European manufacturers are known for creating high-performance cars with powerful engines and excellent handling. These models are often more performance-oriented versions of everyday luxury cars made by the brands’ own performance divisions. This is because besides offering powerful models, these manufacturers have to try to create reliable cars that run well and can be sold in many markets around the world.
However, European manufacturers also produce examples of special versions aimed at enthusiasts. Regardless of the reason, we enjoy these rare and technologically advanced models, which we may never get to see again.
10 Renault Clio Williams
Renault built the Clio Williams as a special homologation to go to the rally. During this time, the maximum displacement of the assembly was 2.0 liters. Renault had to make 2,500 models to meet the homologation requirements, although it would eventually make more.
Renault also built Clio Williams to celebrate Nigel Mansell’s F1 title behind the wheel of a Williams powered by Renault engines. The Clio got a 2.0-liter 16-volt engine from the Renault 19. It was capable of 148 hp at 6,100 rpm while weighing just 2,183 pounds.
9 Peugeot 306 Rally
Peugeot used all the experience they had learned from creating the Rallye 205 and 106 models. Using the brand’s 306 GTI-6 as the base, ditching any unnecessary everyday equipment and focusing on making the most of its attractive chassis and 165 hp engine.
At the max, the 306 Rallye was steep, and requires drivers to always be careful. It had a solid combination of a happy top end and torque. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to an impressive 6-speed manual gearbox, making the Rallye a fun front-wheel-drive rally car.
8 Mini John Cooper Works GP R56
With only 2,000 models, the GP R56 Mini received an aerodynamic kit that reduces drag by 6%. These unique features helped make the Mini practical and rare. The company also made the Mini Hyper agile and solid by adding more over-steering for lift and torque.
Even nowadays, JCW is still the ultimate super-fast mini car. It has unique engineering strengths thanks to road testing and development at the Nürburgring. The brand has taken the style of racing cars, creating a sports car that we may never see again.
7 BMW E46 M3 CS
Before BMW rewarded enthusiasts with its premium CS, they had revealed their very expensive carbon roof. The CS was a great special version of BMW that inherited most of the improvements from the CSL.
Additionally, the CS got some minor looks and improvements, like modified springs, larger brake discs, and a faster steering rack. The CS also got an M Track mode from the CSL, which allows for more wheel slip and slide, even with traction control turned on.
6 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507
The Mercedes C63 range is one of the best sports cars on the market. The 507 Special Edition was even more unique because it was available on all versions of the C63; wagon, sedan, and coupe. The 507 version received an M156 V8 engine, a new Konrod, a revised electronic control unit, SLS AMG piston formation, and a lightweight crankshaft.
The engine was more powerful than the C63’s regular variants, producing 493 horsepower allowing the 507 to achieve 4.2 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. Mercedes has also removed the limiter that saw the top speed rise from 155 to 174 mph.
5 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hummer
The name of the car says exactly what it is; Powerful swiping tool. The Hammer was one of the most important passenger sedans in history, created by AMG to bombard the competition. This one-of-a-kind Mercedes was a hot rod that could completely decimate the competition in terms of practicality, comfort and the immediate ability to rocket across the face of the earth.
It was an E-Class that was modified by AMG to keep you comfortable as you step into the atmosphere. Mercedes equipped the Hammer with a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 388 pound-feet of torque. That was enough hammer power to claim the title of the world’s fastest four-door car.
4 Ferrari 360 Stradal Challenge
Even with the 430 and 458 Speciale being more modern, the 360 CS was extremely rare and unique. With a time of 4.1 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, the 360 SC had a naturally aspirated flattop V8, an F1 automatic manual gearbox, and some carbon ceramic brakes.
The 360 CS helped raise Ferrari’s standards by being a fantastic successor to the F355. With the added performance elements and timeless design of Ferrari, it was easy to consider the 360 CS the ultimate sports car.
3 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Some Lamborghini enthusiasts also considered the Lambo kid to be small, and he had to try to maintain his relevance during the 10-year Gallardo production run. By the time Lamborghini launched the Superleggera in 2003, there was stiff competition from the 360 CS and GT3.
When launched, the Superleggera was a lightweight Gallardo with titanium wheel nuts, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser to help reduce weight by 220 pounds. The Superleggera also got some carbon brakes and an electronic transmission.
2 Lamborghini Veneno
Although anniversaries are somewhat rare for Lamborghini, the Veneno was one of the cars with Punch performance and pure visual effect. It remains one of the Lamborghini cars with an ultra-open design.
Lamborghini built the Veneno to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary in business. Not only did it look like a Batmobile, the Veneno produced 740 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12. It also has a top speed of 221 mph and a unique Lamborghini manual automatic transmission.
1 Pagani Zonda Sync Roadster
Practically we can say that all Zonda models ever built are special editions. These versions include a level of customization that is only available to a small number of people around the world. Cinque Roadster is a more limited edition featuring Pagani’s Unique mono-carbohydrate structure.
Its heartbeat was a 7.3-liter Mercedes V12 that produced 660 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, enough to reach a top speed of 217 mph. The brand has only built five coupe and roadster versions, with almost none appearing for sale.
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