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

Volkswagen has released a full army of concept vehicles based on their new Up! platform at the Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the concept vehicles, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team, is a version of the Up! that takes nautical pleasures to a new level.

As an open-top concept with a lack of doors too, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team was penned by no less than Volkswagen chief, Walter de Silva, and Giorgetto Giugiaro with the idea of bringing to life and paying homage to nautical life. As such, the design elements featured in the concept carry some of those nautical characteristics, including an open-cabin with mahogany and maple wood trims, chrome components, and white-blue leather. On top of that, the car has also been dressed in a resin coating to make it waterproof, which would make sense considering the whole point of the concept.

As for the powertrain, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team runs on an electric motor, although nothing appears to be set in stone since the concept is unlikely to ever make it to production.

From the people that gave us the SR2 and the SRZero comes a new track-day and road-focused roadster that’s expected to be the company’s flagship model of 2011. Radical Motorsports recently introduced their new bad boy, the SR3 SL, at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England.

According to Radical Motorsports , the SR3 SL is expected to be their most advanced supercar yet. Certainly, there’s a lot to like about this British beast. It’s got 300 horsepower inside of it, making for a scintillating open-top joy ride. It’s lightweight structure - overall weight is just 675 kg - allows it to to quick and agile, even for Radical’s standards.

And if you just happen to have an insatiable lust for power and speed, Radical Motorsports is offering a Race Pack for the SR3 SL that comes with added features, including an engine calibration map selection that provides ‘road’, ‘wet’, and ‘racetrack’ suitable maps, a racing bi-plane rear wing, racing tire options, and an FIA-approved fuel cell.

Suffice to say, Radical took the time to load up on the SR3 SL, much to our approval.

UPDATE 09/15/11:The Radical SR3 SL has been around for some time now, but it was only this week when it made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Suffice to say, the car looks hella nice up close and personal, too. Check out the new images in the gallery provided!

Details on the Radical SR3 SL after the jump.

It’s not unusual for Bugatti to show up to a major auto show with some rendition of their Veyron supercar, and Frankfurt’s model is a special edition Veyron Grand Sport slathered with red exterior paint. It seems Bugatti brought the Grand Sport along because they’re having a bit of trouble selling the powerful convertible. Both the Veyron Coupe and Veyron Super Sport are sold out, but there are still 108 units Grand Sport available, from a total of 150.

So in an effort to move the Grand Sport right along in sales, Bugatti has graced the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show floor with this sultry red model. Everything about this car is red; the exterior, the interior, and the partially red wheels. It’s a fitting color considering there’s a fiery hot 8.0L W16 engine with 1001 HP under the hood.

Along with the beautiful Grand Sport on display, Bugatti also chose the Frankfurt Motor Show to officially confirm that an even more powerful Veyron Grand Sport has been prepared for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This definitely smells like the Grand Sport Super Sport we caught testing just last month!

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Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will be debuting their updated model for their flagship SLK convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but with an unprecedented twist by the German luxury brand: it’s a diesel.

That’s right, for the first time, the SLK will feature a turbocharged-four diesel engine. The 2012 SLK 250 CDI comes full of new features and a few drips of technology including their 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission, magic sky roof, and the airscarf.

More than just a few upgrades, the new super-sleep SLK offers an elongated ride lending to more cabin and trunk space, an improved steering control and braking system to handle the diesel oomph, and three other petrol engines if you so choose.

At $60,065, it’s one of the more expensive roadsters in its market, but promises to be fun, and of course, luxurious.

Hit the jump to read on about the 2012 SLK 250 CDI.

Mercedes Vision SLA

It’s been 11 long years since Mercedes unveiled the Mercedes Vision SLA and people are still talking about whether or not this little roadster will ever be produced. Each time a new rumor surfaces, another Mercedes model debuts and the rumor gets washed away (this is what happened a few years ago when the SLS roadster was unveiled). Now all of the chatter about Mercedes’ upcoming A-Class has drudged up the SLA rumors once again, stating that the German brand could be producing the small roadster as early as 2013.

Mercedes’ latest generation small car platform, known as the MFA (Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture), has been said to underpin four different Merc models: the B-Class , the A-Class, the BLS four-door coupe, and the BLK compact crossover. Australian magazine, Go Auto, is suggesting that this platform may also be used for the SLA Roadster - a small car ready to take on models like the BMW 1-Series Convertible and the Audi TT Roadster.

If produced, the SLA Roadster will be based on the new B-class architecture, meaning front-wheel drive for the first time in a Mercedes roadster. The two-seater soft-top convertible will share as many characteristics as possible with the concept unveiled in 2000, but will adopt the compact proportions of the SLK , SL, and SLS convertibles. Under the hood, Mercedes will place an all-new 1.6-liter turbo-charged direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine mated to Mercedes’ upcoming seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, as well as a six-speed manual transmission. The company may also be considering 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel models, but that’s an even bigger rumor than the SLA itself.

If produced, the Mercedes SLA Roadster should be seen in 2013, priced at around $65,000. Would we take a more expensive SLA Roadster over an Audi TT (currently $40,800)? Probably not, but it would be interesting to see what Mercedes could come up with.

