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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.

Grab a bag of popcorn boys and girls, MotorTrend’s latest episode of "Head 2 Head" is live on YouTube! Pitted against one another this time is the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG and the Jaguar F-Type V-6 S. Both are convertibles , and both come with plenty of drop-top attitude.

Up first is the 2014 Mercedes SLK55 AMG, which is powered by a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 making 415 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The AMG mill is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear tires. The combination is good for a 0-to-60-mph run of just 4.2 seconds on its way to a 12.6-second quarter mile run at 113.3 mph. Around the skid pad, the Merc holds a 0.93 G of lateral acceleration.

The Jaguar F-Type V-6 S is similarly matched with the Mercedes, though its power comes from a V-6. The Jag’s supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 kicks out 375 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, while the rear tires lay power to the ground. The Jag has a respectable 0-to-60-mph run of 4.4 seconds and does the quarter mile in 13 seconds flat at 108.7 mph. The F-Type matches the SLK in road holding, laying down 0.93 G.

MotorTrend host Jonny Lieberman takes the two contenders to two of their natural habitats: the beach and the back roads. Both cars excel in both areas, though the SLK got negative remarks about its high doors, slow transmission, and lackluster interior. The Jaguar , on the other hand, got almost nothing but praise for its ridiculous exhaust, ZF-sourced eight-speed tranny, solid brakes, and smooth steering.

For more, just watch the video. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

The Laferrari FXX and the LaFerrari Spider have been in the rumormill for quite some time now. The FXX has already been spotted testing on the Nurburgring track, but unlike McLaren, Ferrari has yet to confirm a track-only LaFerrari is underway. Same goes for the LaFerrari Spider, which is rumored to join its coupe sibling sometime in 2015.

However, a new report coming from CAR suggest both LaFerrari spin-offs are set for a 2015 launch. Production is likely to commence as soon as the last of the 499 LaFerrari coupes leaves the assembly line, with both supercars to be built in very limited quantities. Much like the previous, Enzo-based special-edition Ferraris, both LaFerrari derivatives will be offered to the company’s most exclusive customers.

CAR also reveals Ferrari is currently working on no less than nine new vehicles, but until we can get hold of more information on that matter, let’s have a closer look at the LaFerrari FXX and LaFerrari Spider.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari Spider and FXX.

Source: CAR

The Lexus IS has been roaming the streets of America since 2000. That IS 300 came powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine making 217 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The IS’ first generation was a groundbreaking one, setting plenty of design standards and even setting a few trends with its clear taillight housings. Then for 2006, the second-generation IS launched with an updated look and a slew of V-style engines. The car came in IS 250 and 350 guises until Lexus launched the IS F , a high-performance variant powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, in 2007. A clean sweep came across the IS lineup in 2008, along with the addition of a hardtop convertible. Still utilizing the second-generation platform and styling, the 2014 IS 350C soldiers on as the rest IS lineup gets a whole new look.

I just recently spent a week behind the wheel of Lexus’ 2014 IS 350C, complete with the F Sport package. Despite its exclusion from the redesign, the IS 350C is still a lovely car to look at and drive. Of course, the main focus surrounds that aluminum-alloy folding hardtop, and with good cause. A short, 20-second transformation makes the two door coupe into a 2+2 drop-top perfect for boulevard cruising and back-road burning.

Click past the jump for the full review

The Mazda Miata is regarded as one of the greatest driver’s cars in the world. Not only is it the best-selling roadster of all-time, but the Miata is one of the most raced cars ever created as well. If you want a cheap and enjoyable driving experience, the Miata can’t be beat. At least that used to be the case, anyways. Now the current generation car is nearly a decade old, and new challengers like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have arrived promising the same type of fun.

Mazda will be replacing the current NC-generation Miata with an all-new, fourth-generation car next year, but does the current car still deserve your attention? Mazda dropped one off in my driveway and I spent 8 days and drove more than 2,000 miles in the search for driving nirvana and some pie. In that time I learned a lot about this little roadster. Some of my thoughts are expected, but some other ones were quite surprising.

Is the Miata still the best cheap sports car in the world? Read on to find out.

It turns out a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder makes a pretty good bulldozer, as this closed-circuit video shows. A valet for the five-star Le Meridien hotel in Delhi, India allegedly lost control of the supercar as he waited for traffic to clear. It’s reported that damages exceed $335,000, including the Gallardo, the hotel, and the second car involved in the incident.

The video shows in good detail how the V-10-powered car gained momentum as it pushed a sedan out of its way before being stopped by a thick concrete wall. Thankfully, no one was injured other than the valet, who had reportedly worked for the hotel for 10 years. In fact, it’s likely the valet had driven the Lambo before, as its owner says the hotel staff had parked his car many times before without issue.

Unfortunately for the owner, the hotel is refusing to pay for the damages. Taking things into his own hands, the owner, who is said to be a businessman from Mumbai, filed a police report against the hotel and valet. What’s worse, high import taxes spike the Gallardo Spyder’s retail price far beyond what others around the world pay for the same car, hence the extravagant estimated cost of damages.

There is still no official word on what caused the valet to lose control of the Lamborghini , but perhaps he inadvertently dumped the clutch, got thrown back in the seat, and hit the gas. Either way, it’s a good possibility he’ll be looking for another job.

