Brought into U.S. dealerships for the 2018 model year, the E-Class Cabriolet shares styling cues with its Coupe sibling. However, a big change compared to its predecessor has occurred under the skin. Unlike the previous model, the new E-Class Cabriolet shares underpinnings with the brand-new E-Class sedan, which rides on a rear-wheel drive architecture, dubbed MRA, that’s lighter and extremely flexible. This is a big deal for the midsize drop-top, which previously sat on the same platform as the C-Class, making it rather short and cramped compared to its competitors. It’s also roomier than ever and equipped with the company’s latest technology.
2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
Introduced in 2016, the current-generation Porsche Boxster gained a couple of major changes compared to its predecessor. While the styling and interior didn’t change much compared to the previous roadster, the new Boxster changed its name to the 718 Boxster, a tribute to a sports car from the late 1950s, and switched to turbocharged engines for the first time ever. Come 2018, and it seems that Porsche is finally working on a new version of the Boxster Spyder. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster Spyder is a modern tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, and the upcoming will be the first to actually wear the iconic "718" badge next to the "Spyder" lettering.
There isn’t a lot of information to run by as of this writing, but the spyder configuration is pretty obvious in the spy shots. First spotted in snowy weather in northern Europe, the upcoming sports car hit the Nurburgring track for some high-performance testing in April 2018. And we can see a few differences. The soft-top roof is different toward the back, while the engine hood features the famous flying buttresses. I also spotted a few changes front and rear. They’re not massive, but they do make the Spyder a bit more aggressive. Under the hood, it should get the most powerful engine ever fitted in a Boxster, but the nameplate’s switch to turbocharging makes things a bit complicated. We should find out more later this year, but until then let’s have a closer look at the spy shots in the speculative review below.
The new 718 Boxster Spyder could break cover in the summer of 2018.
Updated 04/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Boxster Sypder out for a new testing session around the famous Nurburgring track.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was first introduced in the early ‘90s as a replacement for the outgoing 190 range of vehicles, offering customers an entry-level compact packed with high-end three-pointed star luxury. In the time since, the C-Class has grown to become Merc’s best-selling nameplate, with a plethora of model variants on the table to entice a swath of different customers. However, those looking for maximum headspace are encouraged to check out the drop-top cabriolet model, which just saw a refresh for the current fourth-generation W205 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Dropping alongside the new hard-top coupe, the latest C-Class Cab gets many of the same upgrades as the four-door and wagon that debuted before it, including a tweaked exterior style, new digital options for the interior, and extra ponies under the hood.
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Better Late Than Never: KTM is FINALLY Bringing the X-Bow To America
It’s been ten years since KTM launched the X-Bow, and to this day, we in the U.S. still haven’t had the chance to enjoy the track-day racer. But that’s finally about to change because, at long last, the X-Bow is coming to America. The only caveat is that the Austrian track-day roadster will only be available for track driving.
God Bless Skoda’s Interns as They Try to Design a Karoq Convertible Concept
Skoda is once again tapping its interns to design a concept vehicle. Following in the footsteps of the Citigo Roadster, Fabia pickup, and last year’s electric Citigo buggy, the interns are now tasked to create a design study for a convertible version of the Skoda Karoq crossover. The design team is made up of 20 students, all of whom are either 17 or 18 years old. The goal is to have a concept ready by June, presumably in time for GTI Treffen at Lake Wörthersee in Austria.
The Fiat 124 Spider name has a rather long life on the market after it was conceived in 1966 but it was killed off back in 1982, and we thought we were never going to see the name again. Then, Mazda decided to put out a new MX-5 Miata and, naturally, that chassis was shared with Fiat, giving the brand the ability to resurrect the name of a classic. Some might consider the 124 a rebadged Mazda, but anyone who knows Fiat knows better. This car has its own style, personality, and history, giving it more than enough to stand out in the crowd as its own model. The problem is that we haven’t given the 124 much love lately, so we decided to give it some screen time as our wallpaper of the day here at Top Speed, and we think it’s worthy of some screen time on your desktop too. So go ahead and pick one. Or pick five – there are plenty in the gallery below the one we hand-picked as our favorite.
Pray to the Heavens That The Lamborghini L595 Roadster Becomes Reality
Four years ago, Italian coach builder Zagato unveiled the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, a one-off creation that spawned into a limited edition series because deep-pocketed customers couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to 2018, and we could be in for a case of déjà vu. Sitting on Zagato’s website for all the world to see is a rendering of the Lamborghini L595 Zagato, a droptop version of the 5-95 Zagato that we saw in 2014. It’s unclear if Zagato has plans to build this version, but the image was accompanied by “2018,” a sign that we could see this car come to life sometime this year.
