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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

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

Ariel Motors has announced a new one-make race series for their amazing Atom track-car. The new Atom Cup is set to begin in 2013 and has been described as a spec racing series, similar to the Porsche Cup, Ferrari Ferrari Challenge, and Lamborghini Trofeo. The races will be held at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, and other tracks in the British Islands.

For this racing series, Ariel has transformed the standard Atom into the Atom Cup. The car has received a new body kit, a full rollover protection for driver’s safety, Ohlins dampers, and Yokohama racing slicks. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter Honda i-Vtec four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 245 HP. This output will be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 145mph.

For those interested, Ariel will be offering three different packages. The Bronze package includes the Atom Cup car, entry fees for all the races, and a pit space at a price of £53,195 plus VAT (about $83K at the current rates). Next is the Silver package (£59,955 plus VAT, or about $93K) which adds one new set of tires per weekend and one race assistant. The final package is the Gold (£69,652 plus VAT, or about $108K) which adds secure car storage, maintenance between events, and transport to all the race weekends.

When you’re looking for an aftermarket tuner that knows their Mercedes models as much as anybody in the industry, it’s always a good idea to give the guys over at Vath a call.

Heck, on the chance that you just took delivery of a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster , then call it good timing because the German automaker has just released their latest tuning program for the soft-top SLS AMG . Featuring a comprehensive package that includes aerodynamic, performance, and interior modifications, Vath’s new program should give you enough reason to make the leap - expensive price tag notwithstanding.

The first thing to know about the new program is the aerodynamic kit that consists of a plethora of naked carbon fiber components. The kit is made up of a new front spoiler, a boot spoiler, side skirts, and extra brake ventilation. From there, attention was turned to the interior where the German tuner is making a available a host of high-end materials - carbon fiber, wood, leather, you name it! - to dress up the SLS AMG Roadster. A sporty steering wheel is also part of the program as is a new speedometer that has a new top speed limit of 250 mph.

Moving on to the engine, Vath took the SLS AMG Roadster’s 6.2-liter V8 engine and added in a supercharger and a new air box. From there, some ECU tweaking was done to increase the supercar’s output to an impressive 700 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque. Those new figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a new top speed of 205 mph.

Last, but not least, Vath developed a new suspension set-up that relies on threaded sports springs with AMG Ride Control, allowing the car’s ride height to be lowered from 20 to 45 mm. As far as extra options are concerned, Vath has a stainless steel exhaust system with throttle control and a stainless steel exhaust system with a sports catalyst as alternatives to the one already in the SLS AMG Roadster.

All told, the entire package costs €85,130, which is around $105,000 based on current exchange rates.

After being rumored for about three years now, the new V12 Vantage Roadster is finally here! Aston Martin hasn’t released any details on it just yet, but the first official images and specs have already surfaced the web. Before you get too excited, we have to tell you that this news comes with a dark side: the new V12 Vantage Roadster will be limited to only 101 units making it almost as exclusive as the One-77 and the V12 Zagato supercars.

Just like the coupe version, the V12 Vantage Roadster will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers an amazing 510 HP and 420 lbs-ft of torque. Unlike the coupe, however, the new roadster has received a few updates: a revised rear deck lid with a re-designed spoiler, a redesigned front air gurney, and modified front and rear suspensions. These changes were made in order to ensure that the open-top version would have the same aerodynamic results as the coupe.

UPDATE 07/11/2012: Aston Martin has unveiled a new set of images for the V12 Vantage Roadster and have also confirmed that the model will only be available in select markets as a limited edition. For the massive group of us that will more than likely never be able to own one, revel in the new images of the V12 Vantage Roadster in the gallery provided.

Hit the jump for the full review on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster.

If in the previous episode of its show Jay Leno was driving a 2013 SRT Viper GTS, in this latest episode Leno went a little bit more retro; he is reviewing a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark 1A - a model believed to be one of the most excellent sports cars of its era.

Next to Leno you will see Mike Michaels, former editor of the California Association of Tiger Owners newsletter and of course the owner of the car.

The 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark 1A is called by many people the "Cobra Junior" and is one part British roadster, one part American. The 1966 Tiger Tiger is powered by a Ford sourced 4.3 liter V8 engine with an output of 164 HP (200 HP for Mark 2). The model was built between 1964 and 1967 and a total of 7,085 units were built.

The Top Marques Monaco is without question one of the most important dates on the tuning calendar, particularly because of the location it’s held at every year. Nothing speaks more to millionaires throwing their money around than Monte Carlo, and some of the best tuners use that platform to show off their latest programs.

Now that the 2012 Top Marques Monaco has come and gone, we can definitely say that the tuners in attendance gave us programs that were for the books. One in particular was Mansory , which only recently wowed us at Geneva with not one , not two , not three , but four programs for some of the finest exotics in the land.

For their Monaco offering, the Swiss tuner brought their very first program for the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder , appropriately called "Monaco."

As you can expect, Mansory did some serious bodywork upgrades on the 458 Italia Spyder, complete with a body kit that’s made out of carbon fiber. The kit includes a restyled front apron with air inlets for the front coolers, a new bonnet, side skirts with integrated ducts, a rear skirt with an integrated diffuser, carbon blades that replace the rear window, and a rear wing. All told, the carbon fiber components shaved of 60 kg (132 lbs) from the supercar’s overall weight.

Under the hood of the Italian stallion, Mansory reprogrammed the ECU, the sports air filter, and the sport exhaust, translating to an increased output of 590 horsepower and 413 lb/ft of torque with a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

UPDATE 07/10/2012: Youtube user, Marchettino, was able to film the Mansory 458 Italia Monaco at an undisclosed auto show in France, providing a more in-depth look at the modified supercar. Check it out after the jump!

Check out videos of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder Monaco by Mansory after the jump!

Noted Porsche tuner, TechArt, has made a living off dropping our jaws with some of the programs they’ve built for the German automaker. With their latest piece of work, they managed to do it again.

This program for the 911 Cabriolet , which TechArt decided to fit with an aerodynamic body kit, reminds us of the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder . The first defining characteristic of the body kit are the lime green accents that have been applied and mixed into the gloss black body finish. From there, TechArt added in a slew of new components, including a new spoiler with an integrated splitter at the front, new aerowings in the front air intakes, headlight and side mirror trims, three different spoiler options, a fixed spoiler with a trailing edge, and last, but not least, an integrated third brake light.

The interior also gets the same treatment, particularly the leather interior with matching lime green stitching. The steering wheel was also replaced in favor of a Techart sports steering wheel while the PDK button shifts have been dropped for a set of paddle shifters. Another TechArt addition are the new set of Formula III forged wheels that have also been finished in gloss black.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is already undergoing a complete overhaul to enter its new generation, but the company has apparently realized the dire need for the Miata to be refreshed before it becomes completely obsolete ahead of the new generation’s debut .

Launched in 2005, the third generation MX-5 (NC) received its first major update in 2008. It’s barely been touched since then, but 2013 will come with a second round of updates before the car gets canned for the new generation. The new MX-5 (known as the Roadster in Japan) has already made its officially debut and is already on sale at all Mazda dealerships throughout Japan.

The exterior has been redesigned to offer a more aggressive look, while the interior has received a new luxury tan color finish for the genuine leather seats. The model has also received revised characteristics of the throttle and brake booster that help improve control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and the brakes in all models.

UPDATE 07/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the 2013 Mazda MX-5.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2013 Mazda MX5 Miata.


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