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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.

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.


Infiniti’s new Q60 Convertible is set to receive a special one-off design that pays homage to the great Bobby Unser. That’s the news coming out of the Nissan sub-brand when it announced the arrival of the special edition Q60 Convertible at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Infiniti has had a presence at the gathering and this time, the company is making its attendance a memorable one. Dressed in the same livery as the car Unser drove to win the 1968 Indy 500, the one-off Q60 Convertible looks deliriously stunning dressed in that red, yellow, black and white special wrap that honors the Rislone livery found on Unser’s Offenhauser-powered Eagle race car .

Oh, and don’t forget the huge No.3 decals on the hood and the doors of the Q60 Convertible, which serves as another hat tip to the legendary race car driver.

Not much else is known about the one-off Q60 Convertible Bobby Unser Edition other than Infiniti’s plan to showcase the model at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend at the Infiniti Pavilion Display where it will sit next to the same car where it draws inspiration from: Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy 500-winning Eagle race car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Infiniti Q60.

It’s good to be the BMW 4 Series these days. It’s only been a few months since the model was released and already, it’s getting a lot of attention from racing teams and aftermarket companies. So it’s no surprise that theGeneva Motor Show was the scene for some tuners to showcase their first offerings for the 4 Series. Technically, BMW tuner extraordinaire Alpina already presented its program for the BMW 4 Series Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

But nobody said anything about the 4 Series Convertible , right?

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible.

Befitting its philosophy of tuning sophistication, Alpine put in serious work on the 4 Series Convertible, turning it into one of its own to go with its distinctive B4 Bi-Turbo name.

This all looks and sounds pretty impressive to us, but that’s no shock from Alpina.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Alpina B4 BiTurbo Convertible

Source: Alpina

Q by Aston Martin — the sports car’s customization department — has brought us some gorgeous example in recent history. Whether it was the CC100 Speedster Concept that was introduced at last year’s Geneva Motor Show or Q’s first stab at the Vanquish Volante , Aston’s customization program has been a veritable hit factory.

Like a gift that just keeps on giving, Q by Aston Martin has released two addition models at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, giving us an idea of just how talented the customization division really is.

Unlike last year’s Red Ember-finished Vanquish Volante , this one is a little more subdued, but no less incredible in its own special way. Sometimes subtle touches trump over-the-top modifications when it comes to making a fantastic custom ride. And subtlety is exactly what this custom Vanquish Volante ozzes from every pore.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by Q


When Ford revealed the Mustang on December 5th, 2014, it took what it has built in recent years and did the impossible: make it better. The new, European styling is not as over-the-top as I feared it may be and it only added to the model’s outstanding legacy.

Well, now we all get to drool over the topless version, which is sure to ruin the lives of toupee wearers around the globe.

The details are still not complete on the 2015 Mustang Convertible, much like its coupe brother, but we are able to piece things together using the details from the coupe, the limited information on the convertible and the few image that Ford released.

One thing is for sure; Ford did a good job in designing the convertible Mustang separate from the coupe, giving them distinct appearances that reminds me of the Fox Body years.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible and let me know what you think of it in the comments.


Buzzkill alert, folks...

It looks as if the report that Porsche would reveal the 911 Turbo Targa was not true. AutoBlog had a conversation with Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communication Manager, about the report, and he said that the report is "Totally False."

Turns out that all we’ll see at Geneva is Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR race cars. Sure those are both really cool, but nowhere near as awesome as a Targa variant of the 911 Turbo.

Despite the report that Porsche will not release this heap of turbocharged, roofless hotness, we still think that one will eventually make its way onto the market. With that said, we present to you the TopSpeed rendering of the 911 Turbo Targa, courtesy of our rendering extraordinaire, Pratyush Rout.

Creating the rendering wasn’t too hard, as we simply took the 911 Targa , and added in the typical Turbo design cues, including the wider hips, rear air intakes, and a few other tasty bits. This gives the 911 Targa the bad-ass look it deserves, so we can only hope that Porsche decides to release it in the near future.

