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

It wasn’t that long ago when Horacio Pagani confirmed that their latest Huayra supercar would indeed see a roadster version in about three years. And although this news doesn’t exactly surprise many of us who saw this car coming from a mile away, its potential look is something that can only be dreamed about. That is, unless you’re the impatient type and want to check out our rendering for a sneak peek at its design instead.

So, Pagani will slice and dice the roof off of their Huayra supercar and consequentially eliminate the gull wing doors, but little else will be changed at all. Expect the same carbon-titanium chassis, 700 HP twin-turbocharged engine, X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission, and all of the rest of the goodies that make the Huayra special. You can also expect slower performance times thanks to the added weight of the convertible roof, not that you would notice the difference as the wind barrels through your hair at high speeds.

UPDATE 04/01/2011: Check out our new renderings for the future Paganui Huayra Roadster!

Updated 02/19/2014: New details on the Huayra Roadster suggest that this version could be unveiled in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned to see how the final version will look like. (Thesupercakids)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Pagani Huayra Roadster.

While we’re preparing for our New York Auto Show, the other side of the world is hosting numerous automakers at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. One of the automakers dazzling the show floor is Chevrolet with their new Miray concept car - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports car whose name means "Future" in Korean. The concept was built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary and previews the company’s future design language evolution.

The new Miray concept combines design elements from the 1963 ’Monza (Monza) SS’ and 1962 Corvair Super Spyder and molds them into a futuristic design language. It features an aerodynamic body shape with Le Mans (Le Mans) racer-style vertical doors, a dual-port grille, LED headlamps, a carbon fiber spoiler, and a new set of wheels, 20" at the front and 21" at the rear.

According to GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone, "’Mi-ray’ is Korean for ‘future.’ As GM rolls out Chevrolet across Korea, the Mi-ray concept offers an exploration of future possibilities for the brand. It strengthens the bond between car and driver, creating a fresh look at what sports cars of the future might be."

UPDATE 08/16/11: The Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept left such an impression at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year that the Bowtie has decided to bring the Asia-penned concept car to one of the biggest auto shows of the year in Frankfurt. That’s great news because when we saw in Seoul, we couldn’t get enough of it, so to see it in Frankfurt is a pretty good treat for us.

Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept.

Rumors about Kia working on a competitor for the Mazda MX-5 started spinning about six months ago, and we can’t say we’re all that surprised. Considering Kia’s latest sales boom in the market - with theKia Soul and all of its variations, the Kia Forte , and heck, even the Kia Sedona popping up everywhere in its minivan glory - the company is beginning to be as popular as the 2 for 1 sodas at your local gas station. Now the confirmation of the expansion of Kia’s lineup has finally been received in a recent interview with European CEO Paul Philpott.

"I’d like to have a Kia MX-5. 2011 and 2012 are about establishing the brand. But for 2013 and 2014, we’re thinking about halo models that stretch the company forward."

In describing the possible future sports roadster, chief designer Peter Schreyer said that it will get the company’s latest "tiger nose" grille, but will be more aggressive than the current models. We’re thinking something along the lines of the 2003 Kia KCV-III Concept (pictured above). The KCV-III was a 2+2 convertible coupe which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It was designed for the Generation Y consumers and whose edgy and cool design should prove a good starting point for the future model.

Rumors suggest that Mazda will mostly likely be placing a 1.4 liter engine with an output of about 200 HP under the hood. This is the same engine that can be found in the MX-5 , but we have reason to believe that a hybrid version of the Kia roadster is also a strong possibility.

Source: AutoExpress

Mercedes has its slots filled for this year’s New York Auto Show, as the company will be unveiling the new C63 AMG Coupe , a new concept car, and another AMG model during the show. If we take previous marketing exploitations as a hint of the future, then expect to see the SLS AMG Roadster teased back in February in the Mercedes Super Bowl commercial on this roster as the second AMG model. As for the concept car, it will surely follow along the usual concept criteria, which involves previewing the company’s future technology.

Alongside the three models making their world premieres, Mercedes will also be busy with another three models making their North American debuts: the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster , C-Class Coupe , and C-Class will all be in attendance to strut their stuff for the American crew.

Hang tight and we’ll bring more coverage of the event and news of Mercedes’ expected debuts as soon as we get it.

Source: Carscoop

When the Pagani Huayra first took our breath away at the Geneva Motor Show, our first thoughts were about what we’d have to do to make enough money to buy this Italian hyperbeast. When we realized that we’d probably have to hit the lottery to be able to afford the Huayra, we immediately shifted our focus from starstruck fan to professional journalist and began to wonder if a roadster version of the Huayra will be released in the future.

Turns out, according to Horacio Pagani himself, it’s not a question of ’if’ as it is a question of ’when’.

In an interview with Autoblog Argentina, the man behind Pagani Automobili bared the company’s plans of building a drop-top Huayra. When asked if there was going to be a future Huayra roadster, Pagani answered in so simple terms: "Yes, surely there will be a model Huayra Roadster in approximately three years."

