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convertible

  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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Lamborghini Gallardo was unveiled in 2003 and during its decade-long run, it was Lamborghini ’s sales leader. Now — on November 25th. 2013 — ten years later, it’s time to say good-bye to an Icon in the supercar world, as the last Gallardo rolled off the production line.

The final Gallardo was number 14,022, and it was an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante variant draped in a Rosso Mars hue. The model will go to an unnamed private collector who will receive his car in the upcoming weeks.

To understand what a successful car the Gallardo was, you have to know that during its entire lifespan, Lamborghini sold a total of 30,000 units; nearly half of those were Gallardos. Also, before the Gallardo rolled into showrooms, the company sold a total of 250 units per year. The Gallardo’s presence drove sales numbers up to a total of 2,000 units per year.

With the Gallardo making its triumphant exit, Lambo will now focus on the supercar’s successor, which will be called either the Cabrera or Huracan.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.

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Acura NSX

We are still waiting for the official debut of the NSX , but it looks like Honda is already considering a roadster version for the upcoming hybrid sports car.

In a recent interview with the AutoCar, Principal Designer Jun Goto said that Honda is looking into offering a convertible version, but the execution of suc a vehicle is still a long ways off, so do not expect to hear any official confirmation of a production model for at least two years after the coupe rolls out, if ever.

Unlike the original open-top NSX , which featured targa panels, rumors point toward he future open-top NSX being a real roadster with either a hard or a soft top.

As for the coupe version, he said that the production version will carry over about 95 percent of the styling elements we saw on the concept version, but that the production model will be larger. As for the interior, according to Yuki Inamori, the NSX’s interior designer, it will be "even more exciting than what you see [in the concept]."

The production version Acura/HondaNSX will be likely unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Honda NSX.

Source: Autocar
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BMW stopped production of the M3 Convertible a while ago, and it is now preparing for the release of its replacement, the M4 Convertible , next year. Until the M4 drop-top hits the market, German tuner Leib Engineering is giving M3 Convertible owners a chance to push their hard-top 3er to the next level.

Just like with the rest of the M3 family, the convertible version is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with a total output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was good enough to sprint the cabriolet to 60 mph in under five seconds. Leib Engineering obviously was not satisfied by these numbers, and pushed the M3 to 610 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.

Getting the extra 196 ponies and 140 pound-feet of torque from the V-8 engine required a G-Power SK II CS supercharger, an additional fuel pump system, high-performance injector nozzles, colder spark plugs, induction air track made of carbon/stainless steel and an ECU remap.

The kit also includes a new sports exhaust system with double 100-cell sports catalytic converters from HJS and an exhaust valve that can be controlled through the M button on the steering wheel. The exhaust system features 65 mm (2.55-inch) diameter pipes, which is a nice jump from the factory 60 mm (2.36-inch) pipes.

The final step in creating this amazing M3 was to update the suspension and chassis to handle all of the extra power. This includes a KW DDC coilover setup that the driver can adjust via the M button or through the Electronic Damper Control button.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Cabriolet by Leib Engineering.

Toyota GT 86

The Tokyo Motor Show has been full of excitement and interesting new designs, but one bit of bad news has surfaced: Subaru’s brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga dismissed the idea of a convertible Subaru BRZ.

[Automotive News] has reported that Yoshinaga wasn’t too fond of Toyota ’s drop-top concept displayed at Tokyo, saying his engineers believe the chassis would require a complete redesign in order to safely create a convertible BRZ.

Unfortunately, the lack of Yoshinaga’s blessing spells doom for Toyota’s attempts at building the car even without Subaru. Yoshinaga is also president of Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company that owns Subaru and manufacturer of both the BRZ and FR-S . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” says Yoshinaga.

With that sort of nail in the coffin, it seems unlikely a convertible FR-S or BRZ will ever appear – at least in the car’s current generation. Perhaps when the car’s second generation rolls out, Fuji Heavy Industries will have accounted for the heavy interest in the roadster. Yoshinaga himself knows the market is ripe for the car, "I understand well that Toyota Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car," he said. "But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties."

Perhaps a bigger issue of concern is the apparent inter-company quarreling happening over the convertible idea. Toyota, the company responsible for the overall design of the BRZ/FR-S cars, seems adamant about the idea and has toted several convertible FR-S concepts around to other car show around the world, while the President of the manufacturing company and brand chief of Subaru, responsible for the powertrain and underpinnings of the cars, is dead set against it. Such an open and publicly played out situation cannot be good for future product development.

Lets just keep our fingers crossed that Toyota’s desire for a chopped-top FR-S doesn’t put the entire FT-86 project on the chopping block.

Click past the jump for more info on the FR-S and BRZ coupes

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With its 285 horsepower offered from the factory, the KTM X-Bow GT is considered by most experts as one of the coolest variants of the X-Bow lineup. But lets face it, 285 ponies is not a number that really quickens the pulse, so it was time for some major improvement.

This is where German tuner Wimmer RS came into and released a flat-out stunning upgrade kit for the KTM X-Bow GT. The tuner decided that the car’s 2.0-liter, TSFI four-engine needed some serious improvements, and it stepped up to the plate with a list of upgrades that turned the Xbow GT into a lightweight supercar killer.

