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2022 Maserati F Tributo special edition models pay homage to company's racing heritage

Maserati has released the first photos of new special edition vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Italian automakers like Ferrari and Maserati are steeped in racing heritage. Every once in a while that heritage comes to the forefront of a new limited edition model. The Maserati F Tributo special edition Ghibli and Levante are just that.

The story of Maserati's racing history begins 95 years ago. On April 25, 1926, the first race car wearing the Trident on its hood, the Tipo26, won the 1,500 cc class at the Targa Florio with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel. Maserati, an Italian automotive engineer, was a key player in founding and establishing the Maserati brand, alongside his brothers.

Maserati F Tributo Special Edition Levante The special edition Levante will likely start near $100,000.Photo courtesy of Maserati

Twenty-eight years from that first car's win, Maserati, the company, made its Formula One debut with a 250F driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. The new Ghibli and Levante's names derive from that F1 partnership. The "F" is for Fangio.

Maserati is making the special series available in two exclusive colors Rosso Tributo and Azzurro Tributo, two colors designed to be reminiscent of Italian motorsports. The red is derived from its traditional application in the motorsports world, especially in Italian motor racing history. The blue was created to bring to mind Maserati's historic home, the City of Modena. Blue stands alongside yellow on the city's flag and coat of arms.

Further, there are references to Fangio's 250F with the special editions' yellow brake calipers and the wheel trims. Maserati has given the Levante F Tributo Anteo 21-inch black wheels and the Ghibli gets 21-inch Titano glossy black wheels.

Each special edition is marked with a specific glossy black badge on the wheel arch and a body-color trident logo on the C-pillar.

The interior reflects the exterior with either red or yellow stitching holding together black full-grain Pieno Fiore leather.

Maserati F Tributo Special Edition Ghibli The Ghibli F Tributo goes on sale in North America later this year.Photo courtesy of Maserati

Maserati will offer just 345 of the models for sale and both versions of the special edition will be available to U.S. customers.

Maserati will offer the Ghibli F Tributo based on the Ghibli S GranSport, which retails for $88,035 or the Ghibli Q4 GranSport ($90,535). Both models have a 424-hosepower V6 under the hood. Levante versions of the special edition are similarly engined and based on the Levante S GranSport ($95,385). Exact pricing for F Tributo models will be available closer to their North American on-sale date of June 2021.

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Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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Ram Trucks adds new anniversary edition for 2022

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition gets an exclusive blue paint color.

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Pickup trucks have long been more than the rugged workhorse vehicles they once were. People buy and use trucks as their everyday vehicles, and automakers have responded by making more spacious, comfortable, and efficient pickups. Nowhere is that more apparent than with Ram, whose 1500 light duty pickup truck carried away award after award when its new generation hit the streets in 2019. In its top trims, the Ram 1500 shames many luxury cars on interior quality, comfort, and technology, but the brand isn't done adding "stuff."

If you needed any confirmation that big, luxurious pickup trucks are here to stay, here it is. Today, Ram Trucks announced the Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition. Beyond having a tongue-twister for a name, the truck is packed to the gills with highbrow materials and features.


2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition The Ram 1500 has won numerous awards for its luxurious interior and refined ride.Ram Trucks


To set it apart on the outside, the truck will get an exclusive Blue Shade paint color, along with a multi-function tailgate and adjustable cargo tie-down hooks. Inside, Ram says that the 1500's already impressive interior will be pushed further into premium territory with quilted leather upholstery and door inserts, a suede headliner, and special 10th anniversary badges. The truck's digital gauge cluster and infotainment screen will display unique graphics upon vehicle startup. Capping off the plush cabin, the Anniversary Edition truck will be offered with a new Indigo and Sea Salt Grey interior color and will get a 19-speaker premium audio system.

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Special Edition is sold only in a crew cab body style. Ram offers the truck with either the 5.7-liter V8 with eTorque or with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. The new special edition expands the already mammoth Ram 1500 lineup. At the bottom end of the spectrum is the Ram 1500 Tradesman, a stripped-down work truck with only the essentials. From there, there is the Big Horn, the Laramie, the Rebel, the Limited Longhorn, and the Limited. All of that is on top of the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX and the Ram 1500 Classic, which itself is offered in three trim levels.


2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition The 10th Anniversary truck gets quilted leather upholstery.Ram Trucks

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