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With rumors swirling that German premium carmaker BMW is working hard to reincarnate the 8 Series -- its biggest two-door ever made – it can’t be helped that another resurrection related to the 8 Series is now being speculated.
We are referring to the long-dead M8 which BMW never really produced and which was only seen as a single prototype. BMW originally intended the BMW M8 to be a rival for Ferrari’s sports cars. To that end, BMW developed a special version of the S70 engine – which is in turn a bored out version of the M70 powerplant -- and made it so that it could generate at most 550 hp (410 kW or 558 PS).
Incidentally, the M8 was born in 1990, although in pre-production form. But since BMW realized that a market doesn’t exist for the M8, it decided to drop the project indefinitely. By the time the M8 project was thrown to the trash bin, BMW has only created one prototype, which according to reports, wasn’t even safe enough to be driven on the roads. It doesn’t even have headlights! This M8 prototype was eventually locked away in BMW’s so-called poison storage (Giftschrank).Read the entire article BMW is rumored to build the mythical M8 in coupe, convertible and gran coupe versions
It’s rather strange actually. Jannarelly first introduced the hardtop Design 1 last year but hasn’t said much about the details on how anyone could possibly get in and out of the car without hitting his head first.
Unlike the typical roadster where the top either stays in place or folds all the way to the back, the UAE-based startup firm has cleverly designed the Design 1’s hardtop in such a way that it tilts forward.
At first, it seems a little strange but Jannarelly wouldn’t have done it in the first place if it will only complicate the matter. Judging from the way it looks, it would be difficult to get inside the low-slung vehicle unless you have to remove the hardtop altogether. But that would be a hassle, don’t you think?Read the entire article Latest discovery: Jannarelly Design-1 comes with an exciting hard-top feature
Many people prefer pickup trucks for a variety of reasons, even though they are more of a fuel guzzler than cars. These reasons include practicality, power, off-road capability and solidity. However, if there is something that you would find on cars but might not on trucks, it is the possibility of open-top driving.
But what if you could have convertible version of a pickup truck? That would be very nice. If you’re one of those raring to drive a convertible pickup truck, you belong to a market niche that remains untapped until now. However, a specialized company – named Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) – has been trying to cater to customized convertible since 1983. Just recently, NCE unveiled its latest convertible transformation project – a Ford F-150 Convertible.
No, NCE’s Ford F-150 Convertible is not a visual rendering. Nowadays, a number of skillful visual artists have managed to create renderings of possible yet non-existent versions of different vehicles. But what has been created remains on the software or on the paper and no actual vehicle is made. But in case of NCE, it has actually created a real-world Ford F-150 Convertible.Read the entire article Newport Convertible Engineering creates soft-top version of Ford F-150
The Aston Martin Vanquish hasn’t changed much since it was unveiled in 2012. Until today, its elegant and athletic design continues to be a stunning head-turner. In fact, if you are new to the Aston Martin brand, you wouldn’t think that this form is nearly five years old. A year later in 2013, Aston Martin revealed the Volante or the convertible version of the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Now, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is receiving an “S” designation, which means that the latest model – the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante – will be much superior in terms of performance, thanks to a number of improvements made.
As it is, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is already a powerful being. Its core is an all alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 front mid-mounted engine that sends 424 kW (568 bhp or 576 PS) of max output at 6,650 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available at 5,500 rpm. With this power level, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and from nil to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Top speed of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is set at 197 mph (317 km/h).Read the entire article Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is a performance convertible with 603 PS of output
When Bentley Motors unveiled the EXP 9 F luxury SUV concept at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, not a few expected the British carmaker to launch a premium SUV sooner or later. Because of the interest vested in what could be the world’s first luxury SUV, this concept paved the way for the introduction of the Bentley Bentayga premium SUV a few years later.
Bentley followed up the EXP 9 F luxury SUV show car by unveiling the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury sports coupe concept at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. Given the reception for this two-seater luxury sports car, it wouldn’t be surprising if Bentley does decide to introduce a production version. Likewise, considering Bentley’s history, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the luxury sports coupe would have its own convertible version.
To see whether a coupe convertible from Bentley would make a business case – at least visually – it could be better if the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury sports coupe concept has an open top variant. As for a graphical representation of a convertible variant of the EXP 10 Speed 6 luxury coupe concept, we could turn to visual artists specializing in automotive renderings. One of these artists is rc-workchop.Read the entire article Rc-workchop creates convertible rendering of Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept
Ford has just recently unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang, and as it turned out, the carmaker gave its beloved pony car a facelift. There have been mixed reactions about the changes made to the 2018 Ford Mustang – some were pleased and others were not. But still, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is a magnificent muscled sports car with dazzling looks and mesmerizing performance.
At this junction, many are already expecting Ford to create a convertible version of the Mustang. It was only logical, since the Ford Mustang for the 2017 model year also featured a number of convertibles, including the Mustang V6 Convertible, Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible and the Mustang GT Premium Convertible. However, for the 2018 model year, Ford only unveiled images of the hardtop variants. It may take several more months before the Detroit carmaker finally reveals their open-top counterparts.
