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  Roadster cars are convertible compact sport cars, more or less luxurious but with a bold look and providing lots of feedback to the driver. they are the fun fast cars by excellence

We have all already learned about the upcoming SLS E-Cell , and that Mercedes is planning on releasing a limited amount of the electric supercar in 2013. What we haven’t learned about are any possible variants on the upcoming gull0wing coupe.

Well, that was until now... De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, has confirmed that Mercedes is currently investigating the possibility of an SLS E-Cell Roadster. The SLS E-Cell will work as the testing gauge for the potential roadster variant. If it does well, Mercedes-Benz will officially announce the Roadster, but if it falls on its face, Mercedes will take its lumps on the base SLS E-Cell and make no other mention of the Roadster variant.

This SLS Roadster is anticipated to feature the same drivetrain as the SLS E-Cell. This drivetrain includes four electric motors, one for each wheel, that pump out a grand total of 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. This all translates out to a 4-second sprint to 60 mph in the fixed-head variant, which would likely equal out to a 4.1- to 4.2-second sprint in a slightly heavier roadster model.

The official announcement is still a little ways away, so we won’t know for sure when and if the roadster will see showrooms, but we do expect the SLS E-Cell to sell well, meaning the Roadster would be almost certain to follow as a late-2014 or early-2015 model.

We’ll keep you updated on this front.

UPDATE 08/02/2012: Check out our rendering of the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster!

Source: De Telegraaf

The Porsche 918 Spyder has become an extremely sought-after supercar, and considering that it’s still in its prototype stages, it’s become one of the most highly anticipated ones too.

Now we know how automakers are careful with divulging too much with their prototype models so they resort to the tried-and-tested method of dressing these models up in camouflage. Porsche has obviously done this on numerous occasions, but for the 918 Spyder, they’re taking a slightly different route.

Together with long-time partner Martini Racing , the German automaker has revisited the iconic Martini Porsche race cars by dressing up the 918 Spyder Prototype in the legendary Martini livery.
Development of the Porsche 918 Spyder is still ongoing with the car now moving its extensive testing phase to the Nurburgring. Apparently, riding around one of the most famous tracks in the world has conjured up nostalgic emotions and the result is one of the most awesome liveries to ever be dressed on a Porsche.

Hit the jump for more information on the Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype.

Yep. One’s not enough.

Fresh off of presenting their Konzept GP-970 program for the Porsche Panamera , German tuning company No-Limit-Custom has come out with sketches of their latest tuning project.

This time, the German tuner most known for being one of the best custom motorcycle companies in the world, is working on a new bodykit for the 2013 Porsche Boxster.

Details behind this program have yet to be revealed, but from the looks of things, we’re expecting nothing less than eye-popping modifications. If they can raise the bar pretty high with the Konzept GP-970, we’re expecting something akin to what they just gave us.

From the looks of things, the Boxster will carry a comprehensive aerodynamic body kit that includes a new - and aggressive - front bumper, a refitted front hood with large air inlets, an integrated spoiler in the rear, new air vents, a larger diffuser, and a new set of wheels.

The program is expected to be released in October, which means that we have a few months of imaginative speculation ahead of us. Let your creative thoughts run, people!

MG Icon Concept

When MG released the Icon concept car in Beijing, we were all a little shocked, as it had been ages since we had heard from the U.K.-based, Chinese-owned automaker. We also were impressed and disgusted with the concept all at the same time, as its overall styling was pretty sleek, but the Mini-like appearance and strange protruding fog lights killed it for us.

At the time, we knew that the Icon would make it to production, though the dates were a little fuzzy still, but we didn’t realize that this compact crossover may spawn the resurrection of a legend. Well, now we do know that the Icon will also be the basis that a new MG Roadster will be based on.

It sounds a little awkward when you think about it, but this Roadster will be a 4-seater crossover convertible. Calling it a Roadster is a pretty big stretch of the term, as a roadster typically has only two doors and two seats (see: Mazda Miata , BMW Z4 and Toyota MR2 ).

Regardless of the stretching of its name, the new MG Roadster will likely be a blast to drive, given its compact size and roughly 130 horsepower. We also don’t have to wait too awful long to see a production model, as reports are pointing to a 2015 release of the Roadster. The Roadster also earns brownie points for being relatively affordable at a reported ₤14,000 ($21,800 at the current rates).

We’ll keep a very close eye on this developing story and update you with more concrete information, as it becomes available.

Source: Auto Express
Porsche "Baby" Boxster

Last week, we gave you a nice little rundown on what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years . One of those cars included Project 551, which we have all nicknamed the “Baby Boxster .” This compact, entry-level roadster looked to be a certainty in Porsche’s lineup, when suddenly the plan was axed, as Porsche’s CEO basically said it doesn’t fit the Porsche mold and they want to retain their customer exclusivity.

Well, now that the recent automotive giant, Volkswagen AG, has bought out the remaining shares of Porsche , err, “restructured” their corporate design, we may see this all change. You see, VW could give two cents about customer exclusivity. It wants to sell units and that’s that. VW will likely keep the 200,000-unit goal that Porsche had set before the “restructuring” and the way that VW may do this is to release a lower-priced roadster.

Think about it, fresh college graduates can’t typically afford a $50,000 base-level Boxster , but a $23,000 Miata is not an issue. Well, if Porsche slides a smaller, less feature-packed version of the Boxster right between the two, say at about $32,000, it could suck these young professionals into the Porsche brand early. With these premium brands, once they get in, they are typically customers for life.

In addition, the excuse that Porsche CEO, Matthias Mueller, made regarding a Baby Boxster not fitting the Porsche mold is complete hogwash. Porsche released an SUV and a sedan in the last decade, plus it is about to release a smaller version of its SUV, so how in the world could a smaller, more wallet-friendly roadster not fit in with a sports car company? Yeah, we don’t get it either.

