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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.

Maserati is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and just like pretty much every car brand that celebrates anniversaries these days, the Italian automaker is set to introduce a special-edition GranTurismo MC to commemorate the occasion. The car is called the GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition and as expected, it comes with a bevy of exterior and interior upgrades befitting a model that’s been designated with the important "anniversary model" label.

Give how incredibly sexy the GranTurismo MC already is in its standard guise, it seems like Maserati just found the perfect opportunity to create a limited run of GranTurismo MC models that makes it even more attractive. The GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition is set to become available in the next few months as either a coupe or a convertible model.

If deciding on getting one isn’t hard enough already, you now have to choose between getting a coupe or a drop-top. Then again, there are worse problems to have these days, and being in that situation should be considered a blessing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition Coupe and Convertible.

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We knew the Jaguar F-Type Roadster would be a spectacular car the moment we saw it. We also knew things were about to get better as soon as rumors about about a coupe version surfaced.

It didn’t take too long for the F-Type Coupe to join the ranks of Jaguar , but, as the new model was settling in, the British were already working on a more powerful version, the F-Type R Coupe , as well as pondering a lightweight, Club Sport model.

If you thought Jaguar was paying too much attention to the Coupe while ignoring the Roadster, you had it all wrong. The Brits are indeed prepping a hotter version of the drop-top F-Type that could be offered with an R-S badge slapped to its sexy rear end.

That’s word from our trusty spy photographers, who have spotted a never-before-seen F-Type Roadster on steroids stretching its legs somewhere in the United Kingdom. Details are limited at the time of this writing, but the beefy front bumper and the larger rear spoiler are there to tell us that this ain’t no regular F-Type.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R-S.

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With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the best sold convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive update has been announced for the fourth generation that is set to be launched in 2012.

The Mazda MX-5 will remain a rear-wheel drive compact sports coupe with exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled earlier this year. With the new generation, Mazda will focus on reducing the total weight to less than 1,000 kilos.

At the launch of the Shinari concept, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements." Guess the MX-5 will be among the first to adopt Mazda’s new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language.

Update 4/17/2014: The 2015 MX-5’s chassis and engine debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and its lightweight construction will help drop 220 pounds from the MX-5’s weight. See more after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

In 25 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become a cult icon and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling, two-seat, open-top sports car . But that is old news, and we are here to show you just what Mazda plans to do in celebration of the Miata’s 25th year in existence. The automaker is launching a 25th Anniversary Edition at the New York Auto Show to show buyers just how important the roadster is to Mazda.

This special-edition MX-5 Miata is based on the power retractable hard top (PRHT) version of the car, giving this drop-top a nice and quiet cabin when the top is up — I noted this in my recent test drive of the Club version . The 25th Anniversary Edition will be exclusively available in Soul Red Metallic — a proper color for the iconic sports car — with contrasting black mirrors, A-pillars and top. On the inside, the special model gets off-white leather seating and door trim, and a hand-finished decorative panel.

Under the hood, things will remain the same, as it will feature the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder mill that cranks out 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque when mated to the standard six-cog manual. You can also opt for the six-speed auto transmission, but that results in 11 fewer ponies under the hood. This special MX-5 also gets the added benefit of Bilstein dampers to keep it glued to the road in the twist.

Unfortunately, there are no real modifications to this car other than the exclusive colors inside and out, the hand-worked decorative panel and badges, but it is still a nice send-off for the NC-generation MX-5.

Click past the jump to the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition up close.

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Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen! Chevrolet has just unveiled that one of its three premieres for the New York Auto Show is the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

The big deal about it is that this is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 Convertible since 1963, when Chevy introduced the said package as a performance update for endurance racing. It was actually called "RPO Z06" and included a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster, a dual master cylinder, larger shocks and stiffer springs.

Because it also came with a gas tank that was nearly double the size of standard 20-gallon tank, the package was only available on coupe models at first. However, the manufacturer says that one convertible was fitted with the Z06 bundle that year.

Getting back to the newly-revealed model, Chevrolet claims the Z06 Convertible represents "the culmination of more than four years developing an all-new, all-aluminum structure." You see, because the new structure is much more stiffer than the previous Z06, the drop-top sports car needed no structural reinforcements, which means its curb weight won’t be affected by missing a fixed roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.

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The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1, the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess.

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The Porsche 911 is like wine. It gets better with age. And I’m saying this because the 911 basically looks the same after half a century. It’s a successful recipe that only the Stuttgart-based company managed to master, and it’s one of the reasons why the 911 is favored by so many tuning shops.

