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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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BMW has spread its Individual treatment to the recently launched 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models. Few details were revealed about this new package, but the first images posted on BMW’s Facebook page show us that the two models will be released very soon.

Just like with all the other BMW Individual models, the package applied to the 4 Series models will increase the luxury and the sportiness of the models already awesome 4 Series.

For the 4 Series coupe, BMW offers a Citrine Black metallic paint job combined with19-inch light alloy wheels in "V-spoke 626 l" design. Though these rims appear to be the only modification on the outside, BMW did spend a good bit of time on the Individual’s interior.

On the inside, the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe is offered with a fine-grain Merino leather trim in Gold Brown and a BMW Individual Plane Auburn trimmed in dark fine wood, which is similar to what we saw in the BMW Concept 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe and Convertible.

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We’ve first saw Infiniti ’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi , like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.

Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60 .

For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is really one of the more polarizing roadsters available today. Those who are fans of it — myself included — rave about its handling, power-to-weight ratio, analog feel and balance on the track. Those who hate it argue that it looks like a "chick’s car," isn’t fast enough, too loud and never has all of the cool features found in modern cars.

Well, Mazda has — for the most part — ignored all of the MX-5 haters and focused on what the MX-5 lovers desire from the Japanese roadster. When Mazda redesigned the MX-5 in 2006, it listened to enthusiasts by adding in a Club Spec model that eliminated all of the higher-end features and replaced them with performance goodies, like Billstein struts, a strut tower brace and upgraded tires. Well, Mazda was gracious enough to bestow upon me a 2014 MX-5 Club for a week, and as a Miataphile, I was more than thrilled to get a crack at a new model.

I personally own a modified 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that pumps out about 225 to 250 horsepower, so I had a good base to go off of for this review. Some of you may think that since my daily driver is a modded MX-5 that I may not find the new Club model all that thrilling, but you would be absolutely incorrect.

Click past the jump to read our Driven review of the 2014 Mazda Miata Club.

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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

In October 2013, Toyota announced that the convertible version for the GT86 and the Scion FR-S was put on indefinite hold, because apparently such a car has no place in Toyota’s plans in the near future. This decision was pretty surprising to us, considering that Toyota unveiled the FT86 Open Top Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which made us believe that a convertible GT86/FR-S was just around the corner.

Now, we have new rumors suggesting that Toyota wants the GT86 and FR-S Convertible, but Subaru still has no interest in producing it. As a result, Toyota is now investigating the possibility of developing this car on its own, despite Subaru saying before that Toyota could not do so without its help.

Talking about this issue at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Doug Murtha, vice president for Scion in the U.S., said: "It’s something we’re looking at internally from both a manufacturing standpoint — where do we build something that’s relatively low-volume, if not at Subaru — and from an engineering standpoint: Where are those resources going to come from to do it?"

With this in mind Toyota asked all of its dealers and Scion dealers around the world to submit volume targets for such a model. If interest has increased, Toyota could start looking into the possibility of manufacturing open-top GT86 and FR-S models. However, it will be very difficult to do so, considering that currently the GT86, FR-S and the BRZ bodies are all developed at Subaru’s plant in Ohta, Japan, and retrofitting a convertible top onto a coupe in any bulk may prove too time-consuming to be profitable for Toyota.

Click past the jump to read more about the possible Toyota GT86 Convertible.

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2014 has started "in style" for Justin Bieber; he’s having problems with his neighbors and he’s almost been arrested for cocaine possession, and now the pop star is into even more trouble.

Police officers in Miami confirmed that the 19-year-old singer was arrested for drag racing. According to the police report, Bieber was racing a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo (image above) around 4:09 this morning against a red Ferrari . Both drivers were arrested and the two cars were towed.

That’s not where the fun stops. Bieber also failed a field sobriety test, so he was hauled off to the Miami-Dade County jail for a breathalyzer test. We have to remind you that Bieber is only 19 years old — 21 is the legal drinking age in Florida — and the test must come back with a blood-alcohol content level of less than 0.02 percent, or he can face a six-month license suspension. For the drag-racing offense, he can receive a jail sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Of course, we don’t any judge to throw the book at "The Bieb," as Bieber’s lawyers will likely get him off with just a fine and a license suspension. But, do you think this will stop him for making the same mistake again? We think not!

At least we can all get a good look at his rather awkward happiness in his mugshot (above).

Click past the jump to read more about Bieber’s latest issues.

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When it comes to producing good car reviews, the folks at Kelly Blue Book definitely know what they’re doing, and their latest one, which was on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible , is no exception. The review was made by KBB’s Micah Muzio in and around Palm Springs and he wants to prove that even though people have dismissed the Corvette in the past, the new C7 generation is really, really good.