The updates include a especially designed turbocharger, a new sports exhaust system with a 100-cell sports cat with Y-pipe, a high-pressure fuel pump, a pre-feed fuel pump, a sportive suction system and a special water pump to keep things cool. Rounding out the mods its the required ECU to keep it all working flawlessly.

With this laundry list of updates installed, the GTs’ output is now 435 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 368 pound-feet of torque at 2.860 rpm. As a result, the GT now hits a top speed of 153 mph, sprints to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, and launches to 120 mph in just 11.7 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the KTM X-BOW GT by Wimmer RS.

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If you love racing games, then you are likely familiar with Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series. Young folks among us would’ve probably missed the days when the world of virtual racing was dominated by three words; N-F-S and everyone of us had t8he game on our PCs. I still remember the time spent speeding along canyon roads, and sunny beaches in a machine called FZR2000 — an add-on for the NFS-II SE. This car could do 248 mph if you managed to stay on the road and not crash into traffic.

Those were the days...

Later versions of the game featured numerous real-world cars, much to our liking. They even made a brand-specific game, which narrated the evolution of Porsche . One sports car brand that we, as enthusiasts of the game, missed was Ferrari . If I am not wrong, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was the first NFS title to feature the prancing horse.

Sadly, in later iterations of the game except for a few, Ferrari was kept out, although the quality of racing simulation kept on getting better and better.

Now, what seems like ages since the first Need For Speed title was launched, we finally have a proper lineup of Ferraris to enjoy. Need For Speed: Rivals will be in stores on November 15, 2013 for PS4, on Nov 19, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and on Nov 22 for Xbox One with some proper Ferrari content. Electronic Arts has released a set of images of the upcoming title and we have compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferraris that feature in NFS: Rivals

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Porsche 550

We heard the first details on the possibility of a new 550 shortly after Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Bluesport concept . Back then, the 550 was believed to be one of the three production models rumored to be based on the Bluesport: one from Audi , one from Volkswagen would have joined Porsche. Unfortunately, that all ended when VW announced that the Bluesport would bot be produced.

Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.

According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.

Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.

Source: AutoBild
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If you’re not antsy to get behind the wheel of any version of the Jaguar F-Type, we ask you to please hand your "Car Nut" card over to the gentleman at the front desk, and go check out TMZ for a bit. It is particularly hard to fathom any car junkie not being enthralled by the V8 S version of Jag ’s latest sports car .

Well, in the latest episode of "Ignition," Carlos Lago got his chance behind the wheel of the mighty Jaguar F-Type V8 S and pushed it to its limits on the roads of Malibu, California, on the dyno and every other way we can think of testing it.

As expected, Lago had a blast behind the wheel of the V8 S, but he did say that he thinks the supercharged V-6 models are better sports cars, but that the V8 S was more of a mixture of sport and muscle. We think that’s a fair assessment, but we’ll take raw muscle over grace any day of the week.

Check out the video to see exactly what Carlos thinks the F-Type V8 S and whether it is suited to pick up where the legendary E-Type left off.

One of the cool things that happens at the SEMA Auto Show is that you get to see a bunch of the cars in attendance head to various auctions. During last week’s show, a pair of custom Chevrolet Camaros were revealed, and they are are now heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale this coming January.

The two Camaros, called the Linda Vaughn LV-1 Editions, were inspired by the woman many consider the "First Lady of Motorsports." Jack ’Doc’ Watson also designed the two Camaros to pay homage to the friendship between the two individuals — a bond that has lasted for over 50 years.

Both Camaros come with color combinations that also harkens back to Watson’s old black/gold and white/gold color schemes for Hurst and Oldsmobile models of yesteryear. The gold, in particular, was also added to serve as inspiration to Linda Vaughn’s "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" nickname.

Both cars are considered one-offs (or two-offs, if you want to group both together) with each coming with a host of identifiable badging, fancy sets of wheels, and complete warranty and service policies. No performance modifications were added, but for cars that will be as sought after as these two, you don’t need that added horsepower to make it any more special.

Like we said, the two Linda Vaughn LV-1 Camaros will be auctioned off this January by Barrett-Jackson with the proceeds from both cars going to The International Kids Alliance Network — a charity dedicated to exciting teaching tools for kids and eliminating illiteracy.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz is set to retire its flagship sports car — the SLS — next year. That’s correct, the AMG-tuned Mercedes SLS will go out of production in July 2014, but the car that will take its place has been seen testing quite a few times and we know it as the Mercedes SLC . Some sources, however, suggest that the new car could be called the Mercedes GT instead.

Where the Mercedes SLS AMG was pitted against the Ferrari 458 , Lamborghini Gallardo, among others, the 2015 Mercedes Benz GT (SLC) will rival the Porsche 911 Turbo . This means that Mercedes Benz will re-position the GT down a segment to compete in a much more lucrative market among the Porsches, Jaguars and Audis. That said, a more expensive and faster version will also be available.

The new car will be assembled at Mercedes-Benz AMG at Afalterbach, Germany and will share the production line as its predecessor. According to Autocar, the Mercedes-Benz GT AMG is to be unveiled at the German Grand Prix next year and will go on sale in 2015.

More on the technical aspect of the Mercedes-Benz GT AMG after the jump.

Source: Autocar

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