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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

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Spyker announced its global resurgence with the unveiling of the B6 Venator - a concept car that previews a future Porsche 911 competitor set to be unveiled in early 2014. The concept we saw in Switzerland was shown only as a coupe, but it looks like a roadster version will also be offered.

The announcement was made by Spyker in an official document revealing the company’s financial situation. Talking about the new B6 Venator, Spyker said: "The response has been very positive and we are confident that we will be able to build a strong order book for the B6 Venator. We intend to launch the Spyder (open) version of the B6 Venator later this year."

We expect the Spyder version to look nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its soft top.

Updated 08/08/2013: Today, Spyker dropped the first teaser image and the confirmation that the B6 Venator Spyder will make its world debut on August 16th, 2013 at Pebble Beach.

Updated 8/16/2013: Spyker unveiled the B5 Venator Spyder Concept today at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. You can see all the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the B6 Venator Concept.


Not a lot of people are familiar with the California-based niche automaker, Lucra. For one, it was founded just 3 years ago in 2010 and until now, it still has only one model to its name: the LC470 .

All that could change soon, given the automaker’s plan to introduce a second model comes to fruition. Details are still limited, but Lucra labeled the prototype model as the "2.2". The initial renderings show it as a long, front- or mid-engine sports roadster that looks - at least in terms of its shape and contour - eerily similar to the Corvette Stingray Concept of some years ago.

Judging by these renderings, the 2.2 does hold some design appeal. It’s got the streamlined look of a bona fide roadster and makes use of tons of modern automotive materials, including carbon fiber, LED lighting and state-of-the-art wheels.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, customers will have the choice of what V-8 engine they want Lucra Lucra to drop into the engine bay. Options include a GM-sourced powertrain or a Mercedes-source powertrain, which we assume will come from the German automaker’s in-house performance division, AMG.

Putting a number on the 2.2’s performance capabilities, it won’t be surprising if the sports roadster achieves somewhere around 530 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque under its hood to go with a 0-to-60 mph time of just under 3 seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph.

No word on yet on how far along the development of the 2.2 is, but considering the nature of the prototype, it won’t be long before a lot of people start talking about this new sports car from Lucra.

Click past the jump to read about potential competitors for the Lucra 2.2

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If you haven’t heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it’s only because Mazda is quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon. Still, in order to keep our attention focused on the model, Mazda announced today the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.

The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the "Jinba ittai" credo in mind, which can be translated as "rider and horse should be one body."

What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite.


When Jaguar promised to bring a design study of the F-Type to the Goodwood Festival of Speed , few people had any inkling that the British automaker was talking about this car.

This is the Project 7, a fully-functional, high-performance sports car (translation: it’s not a concept) that highlights the automaker’s new F-Type roadster while also paying homage to its winning tradition at Le Mans that saw the automaker take home the title seven times between 1951-1990 - a record for a British manufacturer.

Notice that the blue paintwork of the Project 7 looks like a classic shade turned up for a modern purpose. That’s not an accident because this same color is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957. Pretty interesting historical fact, huh?

And like we’ve already mentioned, the basis for the Project 7 is the F-Type, particularly the latter’s rigid all-aluminum architecture, providing the perfect starting point for Jaguar to add some tweaks and modifications and giving birth to quite a stunning sports car.

Updated 10/03/2013: Jaguar unveiled a new video featuring Ian Callum which explains the design process behind the new Project 7. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Project 7

The car still looks the same, but rest assured, it’s shape is probably the only thing it has in common with its predecessor: the R500 .

This is the Caterham Seven 620 R, the sports roadster that Caterham is touting as the replacement model of the range-topping R500.

Despite having the similar body character of pretty much everything Caterham has built in recent years, underestimating what the 620 R is capable of is an unwise thing to do. For one, it comes with an improved nose that allows for freer airflow. It also has a new gunmetal chassis, a race-spec cooling system, a De Dion rear suspension, a wide front track and a set of 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Avon ZZR tires.

Inside, the modifications were kept to simple yet profoundly indicative to the kind of car this sports roadster is. A "performance-focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear" was added, as was a new Q/R race-spec steering wheel, carbon-fiber racing seats, a carbon-fiber dash and carbon-fiber interior panels.

The Caterham Seven 620 R is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that develops 311 horsepower and 219 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful and torque-filled Seven to date. This is enough oomph to hit 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of about 155 mph.

If you’re looking to see this car live and in the flesh for the first time, you should head over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month because that’s when Caterham will officially introduce the Seven 620 R to the world.

The 620 R will hit British showrooms in late 2013 at a base price of £49,995 ($74,272 at the current exchange rates). There is no mention of whether Caterham will release the 620 R in the U.S., but we’re pretty sure it will see our streets at about $65,000. For those that find this price a little too rich, Caterham plans to unveil a less expensive and milder 620 S later in 2013.

Click past the jump to read about the Caterham Seven

With summertime about halfway over and fall bearing down on all of us, the thought of taking the summer tires off of your beloved ride in favor of all-season rubber that just doesn’t perform the same is depressing. With exception to us southern-state dwellers, you need a set of tires that can handle the rain, snow and ice that the winter, fall and spring present us, and most summer tires simply can’t handle the elements. Well, Michelin has an all-new all-season tire that packs summer tire-like stickiness with an all-season design and features: the Pilot A/S 3.