We’re all familiar with the likes of RUF and TechArt. The former has presented its first Porsche model in 1977, while the latter has been around since the 1980s. The number of Porsche-tuning companies increased recently, with 9ff and TOPCAR among the young guns that joined the party.

9ff filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving us to miss their extreme models. Moscow’s TOPCAR, on the other hand, is still alive and kicking through their Stinger program for the 911. Although seeing one of these Russian-modified sports car on U.S. roads isn’t very likely, a Cabriolet Stinger just popped up in Florida with a "For sale" sticker on its windshield. Let’s check it out and see what we’re dealing with.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 Cabriolet Stinger.


Traditionally, Porsche doesn’t release the 911 Speedster variant very often. With the last Speedster debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show (and selling out soon thereafter), it didn’t look like the Speedster would be coming back anytime soon. But late last year, rumors of a new 911 Speedster gained ground, specifically on how it would be packaged as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder that Porsche built from 1953 to 1957. Now, it does look like the 911 Speedster is returning and will be built based on the current generation 911 and like its most recent predecessor, it will be a limited run model that will only be delivered to 550 lucky customers.

Whether Porsche is making the right move releasing a new 911 Speedster so close to the last one has become irrelevant at this point. Technology and innovation are moving at such a brisk pace that waiting decades for the new model to arrive doesn’t make sense anymore.

Add that to the popularity of the last one, and it only makes sense that with a new-generation 911 to build on, the return of the 911 Speedster is rightfully in the cards.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche 911 Speedster.


The Mercedes news keeps on rolling in with the latest bits of information regarding the next-generation SLK roadster. Destined for debut as a 2018 model, it’s reported the new drop top will feature a hybrid powertrain similar to the new C-Class sedan.

According to AutoExpress, the new SLK will also ride on the modular sports car architecture (MSA), just as the larger SL roadster. The new underpinnings will allow the SLK to accept a larger variety of engine and transmission options not currently available. That, combined with the C-Class’ plug-in hybrid powertrain opens the possibilities for an all-wheel-drive option as well.

Living up to its name, the modular sports car architecture allows engineers to easily change the lengths, widths, and wheelbases. This will help differentiate the SLK from the larger SL-Class , while keeping engineering and manufacturing costs to a minimum. Even with the new platform, the SLK’s production will continue in the current factory in Bremen, Germany. The SL-Class will shift production to that location as well.

Mercedes’ crusade to improve fuel efficiency surely means some weight reduction over the current car. Weighing in at 3,163 pounds, the SLK is already a fairly light car, but could still stand to lose a few pounds. A reduced curb weight would also help it better compete again the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 Roadster.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mercedes SLK.

Source: AutoExpress

It’s still years away from launching, but as early as now, talks of the next-generation Mercedes SL-Class have begun to take shape. The biggest news, other than the fact that it will be an all-new model, is the advanced new platform the SL stands to receive together with the next-generation SLK .

According to Auto Express, the 2019 SL-Class will be significantly different from the one running around the streets of the world these days. The biggest change, it seems, is Mercedes ’ ratcheting up the efficiency of its new models. In the case of the SL-Class, that comes with the adoption of its MFA and MRA common modular architectures for front and rear-wheel-drive models, allowing a multitude of vehicles to be built on the same platform.

It’s an easier approach that should cut production costs for these vehicles. Granted, neither the MFA nor the MRA architectures will be used on the SL and SLK-Class, but rather a third platform, the modular sports car architecture (MSA), that will be used on both models.

The adoption of the MSA platform on both the SL and SLK will be a stark contrast from the current setup, specifically the exclusive use of a bespoke chassis platform on the SL. But once the modular platform comes into the picture, the manufacturing process for both models will also shift and become geared toward sharing elements like the front bulkhead and parts of the suspension. Also, don’t underestimate the convenience of both models being built in the same factory.

On the flip side, you can still expect some unique styling details for both the new SL and SLK-Class. Even with the shared platform, certain elements, like the dimensions of the both vehicles, will still be kept different. This allows both cars to still have that unique look about them that differentiates one from the other. Diversity will still be there, even though the skeletons for both models are going to be the same.

It’s a bold new direction that really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the commitment Mercedes has to the SL-Class as one of its most important models. But like we said, changes aren’t imminent so don’t expect anything drastic.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2019 Mercedes SL-Class.

Source: AutoExpress

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