The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Can Also Be Had With an Optional Heritage Design Package
The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is a really cool sports car that comes with a lot of extras over the regular 911, but you can customize it beyond that by ordering the Heritage Design Package. Crafted by Porsche Exclusive, the division responsible for bespoke features, it adds classic styling elements that link back to the roots of the German company.
A New Mercedes SL is Coming for 2022 and It’ll Be Designed By AMG
Mercedes-Benz came to introduce six new models at the 2019 New York Auto Show, but it also brought us news on the next-generation SL-Class. A brand-new two-door will arrive in 2022, and the German brand has big plans for it as it will, apparently, be built by AMG.
Want One of the 1,948 Examples of the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster? It’ll Cost You $275,000
The Porsche 911 Speedster just broke cover at the 2019 New York Auto Show after months of speculation and a couple of concept cars. It’s the last 911 based on the 991-generation sports car and one of the nameplate’s highlights alongside the GT3- and GT2-badged models. It’s limited to only 1,948 units, and it’s far from cheap: Porsche wants more than $270,000 for one!
The 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster Has Finally Made its Debut
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.
Update 04/2/2019:We Caught the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible Testing in the wild again - check out the latest images in our spy shots section below.
The Hyundai N Roadster Wouldn’t be a Joke If It Was Built to Fight the Mazda MX-5 Miata
Hyundai has to be one of the most determined manufacturers in the world, and its ascent through the automotive ranks in recent years stands testament to that. The South Korean automaker is definitely praiseworthy for its business model and the feeling of high ambitions its officials always exude during interviews and press conferences, so if it were to now announce it was making a Mazda MX-5 Miata rival, we really wouldn’t be all that surprised.
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 03/29/2019: How spy photographers managed to catch the 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible on video as it performed some cold weather testing. Check it out for yourself in our "Spy Shots" section below!
1953 Golden Sahara II
One of the world’s most storied show cars has returned from a deep slumber, gracing the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with its presence after sitting in a garage for 50 years. The car in question is called the Golden Sahara II, and those old enough to remember it can attest to its showstopping qualities. The Golden Sahara II was, in many ways, ahead of its time. Designed by the famed Hollywood car customizer George Barris for businessman Jim Street, the 1953 Lincoln Capri-based show car was conceived as a futuristic dream machine when it burst into the custom car circuit in the 1950s. The Golden Sahara II became a celebrity in its own right, appearing in numerous TV shows and movies, including the Jerry Lewis movie, Cinderfella. Then, just as quickly as it shot to fame, the Golden Sahara II vanished as Street tucked it away in a garage and left it there for 50 years. It wasn’t until last year that the Golden Sahara II reemerged from hiding, appearing at the Mecum auctions where it looked worse for wear after a half-a-century in slumber. Despite its condition, the Golden Sahara II still sold for an impressive $350,000 to Chicago-area collector Larry Klairmont, who, after purchasing the car, proceeded to give it the restoration of a lifetime. The car that sat at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show alongside the Ferrari F8 Tributo and the Koenigsegg Jesko is the product of that restoration.
2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept
The Volkswagen I.D. Buggy is a concept car that draws inspiration from the iconic dune buggies of the 1960s. A fully electric vehicle built on Volkswagen’s new MEB modular platform, the I.D. Buggy is part of the company’s I.D. series of vehicles that includes six concept cars as of 2019. Unlike some of its siblings though, the I.D. Buggy won’t make it into production.
Having used the I.D. series to develop a modern successor to the iconic VW Bus, the German firm also created a modern interpretation of the classic dune buggy. The latter became known in the 1960s, when some privateers from California, most notably Bruce Meyers, converted rear-engined Volkswagen Beetles into roofless and doorless recreational vehicles for use on sand dunes and beaches. The I.D. Buggy pays tribute to its spiritual predecessor in both design and functionality, but it adds an electric drivetrain into the mix.
Lister Unveils Roofless LFT-666, Calls It LFT-C
The popularity of Lister’s LFT-666, formerly known as the Thunder, prompted the British outfit to create the LFT-C as an attention-grabber while it works on the Knobbly. The LFT-C features "an almost unlimited options list," packs the same 657 horsepower V-8 as the fixed-head version, and it costs $182,424. Unlike the coupe, though, only 10 LFT-Cs will ever be made.
Lister seems to be doing better than ever. The company based in Cambridge, England currently assembles the LFT-666 Coupe and the F-Pace-based LFP that’s one of the fastest SUVs money can buy in Europe. More recently, CEO Lawrence Whittaker announced plans to revive the legendary Knobbly nameplate on a retro-chic two-seater sports car with Ferrari-rivaling output, and a rebirth of the Storm is also on the cards in the future. It is, then, surprising that Lister found time to create the LFT-C at all.
2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition
The Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition is a special-edition version of the company’s familiar and fairly old SL roadster. Based on the sixth-generation SL, upgraded most recently for the 2017 model year, the Grand Edition is probably the last hurrah for the dated roadster, which should be replaced by 2021. Described as an "especially exclusive" Mercedes-Benz, the Grand Edition is indeed a more bespoke version of the SL, but upgrades are limited to special color and trim on the outside and a new leather upholstery inside the cabin. The Grand Edition also rides on a sportier suspension, but it features the same engines as the standard model. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Updated 03/20/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition that were taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
Lister Will Bring Back The Knobbly As An Insane Speedster
In the late ’50s, Stirling Moss was a driver in high demand, and one of the brands he raced for was Lister. The Lister Knobbly he thrashed some 60 years ago is the inspiration for a new front-engined, two-seater with retro styling and, most likely, Jaguar power. How much power we don’t know but word has it that it’s going to be a lot since the continuation Knobbly built to 1958 specifications can reach 181 mph.