So there you have it, folks. While we’re not all that surprised to find out that a Huayra roadster is going to be in the production block soon, it still helps to get confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth.

Mazda is going to compete in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship 2011 with a lightweight MX-5 GT. The model has been created in cooperation with Tunbridge Wells-based Jota Sport and weights only 1873 lbs.

"The MX-5 production race car’s modest power output, bullet proof reliability and nimble handling demonstrated last year how the MX-5 can be competitive against some of the purpose-built Lotus, VW and BMW BMW race cars. With a higher power output combined with the durability, reliability and handling attributes that the MX-5 is renowned for; the MX-5 GT race car will be strong contender against the more powerful race cars in its class," said Graeme Fudge, PR Director, Mazda UK.

The MX-5 GT will be driven by two Mazda works drivers including experienced Mazda racing driver, Mark Ticehurst and racing driver, Owen Mildenhall.

UPDATE 08/19/11: Mazda has come out with a new video featuring the MX5-GT taking a hot lap around the world famous Spa Francorchamps race track in Belgium. The video is hosted by Mark Ticehurst as he pilots his little sportster around the track. Check it out!

Hit the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT.

UPDATE 08/21/12: The Mazda Mazda MX-5 GT4 - yeah, that’s what it’s called now - has now been priced by Mazda. Want to find out how much it’s going to cost? Click past the jump to find out.

When Renault unveiled the DeZir concept at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, no one really expected the sporty concept car to ever make it to production. With no real sports car in its lineup, we figured Renault would only be using the DeZir’s design as inspiration for other models and concepts, such as the Captur recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. While that prediction still reigns true for the most part, Renaultsport has taken on the challenge of bringing a mid-engined sports car that is based off of the DeZir concept to the production line, and will do so as a stand alone badge.

As close to a production Dezir as we will ever see, the future sports car will be a roadster offered with a conventional engine. It will do away with the gullwing doors found on the concept, but will maintain Renault’s new front-end styling and will most likely be powered by a version of the Renaultsport Clio’s venerable 2.0-liter motor that delivers a total of 200 HP — although Renault could also offer the car with a hot diesel motor.

The decision to have RenaultSport branch out on its own instead of reviving the Alpine badge was based on the fact that the French manufacturer wouldn’t be able to "fulfill Alpine’s values in the model," so a revival was simply out of the question. Future plans for the extended branch will include derivative versions of the Mégane and quite possibly "two or three" unique models beyond their usual hot hatches.

Source: Autocar
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The original Lotus 7 was a no nonsense, no frills kind of car. It was the epitome of Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s design philosophy, “Simplify, then add lightness.” The original Lotus 7 was a tiny little bugger. The Lotus 7 was powered by a small Ford-produced Inline 4 and it ranged in power from a meager 49 HP to a more robust 135 HP. The best part about the Lotus Lotus 7 was the fact that it weighed as much as a flea and it was astonishingly quick for the time, hitting 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds.

In 1973, Lotus sold the rights for the 7 design to Caterham who has been building it ever since. While Lotus has continued to build a number of small, lightweight cars, - the Elan and Elise come to mind - they’ve sadly never really had a true successor to the original 7. Diseno-art.com thought that should change though and they’ve designed what they dub the 2011 Lotus New 7 Concept to fill that void.

Source: Diseno-Art

The Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept certainly proved to be one heck of a model after its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the fact that Alfa Romeo already confirmed its production in 2012 was just music to our ears. What’s makes this bit of news even more entertaining is that Alfa is also planning a Spyder version of the 4C GTA, which is set to be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If feedback is as positive for the Spyder as it was for the original concept, then the rendering provided may just be what it will look like.

As a reminder, the 4C GTA concept is powered by a 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP and is mated to an automatic twin dry clutch transmission. With this type of power sitting under the hood, the concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The coupe version weighs only 1,800 pounds, but the Spyder version will be a tad heavier due to the addition of the roof.

Source: GMotors

Back in 1991, Japanese automaker Mazda made history as the first Japanese automaker to win the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans. On the strength of the Mazda 787B No.55 and driven by the team of Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler, and Bertrand Gachot, Mazda’s ’91 Le Mans victory served notice to the world that the Japanese are more than capable of being competitive in the world stage.

Twenty years after their remarkable victory, the Japanese automaker is releasing a limited edition MX-5 Miata , which they’ve appropriately billed as the ’55 Le Mans Edition’. Available only in Switzerland, the special edition MX-5 comes in four different exterior color finishes – red, gray, white, and black – with contrasting profile strips that run the length of the sides of the car. On top of that, Mazda also gave the car a new Bilstein sports suspension, a front strut bar, a limited slip differential (LSD), and a set of 10-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, Mazda dressed up the special edition MX-5 with bespoke ‘55 Le Mans’ logos to go with a numbered plaque to designate its production number.

No performance upgrades where given to the MX-5, which means that it comes with the same 2.0-liter engine that produces 160 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

While it sucks that the ’55 Le Mans Edition’ MX-5 will only be available in Switzerland, we can still objectively say that even with a minimal dress-up, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still looks pretty damn good.

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