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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.


When Toyota launched its FT-1 concept , the entire industry stood up and took notice of this new sports car . After further investigation, nearly all of us media folk drew a direct line between the new concept and the eventual return of the legendary Supra . We took the initiative to create a rendering of an FT-1-based Supra back in February, and what good is a new supra without the removable targa top that the model was known for having? So we are now adding a rendering of the convertible Supra to our repertoire today.

Once we created the coupe version of the our Supra rendering, the convertible version was pretty simple. All we needed to do was eliminate the center section of the roof, flatten out the rear section of the roof and add a frame just above the windshield. We also had to take some time to add in some seats to give it a more realistic look.

Just like with the coupe version of the Supra, converting the convertible model required revising the nose to lose that wild, F1 -like nose, add more traditional headlights, smoothen out some of the air intakes and add on a more Supra-like rear spoiler.

I suspect that the convertible version will arrive about a year after the Supra coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Supra Convertible.

They’re finally here, folks, the Boxster and Cayman GTS. Let’s not beat around the bush, and we’ll dive right into the stuff that you really want to read about. Under the hoods of these two models is an updated 3.4-liter six-pot that pumps out an extra 15 horsepower. This puts the Boxster GTS at 330 horsepower and the Cayman GTS at 340 ponies. Each model also gained 10 Nm (7 pound-feet) of torque, driving them to 280 pound-feet in the Cayman and 273 pound-feet in the Boxster .

Both models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and the Sport Chrono package. Optional on both models is the PDK transmission with the Sport Plus button. With the optional gearbox in place, the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 and 4.6 seconds, respectively. With the manual transmission, the Cayman hits 285 km/h (177 mph) and the soft-top Boxster hits 281 km/h (175 mph). On top of this impressive performance, the newest additions to the GTS lineup are both Euro 6 compliant and have a fuel consumption rating of 8.2 l/100 km.

Keeping the new GTS models stable in the twist PASM, 235/35R20 and 265/35R20 on the front and rear, respectively, wrapped around Carrera S wheels.

The Boxster and Cayman GTS will hit dealers in May 2014 and will sit at the very top of their respective lineups. They won’t come cheap either, as the Boxster GTS checks in at €69,949 ($97,306 at the current exchange rates) and the Cayman comes in at €73,757 ($102,603), respectively, in Germany.

We have full reviews of both models in progress now, so stay tuned to TopSpeed to read all about the new GTS model.

Click past the jump to see some comparisons between the standard Boxster and Cayman, and the new GTS models.


When Audi pulled the covers off its new TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, we were all instantly in love with its newly shaped body, combination of angles and curves, and its impressive array of powertrain options. It was a relief after waiting on it for what seemed like years., but now we’ve got one more TT to be anxious for: the TT Roadster.

Our rendering artist sent us this masterful sketch of what the new drop-top TT might look like, though it doesn’t take much to imagine what Audi is likely to design. The TT has traditionally used a fabric soft top and we don’t imagine that will change. The two hoops behind the seats will likely return as well. The flat rear deck and strong belt line are two classic TT traits likely to return as well.

The TT Roadster’s powertrain won’t differ from the TT Coupe that debuted at Geneva. The TT currently has three engines in its lineup: a 2.0-liter TDI diesel making 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo making 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque; and a more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo kicking out 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

It’s unlikely the U.S. will see the diesel engine, but the other two will make their way over. We do expect a more powerful TT RS to make its debut sometime soon as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi TT Roadster.

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon took the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and the Mercedes SL63 AMG out for a track battle and made some pretty interesting observations regarding both sports cars. On one hand, Bovingdon took the SL63 AMG to task for having a heavy steering, making it really difficult to handle out on corners. While he did admit to the car possessing some mad horsepower under its hood — 537 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, to be exact — Bovingdon didn’t seem too comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes, often lamenting how tricky the car was to handle out on the track. But still, it was able to complete a lap of 1:23.9 so it’s still pretty fast given all the circumstances Bovingdon appeared to deal with.

On the other hand, the XKR-S really got the EVO host’s attention, because in his eyes, the Jaguar was an even trickier car to handle compared to the SL63 AMG. Power was also not a problem seeing as the XKR-S is capable of lighting up the rev meters to the tune of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but as far as Bovingdon was concerned, getting it and around the track without breaking any sweat was a task that proved to be far easier said than done. And the 1:25.7 lap time proved as much.

Maybe Jaguar was on to something when it decided to kill off the entire XK line, huh?

Last month we told you the story of Scott Fisher and his continuing journey around the United States in his beautiful 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster. At that time, he had just left Nissan’s headquarters in Nashville and was striking out again along some dusty road less traveled. Well, one month, some 7,000 miles, and one nasty encounter with a deer later, the automotive and photography wizards at Petrolicious caught up with Fisher and his Fairlady. The video above is a masterfully shot peek at what the journey has held.

