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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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The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the fastest and most powerful production Camaro to ever roll out of a General Motors factory, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. For the 2014 Camaro ZL1, Chevrolet has given the supercharged monster a visual overhaul, added some new equipment and changed what colors are available.

The result is a Camaro that looks better and performs better than ever before. With a Nurburgring lap time of 7:41, it also performs better than a massive collection of machines on the road today. From the aggressive body kit and the louvered hood, to the gargling and barking exhaust note, the latest ZL1 is ready to take care of business.

What hasn’t changed is the engine. The ZL1 is still powered by a supercharged V8 based on the incredible motor from the Corvette ZR1 . It is one of the most powerful production V-8s in the entire world, and it turns the Camaro into one of the fastest cars in the world.

Hit the jump to learn more about Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Today joining the list of manufacturers who have showcased their cars ahead of the official release in Geneva is Audi with the S3 Cabriolet.

The S3 Cabriolet is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s attempt at creating a new convertible for everyday use with a slightly insane engine, and the automaker has succeeded.

With prices announced and delivery of the S3 cabriolet expected to begin this summer in Germany, the new Audi convertible, with it’s high power and relatively low cost, will certainly act as a high volume generator for the German car maker.

As of now, we do not have any news of the new convertible arriving to the U.S. shores soon but still we welcome the new entrant as it creates a new segment where we will hope to soon see more challengers.

Click past the jump to read all that you need to know about the Audi S3 Cabriolet.

If there was ever a car in Volkswagen’s lineup that probably has nine lives, it’s probably the Eos . Talks of discontinuing the model have risen to the surface numerous times and yet, here it is, alive and kicking in 2014.

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos continues on in its slot as Volkswagen’s resident entry-level convertible . Not much has changed since the current generation model arrived in 2011 and in some ways, that can be attributed as a positive for the Eos.

See, over the course of its time, the convertible has been offered with some impressive features, including a hardtop roof, comfortable seating, and yes, the option to do away with a ceiling and let your hair enjoy the cool breeze of Mother Nature.

Even its turbocharge engine can be attributed as a boon for the Eos because at the end of the day, riding a convertible is only as good as the power it has under its hood.

So welcome to 2014, Volkswagen Eos. You’ve certainly earned your stay at the party.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Eos.


Jaguar has been attacking the market just like the big cat that it’s named after for the past year or so. First we saw the mighty F-Type Roadster bow in with up to 495 ponies, then we heard rumblings of a 3 Series rival, and just recently we saw the unveiling of the F-Type Coupe and the 550-horsepower F-Type R Coupe .

Now Jaguar has its sights on the recently announced Porsche 911 Targa , as it is looking into a targa version of the F-Type. According to the head of design at Jag, Ian Callum, the model is under consideration, but not official yet, and that that Jaguar needs to make certain the low-volume targa model will not drain the coffers, as only about 10 percent of its sales would be targa models.

This targa model is rumored to feature a hardtop, unlike the 911’s "high-quality fabric," that will retract rearward to give the occupants a clear view of the sky.

With this information at hand, we turned to our artist to make us a rendering of what an F-Type Targa would look like. Let us know what you think about this potential model and our rendering in the comments below.

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

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It is officially Valentine’s Day and that means that quite a few of you are planning some great romantic evening with the man or woman of your dreams. Well we hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are dating Elon Musk and he is taking you into space, there are a few cars that will definitely be more exciting than what you have planned tonight.

From supercars to quick convertibles to hot hatches , we have something here that is sure to press your buttons.

We have gathered a list of five cars that are more exciting than your Valentine’s Day plans.

When you get done going through the list, feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite car. If you actually have a Valentine’s Day extravaganza that you thinks beats one of our cars, let us know that too. We will be sure to praise you for coming up with something more amazing than any of us could.

Hit the jump to see what we picked.


The wait is almost over as Ferrari teases us once again about their new car debuting tomorrow. The swooping line drawing above shows a few promenade features that all but promise us a new California .

Adding to the suggestion is Ferrari’s codename for the upcoming car: 149M. Like we said before, that codename is awful close to the California’s chassis code of F149 and in previous Ferrari updates, they’ve tacked on an M to chassis codes to represent “Modified.”

We’ve already reported this “modified” version of the California is said to be powered by a new twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower. Outward appearances will change too, with a more F12-inspired look, including a more aggressive grille and headlights that recall something between an F12 and FF . The F12 look will continue out back as the rear fascia is said to share many of its characteristics.

