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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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At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Mazda unveiled the MX-5 GT Concept . Because the GT Concept’s reception was so warm, the folks at Jota decided to produce this concept and add a little more pep to its step.

The new MX-5 GT Jota is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech version, but Jota added a more powerful engine, an updated exterior look and a sportier cabin. What’s even cooler is that the new GT Jota is about 1.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than a base MX-5.

The new MX-5 GT Jota checks in at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It will be sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota, so only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it. For now, us Americans will simply have to wait until Mazda decides to bring back the Mazdaspeed MX-5 project.

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

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It looks like Lamborghini learned nothing from all the critics the Veneno coupe received ever since its official launch and decided to still offer a roadster version of this rather strange supercar. Today we bring you what appears to be the first leaked images of the new Veneno Roadster and yes, is still as ugly as the coupe, despite the cool red exterior paint.

The roadster version will be equipped with the same carbon fiber exterior kit and will be offered with no roof, because it looks like the company wants to offer its customers "an intense driving experience." The model will only be equipped with a rollover bar and a pat on the back.

Unlike the Veneno Coupe, the roadster version will be built in nine units. Each will be priced at £3.3 million - or about $5,3 million an the current exchange rates. The color you see here is called "Rosso Veneno" and will be exclusively offered for the roadster version. Don’t worry, if you don’t like it you can still choose between a wide range of exterior paints.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Veneno.

Source: TopGear
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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

Well, we just can’t have enough of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and why should one not be excited to report about this new Corvette. It’s a new Corvette, for heaven’s sake! As you know, we’ve been on this story for quite a while now. We’ve driven this car that has been all over the news and we loved it. No wait, that would be an understatement.

Then there’s the Z51 Performance Package which hones it for some race track bashing. And that’s what most enthusiasts would be wanting to get their hands on. Now, if you are planning to drop a check for one of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays with the optional track package, then you might be disappointed on the outset.

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When someone comes to ask you if you want to spend an entire day with the Lamborghini Aventador coupe and roadster versions, the only correct answer will be:

"Yes, please!"

Or... “Si Si Prego,” in bad Italian if you want to have them for a few extra days.

This is exactly what the guys over the British magazine AutoCar did when they were invited to spend the day with the Aventador.

What can you do when you have both the Aventador Coupe and Roadster in your garage? Not much, right? While most of the people will try to put them next to their usual competitors, AutoCar decided to do something a little bit more interesting. They put the two supercars one next to the other and wanted to see which one is the best. In theory they should deliver the same driving experiences, but in real life is a little bit different.

AutoCar didn’t put the two models on a 0 to 60 mph test, not quarter mile or top speed. Instead they wanted to see if the two models can fly!

Check out the video after the jump to see which of the two Aventador models did the best on this test of jumping talent.

Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S . Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

Chevrolet has released a new video in which Patrick Herrmann, Technical Manager of Chevrolet Europe, shows how the new variable exhaust in the 2014 Corvette Stingray works and sounds in real-life situations.

Patrick then takes camera crews to his buddy Mario Müller‘s place who gives Harley-Davidson motorcycles the same sort of variable exhaust treatment. Mario calls his aftermarket creation a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde combination for its smooth, quite operation and – with the flick of a switch – vicious, loud roars of American iron.

Remember, the Stingray ’s variable exhaust isn’t just a pretty set of vocal chords, but an additional system that helps produce an extra five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque over the base exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Corvette Stingray

Source: Autoblog.com

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hysteria is just reaching full steam, so please avert your eyes if you are already bored to tears with the legendary Vette.

But part of the hoopla is genuine excitement that Chevy has produced such a vastly-improved sports car. After a few different drives by the TopSpeed team, the similarities in what we observed in these two different C7 models are remarkable.

Two guys who were traditionally more anti-Corvette would be hard to find. So the shared observations about the handling, power, cabin and - especially - theC7’s vastly improved structural rigidity are a resounding vote of confidence in the new Corvette.

For skeptics, all we can say is try it out before you flock to Porsche or BMW for classy driving thrills.

My drive was up near Chicago in a blue C7 , whereas TopSpeed’s founder Philippe was lucky enough to take a top-off cruise around Miami in a white example.

With palm trees flying by the windows and the blue sky visible above Phil’s curly hair, the Miami Vice jokes are on the tip of my tongue. I will refrain, however, as my first Stingray review already ruffled some feathers among the Vette faithful.

But the red leather of Phil’s Stingray Z51 really looks right so close to the ocean and all the glamor of South Beach.

Click past the jump to enjoy this detailed TopSpeed First-Drive Video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, one of the first media outlets to sample the Vette with its targa top panel stowed in the giant trunk.

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Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe , the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.

The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.

For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible.

Source: BMW Blog
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The exclusive world of hypercars comes alive in the 918’s dual-mode hybrid powertrain. A snooze though the H word is, one snippet of the above video with both the big V-8 and all electric motors spinning proves the 918 is pure Porsche racecar.

Once in a decade or two, the automotive enthusiasts of this world get treated with the finest the industry can offer. This year, we saw the launch of three unique hypercars from brands that need no introduction; Mclaren, Ferrari and Porsche .

The last time Porsche made a supercar, they went with massive, gas-guzzling engines with insane amounts of horsepower. The age we live in today calls for efficient, eco-friendly motoring unlike in the past. Porsche has replaced the V10 powered Carrera GT with a V8 hybrid they call the 918 Spyder.

In a video released recently, Porsche demonstrates the production powertrain that makes the 918 Spyder such a worthy successor to the Carrera GT .

The buyer’s guide details are even more stunning, with paints far more exotic than ever before.

Click past the jump for all the juicy details you need to order the hottest 918 Spyder on the roads in 2014.

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Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.

In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.

The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .

The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.

Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.

IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.

The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.

The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.


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