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

Art Basel is considered the most prestigious art show in the country and with all the art cars we’ve been seeing around lately, it’s almost certain that we’d see one in the event.

Lo and behold, we did. And dear Lord, does it look awesome.

The art car, a 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster , was worked on by Champion Porsche in collaboration with world famous artist Miguel Paredes. The latter, born and raised in New York’s Upper West Side, is an urban realist that specializes in New York graffiti art.

Putting his skills to good use, Paredes designed a psychedelic Japanese-inspired visage on the 911 Speedster, replete with colorful tones, a geisha on the hood, and lots and lots of flowers. Flower power, indeed!

The Art Basel show brought together more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, showcasing more than 2,000 works from artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. While we can appreciate a good piece of art when we see one, the undoubted highlight of the art show was this impeccably crafted Porsche 911 Speedster art car.

To those that don’t know, the 911 Speedster is a limited edition 911 - only 356 have been made - that’s powered by a 3.8-liter flat six engine, producing an impressive 408 horsepower.

Now we know that model no.176 of the 356 models is the most colorful of the bunch.

There are a lot of things about the Netherlands that we enjoy. The milk is fantastic, the cheese is delicious, and the women, well, let’s just say that they’re true eye candies.

Now, you can add one more thing to that list: the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

First teased around the same time a year ago - took longer than expected to be revealed - the D8 GTO has finally arrived in all its fireball-ic glory. Born from the heritage of Donkervoort’s other creations - the GT and the D8 270RS , to be exact - the D8 GTO takes the reigns from its predecessors as a larger model that comes with matching performance capabilities.

The D8 GTO is the product of a collaboration between Donkervoort Automobielen and Audi Quattro GmbH and was developed for the past two-and-something years. It may have taken a while to be completed, but once you get acclimated with what the D8 GTO has to offer, you’re going to realize that the wait was well worth it.

Find out more about the Donkervoort D8 GTO after the jump.

Tesla is wrapping up their Lotus-based Roadster in 2011 and making way for their new Roadster - completely Tesla from the ground up - in 2014. But before that happens, Tesla will be reeling in the last bit of cash on their current model with one last Final Edition, limited to five models. These units will only be sold on the North American market, but Tesla has promised that similar editions will also be offered for the European and Asian markets, making room for 15 final units in this current model’s future.

The Tesla Roadster Final Edition is finished in a special Sporting Atomic Red paint and then combined with a duo of dark silver stripes on its hood and rear clamshell. The look is finished off with an exclusive set of anthracite aluminum wheels.

However, the exterior changes are the only changes that will be made to the model. Expect to find the same electric motor under the hood; a 3-phase, 4-pole induction motor producing a maximum net power of 248 HP. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can travel more than 200 miles per charge.

Source: Autoblog

This has been quite an interesting past couple of weeks for British magazine, EVO, as they have had the chance to test some of the most impressive cars in the world, including this very cool Ferrari SA Aperta tested by Harry Mercalfe.

The SA Aperta is limited to only 80 units, so you can imagine that actually getting permission to test it is quite a daunting task, which is why we’re pretty psyched to have a video of this test drive.

The Ferrari SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine that delivers an impressive 661 HP at 8250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.

Watch the video to see what Harry Mercalfe thinks about this impressive car, but we can assure you that he only has good things to say about it.

Now that Lamborghini has officially unveiled the new LP700-4 Aventador , it seems many people have forgotten about the Reventon - one of the coolest supercars launched in the past few years. But, while others have ousted the Reventon from their minds, Media Merchants - a Canadian company that specializes in projection based technologies - has unveiled a very cool video featuring this spectacular sports car.

Don’t think for one second that this video is all about revving engines and high speeds; the nature of this company’s work alone should tell you it’s definitely not going to be that kind of video. What you’ll see is some creative minds at work with their computer.

This may just be the perfect way to promote a car. Let us know what you think after watching it! Enjoy!

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

Just like every other model in Mercedes’ line-up, the SLS AMG will also receive a Black Series version . The Coupe version is already set for release in 2014 and new rumors are suggesting that the Roadster version will be arriving a year later. This debut setup should come as no surprise considering Mercedes just dropped the SLS AMG Roadster at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Just like the coupe model, the Black Series SLS AMG Roadster will be powered by a revised, naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 engine that will deliver an extra 50 HP over the car’s standard 570 HP, meaning a power boost to at least 620 HP. Next to this, the SLS AMG Roadster will get a more aggressive exterior package that will include a V-shaped bonnet, a more powerful front apron, larger air intakes, an AMG rear apron with black diffuser insert, and dual twin chrome tailpipes.

