They're probably all sold out, but you can still look.
More often than not, a special or limited edition car is dreamt up in a marketing department to remind folks that a particular vehicle still exists. Just as a car starts to fade from public memory, it gets a new body kit, wheels, and possibly a model-specific exterior color and unique badges. An excellent high-end feature from a top-trim model might be included. Very often, these special editions are horrible.
These are not the limited edition models we're going to focus on in this article. Instead, we're talking about the genuinely exclusive stuff sold in minimal numbers, guaranteed to increase in value in the coming years.
Here are our favorite special editions of 2022 in no particular order.
The GR Corolla is a sublime machine, and the Morizo Edition dials it up to 11. It has the same 300 horsepower as the standard car, but the torque is increased from 273 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. It also gets a model-specific close-ratio gearbox and shorter differential gears. Other mechanical differences include a unique suspension tune, two extra floor braces, and an extra strut brace where the rear seats used to be.
Yup, Toyota made this hot hatch a lot less practical by removing the rear seats. Or you can see it as an improvement in practicality if you're single or don't have kids.
The Morizo Edition got its name from Toyota's CEO, Akio Toyoda. He was known as Morizo during his early racing years, and apparently, it was built to his exact specification.
Ford has been selling limited edition versions of the Ford GT since its introduction. Is there even a standard GT?
The GT Mk IV is the final version, however. We know you've read that sentence before when the Ford GT LM Edition was introduced earlier this year, but an important distinction must be made. The LM Edition was the final road-legal version. The GT Mk IV really is the last one, and it's a track-only special.
This model's production run is limited to 67 units at $1.7 million each. Ford did not confirm a power output but stated that it was aiming for more than 800 horses from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which will be bored out to an unknown displacement.
The car's wheelbase will also be lengthened to improve handling, and it will ship standard with a racing transmission.
It's also equipped with the most potent inline-six ever, producing 552 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The CSL is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, and power is sent to the rear wheels only. Basically, it is a BMW M compilation album featuring all of its best hits.
Naturally, as the halo M, it comes with all sorts of track-related goodies, including a shift assistant that automatically manages clutch slip.
We knew it was only a matter of time before Aston Martin shoehorned its twin-turbo V12 into the front of the Vantage. We were surprised to find out it was a limited production model. Sadly, the 2023 V12 Vantage will be the last of its kind. Aston Martin also announced a production run limited to 333 models; all were scooped up before the car was even unveiled.
The V12 Vantage is not just about the engine, however. Aston put it on a strict diet, which gives the car a power-to-weight ratio of 384 hp/ton.
It also gets a rear wing producing 450 pounds of downforce as standard, forcing all 690 horses into the ground. You can delete the rear wing at no extra cost, but why would you? This is the last V12 Vantage. It needs to be displayed proudly.
There were many epic Porsches to choose from, but we had to narrow it down to one. The final two were the one-off Sally Special GTS and this, the Sport Classic.
The 2023 SC is the second model produced by Porsche Heritage Design, and it's a stunning collection of mechanical and cosmetic bits. The ducktail spoiler is a tribute to the Carrera RS 2.7, and it has the same widebody design as the Turbo.
That's because it has the Turbo's brilliant twin-turbo flat-six but detuned to 543 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Unlike any other Turbo model, the SC is available exclusively with a manual gearbox. Other goodies include ceramic composite brakes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, rear-axle steering, the Sport Chrono Package, and a noisier exhaust.
Why did the Germans detune the engine? The SC also drops the Turbo's standard AWD system, which means it sends power to the rear wheels only. In a RWD 911 with a manual gearbox, 543 hp is more than enough.
Bugatti was only going to build 500 Chirons in all its guises. That was until customers demanded a version of the Chiron Pur Sport with a little more tact and grace in its design.
The result was a true one-off in the form of the Chiron Profilee, trading in the fixed rear wing for a beautiful ducktail spoiler. Orders for the Chiron came in so rapidly that Bugatti was never able to offer the Profilee in series production form, so Bugatti completed the development of a prototype and will be auctioning it off as the 501st Chiron at the start of 2023.
The headline figures read as 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft from the quad-turbo W16 engine, with a top speed of 236 mph - up 19 mph on the Pur Sport it's based upon.