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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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Back in 2009, TopGear took a trip to Romania and tested the "Transfagarasan" road. In the end, the guys were so impressed by the road, that Jeremy called it: "the best road in the world!" I’ve personally traveled that road and generally agree, but that’s only because TopGear never tested the other great road in Romania: Transalpina.

Transfagarasan climbs to 2,034 meters (1,263 miles) above sea level and is 90 km (60 miles) of hard hairpin turns, long S-curves and sharp descents top allow you to really test your driving skills. The only problem is that the speed limit is 40 km/h (about 25 mph), but I doubt that some folks resisted the urge to push their car to its limits. Not to mention that the scenery is simply amazing here.

But, no matter how wild the Trasfagarasan is, it is not as scary as Transalpina, or the "King’s Road" as it is also called. It climbs to 2,145 meters (1,332 miles) and is a little bit longer than the other road at 148 km (91 miles). While it may not offer the same hairpin bends as the Trasfagarasan, driving it is a little bit scarier, given the road is built on the edge of the mountain and when you look down, all you see is large precipice with no end. Also, this road requires you to drive a more powerful car, because at higher altitudes, it climbs really fast and a small engine has no chance of making it.

Of course this is our opinion on the roads, now check out what the guys over Evo have to say about the two Romania roads. They have the advantage of driving a Jaguar F-Type Roadster , so next to some great scenery you will also enjoy an amazing car!

Ferrari California

New Ferraris are always big deals and when we hear news about an updated model, we get excited. That’s exactly what’s happening here with information gathered from a Ferrari forum regarding the new California . The news comes via a Ferrari dealer conference in Maranello last November. Through a “spilling of the beans,” the public is hearing details about the new car.

For starters, the car will definitely still be called the California. It will also be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 kicking out 560 horsepower. Sounds good so far.

The headlights are said to be a mix between the F12 and the FF , as they follow the edge of the bodywork, even sharing the same crease as the upper finder. The front will is more aggressive with larger side intakes at the grille. The hood will feature a single heat extractor, like on the F12, but much smaller.

The new California won’t get the awesome air bridge the F12 has, but will share a similar scallop in the door design. Out back, the taillights are said to be very similar to the current model’s. The exhaust below that, however, will look much more like the current F12’s save for the lack of the center aero sculpting. In its place, the lower black fascia will continue across the car’s rump uninterrupted.

The interior is said to be completely revised. An upgraded infotainment system will likely feature Apple’s new iOS In The Car integration. Not much more was said about the cockpit expect that the changes will be rather dramatic. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any and all breaking news on the new Ferrari California.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Ferrari California.

Source: FerrariChat
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The Donkervoort D8 GTO is nothing short of a riot. With its Audi -sourced, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and aggressive styling, the D8 GTO is breaking boundaries and expectations.

Now the D8 GTO is breaking more than mental and performance boundaries. Last week, the very first D8 GTOs were registered outside the European Union, as a pair of premium model GTOs found new homes and registration plates in Switzerland.

We brought you the news that the Donkervoort D8 GTO had received its small series-type approval, allowing it to be sold in the EU, Russia, Switzerland and the Gulf States, but it wasn’t until last week that the first GTOs actually made that journey.

The two new Swiss owners now own the keys to a two-seat roadster in the same track-day vein as the Lotus Seven, but thanks to that Audi engine, these monsters produce up to 400 horsepower.

To commemorate the occasion, the cars were personally delivered by Dennis Donkervoort.

Read more about Donkervoort and its D8 GTO after the jump.}

We cover a lot of automotive-related material here at TopSpeed. From the latest and greatest vehicles with promises of fast quarter-mile times, insane 0-to-60 sprints , and the occasional gravel-shredding off-roader , it’s all about the newest and fastest.

But sometimes, you just have to slow down and enjoy the drive — to bask in every last mile of a pure driving experience in a pure sports car . That’s exactly what one man set out to do.

Scott Fisher and his beloved 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster are on a meandering mission to travel the United States in a clockwise fashion, while soaking in the experience on the timeless journey. No schedules needed.

Fisher started his epic journey last spring from his home in Las Vegas after selling his manufacturing business that he ran for 16 long years. It has since taken him over 30,000 miles through the American heartland, rolling over local highways and byways, while avoiding major routes and interstates “like the plague.” And it was all done in his beautiful ’67 Fairlady.

“I knew I needed to kinda’ get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back,” the 45-year-old man says. His journey has taken him north through the Pacific Northwest and over through the flyover states. Fisher’s goal was to stay up north during the summer months to avoid the extreme heat and sun exposure. “[It’s] allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time.”

Click past the jump to keep reading about Scott’s amazing travels

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Another day, another Ferrari 250 sets a sales record. This latest record-setting Ferrari is a 250 Testa Rossa, and it changed hands for what the Daily Mail is reporting as £24,000,000 — that equates to about $39 million.