Rendering is of the SLS AMG Black Series Coupe.

Ever since the Honda S2000 was dropped in 2009, rumors surrounding a a hybrid successor for the roadster have been buzzing. Turns out, those rumors may be true now that Honda has announced the EV-STER Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. Could this be the beginning of the next small roadster? So far, signs point to yes. The Concept is being described as "a next-generation compact EV sports model, fun to drive while achieving excellent environmental performance." It is an all-electric vehicle that combines the pleasure of driving with zero CO2 emissions.

The new EV-STER Concept is made of carbon materials that help reduce the vehicle’s total weight. It is powered by an electric engine combined with a RWD system and a 10kWh lithium-ion battery that ensure a driving range of approximately 100 miles. The concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 100 mph.

The concept uses an easy-to-operate twin-lever steering that was adopted for the thorough pursuit of the joy of driving. Moreover, the new concept model enables the driver to make his/her own adjustments to some vehicle characteristics such as motor output and suspension settings, to embody the joy of maneuvering to the fullest extent.

UPDATE 12/15/11: Honda has officially announced that the EV-STER Concept has been green-lighted for production. The news comes courtesy of Auto Motor und Sport, who stated that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has said that the roadster is headed to production and could be offered as early as next year in both standard gasoline and electric powertrains.

UPDATE 02/08/12: Honda has released a new promo video of the EV-STER Concept, which you can check out by clicking on the photo above. Enjoy!

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

We’ve all known for quite some time that Lamborghini was in the middle of developing a drop-top version of their latest supercar, the Aventador LP700-4 . But what we didn’t know, at least until now, was when the Aventador Spyder was going to make its world debut. Well, according to a source that spoke to Teamspeed, the Italian automaker has already booked the dates for the Aventador Spyder’s grand unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this coming March.

The standard Aventador is equipped with a powerful V12 engine producing 700 HP at 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. This same powerhouse will be dropped into the Spyder, whose added soft top roof will pack on a few more pounds and slow down the performance figures just a tad. That translates into a 0-60mph sprint time a shade over the coupe’s 2.9 seconds.

To all of this we say: March certainly can’t come soon enough.


Source: Teamspeed

Titles can be a little deceiving. At first we thoght this tuning sensation was quite possibly a new ride in the Need for Speed franchise, but it’s actually a project completed by Need4Speed Motorsports, a tuning firm based out of Glendale, California with over 20 years of combined experience in the wheel and tire industry. This tuning masterpiece is based on the Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster and includes a lightweight body kit and, of course, a killer set of new wheels.

The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster by Need4Speed Motorsports includes a body kit made entirely of carbon fiber, with the exception of the steel roof and door panels. The interior also gets carbon Fiber trim with an optional carbon fiber engine brace. The car sits on a new set of HRE 590 R 19×8.5 front and 20×13 rear wheels that were actually custom painted in Arancio paint and combined with carbon fiber brakes. The car will also be equipped with a double wishbone suspension with coil springs, gas dampers, and an anti-roll bar.

No engine upgrades were provided for the Lamborghini, but the Roadster already comes packed with a powerful 6,192cc V12 engine producing 580 hp at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 479 lbs-ft at 5400 rpm. It can sprint 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 199mph.

Hit the jump for a video of the Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster by Need4Speed Motorsports.

In the midst of all the top names in sports car history, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) is stepping up to the plate with their new lightweight, ultra high performance, road legal Mono. The BAC Mono is designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology and is battling for top billing amongst vehicles like theAriel Atom and KTM X-Bow .

The BAC Mono track is a single central-seat featuring an aggressive design. It is constructed from high-strength carbon fiber composite and is powered by a 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 280 HP. This engine sprints the car to an impressive top speed of 170 mph.

In the official statement, BAC describes their work: "Aimed at drivers who seek a purist driving experience and for whom design, engineering excellence and performance are of paramount importance, Mono is an aggressive design and will set a new benchmark in the small, but elite segment of radical, lightweight sports cars."

For those interested, the Mono is currently on sale for £66,625, or about $107,400 at the current exchange rates, plus local taxes.

UPDATE 12/09/2011: Any fans of the special BAC Mono will be happy to hear that the car will be imported to the US market by Sector111 LLC, California. Only 12 units will be offered at a starting price of $130,000 each.

Hit the jump to read more about the BAC Mono Track Car.

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