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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.

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German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8 -based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design , and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.

Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.

Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder ’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."

The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.

The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.

The Fiat 500C may not hold up when compared to actual luxury cars, but when it comes to distinguishing itself as a car with innate luxury in mind, the little compact convertible carries the kind of cache not many in its class have.

Over the years, we’ve seen the 500C — and the 500, for that matter — launch partnerships with numerous high-end fashion labels and it’s no surprise that the Italian automaker is adding yet another one to that list. Okay, GQ isn’t exactly a fashion label, but when it comes to mens’ styling, this magazine is an authority on the subject.

That’s why there’s a certain element of style attributed to the just-launched 500C GQ Edition. The car captures the essence of the GQ man by creating through its athletic yet style-conscious appearance, complete with design qualities that not many lavishly-designed 500s can boast of. The larger air intakes in the front make for a more pronounced front fascia while the cloth-top mounted spoiler extends the 500’s roofline and delivers the downforce needed for improved handling. The rear end of the car also features a diffuser that has been integrated into the dual exhaust system while a distinctive “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar and a set of 16-inch, split five-spoke aluminum wheels round out the exterior enhancements.

The interior of the 500C GQ Edition also speaks to the stylish and premium work done to establish this model as a true trend-setter. Nero leather and Alcantara are prevalent inside, particularly used as a dress-up to the three-spoke steering wheel with a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring, the cluster brow with Tungsten accent stitching, and the upscale seats with Alcantara inserts. GQ Edition-specific sati chrome interior accents round out the interior modifications, driving up the class and upscale look of a true style savant of a Fiat 500 .

The 500C GQ comes with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that puts down 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This nets the fashion-conscious micro-car to 60 mph in the low 7-second range.

The Fiat 500 may not be a sexy car in standard guise. But by all accounts, the 500C GQ Edition is.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500C

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Audi is celebrating the half-a-million mark in the production of the TT with the unveiling of a special edition TTS . Called the TTS Competition, Audi will limit the new special edition to only 500 units and it will put the model into production in October. In Europe, the new TTS Competition will add only €1,900 ($2,500) over the base TTS, which is priced from €46,700 ($62,000).

The first-generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1998 in the coupe version and one year later the roadster version debuted. The first TT remained in production until 2006 and one year later, Audi released the second generation. The first TTS version was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show as the first S model in the TT range, then the TT-RS arrived a year later at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.

Since its initial launch in 1998, Audi has sold a total of 500,000 TT models, which is proof that the model is a force to be reckoned with in the compact sports car market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TTS Competition.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

At some point in time, the Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible will be a collector’s piece that will likely cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s the last ever produced.

But that’s well into the future, probably decades away from now.

At the present time, though, the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible still commanded plenty of attention at the recent Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. The whole auction was a resounding success with total sales numbers eclipsing $14.2 million.

As expected, the biggest contributor to that total was the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, accounting for $500,000 when the hammer fell on its auction. That may seem like a steep price to pay for a car that routinely costs at a little over a tenth of the price that this unique model fetched in the auction.

That being said, nobody else can lay claim to owning the last ever produced Shelby Mustang GT500 and besides, as the last of the lot, the winning owner now has the opportunity to completely customize the car to its full bloom.

At some point in the future, this model could very well be worth way more than the half-a-million the winning bidder paid for the right to own it.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible

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Jaguar is celebrating the launch of its new F-Type sports car in the British market with a special #YourTurnBritain campaign. People were asked to share photos that encapsulate the best of modern Britain through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. Contenders who submit the best images will have the chance to win one of the four unforgettable F-Type driving experiences.

Along with this contest, a total of six F-Type Union Jack models, wrapped in a special Union Flag livery will tour the Great Britain in an attempt to support the new campaign. This special F-Type will feature an exterior finish inspired by the recent "Best of British"-themed BBC Top Gear TV show.

The six special F-Types, which will start the British tour on August 12th, 2013 and will run through August 16th, will go from Edinburgh to Oxford. Londoners can admire the cars from August 12th through 23rd as they take residence at Canary Wharf.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Jaguar F-Type.