Lister, the company founded by Brian Lister in 1954, has been known for building rather successful sports cars and turning out especially quick Jaguars in its shops. Lister started out by racing a bespoke MG-engined model entered for Archie-Scott Brown, who became synonymous with the brand up until his tragic demise at Spa-Francorchamps in 1958. The company was revived by Laurence Pearce in 1986 and, since 2013, has been under the ownership of Lawrence Whittaker who broke the news on the production of the upcoming Knobbly.
2019 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracán was introduced in 2014 as the Italian supercar maker’s next-gen entry-level model, following in the footsteps of the ever-popular Lamborghini Gallardo. In January of 2019, Lamborghini revealed the second-generation Huracán EVO Coupé, and now the Raging Bull is dropping the top with the Huracán EVO Spyder at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Slotting in as the second entry in Lambo’s modern V-10 stable, the Huracán EVO Spyder is equipped with the same go-stuff as the hardtop, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter powerplant, adaptive suspension components, and eye-popping aerodynamics. However, as an added bonus, the Huracán EVO Spyder adds in unlimited headroom, all without compromising the Huracán EVO’s impressive performance capabilities.
Update 03/15/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder that were taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
Mustangs and Camaro are so common these days, that one may think their commercial success is more about cheap pricing than real merit. The truth could not be farther and the Chevy Camaro SS is here to remind everyone, especially those of German origins, that American muscle icons are not only alive but Reborn.
The Camaro/Mustang fratricide competition has pushed each generations further in terms of handling and overall build quality. The 2019 Camaro is now a very mature, modern sport car. The high displacement V8 rumbles above the turbocharged imports, and the many years of testing at the Nurburgring is paying of large dividends. Add to the mix a newly found interest for quality interior and you have a car Europeans would dream to put their hands on. So let’s go ahead and dive into this ’Americana driving machine’.
2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The 992-generation Porsche 911 arrived in 2018, replacing the old 991 model after seven years on the market. The Cabriolet version joined the lineup in January 2019, just ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. The drop-top shares everything from the design to its underpinnings with the coupe.
Notable highlights for the new generation include vintage-inspired design cues, a wider body, new technology, and a revised turbocharged engine. Just like the coupe, the Cabriolet debuted in Carrera S trim, but more models will be added later on. The newly designed soft-top is lighter and folds much quicker than its predecessor.
Update 3/13/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the Porsche 911 S and 4S Cabriolet that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T
The 718 Boxster T is the first Porsche, alongside the 718 Cayman T, to sport the "T" badge, which stands for "Touring," after the 911 Carrera T. Unveiled in December 2018, it’s based on the base 718 Boxster but comes with a few extra standard features.
The "T" badge turns the already sporty 718 Boxster into a no-nonsense car that offers driving pleasure in its purest form. Although it’s powered by the company’s base engine for the Boxster and Cayman lineup, it’s equipped with chassis upgrades, the Sport Chrono package, and an infotainment system delete. It’s also a bit more affordable than the regular Boxster, with Porsche claiming you can save up to 10 percent compared to a similarly specced model. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Update 3/13/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
Here’s Rendered Proof That We Need a Bugatti La Voiture Noire Roadster
Bugatti promised to drop the mother lode at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it did just that with a number of jaw-dropping exotics, one of which was the La Voiture Noire. There are no words to describe the one-off La Voiture Noire. There are only superlatives. Lots and lots of superlatives. Described as the ideological successor to the iconic Bugatti Atlantic, the $18 million La Voiture Noire is the most expensive one-off production car in the world. At the very least, it’s worthy of all the attention it’s getting, including one from auto designer Nikita Aksyonov, who thought it slick to imagine what the La Voiture Noire would look like without its roof. A roadster version of the one-off supercar isn’t going to happen, but through Aksyonov’s rendering, we can at least see what it could look like in topless form.
2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the most extreme iteration of the company’s range-topping supercar. The SVJ combines the complex aerodynamic systems first introduced on the Huracan Performante with the "Jota" badge, first used on the Miura and then revived for the Diablo. A Roadster version of the SVJ will follow in 2019.
Lambo has yet to confirm that a drop-top version of SVJ is underway, but has already sent a certification request to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for such a model. The SVJ Roadster is one of four cars certified by CARB for the 2019 model year. This also means that the drop-top is only a few months away and will likely to break cover in early 2019. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table from the review below.
Updated 03/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!
It Looks Like Audi Will Be Retiring the TT After All
The Audi TT is one of the very few sports cars that even non-enthusiasts are familiar with. The TT has been a true icon over the last couple of decades, but it looks like its time is up. The sports car segment is overflowing with fantastic machines that have, essentially, rendered the TT as an old-timer. Now that the company is finding it difficult to move it out of the showroom, Audi’s CEO has hinted that the car may not see the light of the day after this generation has exceeded its lifespan.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is the range-topping version of the company’s lineup of drop-top sports cars. Based on the AMG GT R coupe, it provides the thrills of a high-performance sports car with the benefits of infinite headroom. First launched for the 2017 model year, the GT Roadster made its debut in base trim, with a GT C model added soon after that. More recently, Mercedes-Benz also launched a GT S Roadster, leaving the GT R the only trim that still needed to go topless. After years of rumors, the AMG GT R Roadster finally made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.