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  A convertible is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof. The collapsible roof section is typically made from flexible canvas or vinyl, although plastic, aluminium and steel have occasionally been used in elaborate folding designs.

The Mini Cooper Roadster is one of the oddballs in the Mini family. It takes the exact same platform as the base Cooper and Cooper Convertible but it tosses two seats in favor of a more traditional trunk to create a two-seat open-top joyriders toy.

Thanks to the loss of seats, the Roadster is lighter than its Convertible platform mate and therefore more entertaining to drive.

When it lost the seats and that square profile, it didn’t lose its Mini heritage. The classic Mini proportions and design cues are all present, and to our eyes the Roadster looks even better than the Coupe and Convertible cars.

Just like almost every other Mini in the lineup, the new Roadster is offered in standard, S and John Cooper Works trim levels with varying levels of performance and equipment.

What does the Mini Roadster have that gives it an edge over the six other Mini body styles you can take home from your local dealer.

Click past the jump for all the details.

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Over the past few months, we’ve caught Ferrari testing what we thought was a revised version of the current California . Well, it now looks like the Prancing Horse will finally unveil this model on February 12th, 2014 — ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , on March 4th. The new model is expected to hit showrooms in May.

The initial teaser image (above) reveals that the project is codenamed "149M" and, considering that the current California is codenamed F149 and that "M" stands for "modified," than it’s pretty clear that we will see an updated version of the current convertible.

In fact, this is not the first time Ferrari offered an "M" version of a model. If you remember, the 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello , which was nothing more than an updated 550.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari California.

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When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.

So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.

For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

This isn’t the first time Fiat has partnered with a retail brand on one of its models, and we bet that it won’t be the last either.

Yet this particular collaboration, which Fiat has with French perfume house Guerlain, really has us thinking of how far the former is going to go with these kinds of partnerships.

Don’t take that the wrong way, as Fiat has hit some home runs with some of its past retail tieups. It’s just that this one strikes us as a little weird because we don’t usually see perfume makers diving into the automotive world. Having said all that, we actually do find something surprisingly interesting about the La Petite Robe Noire 500 and 500C.

The model is available in the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 500, and it comes with a load of unique features, highlighted by an interior that’s been dressed in a bi-color black and white Poltrona Frau leather upholstery. Fancy digs for a Fiat 500 , right? Oh, and there’s also a clothing hanger on the passenger headrest.

Tinted rear windows are also part of the package, as are rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps and a rear wing that also comes with a dynamic silhouette created by Kuntzel+Deygas.

And just because Guerlain was highly involved in the development of all 250 units of this special edition 500, anybody who purchases one will also receive a 100 ml bottle of the La Petite Robe Noire perfume, as well as a makeup kit that includes 30ml of Velvet Body Milk, black mascara, nail lacquer and Terracotta 4 Seasons in Tint Nude powder.

The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire Edition will set you back &euro15,700 ($21,360 at the current exchange rates) with all models predictably earmarked for the French market.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500

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BMW has spread its Individual treatment to the recently launched 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models. Few details were revealed about this new package, but the first images posted on BMW’s Facebook page show us that the two models will be released very soon.

Just like with all the other BMW Individual models, the package applied to the 4 Series models will increase the luxury and the sportiness of the models already awesome 4 Series.

For the 4 Series coupe, BMW offers a Citrine Black metallic paint job combined with19-inch light alloy wheels in "V-spoke 626 l" design. Though these rims appear to be the only modification on the outside, BMW did spend a good bit of time on the Individual’s interior.

On the inside, the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe is offered with a fine-grain Merino leather trim in Gold Brown and a BMW Individual Plane Auburn trimmed in dark fine wood, which is similar to what we saw in the BMW Concept 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe and Convertible.

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We’ve first saw Infiniti ’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi , like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.

Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60 .

For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is really one of the more polarizing roadsters available today. Those who are fans of it — myself included — rave about its handling, power-to-weight ratio, analog feel and balance on the track. Those who hate it argue that it looks like a "chick’s car," isn’t fast enough, too loud and never has all of the cool features found in modern cars.

