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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

The Wiesmann Roadster has had a good run, that much we can be sure of, but just like Atari and SpongeBites, all good things must come to an end. So 18 years after we first saw the Roadster MF3 ], the German sportscar is being prepared for its swan song with a collection of special edition models that Wiesmann is building in collaboration with luxury brand, Sieger.

To commemorate its 18-year run that began in 1993, the German automaker will be rolling out 18 unique models of the MF3, with each model carrying their own special color schemes, to go with fancy-pants nicknames that include Panther, Ivory, Swiss Blue, and Mountain Mobile. One of the special edition models was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving the attending crowd the first look at the last set of MF3 Roadsters to carry the Wiesmann badge.

The MF3 Roadster Final Edition is powered by a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 338 horsepower - an increase of 13 horsepower from the standard model - and 269 lb/ft of torque. The car is mated to a number of gearbox options, including a five- or six-speed manual as well as an optional six-speed SMG transmission. All told, the MF3 Roadster Final Edition can clock in a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 158 mph.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: Weismann’s Final Edition MF3 Roadster, specifically the Scuba Mobil version, made its way over to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in all of its psychedelic glory! Check out the images of this colorful ride in the picture gallery!

In early 2012, Mercedes unveiled the new generation SL-Class , but their newest unveiling is the one we’ve actually been waiting for. After previewing the most powerful model in the SL series during the official launch of the new Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car in Spain, Mercedes has officially unveiled the SL63 AMG.

As expected, the SL63 AMG looks more aggressive than the standard SL-Class thanks to a deeper front bumper with larger air intakes, the usual AMG LED daytime running lights sitting inside the bumper, "V8 Biturbo" badges, a subtle rear deck spoiler, and the quad trapezoidal-shaped chromed tailpipes.

The new Mercedes SL63 AMG is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine already used in models like the CLS 63 AMG , tuned to deliver a total of 537 HP, or 564 HP when equipped with the AMG Performance package. Thanks to the all-aluminum bodyshell and assorted magnesium components, the new sports car is about 240 lbs lighter than its predecessor. The added power and decrease in weight allows it a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but if the customer opts for the removal of the top speed limiter then they will enjoy impressive 186 mph. At the same time, Mercedes has promised that the fuel economy has been improved by 30%.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: We have added a new series of live images from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!

UPDATE 04/24/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new promo video presenting the brand new SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG driven in the beautiful scenery of Tenerife. Enjoy!

UPDATE 07/30/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new video of their SL 63 AMG driven by the most famous tennis players in the world. The video has been shot during the 2012 Weißenhof Tennis Tournament in Stuttgart.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

After the Acura NSX Concept came out in its coupe version at the Detroit Auto Show, the Acura NSX Roadster has been revealed thanks to a series of patent drawings brought out by the European patent office on February 22, 2012. As you can see these drawings, the Roadster version will look very much like the car that will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movie .

If the NSX Roadster sees a production line in its future then it will be the same type of sporty model as the coupe version with an aggressive design language and up-to-date technology. This means that the next NSX Roadster will be feature Acura’s innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system that combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, allowing the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.

Look for the Acura NSX Roadster to debut as a 2014 model.

Updated 03/12/2012: Today we have a very cool rendering of the upcoming Acura NSX Roadster. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Source: Vtec

This is not the first tuning package we’ve seen for the new generation SLK-Class , but when it comes to Mercedes models, Carlsson always seems to do an extraordinary job. And their package for the new SLK set to be revealed in Geneva next week is no exception. The new package offers an impressive exterior and interior kit, as well as an increase of 38 HP for the SLK250 version.

For the exterior, Carlsson added a new front spoiler, a carbon fiber RS front spoiler lip, and Carlsson grille inserts made from electro-polished stainless steel. For the rear, the package adds new skirt inserts, a new diffuser, and a new spoiler for increased downthrust. The car sits on a new set of 19" wheels combined with a new suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 30 millimeters.

For the interior, the tuner put in Nappa Exclusive leather, Carlsson pedal overlays, Carlsson footrests, Carlsson door locking pins made from brushed aluminum, door sill panels, and a glass wind deflector with the laser-printed Carlsson logo.

A CB25 S performance kit takes care of the 1.8 four-cylinder engine by increasing the power from the standard 201 HP to 239 HP. The performance kit was combined with a new stainless steel rear muffler with four oval tailpipes.

Delphi has just announced their presence at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with the first teaser image of a concept car they call the "F1for3." This concept was developed in cooperation with Franco Sbarro and comes "to demonstrate technologies designed to keep drivers connected while on the road."