The California’s new interior is also getting a healthy update in the infotainment department with rumors of Apple’s iOS In The Car making its appearance. Other changes to the cockpit will likely be rather dramatic, as Ferrari revamps one of its most popular (and least expensive) supercars for the last half of this decade.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you all the nitty-gritty information from Ferrari as soon as it becomes available.

Click past the jump for more on the Ferrari California

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The answer is always Miata . It seems like a tired internet cliche, but anyone who has ever driven one of the fun little Japanese roadsters understands the truth behind the statement. With tidy dimensions, great handling and just enough power to be fun, the Miata is in a class all by itself in the world.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 and Mazda has released a nice little tribute video. I could literally spend hours and hours discussing the joy and fun that comes from piloting the MX-5, but I am not sure the site has the bandwidth to support the amount of words I would write.

Instead, we leave you with the video presented here. Yes it is subtitled, but the message presented within is one that everyone here at TopSpeed can relate to.

Congratulations, Mazda, on 25 years of excellence. May you continue to have this level of success for the next 25.

Click past the jump to read a little more on the current and future MX-5 Miata.

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The Miata never gets its fair share of press these days, but with the model celebrating its 25th anniversary — yeah, it’s 25 years old, folks — it is getting all the press it can handle. Even the big-boys, like Jay Leno, are getting in on the open-top celebration.

Jay, who owns a supercharged, first-gen MX-5 Miata, spoke with the two men responsible for this glorious sports car , Bob Hall and Kenichi Yamamoto, and discussed the progression of the Miata project, which officially started back in 1982.

What was great about this interview is that the two creators did not just talk about the final product. They dug deep and pulled up all of the old and juicy details about the project. One such detail was the fact that the Miata actually had a one-in-three chance of being either a front-wheel-drive or a mid-engine car. Fortunately, the rear-wheel-drive design by Hall and Yamamoto won over the folks in Japan, and the rest is history.

check out the above video to see the entire interview with these two guys and Jay showing off his tuned-up Miata MX-5.

BMW M4 Convertible

While the BMW M3 and M4 models are out, BMW is still testing other models in the 3 and 4 Series lineup, like this M4 hardtop convertible caught testing in the chilly winds of Scandinavia.

Looking past the camo, not much has changed with the M4’s bodywork. The aggressive front fascia, hood and side vents are still present, as well as the rear aero work and quad exhaust. The rear deck lid does seem flatter than the coupe’s, as it meets the folding rear glass at a more forward location. That rear glass is respectably large, making rearward visibility very good and blind spots a nonexistent feature.

We can expect the M4 drop top to share the same underpinnings and powertrain options as the standard M4 — namely its 3.0-liter, TwinPower in-line six that makes a ridiculous 430 horsepower and the choice of a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a swanky seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

Added weight is always a huge consideration when chopping the top, and BMW is likely to have something up its sleeve to keep the weight close to the 3,300-pound M4 coupe. Heavy use of carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced plastics will likely find their way into the construction of that mechanical hardtop, while structural rigidity will probably benefit from the same as well.

Expect the standard M4 and M3 to find themselves in dealers beginning this June with the M4 convertible not arriving till later in the year. Pricing, of course, is still up in the air, but we’d guess an $8,000 to $10,000 price hike over the standard M4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Convertible.

There’s nothing like special-edition MX-5 s, but in the U.S., we so rarely get a crack at them. Another non-U.S.-bound, special-edition MX-5 is this Sport Venture model — this model will also be available on Mazda5 and Mazda2 .

The Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture starts off with your choice of two all-new colors — Titanium Flash and Chrystal Blue Mica — bright-silver mirrors, bright alloy wheels and exterior badges.

On the inside, this special model gets a high-performance navigation system with a 6.1-inch display screen and Bluetooth connectivity to help set it apart from the rest of the MX-5 lineup. It also includes a stone leather interior with heated sport seats.

Under the hood, the MX-5 Sport Venture is available with a 1.8-liter four-pot with 126 PS (124 horsepower) in its soft-top and hard-top variants, or an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 160 PS (158 horsepower) in the hard-top model. Sure, that’s not a ton of power, but the MX-5 never has been about raw power.

The price for this special-edition MX-5 starts at £18,995 ($31,170 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda MX-5.


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