Fisher’s Fairlady is mostly stock with only minor modifications. A five-speed transmission was swapped in from a later year Datsun, a ticker-core radiator for better cooling, and an electronic ignition module and distributor remain his only upgrades. The 1.6-liter inline four with pushrod valves has proved its worth, having never left him stranded.

Unfortunately, Fisher’s Fairlady encountered a deer with its right front fender, hood, and headlight one late afternoon as the sun set in the distance. “I definitely want to fix the damage that my friend the deer helped me out with,” he says. “I would like to eventually do a full frame-off restoration on it.” Fisher says his next dream includes shipping the car overseas after its restoration and continuing his road trip around the islands of Japan.

Fisher has gained a sizable following on his blog at RoadsterRoadTrip.com where he documents his experiences in words, photos, and videos. Be sure to check that out, along with our previous coverage of his journey.


The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today and has quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the current 4C , the updated 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves into 2016.

The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked carbon fiber roll bar hoops over the occupant compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart.

There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds yet is said to not adversely affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe while new centrally mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look while leaving the lower diffuser untouched.

Power still comes from the 1.75-liter, turbocharged inline-four making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. No changes are made to the only gearbox option, Alfa’s TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Best of all, the car still gets 24 mpg city and 47 mpg highway on the EU cycle. Such practicality will surely make it easier to persuade your missis the $83,360 purchase is justifiable. Now if only Alfa would sell the 4C Spider inside the U.S…

Updated 03/12/2013: Alfa Romeo unveiled the first promotional video for its new 4C Spider in which it reveals the revolutionary design and technology of the car. Enjoy!

Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

McLaren 650S Spider

Good news for those of you who can waste spend enormous blocks of time crafting the perfect machine within the interactive confines of online car configurators — McLaren’s 650S Spider configurator just went live.

But before you go building your own mid-engine supercar , check past the jump for all the nitty-gritty details regarding the configurator and the various ways to construct a 650S Spider . The configurator is pretty intuitive and simple to navigate with six main categories — paint, wheels and tires, exterior, interior, equipment, and summary — stacked vertically on the left. Each category has sub categories that list the various choices available for the car. Make sure you select your location, though, as a right-hand-drive 650S with an Italian-language infotainment system and owners manual won’t do you much good Stateside.

Once complete, you can download the build sheet for your specific car, complete with color choice, options and detailed specs. Even if you’re only dreaming, McLaren’s configurator is a hoot to play with.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Spider.


If you thought we were a little smitten with Maserati ’s latest concept, the 2014 Alfier i, you’d be right. We’ve got every finger and toe crossed hopping the automaker pushes the Alfieri into production. But what could be better than a V-8-powered Italian supermodel with looks that kill? A roadster version, of course.

TopSpeed’s rendering genius sketched up this beautiful drop-top Alfieri concept to show what the possibilities might hold. Based on a shortened version of the GranTurismo and using its same 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the Alfieri Roadster makes a perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type Roadster .

The Alfieri’s long hood, high rear haunches, and sloping rear deck look perfectly suited for roadster duty. The rear seats of the coupe’s 2+2 design remain and an integrated third brakelight peaks out from just behind them. The rear fascia looks much the same with its huge vents, thin taillights, and dual exhaust pipes. Not much has changed up front with that distinctive Maserati grille and Trident leading the way.

Since we’re already speculating, it’s safe to guess on the top’s construction. It really depends on how Maserati decides to market the Alfieri Roadster (if ever). Will it be more luxury oriented or performance minded? Like the Jaguar F-Type , it could employ a soft top and thereby saving weight and complexity or the Alfieri may use a convertible hard top like the BMW Z4 , cutting down on road noise and adding security. Either way, we’ve got a second Maserati to be wishing for.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Maserati Alfieri Roadster.


There are some vehicles that are so outrageous that a test of your sanity is often required before you decide to jump into one. Well, the Lazareth Wazuma GT qualifies as one of these cars. At first glance, you’d think it was a low-volume sports car , but then you look at the back and you notice that the rear wheel is made up of two wheels that essentially share the same axle. Oh, ok.

So is it a three-wheeler ? It’s definitely not a car or a motorcycle, as Lazareth has said. Yet amidst all the confusion, the Wazuma GT is completely drivable and actually has a powerful V-8 engine under its hood. It’s also pretty light, with just a 2,170-pound curb weight, so its 375 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque output is plenty to put this near supercar quickness.

The Lazareth Wazuma GT is quite an interesting vehicle, but the details are very thin on it. We are still trying to contact the manufacturer to get some info, but our attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lazareth Wazuma GT.

Source: Autoblog

As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show .

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition.


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