Click past the jump to watch the crash video.

Source: Autos Yahoo

The wait for the 2015 Ford Mustang is finally almost over. Okay, so the muscle car isn’t going to hit dealerships for another few months, but production is expected to begin in a few days!

Mustang6g forum member "RisingForce" posted on the site a new bulletin indicating that Ford will commence production of the 2015 Mustang on July 14, 2014. That’s this coming Monday!

Equally important is the September 9, 2014 "OKTB" date, which basically means that by then, the 2015 Mustang will "okay to buy." That now gives us a specific date to look forward to after months of waiting to see when Ford was going to release its latest pride and joy.

As for the Mustang Convertible , the reported start of production will be September 15, 2014 with an OKTB date of October 27, 2014. Those dates are a lot sooner than what we initially expected, but that’s neither here nor there.

What’s important are the concrete dates of production. Now that they’ve been announced, we can now prepare our finances in time to make a purchase of the muscle car.

Good times all around!

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

Source: Mustang 6G

Mercedes ’ much-needed C-Class Convertible is inching closer to production as the Stuttgart-based company continues testing the cabriolet throughout Germany. Scheduled to break cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the 2015 C-Class Convertible will be the first drop-top in the model’s 21-year history.

Our spy photographers recently caught the cabriolet C-Class stretching its wheels on public roads for the third time since September 2013. Things haven’t change much since May 2014, when the prototype was spotted testing with the same camouflage pattern covering its body, but a few new details suggest development is well underway.

Once it hits dealerships, the C-Class Convertible will join its sedan and wagon siblings, while waiting for the AMG-prepped versions to arrive. And yes, at some point, the convertible will benefit from AMG treatment as well, including the brand’s newly developed, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine and the enormous amount of power that comes with it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

Callaway has been making production cars faster since the 1970s with a special focus on Corvettes . The company’s latest beast is this 2014 C7 Stingray SC627 modified with a supercharger and an innovative intercooler setup for maximum thermal efficiency. Jumping right to the good stuff, the supercharger pushes the 6.2-liter, small block V-8 to 627 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. What’s more, those numbers are SAE certified. In comparison with the stock LT1 V-8, the SC627 Vette makes 167 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.

Callaway does this by not only throwing a supercharger in the LT1’s vee, but also by keeping temperatures in check. The system uses three liquid-to-air intercoolers and a totally revised air intake system help keep things cool under heavy throttle. Callaway’s supercharger also extends past the hood, allowing for generous airflow over its top. Not to mention its size wouldn’t fit under the stock C7 hood.

The 2.3-liter supercharger has a high helix angle in a four-lobe rotor pack for compressing incoming air. A new long-runner manifold helps increase the LT1’s mid-range torque. This helps the engine make an impressive 500 pound-feet of toque at only 2,200 rpm. Its full torque peak of 610 pound-feet happens at 4,400 rpm, well within the engine’s usable rev range. For the full 627 ponies, the LT1 needs to rev to 6,400 rpm. If you’re keeping score, that’s only 23 horsepower and 40 pound-feet less than the upcoming Corvette Z06 .

Performance comes at a price, though, and the Callaway’s supercharger package starts at $22,995 – not including the cost of the stock C7 Stingray .

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC627 By Callaway Cars.

Thanks to my job, I have had the rare opportunity to drive several high-powered and expensive cars. From Porsche to Lamborghini with a few GT-Rs in between, I have spent a lot of time going fast. When I heard Gotham Dream Cars was coming to town, I didn’t really think too much about it. A few quick laps in a Lamborghini around an autocross course seemed to pale in comparison to some of the things I had done. Then I started to hear some of the other car fiends in the area talking about how exciting this seemed.

Even people I know of who aren’t that excited about cars were interested in this chance to experience the power and speed of a supercar. It makes sense though. Supercars are the most useless creation in the world of the automobile, but they still draw certain emotions from us.

It doesn’t matter how much you like cars or not, when a supercar rolls by, you likely pay attention. Maybe it’s the speed, the looks or the noise, but the majority of the world is simply drawn to them.

I decided that I would test this theory and I decided to head to the event. Aside from just experiencing what Gotham has to offer, I brought my wife. Thanks to me she knows about cars, but aside from the fact that she thinks Porsche 911s are pretty, she has little to no interest in anything to do with supercars.

Would she still enjoy this experience? Would she revel in the noise and the horsepower that all petrol heads crave? What about the other guests of the event? Are they gasoline-drinking speed junkies or just regular people drawn in by the allure of Italian horsepower?

Read on to find out more about my day with Gotham Dream Cars

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno . Not only the fastest road-legal supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50 , the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed by Pininfarina since 1973.

Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although the Italians have yet to assemble all 499 units as of 06/18/2014, the LaFerrari saga is set to continue in an even more exclusive fashion with the LaFerrari XX , a track-only supercar forged by means of decades of motorsport heritage.

Now, as the first road-going LaFerraris have already met their owners, the Italians are reportedly looking to expand the lineup even further. Next on their list, according to a brand-new rumor, is the LaFerrari Spider.

Updated 07/10/2014: Want to see what a topless LaFerrari looks like? So do we, so we created a rendering of it. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari Spider.


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