Source: Go Auto

Morgan hasn’t been back in the game for a year and they’re already coming out with a special edition model for their reincarnated 3-Wheeler . We’re guessing these guys are going full steam ahead with their comeback.

The new special edition 3-Wheeler comes courtesy of a tie-up between the famed automaker and English clothing brand, Superdry. The whole package comes with a unique leather jacket and a 3-Wheeler model that comes with a custom shifter, a new fuel filter cap, an orange stripe on the tires, a matte silver paint with custom graphics, a Superdry leather interior, and plaques of recognition of the special edition series.

Together with all these new goodies, the 3-Wheeler also comes with an impressive 2.0-liter twin SS engine that produces 115 horsepower and a weight of just 500 kg (about 1102 lbs) with a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The car will only run on a limited number - only 200 models are being built - with the price tag still being kept under wraps. Since the standard model costs £46,000 - $75,500 - you can expect the 3-Wheeler Superdry Edition to fetch more than that.

Unless you’re Michael Stoschek and have a Ferrari F430 Scuderia turned Lancia Stratos to play in, chances are you won’t be able to ride in a brand new Lancia Stratos for anything short of an arm and leg.

But all that’s about to change thanks to the people over at Montenergy.

The Italian tuning firm has come up with a body kit for the KTM X-Bow called the "Stratosferica." The name alone illustrates the tuning firm’s ultimate goal; to make a Stratos from the more affordable street-homologated sports car. This transformation was achieved by putting a top on the once top-less track car and giving it the look, depending on how trained your eyes are to detail, of a Lancia Stratos.

On top of the body kit, Montenergy is also offering a performance boost for the X-Bow, one that takes the output of its Audi -sourced 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine from the standard 237 horsepower to 310 ponies. For information’s sake, that’s more powerful than the most powerful X-Bow - the 300-horsepower X-Bow R - in the market.

The whole enchilada of modifications will set you back €12,000, which is about $17,000 based on current exchange rates. Add that to the base price of $88,500 for the KTM KTM X-Bow and the whole shebang will set you back about $105,500. Considering that, as of right now, that’s one of the only options for a brand new "Stratos-like" vehicle, the price isn’t all that steep. Even if rumors are true and a limited run of Stoschek’s new Lancia Stratos are produced - not likely, but stranger things have happened - it would cost around $545,000. That makes this tuning package for the KTM X-Bow that much better.

Videos of the car can be found after the jump

This vehicle’s been around but we couldn’t believe that it fell through the cracks without much of a notice from us. But hey, better late than never, right? This is the Tiger Aviator, an advanced, road and track racer straight from the world of the Caterham 7 and the Irmscher i-SELECTRA . These three models may look the same, but there are plenty of differences that come with the Aviator, most specifically its cheap price compared to its contemporaries.

Sure, it might not be as powerful - or has an electric powertrain like the i-SELECTRA - as its contemporaries, but it does offer plenty of qualities that should make the purchase, if you intend to buy one that is, well worth the money.

And hey, if for nothing else, the car looks the part of a retro roadster that offers plenty of bite to go with all the options it comes in based on customer preference.

Details of the Tiger Aviator can be found after the jump.

"Errare humanum est!"

To err is human and since cars are built by humans, it’s quite normal to experience mistakes now and then. Even great cars like the Audi R8 Spyder fall privy to recalls and that’s exactly what’s happening now. As of August 22, 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling the 920 R8 Spyder models due to a fuel leak that may lead to a vehicle fire.

"The fuel supply line may contact and rub against the heat shield in the engine compartment," said NHTSA. "This could lead to a small fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a vehicle fire."

The first complaint came to Volkswagen on June 6, 2011, when a customer announced that he felt a fuel smell after refilling the Audi R8 Spyder.

If you own a 2011-12 Audi R8 Spyder, call Audi at 1-800-822-2834 to have the fuel line inspected and replaced, if necessary.

Source: Inside Line

Throughout the many years the Corvette has been in existence, it has maintained its reputation for being a classic sports car. Each generation has passed, adding more power and an altered design, but what happens when you want to take a classic Corvette and give it a modern twist? This is where a dedicated team can step in to restore and upgrade the veteran vehicle into the masterpiece it was intended to be. Now, there have been plenty of restored and upgraded vehicles in our time, but this particular project stands out because of the particular vehicle undergoing the transformation: a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster.

The updated and restored Corvette took three years to complete, but the final product is a vehicle that stays true to its history. The custom Spectrum turquoise vehicle is all Corvette - not leftover parts from random sports cars - and is even powered by a modern Corvette LT1 Generation II 350 that develops an impressive 420 HP (an impressive update over the first generation 283 HP), mated to a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission.

The 1958 Corvette Roadster LT1 700R4 Pro Touring is now available for sale at RK Motors for a price of $119,900 - an impressive offer considering the car is typically estimated at over $200K.

Hit the jump to read more about the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster LT1 700R4 Pro Touring.

Source: RK Motors

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