You don't need to be a fan of Michael Bay's idiotic, explosion-filled Transformers movies to enjoy racing around in a Transformers Special Edition Camaro ($31,650 and up). Available in LT and SS versions, these Bumblebee-inspired rides feature rally yellow paint with black stripes on the hood, roof, decklid, and model-specific high-wing rear spoiler, Autobot logos on the front quarter panels, front headrests, center console lid, and center wheel caps, 20-inch black-painted wheels, black leather interiors with yellow stitching, and optional 21-inch black-painted wheels and a black ground effects package.
Mini is a brand that typically sticks with tradition, so the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe ($TBA) comes as quite a surprise. The newest Mini is the company's first two seater, available in base, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works models, the latter of which also takes the crown for as the fastest-accelerating Mini ever thanks to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger pumping out 208hp, good for a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. Other features include an active rear spoiler that raises at 50mph — another Mini first — Electric Power Steering, standard DSC stability control, and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.
Joining the ranks of other luxury cars to see recent colorless conversions is the BMW M3 Frozen Black Edition ($80,000). Boasting the full power of a normal M3 — complete with competition, premium, and convenience packages — the Frozen Black features a four liter V8 good for 414 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds thanks to the M DCT dual-clutch transmission, matte black exterior paint, black M3 GTS wheels, red brake calipers, black Novillo leather seats with red contrast stitching, heated seats, a premium sound system, and the exclusivity that comes from being one of only 20 examples ever made.
Mini Coopers are lauded for their incredibly fun handling characteristics and sporty S configurations, but their plasticy interiors tend to drive off more discerning customers. Not so with the Vilner Mini Cooper Italian Job Edition ($TBA). This specialty Cooper S conversion replaces the standard interior with seats of diamond-quilted Nappa leather, two-tone Alcantara coverings for the inner roof, pillars, and trim, and an exterior featuring a custom matte gray paint job, a matte black roof, trim, and wheels, and classic racing lines with side number decals.