In the Headlights – Limited Editions {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

13 Nov 2017

Car manufacturers certainly know how to make a fuss. Take a look at the way Porsche handles their allocation of GT models – you need to have bought a million new normal models from the same dealer for about 20yrs in the UK before one of the precious allocation slots will even be considered, and even then you’ll be tied up, waterboarded and have electrodes attached to your nipples to make sure you don’t sell it on for a profit (yet many do). It makes those models all the more desirable and prices invariably go up on the second hand market. It applies to more regular cars too, but sometimes the limited edition model can be a cynical marketing ploy to revive interest in an old model (looking at you, Aston Martin and Lamborghini). But there certainly isn’t a shortage of limited run models, so we asked Lee Sibley from Total911 Magazine to choose his top 4 and now I’m going to cast my beady eye over them…

This week’s selections are split quite well, with two Brits and two Germans, so we’ll start with the home team. Okay, so the Mini is owned by BMW before all the original Mini fanboys (and girls) start saying it, but it’s a British brand, made in the UK and in this case, tuned by a British company – Mulgari. They take the John Cooper Works hatchback; already a fire breathing little pocket rocket, and fully customise the exterior and interior. Same as many companies then. But wait – Mulgari also tune the engine to 280hp and add lighter wheels, better suspension parts and set it up to be a serious fast road weapon. They’re only making five too – so it definitely fits the Limited tag! Our other Brit comes in the form of the most eccentric car we’ve ever featured, the Morgan EV3. As if the 3-Wheeler wasn’t bonkers enough with its Harley Davidson engine out front, single wheel at the back and a 1940’s looking body on top, now they’ve taken the big V-Twin lump away and made it fully electric. So you can cruise around with the same performance as before, but silently and with virtually no fuel costs. The styling is tweaked too so it now looks like some sort of retro-futuristic car from a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film.

Now we venture over the water to Germany for our last two. The Audi RS5 initially got a fairly lukewarm reception from the motoring media thanks to a drive that isn’t exactly thrilling. But now they’ve had time with them, they’re realising the RS5 has a whole wealth of talents that you don’t appreciate from just a short drive. As with all Audis you can go crazy with the options (you can add £30k to a £60k RS4 for example), so they have decided to offer a Carbon Edition for the RS5 and RS4 – for the extra outlay (less than the sum of the parts I might add) you get all the exterior carbon you could want including bumper parts, mirrors, spoiler and roof along with interior parts and a smattering of tech stuff like Matrix LED headlights. All the best bits, neatly packaged up for you and boy does it look good, especially the machined aluminium wheels. But now we have to come to the final car of the list and wow – what a car it is. The Porsche 911 GT3 – specifically the 991.2 generation GT3 also known as The Holy Grail of sports cars. It ushers back in the manual gearbox to the GT3 for the first time in a couple of generations, so you are directly connected to the driving experience in that way should you want to, but the PDK-S dual clutch gearbox is lightning quick and feels like its connected directly to your brain. The handling is also amazing, so direct and precise, but the real party piece here is that engine – a 4.0 litre flat-six, naturally aspirated and putting out a staggering 500hp at a frankly absurd 9000rpm. There’s more to come on this car later in the week, but all I’ll say is that it needs to be heard to be believed – just an amazing car.

These four cars are available for one week only in our competition, so get your tickets while you can!

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