles, and turbine blade 21 inch wheels. Luminescent strips on the wheel arches emphasize the contours and size of the tires, while a transparent cover over the rear wheels enhances aerodynamic efficiency.
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Frankfurt Special: Bugatti Veyron “Pur Sang” Exclusive Edition

Well, Bugatti didn’t announce any new car so far, but that doesn’t mean their stand is disappointing. Because they introduced the Bugatti Veyron Pur Sange ultra exclusive edition. So what does this Bugatti have that makes it more special then the “regular” ones. Well, the Pur Sang (French for “pure blood”) is finished in its pure material configuration, without being covered in a coating of paint, so carbon and aluminum blend into a unique two-tone color.

Achim Anscheidt, Head of Bugatti Design, explains: “The pure materials used to underscore even more clearly the unified extremes of this car. Power combined with comfort, technical structure and organic bodies, light and dark. A closer look at the details reveals the technical logic behind the stylish appearance. The innovatively designed monocoque carries all main structural components, including the W16 engine, the passenger compartment, the crumple zone and the suspension. It’s precisely this foundation determined by function, made of carbon fiber coated with clear paint, that lies open in view at the heart of the Veyron. The use of aluminum linings is equally forceful. Through the bold and muscular coverings of the wheels as a perfectly designed wing they lend the car its stature and the unique body sculpture. Polished to a mirror finish, these perfectly curved shapes make the fascinating surface reflections visible that characterize the Veyron.”

View a photo gallery after the jump.
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1 million Euro Lamborghini Reventon

With the Frankfurt Motor Show almost here, Lamborghini is preparing something special. What we’re talking about is the Lamborghini Reventon(yeah, we know, weird name for a Lambo, but it seems this is how they’ll call it) which was developed starting from the Murcielago LP640 and its design was inspired by jet fighters. And if the Bugatti Veyron, which is its only competitor has a hp-meter, the Reventon has a G-force gauge, which indicates how many Gs your body is taking.

Now the bad news is that the Lamborghini Reventon will cost 1 million Euros. Yes, you read correctly, 1 million Euro. That’s about $1.4 million. But the good news is that you don’t have to worry about not having that money, because all 20 units which will be produced are already sold. More pics after the jump.
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