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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 458 Speciale was a bit of a surprise when the details began leaking out in 2013, and we were in for an even bigger treat when it debuted during the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with its 596 horsepower — 34 more horses than the base 458 — 398 pound-feet of torque, 200 pounds of weight loss, and three-second 0-to-60 mph time. Now on June 24th, 2014, rumors surfaced claiming that Ferrari is planning on removing the top from the 458 Speciale, creating a new, road- and track-ready Spider.

The news was broken by 4wheelsnews.com via "inside sources" within Ferrari, but the details behind the model remain a relative mystery for now. What we know for sure is that this model will weigh significantly less than the current 458 Italia Spider , carry the same engine as the Speciale Coupe and clip 60 mph in around three ticks of the second hand.

Click past the jump for the whole story and to see what I think of this move.

Source: 4wheelsnews

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the past few weeks, it seems as if the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , which kicks off on June 26th, is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle. We already learned that you’ll get to run the hillclimb in a digital version of the GTI Roadster and that the Q50 Eau Rouge will clear its V-6, twin-turbocharged throat on the course too. And now we have learned that Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations — the folks responsible for giving thick-walleted customers customized Jags and Rovers — will reveal a new model during the festivities.

According to the press release, the new vehicle will be a Jaguar, so we can rest assured knowing that it won’t be some oddly named and obnoxiously expensive Land Rover . Rather, it will be some sleek sexiness from the British big cat.

As of now, the details are very scarce, as Jag didn’t even give us the slightest clue on what this car will be. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.comand we’ll bring you all of the juicy bits once the car hits Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s new Special Operations Division.

There has been a lot of talk about McLaren ’s known plan to launch a new model each year by 2019, but very few details have oozed from Woking, England until now. We do know there’s a track-speed P1 GTR and a more affordable P13 in the pipeline, and that a new supercar is scheduled to hit the streets in 2016 . The rest of the McLaren lineup was still a mystery until today, as Automobile managed to dig up even more details surrounding the company’s upcoming expansion.

According to the magazine, McLaren’s drawing board is already full. Besides the P13 and P1 GTR set to arrive within the next couple of years, the Brits are developing a near-supercar, likely to slot between the 650S and the P1 , as well as a replacement for the 650S. The two are reportedly scheduled to break cover between 2017 and 2019, with a brand-new sports car with a 2+2 seating configuration to follow in 2020.

Sounds like the Brits are elbows deep into their new strategy to conquer the sports car and supercar markets.

Click past the jump to read more about McLaren’s future plans.

The Gumball 3000 is an exciting thing to be a part of , but when you get hundreds of nice cars together to go on a 3,000-mile road trip, there is bound to be some carnage and general mayhem . Sadly that often means that one of the cool and valuable cars entered in the rally will not be going home in one piece. That story rings true for this modified Shelby Cobra .

The car is said to be good for 800 horsepower, and it looked downright menacing with its matte-black vinyl wrap. At some point during what looks like the UK leg of the trip, the Cobra was involved in an accident that ripped most of the car’s front end clean off. Most of the suspension, wheels and body work are completely missing in the photos gathered by GT Spirit. There is no information on the cause of the crash, but thankfully it appears that all those involved are safe.

The car itself was a 1966 model and as entry number 113, it was the official car from Battery Energy Drink, one of the main sponsors of this year’s rally.

Epic road trips are lots of fun, I love them , but it is important to remember to keep it safe out there. Especially when piloting an 800-horsepower hot rod with no roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Cobra.

Source: GT Spirit
Posted on by Collin Woodard  

By most accounts, the A5 Volkswagen Beetle is a very good car. It retains the iconic Beetle look of previous generations, but visually, it’s been updated, tweaked, nipped, and tucked to give it a more modern, even somewhat masculine, appearance. Under the skin, it’s built on a very capable platform that’s shared with the Jetta and the Golf . It might not be your cup of tea, and especially in its convertible form, it may be hard to get past the cultural stigma that the Beetle is a car for teenage girls, but if anyone can break the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet of its feminine image, it’s ABT.

ABT Sportsline , the mostly-Audi and Volkswagen tuner out of Germany, now offers its complete package for the Beetle Cabriolet. If you want a more aggressive look, the company can give you that. If you want an upgraded suspension, it can give you that. Best of all though, if you want more power from they engine, the tuner can give you that too. Put it all together, and you might even have a drop-top GTI -killer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet by ABT Sportsline.