Keep an eye out for some changes in the Porsche lineup over the next few months, there’s bound to be some and we bet one will be the announcement of an upcoming production model of the Project 551.

No one has ever accused the KTM X-bow of being a feature-heavy luxury car. In fact, there are numerous little features that KTM completely missed. You know, things like – ummm – a roof maybe. With the X-bow being touted as more of a race car than a road car, this is pretty much acceptable, except when you’re participating in a 6-hour endurance race in the pouring rain.

That’s exactly what happened in the above video. In the middle of a 6-hour-long endurance race, where there appeared to be two KTM X-bows participating, the bottom dropped out of a pretty intense rain storm and we can only guess what the drivers were thinking as they saw the dark clouds rolling in.

That’s one of those times where you debate just retiring after every rain-soaked lap, but your dedication forces you to finish the race regardless. It’s apparent that the two X-bow drivers certainly had some drive to finish the race, as they weathered the storm – pun definitely intended – and continued through the pouring rain.

Fortunately, there was a spectator in the relatively empty stands that filmed the ordeal, so at least the drivers had some documentation to prove how dedicated to their craft they really are. The video’s not too awful exciting, but it at least lets you see that this wasn’t any little sprinkle of rain.

Check out the video and see if you would have kept going or just headed to the pits for a warm cocoa and a towel.

Another member of the four Ferraris heading to auction as a part of the late Sherman Wolf’s estate is a 1957 500 TRC by Scaglietti. The TRC is often recognized as one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever manufactured, much of which is accredited to Sergio Scaglietti’s work on this body. Only 19,500 TRCs were ever built and this particular model was initially sold to John von Neumann, then went to Dr. Frank Becker, then to Thor Thorson, and finally to Mr. Wolf about 20 years ago.

This car’s body looks to be in superb shape and is draped in a bright red, but there is no mention of it having ever been restored. Helping increase this 500 TRC’s value is that this model has 100 percent matching numbers.

Under the hood is a 2,498 cc (2.5-liter) 4-cylinder engine with twin ignition. This engine pumps out a healthy 220 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 190 pound-feet of torque at 5,400 rpm. It hits these high power numbers without the aid of any forced induction, which is rather amazing. The engine links up to a 4-speed manual transmission that serves up this power to a 3.78-to-1 rear axle.

Though it was considered a racecar, this 500 TRC boasts old-style 4-wheel drum brakes along with 5.25-inch spoked wheels on the front and 6-inch spoked wheels on the rear. The front suspension is an independent design with dual wishbones and coil springs. The rear suspension boasts a live axle with trailing arms and coil springs.

Gooding & Company anticipates this 1957 500 TRC by Scaglietti to fetch between $4.5 and $6.5 million.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

Back in the early years of Porsche , technology was very limited and cars were, of course, far simpler than they are today. This meant that they also typically had much less power than today’s cars. There is no better example of said simplicity than looking at a Porsche from the 1950s and comparing it to today’s Porsches.

The most beloved Porsche of the `50s is far and away the 1600 Sportster. This compact roadster was far from fast, but it was always regarded as a nimble a fun-to-drive car. The 356A Sportster of the late 1950s is actually given a lion’s share of the credit for revolutionizing the sports car realm and showed that a car doesn’t need to be high-powered to be fun to drive.

With only 2,922 Speedsters ever built, it has become a true collector’s item that garners a ton of attention and money, especially when one hits the auction block. Well, that is exactly what we have, as RM Auctions is selling off a 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster in Monterey, California on August 17th and 18th, 2012.

Click past the jump to read all about this model being auctioned off.

Nissan unveiled the 370Z Coupe in 2009 as a replacement for the 350Z , and the roadster version followed one year later. Over its short life, the car has largely remained the same, with only minor modifications made to the list of equipment.

Compared to the 350Z, the new Nissan 370Z features a more aggressive design language, intentionally picking up elements from the 240Z’s design. These elements provide a sleek aerodynamic shape, a "dynamic motion" feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof, and a "low visual gravity."

Both the coupe and roadster versions of the 370Z are offered in standard and Touring variants, with a 332 HP 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition to these options, Nissan also has a Nismo model that delivers a total of 350 HP.

UPDATE 07/20/2012: Nissan has announced prices for the 2013 Z line-up: the coupe version is priced from $33,120; the roadster from $41,470; and the Nismo version is priced at $43,020. All models are now on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide. Hit the jump for full model and accessories pricing details.

Updated 08/08/2014: Nissan announced a series of updates for the 2015 370Z which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. For 2015 the 370Z Coupe will receive two new trims: Sport and Sport Tech, plus a new set of wheels and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. Prices will range from $29,990 for the base version and will go up to $39,270 for the Touring 7AT version. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2009-2013 Nissan 370Z.

The Caterham Seven is a pretty cool sports car, but it’s a little outdated, so with the recent announcement of KTM’s next generation X-Bow, we knew Caterham would be following with a new model of their own. The new Caterham model will sit above the Seven in the line-up and will feature a roof and a more comfortable cabin, changes that are similar to the fixed roof and new doors of the future X-Bow.

The rumor was born from a statement by Caterham Cars boss Graham MacDonald who offered a few more details on the upcoming sports car. According to MacDonald, the new sports car will continue using a Ford four-cylinder engine, but the engine will be supercharged in order to increase total output. He also announced that the new sports car would have a more global appeal and could even be sold on markets like the US. The price for the new model will start from about £40,000, or about $62,500 at the current exchange rates.

Source: WhatCar

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