Well, Mazda has — for the most part — ignored all of the MX-5 haters and focused on what the MX-5 lovers desire from the Japanese roadster. When Mazda redesigned the MX-5 in 2006, it listened to enthusiasts by adding in a Club Spec model that eliminated all of the higher-end features and replaced them with performance goodies, like Billstein struts, a strut tower brace and upgraded tires. Well, Mazda was gracious enough to bestow upon me a 2014 MX-5 Club for a week, and as a Miataphile, I was more than thrilled to get a crack at a new model.

I personally own a modified 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that pumps out about 225 to 250 horsepower, so I had a good base to go off of for this review. Some of you may think that since my daily driver is a modded MX-5 that I may not find the new Club model all that thrilling, but you would be absolutely incorrect.

Click past the jump to read our Driven review of the 2014 Mazda Miata Club.

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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

In October 2013, Toyota announced that the convertible version for the GT86 and the Scion FR-S was put on indefinite hold, because apparently such a car has no place in Toyota’s plans in the near future. This decision was pretty surprising to us, considering that Toyota unveiled the FT86 Open Top Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which made us believe that a convertible GT86/FR-S was just around the corner.

Now, we have new rumors suggesting that Toyota wants the GT86 and FR-S Convertible, but Subaru still has no interest in producing it. As a result, Toyota is now investigating the possibility of developing this car on its own, despite Subaru saying before that Toyota could not do so without its help.

Talking about this issue at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Doug Murtha, vice president for Scion in the U.S., said: "It’s something we’re looking at internally from both a manufacturing standpoint — where do we build something that’s relatively low-volume, if not at Subaru — and from an engineering standpoint: Where are those resources going to come from to do it?"

With this in mind Toyota asked all of its dealers and Scion dealers around the world to submit volume targets for such a model. If interest has increased, Toyota could start looking into the possibility of manufacturing open-top GT86 and FR-S models. However, it will be very difficult to do so, considering that currently the GT86, FR-S and the BRZ bodies are all developed at Subaru’s plant in Ohta, Japan, and retrofitting a convertible top onto a coupe in any bulk may prove too time-consuming to be profitable for Toyota.

Click past the jump to read more about the possible Toyota GT86 Convertible.

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2014 has started "in style" for Justin Bieber; he’s having problems with his neighbors and he’s almost been arrested for cocaine possession, and now the pop star is into even more trouble.

Police officers in Miami confirmed that the 19-year-old singer was arrested for drag racing. According to the police report, Bieber was racing a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo (image above) around 4:09 this morning against a red Ferrari . Both drivers were arrested and the two cars were towed.

That’s not where the fun stops. Bieber also failed a field sobriety test, so he was hauled off to the Miami-Dade County jail for a breathalyzer test. We have to remind you that Bieber is only 19 years old — 21 is the legal drinking age in Florida — and the test must come back with a blood-alcohol content level of less than 0.02 percent, or he can face a six-month license suspension. For the drag-racing offense, he can receive a jail sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Of course, we don’t any judge to throw the book at "The Bieb," as Bieber’s lawyers will likely get him off with just a fine and a license suspension. But, do you think this will stop him for making the same mistake again? We think not!

At least we can all get a good look at his rather awkward happiness in his mugshot (above).

Click past the jump to read more about Bieber’s latest issues.

Source: Yahoo
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When it comes to producing good car reviews, the folks at Kelly Blue Book definitely know what they’re doing, and their latest one, which was on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible , is no exception. The review was made by KBB’s Micah Muzio in and around Palm Springs and he wants to prove that even though people have dismissed the Corvette in the past, the new C7 generation is really, really good.

According to KBB, the new Corvette Stingray has the power to make you forget about cars like Porsche 911 or Audi R8 , even though it comes in at a considerably lower price. Check out the video to see what made the guys over KBB to come to this conclusion.

As a reminder, the Corvette Stingray Convertible shares the same engine with the coupe: a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This amount of output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds - a pretty impressive number for a convertible.


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