Stuff’s about to get real — in a digital sort of way — in the world of VW concept cars . At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed that is set to run June 26th through 29th, Volkswagen will display the bad-ass GTI Roadster Concept for the first time on UK soil, but that is small potatoes to the next statement. At the 2014 Goodwood festivities, fans can also drive this phenomenal concept up the famous hillclimb course. Of course, this is all in the digital world of Gran Turismo 6 on a recreation of the Goodwood Hilclimb.

It would be so much cooler had Volkswagen actually offered the chance to drive the real car up the Goodwood hill, but I understand the reasoning behind keeping it all digital. Regardless, it will be a fun time, thanks to 503 PS (496 horsepower) and 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of twist traveling from its biturbo, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine through a DSG transmission and out to all four wheels. Digital or reality, this topless VW is sure to be a hoot to take up the hill. I only wish I was in the UK to "drive" it.

Click past the jump to read more about this opportunity and the GTI Roadster Concept.

Posted on by Collin Woodard  

If you haven’t heard of Ermini , you aren’t alone. After all, it isn’t like people casually mention it in the same breath as Ferrari or Lamborghini when they talk about Italian supercars around the office water cooler. You might be surprised to learn, however, that they aren’t just a startup looking to make some pipe-dream millionaire’s toy. Ermini may not have been active for the last 50 years, but before it closed its doors in the early 1960s, it had quite a history of racing success.

Now, in 2014, they’re back with the Seiottosei, a two-seat roadster that weighs in at only 686 kg (1,512 pounds). Ermini claims that the Seiottosei’s inspiration comes from the Barchetta roadsters that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead of going for big engines and lots of power, it keeps the focus on low weight, small engines, and driving dynamics. Thanks to this approach, Ermini claims that the Seiottosei’s fuel economy will be more in line with a family sedan’s than a typical sports car’s.

Anyone who’s interested in buying one needs to hurry up though, as only 46 examples will be produced.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ermini Seiottosei.

It’s like every petrol head’s dream come true. The call came through and all I heard were the words “Lamborghini ” and “drive.” My mouth gushed forward a "yes" before my brain could even process what was happening. I was going to be handed the keys to a Lamborghini Gallardo , the best-selling and most popular car in the brands 50+ year history. The exact model in question was an LP560-4 Spyder. With a 5.2-liter V-10 engine making more than 550 horsepower, and a curb weight almost 500 pounds less than a Nissan GT-R , it should be exciting.

Of course, there is always a pang of fear when it comes to situations like this. Lots of cars have massive followings and are supposed to be exquisite to drive, but I have found on more than one occasion that sometimes it is best to never meet your heroes.

As the entry for AnastasiaDate into the 2014 Gumball 3000 Rally, I wasn’t promised a lot of time with the car, but it was enough for me to make a decision about the car.

Was this a mistake, or did this tiny supercar drive its way into my heart?

Read on to find out what I think of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

Although production of the 2015 Ford Mustang is not scheduled to begin for another two months, the brand-new pony is on sale and already enjoying great success, especially in Europe . With hundreds of examples already booked via preliminary reservations, Ford has just fired up the online configurator so we can all have a little fun going through the car’s options and features.

The configurator allows users to pick from five different fastback versions. The base V-6 sits alone at the bottom of the range, while both the EcoBoost and the V-8-powered GT are available in standard and Premium guises. Moving over to the Convertible ’Stang, the EcoBoost and the GT are only available in their Premium trims.

Once you select a transmission — either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic — the Mustang is ready to receive one of the many available exterior colors. A range of packages, options and up to six distinct wheels designs round out the vehicle’s exterior customization potential. The next step takes us into the cabin where possibilities are reduced to just a few options and upgrades.

Things should get far more interesting in the Accessories section, but that part of the configurator is not available as of 06/13/2014. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had loading the 2015 Mustang with all sorts of features inside and out. Before any extras are added, the brand-new pony starts from $23,600 with a Fastback body and from $29,100 with a soft-top.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang configurator.

The third day of the rally was going to be the worst. We had nearly 900 miles to travel, and our slow-moving follow car meant that most of the other cars would leave us lagging hours behind, limiting the exciting supercar scenery we would see. What actually happened though was that this final day became my favorite.

By the time the day was over I had new sunglasses, saw a Ferrari get crunched by a van , got stuck in an elevator, met some awesome famous people, met awesome people who weren’t so famous, and made some great new friends. I also spent some more time in the Lamborghini Gallardo and learned to play a Russian card game.

The day I was dreading the most turned out to be one of the most exciting. It just goes to show that anything is possible, especially when you are dealing with the insanity and excess that is the Gumball 3000 .


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