Click past the jump to read why I think Porsche should/shouldn’t release the 911 Turbo Targa and a little about the existing 911 Targa.

Source: Auto Blog

When Bugatti announced that it was building a set of special-edition models, it was only a matter of time before demand for those limited-edition exotics would find their respective owners.

Well, Bugatti has launched three of its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” editions and all nine models of these three models have been sold out. The three models that have been released so far paid homage to three Bugatti pioneers, including Jean-Pierre Wimille , Jean Bugatti , and Meo Constantini . Each of these models carried unique design traits about themselves that were tied up to the Bugatti legends that adorned their name so it wasn’t surprising that demand for these Legends editions were high.

"The Legends edition is a great success for Bugatti," Bugatti president Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said. "The response from our customers is amazing. These are automotive works of art, which each tell a part of Bugatti’s history.”

But while Bugatti is reveling at the success of its Legends series, customers who missed out on the first three models shouldn’t despair. Three more models are expected to be unveiled to close out the series with the fourth one expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Like its predecessors, the fourth model, is reportedly going to be named the Veyron Grand Vitesse "Elisabeth Janek, one of the first and most successful women to race in a Bugatti.

It’ll be interesting what kind of treatment the Veyron Grand Vitesse "Elisabeth Janek" is going to receive. Judging by the first three models of the Legends Series, we won’t be shocked if it follows in the same vein with a unique styling that’s all its own.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Legend models.

Alfa Romeo Spider

We’ve already reported that Alfa Romeo is building a Spider version of its hotly-anticipated 4C Coupe , but the current rumblings in the rumor mill is the car will be powered by the Chrysler /Fiat 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder currently used in the Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 Abarth .

That engine produces a decent 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Dart, and 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet in the 500 Abarth. Speculating that the Alfa Spider will want more gusto, count on a modest bump on both output numbers. Thankfully, that 1.4-liter will be mounted longitudinally for rear-drive duty and has a high probability of being mated to a manual transmission.

The rumors come way of Car & Driver, who report Alfa Romeo has partnered with Mazda in constructing the new convertible. It will likely keep much of its 4C roots, but will share many parts with its Japanese counterpart. It’s also said nearly all suspension components will be aluminum. Other weight-saving materials and techniques will be used to make the most of the four-banger.

What’s more, Alfa is said to be bringing the new Spider to the Geneva Motor Show going on March 4th and 5th with its body featuring a few cosmetic changes compared to the 4C. New, less alien-like headlights and new wheel designs are two of the prominent changes. Check back with TopSpeed for all the details.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Alfa Romeo Spider.

Source: CarAndDriver
Posted on by Simona  

The 911 Targa came, and we loved what we saw. With 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque in tow, however, there was lots of room to grow. According to sources in the know, the 911 Targa Turbo will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show .

This means that the removable-top sports car is primed to receive a 520-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, and may even hit 360 horsepower if Porsche gives the Targa treatment to the Turbo S model. Now this is what we have been waiting for!

There is no confirmation of the 911 Targa Turbo , but according to Jalopnik, the source reporting this news is quite reliable. We’ll keep an eye on the 911 Targa Turbo , and pass more information on once we get some more in-depth information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Turbo and about the current 911 Targa.

Source: Jalopnik
Posted on by Pratyush Rout  

Radical is not one of the most recognizable sports car manufacturers in the world, and there is a reason for that. You see, Radical is not a brand built for high volume. The manufacturer specifically caters to the elite enthusiasts who, in their search for adrenaline, are looking for thoroughbred racers.

First launched back in 2002, the SR3 RS is one of the most popular and successful models by the British manufacturer. Built to FIA standards and design cues inspired by theLeMans -racing Radical SR9 LMP2, the current-generation SR3 RS is all about gaining the best performance by improving aerodynamics and decreasing weight.

With seating for two and a chassis built for going around corners fast, the SR3 RS is one of the most fun yet terrifying track-day cars for both the driver and the passenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Radical SR3 RS.


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