According to KBB, the new Corvette Stingray has the power to make you forget about cars like Porsche 911 or Audi R8 , even though it comes in at a considerably lower price. Check out the video to see what made the guys over KBB to come to this conclusion.

As a reminder, the Corvette Stingray Convertible shares the same engine with the coupe: a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This amount of output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds - a pretty impressive number for a convertible.


Jaguar’s got a pair of special edition XK models it’s planning to release in the UK, making us here in America green with envy.

As the more luxury oriented XK model, the Signature Edition has some pretty cool luxury amenities, even if it seems to have been short-changed in the engine department.

Then again, customers probably won’t mind because of the luxurious interior upgrade Jaguar gave to the model. Seems appropriate that an XK comes with standard soft-grain leather luxury seats that are available in a choice of either Ivory or Charcoal finishes. If that isn’t enough, the cabin also features a pretty smooth canvas Suedecloth headliner, Figured Ebony veneers and Bright Metal sport pedals. As far as the wheels go, the XK Signature gets the treat of having the fancier set of wheels, which in this case are 20-inch Kalimnos wheels.

Unfortunately for the XK Signature, Jaguar opted to give the model the base 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that "only" produces 385 horsepower, which is good enough to allow the sports coupe to break 60 mph in 5.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Like the XK Dynamic R , the XK Signature’s engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Another shared system between the two models is the Dynamic Stability Control system, which can be configured in four different modes — Normal, Winter, TracDSC and DSC Off — giving the driver suitable choices on how much computer help he’s going to need while driving on the road.

Like the XK Dynamic R, customers can choose from a variety of colors for the XK Signature, including Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Signature Edition

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The second season of DRIVE’s Inside quattro GmbH started big with a very cool video shot at the assembly line of R8, which is situated in Neckarsulm, Germany. In this episode you will learn how the most powerful R8 — the V10 Plus — is built.

The video was filmed by Leo Parente, the man who toured the special assembly shop where the R8 comes together. Of course, the assembly line if equipped with all the latest technologies, but many of the car’s elements are hand-built.

The R8 V10 Plus is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm. When equipped with the S tronic transmission, the R8 V10 Plus sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph, and when mated to a manual gearbox, R8 Plus goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 198 mph.


Jaguar’s rise to prominence has been well documented here at TopSpeed. The company’s recent lineup of models have certainly caught the world’s attention, so much so that when the company talks about releasing special edition models, nobody scoffs at it anymore.

That’s the power attributed to the brand’s resurgence, especially in its home in the UK . It’s come to the point even that the brand has no problem releasing not just one, but two new special edition models for its entry-level beauty, the XK .

This particular one is called the XK Dynamic R, and it comes with a slew of upgrades befitting its "dynamic" label. Whether it’s the new 20-inch Vortex Vortex wheels or the interior that’s been dressed to the nines, thanks to a choice of either diamond-sewn performance seats in ivory/charcoal soft grain leather with ivory contrast stitching or charcoal/red soft-grain leather with red contrasting stitching, the XK Dynamic R exudes the same kind of confidence that the brand has had since it served warning to the rest of the industry that the Big Cat is ready to pounce once again.

Rounding out the upgrades on the Dynamic R’s interior is the Jet Suedecloth headliner that’s fully complemented by Piano Black veneers, while bright metal sport pedals have also been installed.

And we haven’t even taken into account the car’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles that control the Jaguar Sequential Shift function. All that and the XK Dynamic R pumps out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 mph in around 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 174 mph, attributed largely by the inclusion of Jaguar’s Speed Pack on the model.

Finally, a new suspension setup, which it it borrows from the XKR-S, was also installed courtesy of the Black Dynamic Pack, while a choice of colors, including Polaris Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green, are available for the model.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Dynamic R

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Last year, our spy photographers caught a strange-looking 911 Carrera testing in the wild. Rumors suggested that this prototype could reveal either a facelift for the current 911 Carrera or a GTS version .

Today, however, it’s time for the revised 911 Convertible to go out testing near Porsche’s factory in Stuttgart. The revised 911 Convertible will be offered with a new front bumper with different air intakes and DRL, new rear lights and also a new bumper.

What’s even odder is that this prototype gets air outlets on the sides of the rear bumper, a clear indication that Porsche will indeed offer a new turbocharged engine. This smaller six-cylinder engine will help Porsche lower its CO2 emissions and with this smaller engine producing more heat, the extra holes in the rear were a must.

Expect the revised 911 Convertible to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 991 Carrera Convertible.


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