At that price, it exceeds the previous record of £22.5 million set in 2012 by a 250 GTO, and it triples the price paid for a 1957 Testa Rossa in 2009 . That 2009 sale was also a record.

What separates this Testa Rossa from its brethren to demand such a price? Pedigree, fame and its immaculate condition all came together to make this a very valuable car.

The car itself is Chassis 0704, and it is actually a prototype that was created before the limited run of “normal” 250 Testa Rossas. F1 World Champion Phil Hill helped to pilot this exact car to race wins in the in the 1,000 km (683.5-mile) Buenos Aires and 12 Hour Sebring races. It has contested many other races, including two entrances into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That gives this particular car one of the best racing heritages of any Ferrari still in existence in the private market.

Even with such a long racing heritage, the car is completely original and unmolested. It has all the battle scars of wheel-to-wheel action, but it has very little actual damage to any of the body panels, and the interior looks incredible for a 57-year-old car.

The new owner of the car has not been released, but if you want more info and images of this incredible machine head over to the Daily Mail for the original story.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.

Source: Dailymail
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Rolls Royce announced today the launch of a new Bespoke Waterspeed Collection that will be applied to a series of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupé . This new collection pays tribute to a legendary record established back on September 1st, 1937.

On that day, Sir Malcolm Campbell took a Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine to a top speed of 126.32 mph on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier. The next, day he did even better, as he sped the boat to 129.5 mph, breaking a five-year-old world water-speed record.

Of course, this amazing result was possible, thanks to the incredible Rolls Royce engine that powered the boat, and immediately after the record, Rolls Royce managed to reaffirm the superiority of its engines. What better way to honor the record than by building a bunch of expensive cars?

Updated 04/02/2014: Rolls Royce unveiled a new set of teaser images and new details on its new Waterspeed Collection that will be officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Bespoke Waterspeed Collection.

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The Mini Cooper Roadster is one of the oddballs in the Mini family. It takes the exact same platform as the base Cooper and Cooper Convertible but it tosses two seats in favor of a more traditional trunk to create a two-seat open-top joyriders toy.

Thanks to the loss of seats, the Roadster is lighter than its Convertible platform mate and therefore more entertaining to drive.

When it lost the seats and that square profile, it didn’t lose its Mini heritage. The classic Mini proportions and design cues are all present, and to our eyes the Roadster looks even better than the Coupe and Convertible cars.

Just like almost every other Mini in the lineup, the new Roadster is offered in standard, S and John Cooper Works trim levels with varying levels of performance and equipment.

What does the Mini Roadster have that gives it an edge over the six other Mini body styles you can take home from your local dealer.

Click past the jump for all the details.

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Over the past few months, we’ve caught Ferrari testing what we thought was a revised version of the current California . Well, it now looks like the Prancing Horse will finally unveil this model on February 12th, 2014 — ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , on March 4th. The new model is expected to hit showrooms in May.

The initial teaser image (above) reveals that the project is codenamed "149M" and, considering that the current California is codenamed F149 and that "M" stands for "modified," than it’s pretty clear that we will see an updated version of the current convertible.

In fact, this is not the first time Ferrari offered an "M" version of a model. If you remember, the 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello , which was nothing more than an updated 550.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari California.

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When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.

So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.

For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

This isn’t the first time Fiat has partnered with a retail brand on one of its models, and we bet that it won’t be the last either.

Yet this particular collaboration, which Fiat has with French perfume house Guerlain, really has us thinking of how far the former is going to go with these kinds of partnerships.

Don’t take that the wrong way, as Fiat has hit some home runs with some of its past retail tieups. It’s just that this one strikes us as a little weird because we don’t usually see perfume makers diving into the automotive world. Having said all that, we actually do find something surprisingly interesting about the La Petite Robe Noire 500 and 500C.

The model is available in the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 500, and it comes with a load of unique features, highlighted by an interior that’s been dressed in a bi-color black and white Poltrona Frau leather upholstery. Fancy digs for a Fiat 500 , right? Oh, and there’s also a clothing hanger on the passenger headrest.

Tinted rear windows are also part of the package, as are rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps and a rear wing that also comes with a dynamic silhouette created by Kuntzel+Deygas.

And just because Guerlain was highly involved in the development of all 250 units of this special edition 500, anybody who purchases one will also receive a 100 ml bottle of the La Petite Robe Noire perfume, as well as a makeup kit that includes 30ml of Velvet Body Milk, black mascara, nail lacquer and Terracotta 4 Seasons in Tint Nude powder.

The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire Edition will set you back &euro15,700 ($21,360 at the current exchange rates) with all models predictably earmarked for the French market.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500


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