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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.

Toyota has been over the fence and back regarding its plans to build turbocharged, sedan and convertible versions of the GT 86 . Last we heard, poor sales of the sports car scuttled those plans, but now it looks like they’re back on the table.

Motoring Australia is reporting that Toyota is once again hot on the idea of expanding its GT 86 lineup. While no specific plans for the car have been disclosed, there seems to be a growing sentiment within the company that poor sales notwithstanding, Toyota is finally ready to push all of its GT 86 chips in the middle of the table.

It’s a smart move to offer some diversity to the GT 86, which hasn’t earned the same level of sales respect and admiration as its twins, the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S. A convertible version of the GT 86 was even previewed last year with the Open Top Concept so at the very least, we should now what to expect with a future top-down sports coupe.

As for the sedan version, Toyota has big plans for the four-door GT 86, including giving it a duo of engine options. The bid news is that there will be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will likely be the Subaru’s 2.5-liter Direct Injection Turbo engine that’s good for more than 295 horsepower. The other engine for the sedan will likely be a hybrid Suby engine, but not the 160-horsepower one found in the XV Crosstrek — you may exhale now... Sources inside Subaru claim that the company is working on a hybrid unit that works with its direct-injected boxer engine.

Another objective for the GT 86 sedan is to have enough room to differentiate it from the coupe. Talks are already in place to make the GT 86 sedan 510 mm (20 inches) longer and 100 mm (3.9 inches) taller than the coupe model. Those are both pretty drastic expansions, so it’ll be interesting to see how the extra size affects the styling.

What’s more, the bad-add 2.5-liter DIT engine that the sedan will receive will also trickle down to the coupe model, according to the report.

The soft-top convertible GT 86, which will retain the current drivetrain, is set to arrive earlier than the sedan, possibly as soon as October 2014. The turbocharged sedan and coupe versions could arrive as early as 2016, and the hybrid model is rumored to arrive a few months later.

Click past the jump to read more about the GT 86.

We actually don’t know who made out better between Mark Webber and Maria Sharapova. On one hand, the tennis star had an opportunity to ride shotgun in a Porsche 918 Spyder with one of the best race car drivers in the world behind the wheel. On the other hand, Mark Webber got to drive with Maria Sharapova. See where the struggle comes in?

That being said, it was pretty neat to see two star athletes from different sports share in the experience of enjoying one of the most exotic cars in the world today. The promotional drive happened during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and by the looks of things, both Webber and Sharapova seemed to enjoy the experience of being inside the 2014 918 Spyde r and all the things that’s made it into a modern-day icon in its own right.

Maybe her experience in the 918 Spyder motivated Sharapova to beat Ana Ivanovic to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. She also received a Porsche 911 Targa for her victory, although after watching this video, she probably would have no problem trading the 911 up for a 918 Spyder.

A quick reminder that the 918 Spider is the newest hybrid supercar from Porsche that cranks out an amazing 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to hit a top speed of 211 mph (93 mph in full-EV mode) and 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Few companies cater to the petrol-head quite like Porsche . Sure Ferrari provides excitement, and Lamborghini is the maestro of theater, but Porsche has cornered the market on feel and precision.

Beyond that, Porsche also seems to demonstrate a peculiar, un-German ability to create cars that are very pretty. Not the sensual beauty the Italians have mastered, but still pretty.

Late last year the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh decided that Porsche had done so much in the field of design, that it deserved to be recognized. They then began the laborious task of collecting an eclectic assortment of metal from the brand’s storied history; from the Type 64 of 1938 up to the 911 GTS R Hybrid race car .

As a man with a slight fetish for German autos, the exhibit intrigued me. The NCMA is only a six-hour drive from my house, through some of the most beautiful roads and scenery in the U.S., and I had just been granted the keys to a 2014 Porsche Cayman S .

It was a recipe that sounded like a Porsche enthusiast’s perfect weekend.

Read on to find out more about my journey, the Cayman S and the NCMA exhibit.

Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm whether or not the upcoming AMG GT sports car will get a roadster version, it would be plain silly for the Germans to skip on a drop-top. I mean, why take the Porsche 911 Turbo by the horns and completely ignore the Turbo Convertible? It would be right given the competitiveness of today’s sports car market.

That said, an AMG GT Roadster launch is likely to occur sometime next year, a few months after the Coupe version goes on sale. Testing will probably commence later this year, but not before the Stuttgart crew rounds off the hard-top version, which was already spotted on both public roads and at the Nurburgring track on several occasions .

Since the coupe and roadster will share the same underpinnings, development of the latter will have a more smoother path, with engineers needing only to take care of additional structural reinforcing - a standard procedure for just about any convertible.

No changes will occur under the hood, where the same turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine will gurgle with at least 500 horsepower at its disposal while sending it to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A minor decrease in top speed is likely though, with a few mph chopped off the coupe’s estimated 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster.

The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn’t changed all that much from the models in the 60’s. It’s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.

There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4 . A lot, actually. One thing we’ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.

And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4’s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40’s hot rod, it doesn’t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Morgan Plus 4.

If you found the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show to be an attractive drop-top , then you might as well start saving some money because Chevy has just announced that the vehicle will be put into production.

Specifically, due to strong success the concept car has enjoyed during SEMA, the automaker decided to create an Atlantic Design Package that turns a regular Corvette Stingray Convertible into a special edition sports car with unique exterior and interior features.

