Limited edition cars: Welcome to the rare breeds club
Rare and limited edition cars are designed to tickle imagination and ignite dreams. Bound by production guidelines, calculations and regulations, engineers and designers often do not have time to stretch their creative wings. Meet the cars designed when the creative departments broke through their chains
Audi R8 V10 Decennium
Audi’s supersport model R8 is special even without all the extras – but when you add extraordinary performance to the mix, you get a true collector’s item. The beast that is Audi R8 V10 Decennium was created last year, and produced in 222 units. The reason for this extraordinary celebration is the tenth anniversary of one of the most charismatic engines in the automotive world. Decennium is powered by the mighty V10 and develops 620-hp. The anniversary model is painted matte, in Daytona gray – named after the legendary US racetrack, while the aluminum rims and the powerful engine cover share the contrasting with the matte bronze color. We’re already giddy for V10’s next birthday.
Bentley Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition
The fine British equestrian tradition meets premium automotive creations in this hand-made Bentley. One of the most prestigious equestrian events, the Cheltenham Festival, served as the inspiration for this convertible. The fine artists of Mulliner painted the elegant Continental GT in a special shade of green named Spruce, and the leather saddles… sorry, seats are adorned with embroidered silhouettes of horses and riders.
BMW M2 by Futura 2000
The Bavarian manufacturer extraordinaire has since 1975 been trying to convince the world that top art and top cars make great playmates. The BMW Art Car project features the works of David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. The new wheeled work of art was created in collaboration with one of the world’s most famous graffiti artists: Leonard Hilton McGurr, better known as Futura 2000, hand-painted three units of the M2 with motifs of urban rebellion and New York life – perfect match for the resolutely designed BMW M-Series.
Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition
and Maybach GLS 600
The Stuttgart maker found inspiration for their two new limited edition cars in fast boats and luxury. Model AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition was created to honor American manufacturer of super-fast speedboats Cigarette, with whom Mercedes has been cooperating for many years. The legendary G-Wagen looks great in black with gold details, and its interior in dark blue and beige reflects the interior design of the boat it honors. Maybach GLS 600 is something completely different – dubbed the S-Class of the SUV, it currently represents the very pinnacle of the Mercedes catalog.
Rolls-Royce Falcon Wraith
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design is a special department within the British luxury brand, existing with one mission alone: to fulfill every wish a customer makes, and then move on to those they haven’t even though of yet. The fantastic creature that is Wraith was inspired by the fastest bird in the world – the gray falcon. The blue color of the chassis represents the sky, where falcons fly freely, while the roof of the car is on the inside adorned with an embroidered image of a falcon mid-flight that takes a month to create. The chassis and the interior between the rear seats are decorated with wings.