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 |  Nov 23 2012, 6:35 AM

Continued rumors of a GT86 Convertible may be confirmed or denied this coming March when Toyota is rumored to debut the drop-top sports car at the Geneva Motor Show.

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 |  Oct 26 2012, 3:53 PM

Despite commanding an almost $86,000 price premium, all 12 McLaren 12C Spiders listen in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue sold out in under two hours. 

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 |  Oct 09 2012, 12:08 PM

Fast, stylish and undeniably sexy, the McLaren MP4 12C Spider is this year’s pick for the Neiman Marcus Christmas book.

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 |  Oct 03 2012, 7:04 PM

It was no secret, it had to happen and now it’s here for you to look at: The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible is out for all to see.

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 |  Sep 28 2012, 11:44 AM

Maserati quietly debuted its GranCabrio MC during the Paris Motor Show to complete it’s open-top range.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 1:08 AM

Officially unveiled on the eve of the Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar F-Type is in many ways the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

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 |  Sep 24 2012, 1:08 PM

Although we have already seen the car, heard the car and found all the details, Jaguar released two new videos to build even more excitement before the official event later this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. 

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 |  Aug 22 2012, 10:01 AM

Jaguar is bringing a new lightweight sports car to market called the F-Type, and when it arrives it will come available with a manual gearbox.

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 |  Aug 21 2012, 3:16 PM

Despite being unveiled online in early July, the second in McLaren’s growing range of street-legal supercars made its debut behind closed doors at Pebble Beach.

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 |  Aug 10 2012, 8:01 PM

Earlier, Jaguar announced that its highly-anticipated F-Type will make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The British automaker has now released two new videos teasing the upcoming sports car.

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 |  Aug 10 2012, 6:50 AM

Plenty of impressive new models will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September, though Jaguar is hoping to steal the spotlight with the reveal of its Porsche 911 rival, the F-Type.

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 |  Aug 02 2012, 9:01 AM

What do the Chrysler 200 Convertible and the new Total Recall movie have in common? Certainly not a three-breasted woman.

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 |  Jul 17 2012, 6:55 AM

Lexus has never confirmed plans to build such a car, but that now seems irrelevant as our photographers have snapped these spy photos of what clearly appears to be an IS-F Convertible.

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 |  Jul 11 2012, 7:31 AM

Expanding its product portfolio once again, Aston Martin has revealed a new drop top version of its most powerful Vantage model. For the 2013 model year the race-car inspired V12 Vantage now gains a Roadster variant, delivering 510 hp in with plenty of carbon fiber and Vitamin D.

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 |  Jul 05 2012, 2:20 PM

Jaguar is releasing a series of videos centered around its upcoming F-Type sports car that make some bold assertions about its place-to-be in automotive history.
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 |  Jun 29 2012, 11:32 AM

One short year after McLaren Automotive launched its MP4-12C supercar, the British automaker is teasing the open-air version ahead of its scheduled July 3 debut.

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 |  Jun 05 2012, 7:15 AM

Taking knowledge learned competing with its GT3 race car and bringing it to the street, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new 2013 SLS AMG GT.

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 |  May 30 2012, 7:31 AM

Back by popular demand, the 2013 BMW M6 will sport an optional 6-speed manual transmission.

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 |  May 07 2012, 7:32 PM

Due out around 2015, the updated BMW Z4 will be a more capable sports car while remaining true to the character that makes it popular with fans today.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 6:01 PM

As if either really need extra promotion, Mercedes-Benz recently launched another promotional video for its SL63 and SL65 AMG roadsters.

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 |  Apr 21 2012, 7:02 PM

Although BMW M division president Friedrich Nitschke emphasized earlier that the BMW M135i will not arrive to U.S. shores, later reports confirm that we will get the sporty small BMW after all.

Hinged on a technicality, the M135i concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show is based on a 1-Series hatchback layout exclusive to the European market. However, a recent interview between BMWblog and Nitschke revealed that an M135i tailored for the North American market will be available. Rather than a hatchback format, the American M135i will likely adopt a coupe or convertible layout.

No word on the official release date for the hot little Bimmer, but its arrival should come well after the standard second-generation 1 Series in 2013. BMW is refraining from revealing official performance numbers as well, but we expect the solid twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six to produce roughly 340 hp.

GALLERY: BMW M135i Concept

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 |  Apr 12 2012, 10:32 AM

When you create the world’s fastest convertible with 1,200 hp, it’s hard to showcase just how magnificent it is. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse may require a lot more than just a video to do it justice, but this 2:28 clip does comes close.

The French automaker took its latest and greatest creation out to some of the world’s most scenic locations. Armed with a multitude of cameras and high-flying angles, the promotional video on the Grand Sport Vitesse features an epic soundtrack that embodies what the machine is all about — excess.

The Grand Sport Vitesse has 199-hp more than the previous Grand Sport and the 1,200-hp is backed by 1,106 lb-ft of torque thanks to its 7.9-liter W16 powerplant and four turbochargers.

For many of us that will never have the opportunity to ride in one, nevermind drive it, this video is all we have to enjoy.

Watch the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse video after the break.

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 7:02 AM

Custom builders have been able to create some unique and exciting cars from Toyota’s dull model lineup in the past, so it only stands to reason that amazing things are happening as tuners tinker with the new Scion FR-S.

We’ve already seen an in-house performance build from TRD as well as a specially prepared 600-hp FR-S drift car, but tuner Cartel Customs, a California-based company, created the FR-S Speedster you see above.

Starting the FR-S transformation first by lopping off the top, Cartel left a lower windshield in place, installed sloped side windows and a double-bubble deck lid for classic speedster looks. Cartel repainted the car without a body kit to keep the FR-S from having body lines that were overly fussy.

Inside, they treated the car with a redesigned, vintage sports car inspired custom interior, featuring center stack gauge clusters, a bare-bones racer steering wheel and loads of stitched leather everywhere you can imagine — oh and the sound system is gone too.

In addition to a dramatic internal surgery, Cartel also made a few mechanical changes starting with an upgraded clutch, exhaust, and suspension. New brakes, wheels and a carbon fiber rear wing also went into the package.

Look for the Cartel Speedster FR-S make its official debut at the 2012 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.

GALLERY: Cartel Speedster FR-S



 |  Apr 04 2012, 4:52 PM

Absence from the New York Auto Show today didn’t stop the new Jaguar F-Type from stealing the show.

Instead of a traditional teaser, Jaguar poked fun at the spy photographers publications rely on by offering them a break from hanging out in trees. Instead, those attending the press conference saw a short video featuring plenty of footage with a “properly camouflaged” test mule flying around a track.

While mechanical details weren’t released on the F-Type, Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said during the conference that the F-Type would remain almost entirely true to the C-X16 unveiled last September.

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