Turns Out, The Mercedes-AMG SL 65 Isn’t The Only Thing We Need To Say Goodbye To as V-12s Are Not Long in Mercedes-AMG’s World
More than a few tears were shed when it was recently reported that Mercedes-AMG is considering killing off the potent SL 65 drop top. Well, prepare for the dam to break because it looks like the SL 65 isn’t the only thing that Mercedes-AMG is planning to get rid off in the near future. A new report, this time from Car and Driver, is shining the spotlight on Mercedes-AMG’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-12 engine, and that light, as far as its application on future Mercedes-AMG models, is about to be turned off completely soon.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy’s resident muscle car and Mustang fighter went under the scalpel for the 2019 model to bring it up to speed in the looks and technology department. As part of this mid-cycle update, Chevy also added in the 1LE package for the Camaro Turbo to make it more track ready while updating various components of other trim levels to help keep them fresh while still standing out in the crowd. There are no power updates as part of this update, but with the new tech and new looks, the Camaro should be able to hold its own against the Mustang and the Challenger for a few more years.
Chevy Responds to the 2018 Ford Mustang by Updating the Camaro in All the Right Ways
With Ford updating the Mustang for the 2018 model year, it should come as no surprise that Chevy had to do the same for its resident muscle car. For 2019, the Camaro gets a revised front end with a new grille and sexier headlights. The rear end of all models get a revised fascia and new taillights as well. More important than this, however, is the new Turbo 1LE which effectively adds the track-ready goodies from other 1LE models to the four-banger Camaro. There’s lots of good stuff here so keep reading to learn more.
By the time you read this review, spring may very well have sprung for most of the Northern Hemisphere. There may be no better cure for cabin fever than the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
Based upon and built in the same factory with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the so-called “Fiata” is at its best in Abarth form, with a tiny bump in horsepower accompanying a sharpened chassis and better-sounding exhaust. Like most Fiats I have driven, the 124 Spider Abarth brings to mind two other F-words: frugal and fun
The Acura NSX is one of those cars that constantly come up in conversation, and that conversation usually revolves around either the baby NSX or the NSX Roadster – neither of which have ever been confirmed. The baby NSX, for that matter, might as well be filed away in the drawer of things that will never happen, but German site Autobild has now put out a report that NSX Roadster is coming as one of several sporty, open-top vehicles.
If You Want a Mercedes-AMG SL65, You Better Act Fast Because Its Death Warrant Has Been Signed
Is the Mercedes-AMG SL 65 not long for this world? That appears to be the case after a report from MB Passion Blog revealed that the SL 65 is going to be retired in June of this year. It’s known that production of the V-12 luxo-performance machine will end in May, but the fate of the drop-top is now in question beyond that.
New Tesla Roadster To Run Off Hopes, Dreams, and Unicorn Farts
Introduced in a surprise debut just last November, the next-generation Tesla Roadster sent waves through the industry thanks to its stunning good looks, impressive list of features, and high-tech powertrain. And what a powertrain - Tesla claims it’ll go an incredible 620 miles between plug-ins and hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, all while laying down an absurd 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque through its trio of electric motors. Numbers like these beg belief, but now, in a TopSpeed exclusive, we’re learning just how Tesla’s engineers managed to make them a reality.
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It’s an April Fool’s Joke, but Maybe Honda Should do a CR-V Roadster
Automakers are all about creating different and tiny niches these days, and that’s exactly why we have vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the upcoming T-Roc Convertible. The problem with these models is that they are hard to like and that’s exactly why Honda decided to troll Range Rover and Volkswagen for April Fools, announcing that it will, in fact, sell a CR-V Roadster despite the fact that it no roof and is structurally unsound.
“ This is a bold new direction for the CR-V and opens up an entirely new non-existent market. Our sales target is somewhat conservative to start with, at zero cars, but we are confident that once the minor glitches are ironed out, such as the lack of roof and the fact it is totally structurally unsound, the car will fly out of showrooms,” said Eipurirufūru – the Future Opportunity Occupational Lead for Honda.
The CR-V’s structural rigidity has been decreased by 100 percent, thanks to the complete and utter removal of both the B- and C-pillars. And the best part is that prices are “expected to start from half the current price of the CR-B as customers are only getting half the car.” LMAO! You’ve got to love Honda’s sense of humor with this one.
All Pagani Huayra BC And Huayra Roadster in America Are Being Recalled
Recalls happen all the time in the auto industry. What’s rare is when the automaker that’s doing the recall is a niche Italian supercar brand that’s known more for building some of the most gorgeous cars on the planet. But alas, strange things happen in this strange business, which is why, of all auto brands in the world, Pagani is recalling all 2017 MY Huayra BC and Huayra Roadster supercars in the U.S. All 16 of them.
Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn’t Going Away Just Yet
Eyes watered and tears flowed when Volkswagen announced that it wasn’t going to build a next-generation version of the Volkswagen Beetle. But fear not, fans of the beloved Bug. The current-generation model isn’t going away anytime soon. Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said as much to USA Today, quelling fears that the iconic model is on borrowed time.
Prepare To Sell Your Kidneys If You Want Options On Your Ferrari Portofino
The Ferrari Portofino is the newest Ferrari to come with a folding hardtop, taking the reins from the California T to fill that specific role in automaker’s lineup. The sports car itself is expected to fetch a price tag of a little over $300,000. That’s not surprising at all. Ferrari has even started taking orders for the Portofino, as one member of the Ferrari Chat forum announced. As it turns out, that announcement also came with a bit of a surprising revelation: the options list that Ferrari is including comes with some notable features, none more surprising than Ferrari’s asking price for some of them.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe And Cab Unveiled
Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its latest AMG C43 Coupeand Cabmodels ahead of their official debut in the Big Apple.
The exterior gains a new twin-louver AMG grille and tweaked fascia styling, as well as updates to the bumper and chrome tailpipes. There are also new AMG wheels in the corners, which were optimized to better cut through the atmosphere at speed.
Moving to the cabin, there’s an optional 12.3-inch fully digital cockpit display and an AMG steering wheel to help drivers get a grip, with Dynamica microfiber and aluminum making the materials list. The optional AMG Performance seats will help hold passengers in place, while the Cab model gets an AirScarf neck heater as standard.
Further customization options include the choice between ash, walnut, and oak trim, as well as that good ‘ole go-to composite, carbon fiber.
An AMG-tuned turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant resides under the hood, with output rated at 385 horsepower. That’s 23 horses more than before, by the way. Torque goes unchanged at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Properly applied, the run to 60 mph takes around 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph.
A nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system with rear torque-bias rounds out the drivetrain. Adaptive dampers arrive as standard spec, as does AMG speed-sensitive steering.
The fresh C now heads to the 2018 New York International Auto Show to strut its stuff in the metal. Sales will kick off later this year.
Video of the Day: BAC Mono Ice Driving Experience 2018 In Sweden
What do you get when you take a lightweight, track-focused, carbon fiber performance machine, add in a set of studded tires, and throw it onto a frozen lake? That, my friends, would be the BAC Mono Ice Driving Experience, which just enjoyed its second running in Switzerland recently, with a select group of clients and enthusiasts invited to participate in some ass-out counter-steering fun on impromptu tracks in the frigid north.
The adrenaline-fueled lifestyle event included instruction on how to properly drive quickly on the ice, as well as plenty of opportunities to wine and dine with fellow Mono lovers.
“BAC came away from the Mono Ice Driving Experience having achieved its primary goal: giving its clients and friends the raw Mono experience and having plenty of fun along the way,” the brand says. You can watch highlights from the event in the video below.
While we think the Mono’s open top might make the drive a bit chilly, the rest of the package is perfectly suited to an event like this. The composite construction keeps it stiff and nimble, while the 305-horsepower 2.5-liter powerplant gives it more than enough motivation to take advantage of the open lapping opportunities.
Up next, the brand heads to the Isle of Man in May, the same venue that’s known for its insane annual Tourist Trophy race.
Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!
The Audi R8 doesn’t appear to have a bright future beyond its current version. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Audi’s R&D boss, Peter Mertens, admitted that the German automaker has made no plans for a direct replacement for the range-topping supercar. The lack of commitment from Audi, coupled with investments the company is making in diversifying its own portfolio, points to an uncertain future for the ground-breaking R8 that put the company on the supercar map.
2018 Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition
First introduced in 1968, the Morgan Plus 8 remained in production for 36 years until 2004, becoming one of the industry’s longest surviving nameplate. The roadster was revived in 2012 with minor updates and soldiered on for a few more years. Come 2018 and Morgan is putting an end to the Plus 8 model for good with the 50th Anniversary Edition. The limited-run Plus 8 obviously celebrates 50 years since the model was launched, but it also pays tribute to the car’s early motorsport days.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 50th Anniversary Edition also marks the end of the line for Morgan’s 4.8-liter V-8 engine. Borrowed from BMW in 2008, this unit remained in production at the company’s British facility a full seven years after the Germans stopped using it in models like the 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and X5. Morgan has yet to announce a replacement for the Plus 8, but a new model is probably under development. The body style will live on though through the 4/4, Plus 4, and Roadster versions, which use four-cylinder and V-6 engines.
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