Available on Z51-equipped models selected in 2LT and 3LT trims, the package is inspired, according to Chevy, "by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destination." However, the cabin only benefits from Stingray floor mats, so don’t expect for additional premium appointments aside from what you get with the Corvette Z51 and a set of custom luggage.

Exterior changes, on the other hand, are more noticeable, with several bespoke parts and graphics added to the body. Powertrain remains unaltered, which means customers will get the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and the 460 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque that come with the performance exhaust.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package.

The unveiling of the Mercedes SL-Class two years ago also gave way to the arrival of the model’s two performance-oriented models: the SL63 AMG and the SL65 AMG . The SL63 AMG model is regarded as an incredible machine, but it probably won’t hurt if you give it the 2Look Edition upgrade that a lot of other Mercedes models have received, including the SL-Class .

The dynamic characteristic of the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition is clearly evident in the way the new components all come together to create a far more aggressive look for the SL63 AMG. Be it the new exterior digs, or the interior refinements, the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition comes with a comprehensive list that will turn an already powerful sports car into the envy of everybody. It is called "2Look" for a reason, right?

The 2Look package for the SL63 AMG will set you back €9,401 — about $13,000 based on current exchange rates. Add that to the €134.950 ($186,703) price for SL63 AMG and you’re looking at a total price of €144,351 ($199,709). This package is also available on the SL65 AMG model for €5,355 — about $7,400. Unfortunately, the 2Look Edition is currently only available in Mercedes’ home country of Germany.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2Look Edition.

Just when it seemed like the Middle East couldn’t get any cooler from an auto industry standpoint, news of a new track-focused sports car has come out. This is the Dubai Roadster, a sports car project that reportedly is the brainchild of an Emirati racer.

Judging by its looks, the Dubai Roadster looks every bit as aggressive as its name indicates. Not much has been released as far as details are concerned, but the Roadster does have all the physical attributes to be treated as a bonafide track racer. The aggressive front bumper is pretty evident and the swooping, vented hood gives the physical look of a car that’s born for racing. LED-infused headlights are also part of the treatment, while out back, a large rear wing and roll bars can be clearly seen. The overall shape screams of a track car that’s aerodynamically suited to be be quick and agile, two attributes that cars like the Roadster should be.

In terms of power, the Dubai Roadster will reportedly come with a transversely mounted, V-8 engine that can produce as much as 400 horsepower, all while weighing 1,653 pounds. The numbers certainly speak for themselves, and its origin points to a car that has some significant financial backing.

It’s still unclear how far along the Dubai Roadster is in its developmental phase, but if everything goes according to schedule, as we expect it should be, the Roadster could be ready in time for the Dubai Motor Show next year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dubai Roadster.

Image Note: The above image is an artistic rendering, not the actual Dubai Roadster.

Source: WCF

In the three years since the Pagani Huayra made its debut, Pagani has been a little gun shy on building special-edition models of the supercar. It was a far departure from the Huarya’s predecessor, the Zonda , which had its fair share of special edition models. But according to Autoblog, that’s about to change because Pagani is already planning to build a roadster version of the Huayra, and its coming in the next 24 months.

It’s still not a special-edition model like the ones the Zonda had, but it does give the Huayra that sort of variety it’s been missing since making its debut in 2011. Pagani spokesman Luca Venturi confirmed the company’s plans, and while he stopped short of spilling all the beans about the Huayra Roadster , all signs seem to point to the car receiving the same mechanical features as its coupe counterpart.

So if you’re wondering, there’s a good chance that the Huayra Roadster will come with the same AMG -sourced 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-12 engine that produces 730 horsepower. A seven-speed, sequential transmission is also expected to be part of the mechanical framework of the supercar , as is the likelihood of a folding hard-top like the one we saw on the Zonda Roadster that debuted back in 2005.

It’s a welcome development for fans of the Pagani Huayra and that includes us. We still held out hope that something like a Huayra Roadster was in the pipeline even if it became apparent that Pagani wasn’t in a rush to build one. But now that there’s confirmation of it, we’ll definitely keep an eye on its development.

We’re just hoping that the two-year timeframe is accurate, because like everybody else, we’ve already waited for the Pagani Huayra Roadster long enough.

Click past the jump to read more about Pagani Huayra.

Source: Autoblog

Well, it seems that Ferrari is trying to keep secrets. The guys over at Carscoops.com have managed to obtain a photo of a previously unknown Fezza hiding under a sheet. The front end similar features the headlamps of the F12berlinetta , but the bumper, hood and overall design are unique.

Carscoops claims that they have been told this is the latest project from Ferrari SP America, and it is a new “targa version” of the F12. SP America is the special projects division that is in charge of creating unique and one-off creations for well-heeled customers. Judging by the massive front intakes and what looks like even larger brakes, I think this machine will be packing much more than a fancy roof. It is hard to tell from this photo, but it also appears that this new F12 variant will be losing the cars distinctive buttresses in the front fenders as well.

As always with this kind of thing, everything here should be taken with a grain of salt, but if I were a betting man, I would expect this to be a one-off F12 with a power boost from 730 ponies to at least 750 horsepower. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an extra dose of carbon fiber to help cut weight as well.

We shouldn’t have too long to wait for details, as the car should be unveiled very soon.

Keep it locked here for all the news as it breaks on this newest Prancing Horse.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari F12Berlinetta.

Source: Carscoops

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