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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

Recently, rumors were leading us to beileve that along with theturbo version, Toyota would also toss the idea of offering a convertible version of the GT 86 onto the scrap pile. Well, new details suggest that the GT 86 convertible is not stillborn; rather, it is simply in a holding pattern, according to Tatsuya Tada — the man behind the GT 86 project.

Previous rumors suggested that the model was canceled due to expected high manufacturing cost, but in a recent interview with the Australian magazine CarAdvice, Tada insisted that the project is still "under study."

Tada actually went so far as to confirm that another concept version of the GT 86 convertible will make its way to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off on November 22nd. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the success of the coupe variant. In fact, we would be even more shocked to see the convertible model axed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: CarAdvice
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The first details on the Opel Cascada were release late in 2012 and the world debut followed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . The model was then launched with a choice of three engines, with the most powerful one delivering a total of 167 horsepower. Now Opel is preparing to expand the Cascada lineup with a new Turbo edition that will be released at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

The new Cascada Turbo will pull its power from an all-new Opel 1.6 SIDI turbocharged engine that makes its debut in this model. The new turbo engine delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This output ensures a power output per liter of 125 horsepower — tops in its class.

With this amount of power, the Cascada can hit a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) while delivering a fuel economy of 6.7 liters fuel per 100 km (35 mpg) and 158 g/km CO2 (preliminary figures).

Next to the more powerful engine, the new Turbo version of the Cascada will also receive numerous optimizations to the induction and exhaust systems, plus an exclusive HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) front suspension.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Opel Cascada.

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Jaguar F-Type Roadster

When Ferrari launched the 458 Italia , supercar lovers everywhere stood up and took notice. Things took a turn for the worse, as 458 Italias around the world started catching fire. After 10 units went up in flame just a few days after leaving the factory, Ferrari launched an investigation and eventually solved the problem, which likely cost a pretty penny.

It looks like now the history is about to repeat itself, as another new and exciting European sports car is running about the same pattern. The Jaguar F-Type is one of the latest and greatest sports cars to hit the market recently and Jag already delivered eight units in Belgium alone. Well, now there are only seven, as one unit in Herentals, Belgium went up in flame and burned to a crisp.

According to the driver, while he was cruising on the E313 he spotted a "defect" in the vehicle. He then pulled his new F-Type off of the highway and by the time he got out of the car, a fire broke out and and burned the Jag to an unrecognizable heap of charred metal and plastic. Fortunately though the driver was unhurt.

According to Jaguar officials, an expert will be sent in Belgium to investigate the event.

You can see images of the burned-up rig here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type.

It seems a little odd for Wheelsandmore to release a tuning program strangely named "Summerheat".

But that’s exactly what the German aftermarket company did, and it used an Aston Martin DBS Volante to showcase its new project. The DBS Volante is impressive enough in its own right, but Wheelsandmore managed to give it the right kind of performance and handling bump that gives the British sports car some spicy new credentials.

It’s hard to imagine a car like the DBS Volante getting even more premium upgrades, let alone one that gives it a nice uptick in the power department. But such is the touch of Wheelsandmore.

Every time we think this aftermarket company has pushed its tuning skills to the limit, it comes back and proves us wrong time and time again.

It’s work on the DBS Volante is only the latest in a long line of examples that we hope doesn’t end now or any time soon.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the since christened "Summerheat" Aston Martin DBS Volante

It was only three months ago when Wheelsandmore presented a program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder - or just 12C, depending on your preference - yet somehow, it only took them that long to announce another project based on the British supercar .

Apparently, there’s no rest for the weary over there in Germany.

For this particular take, Wheelsandmore pulled off another knock-out program for the MP4-12C Spyder, giving it a full breadth of customizable details that hits all the right chords for fans of the McLaren .

The program even has its own name - British Open - and an appropriate designation at that, further highlighting the level of creativity and excellence that Wheelsandmore has come to be known for.

For all the pomp and hype the industry puts on aftermarket companies, Wheelsandmore has become one of the best at what it does, not because of the quantity of projects it rolls out, but because a lot of these programs have exceeded all of our expectations.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder


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