Delphi has yet to offer any significant details on the concept - we are sure they are waiting for the debut to do that - but they describe it as "a show car that showcases a range of innovative products including smart user interface, world-standard mobile TV tuner and a slim line roof module with integrated reception system." Aside from the technological goodies, the F1for3 was more than likely also designed for high speed because Delphi says it was created to "redefine the in-vehicle experience and make seamless connectivity possible, even when traveling at high speed."

More details about the new Delphi F1for3 concept will be unveiled on March 6th during its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

The Spyder version of the new Lamborghini Aventador supercar will be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but thanks to our spy photographers, we have some fresh spy shots to give us a head-start on the unveiling. The drop-top super car has been caught during some of its extensive winter testing somewhere in Northern Sweden. In these photos, we can see what the camouflage was being used to conceal: the roof can be lifted off. It also looks like the roof may be made of carbon fiber instead of the soft top fabric found on the Murcielago Roadster .

Everything else about the Aventador Spyder - from the design language to the performance - will be identical to its Coupe sibling. This would leave potential buyers with the option of purchasing a super car with a 700 HP V12 engine that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 217 mph, all while enjoying the roadster style amenities.

Stay tuned! More details will follow when the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is unveiled in Geneva next week!

Before you get too excited about these spy shots, we have to tell you that, despite similarities, you are not looking at a production version of the Audi e-tron Spyder Concept . This is, in fact, the Roding - a two seat mid-engine sports car developed by a small German car manufacturer called Roding Automobile.

A Roding prototype was caught testing for the first time last year, but it was one of the ugliest cars ever. Roding seemed to have understood that and knew that if they wanted to "set new standards in the roadster segment" they would have to change things significantly. And they did!

The new Roading Roadster will feature a carbon fiber chassis and a powerful turbo charged engine. Maximum performance and driving dynamics are achieved through consequent lightweight construction, and a state of the art six cylinder turbocharged engine with an impressive output of 300 HP and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels.

The official presentation will be held at the end of this year, with first delivery set to begin in 2012. There will be only 23 units built.

UPDATE 02/22/2012: After getting put through some extensive testing a year ago, the Roding Roadster will finally be making its world debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Can’t wait? Here’s a new rendering to hold you over!

UPDATE 02/28/2012: With just one week before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Roding Roadster has been unveiled in a series of new teaser images. The good news is that it looks even better when painted in red!

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

The new generation Beetle was launched last year in its coupe version, but Volkswagen is still trying to keep the cabrio version a secret until its official debut this Spring at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Tough luck, V-Dub, because our spy photographers have caught the drop top Beetle testing in some shivery winter conditions.

Volkswagen has done their best to make the convertible Beetle look like the old version, but they haven’t really succeeded at that. The model will borrow its design language from the coupe except it will feature an automated folding soft-top. Of course, that one selling point may be its most attractive feature, so expect higher sales for the convertible version.

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio will be powered by the same engine line-up found in the coupe. There will be one diesel engine, as well as two petrol engines with power ranging from 138 HP to 197 HP. The engines will be mated to either a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed DSG.

Another auto show, another special edition MX-5 Miata . Leave it to Mazda to do something like that, and quite frankly, you won’t see any complaints from us.

It wasn’t that long ago - last week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show , to be exact - when Mazda treated all of us with a new special edition model of the legendary MX-5 Miata Roadster.

Not content with just one of these bad boys being showcased at a major auto event, the Japanese automaker decided to bring ANOTHER special edition MX-5 Miata to the NEXT auto event on the calendar: the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

This particular model is called the "MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012", a car that will be offered exclusively to the European market - America, we had our turn last week! - and distinguishing itself with a choice of four exterior paint finishes, including Radiant Ebony, Crystal White Pearl, Metropolitan Grey and Brilliant Black.

In addition to the four interesting color ways, the MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012 will also carry grille surrounds, chrome headlamp inserts, and fog lamp bezels as part of the exterior enhancements. As for the interior, Mazda dressed up the special edition MX-5 with a pretty unique “Havana Brown” leather upholstery, as well as fitting the same model with an integrated navigation system, a first for the Mazda MX-5.

Mercedes just released the new generation SL-Class out on the market, but the road to this moment has been really long. The history of the Mercedes SL began in 1954 and has lasted through six generations. A history that long deserves recognition, so Mercedes has released this video that explains the many years of the SL-Class’ success.

The first Mercedes SL-Class was powered by a four-cylinder engine, but a lot has evolved since then and now the SL is powered by a V8 engine that pushes out a total of 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque (top version).

While describing the video, Mercedes said: "For 60 years the Mercedes-Benz SL has been an automotive icon, synonymous with outstanding innovation and refined athleticism. Take a look through the evolution of a car that continues to set standards for what a car should be."


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