This all-new Pilot Sport tire uses a special blend of silica to help enhance the "sticky" feeling of the tire and a tread design that helps jettison water from under your car’s footprint. The combination of water channeling and extra silica really helps the tire bite down on the road. Additionally, variable-thickness sipes on the outer section of the tread help break up the tension in the water and then lock together to create maximum rubber contact to the asphalt.

When it comes to tires, you cannot base purchasing decisions on sheer performance, unless you have tons of money to blow. You also have to consider how long the manufacture guarantees the tire will last. Most summer tires don’t include a mileage warranty and most all-season tires with any sort of warranty are too hard to perform well. Michelin obviously found a nice balance with the Pilot A/S 3,as these shoes come with a 45,000-mile warranty.

A truly unique feature on the A/S 3 that surprises even me - a seasoned expert in the tire industry - is Michelin’s Helio Compound, which helps the rubber retain its soft and sticky properties in cold temperatures. This is a frequent complaint of all-season tire users, as it can take seemingly forever for your tires to get up to temperature on a cold day. Not only does this increase cold-weather grip, but it also increases comfort in cold weather.

You can snag up these tires now between the sizes of 175/65R15 and 285/35R20, which covers cars ranging from the Fiat 500 to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG . Once we get our hands on a set of them, we will let you know just how well they do, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to see detailed videos on these all-new tires and the crazy tests they underwent.

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The Audi press update for the 2014 TT reads like an obituary. There are actually a couple things to celebrate with this run-out special roadster and 2+2 coupe. Basically everything is included on the 2014 TT twins as standard: S-line trim, DSG, MRC and Quattro to name a few. The combo can still hustle the little Audi to 60 mph in just over five seconds.

So why all the doom and gloom? The second-generation TT is very old at this point and really needs the facelift that is coming next year. Audi has also promised the car will be lighter and more performance-focused than ever before.

The TT needs a new style because it is already pretty sophisticated and lightweight. It drives with the old inert Audi style that some do not enjoy as much as rear-drive competitors. Mostly, however, the problems with this car are image-based.

The TT has competition from more-focused cars, like the BMW Z4 , Mercedes-Benz SLK and even the forthcoming Scion FR-S convertible . Apart from the Scion , all are actually far more expensive than this little rocket’s $38,000 price.

Is this year the best time to jump into the Audi TT with all the equipment and a few discounts as well?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 changes and equipment highlights.

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Every time Aston Martin unveils a new model, the Volante version is sure to be waiting right around the corner and the new Vanquish is no exception. The model was unveiled today at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England as a celebration of the company’s centenary.

The upcoming Volante will borrow every detail from its coupe version, except, of course, for its lightweight fabric top that takes just 14 seconds to fold. It will feature the completely different lower front lip and small rectangular mouth than the new-generation Vanquish, as well as larger air ducts, revised headlight assemblies and nostril-style heat extractors on the hood. The rear of the vehicle features the new generation’s significantly larger and more aggressive spoiler, but the overall shape and design of the taillights is the same as on the 2012 model.

Updated 06/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 06/25/2013: Aston Martin has placed an online configurator for its brand new Vanquish Volante. You can now go and play with the colors and design your dream sports roadster. Enjoy!

Read more about the Vanquish Volante after the jump

To say that the second-generation Audi TT is on its last legs is a massive understatement. It’s barely getting by at this point, especially with the recent arrival of next-generation competitors, like the Porsche Cayman .

Granted, it’s all part of Audi’s eight-year cycle and since the second generation TT – including the TTS and TT-RS - arrived in 2006, it’s still on schedule to deliver generation three in 2014.

That’s the glass half-full way of looking at Audi’s TT lineup. The glass half-empty way of looking at it is that the second generation TT is still chugging along, with only minor upgrades given to the 2014 model.

We’re confident that Audi’s going to come strong with the next-generation TT. It always does. It’s just that we’ll all have to wait for that day to come.

For now, it’s just another TT facelift and to its credit, Audi did the best it could to give it that modern look. And sometimes, that really is the most it can do.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi TTS

Mazda MX-5

With the ever evolving landscape of the auto industry, it’s easy to get left behind on new developments that can be categorized as a "world first".

Mazda’s probably well aware of that, which is why it is taking the never-before-taken step of unveiling a new car - a global debut, in fact - through a video game system.

Believe it or not, that’s exactly what the Japanese automaker is set to do after partnering with Xbox to introduce a new global model as part of the first-ever global live stream of a new vehicle introduction through the Xbox.

“It’s a digitally connected world, so what better way to reach our customers than through a connected platform like Xbox,” Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda, said.

”We were looking for a way to launch a global product and tie together our five separate reveals. Xbox not only gave us the platform, but allowed us to leverage our digital assets to drive a global audience to view the event.”

Mazda is keeping a lid on what kind of vehicle it’s going to unveil, but fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The ground-breaking unveiling is scheduled to take place on June 26th in New York with the festivities being streamed globally, courtesy of Xbox Live, beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

To drum up interest for the talked about debut, Mazda is sweeping through social media, touring the hashtag #GameChanger, alluding presumably to a car that will redefine its market.

Perhaps Mazda is gearing up to unveil the next-generation MX-5 Miata .

For now, your guesses are as good as ours because the whole event is being shrouded in so much secrecy that would make the Pentagon proud.

If you want to be part of the unveiling - and score a chance to win $2,500 and create your own dream trip to a music event of your choice - you can participate in the live broadcast and the accompanying sweepstakes.

Click past the jump to read some history on the MX-5


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