However, thanks to X-Tomi Design, an automotive visual artist from Hungary, we might be already looking at the convertible version of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. X-Tomi Design is becoming notoriously known for rendering seemingly actual images of future or possible versions of any new vehicle offering. For its latest project, X-Tomi Design chose the 2018 Mustang GT as the base model and decided to render out a convertible variant.Read the entire article This is what the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible would look like
It has been a while since BMW launched the third generation of the BMW 6 Series, both as a coupe and as a convertible. That was way back 2011, and today the BMW 6 Series remains one of the sought-after models in its segment. While we are waiting for the next generation of the BMW 6 Series to arrive, we could feast on a refreshed version of the model for the United States market for the 2018 model year.
Honestly, the 2018 BMW 6 Series – remains as it is. This means customers shouldn’t expect any radical mechanical changes or inner working revisions on the latest version of the BMW 6 Series, which means the Coupe, Convertible and the Gran Coupe. However, BMW has decided to beef up the looks of the 6 Series in a bid to tease customers up before the arrival of the next generation models. Apparently, these cosmetic and equipment tweaks are able – somehow – make the 2018 BMW 6 Series still as appealing that it is still worth the purchase.
These new cosmetic and equipment options are all available for the 2018 versions of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – encompassing sporty modifications to both the interior and the exterior of these refreshed models. For the exterior, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe could be provided with a new M Sport Package that was previously exclusive for the M model.Read the entire article BMW 6 Series gets ready for the 2018MY
Do you want to drive or ride in a BMW M2 Convertible? Well, even if you want to, you couldn’t, simply because the German carmaker has no convertible version of the M2. While a 2-Series convertible does exist, an M2 droptop doesn’t. As the performance version of the BMW 2-Series coupe, the M2 coupe could be too good just to be converted into a droptop model.
But now, a convertible version of the M2 has been sighted, but not at the production site of BMW. This M2 Convertible was sighted at the yard of tuner Dahler Design and Technik GmbH in Switzerland. Yes. Since BMW wouldn’t build an M2 convertible, Dahler said it would and it could. Eventually, plans pushed through and that led to the creation of this customized M2 convertible, providing that Dahler is good enough to undertake a project that even BMW wouldn’t venture into.
Considering that there is a real demand for a droptop version of the M2, Dahler went on and created a convertible from a coupe. More than that, Dahler even improved the performance of the model. This was achieved by increasing the output and torque of its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, installing a stainless steel exhaust system and a coil-over suspension system. The M2 convertible by Dahler also features a high-performance brake unit, new wheels and tires, several aerodynamic enhancements and a new interior fitting of a convertible.Read the entire article Dahler Design and Technik creates convertible version of the BMW M2
MINI is heralding the arrival of the latest iteration of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, offering to deliver intense driving dynamics and exhilarating open-air riding pleasure.
Created to accommodate four persons, the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible features a stretched silhouette and dynamic surfaces designed to further optimize intake of cooling air and the vehicle’s aerodynamic attributes.
It boasts of a suspension technology derived from MINI’s racing expertise and certain bracing elements that allow for greater agility and more precise handling. Regardless of whether its textile top is opened or closed, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible conveys a definite high-quality look, no matter the point of view.Read the entire article 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is more powerful and roomier
Lexus has just recently revealed the 2016 LX 570. This version of Lexus’ top tier SUV has undergone quite the facelift even as it has always had a reputable standing as one of the “prettiest” SUVs that have ever graced this planet.
The new 2016 Lexus LX 570 now has a more upscale look which includes a massive satin-chromed spindle grille with a revamped bumper, new LED headlights, and a restyled LED fog lights. Furthermore, there were a few modifications on the rear bumper with new chrome-detailed taillights. It also comes with a new 20- and optional 21-inch ten spoke alloy as part of the exterior enhancements.
The infotainment system inside the cabin has also been updated with a few standards such as the 12.3-inch display, 4.2-inch instrument cluster display and a panoramic view camera; it also has LED ambient lighting installed inside the cabin. There are also new wood trim selections for the LX 570 as well as a three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel and a new analog clock. And there’s still more! The Rear Seat Entertainment System now has 11.6-inch dual screens. For those who are always on the go, the 2016 LX 570 also offers wireless charging.Read the entire article Customized Lexus LX 570 convertible is for sale in Middle East for over $350,000
Earlier this month, a driver went all “GTA” down on the streets of Los Angeles (LA), California with a blue Ford Mustang Convertible running at top speed. Needless to say, it resulted into a coveted police car chase that was plastered all over our TV screens for our enjoyment.
But what made it such an interesting car chase? First of all, it was bizarre. And secondly, a Ford Mustang convertible was used. Now let us give you some background about this first-rate car.
What Makes the Ford Mustang Convertible Better than Ever? Ford Motor Co. continues to live up to its ambitions of delivering high-performing, world-class vehicles as it introduces the all-new Ford Mustang Convertible in four continents, bringing the Mustang for the first time ever to key European and Asian cities.Read the entire article Ford Mustang Convertible taken on GTA-inspired police car chase through Hollywood [w/video]
Bentley Motors has partnered with none other than British pop art godfather Sir Peter Blake to make a highly unique Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. Once made, this one-of-a-kind vehicle will then be auctioned off on June 24 by Bonhams for charity during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The brand chose Sir Peter to make this special Bentley, motivated by the artist’s illustrious career as one of those in the forefront of Britain’s famous pop art movement. The brand itself has agreed to donate this vehicle to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, an organization that helps provide worldwide palliative and hospice care.
Regarding the commission as well as that of the donation, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Kevin Rose shares that Sir Peter has managed to design a stunningly colorful car, which more than proves why he is indeed considered as one of the top artists of Britain.Read the entire article Sir Peter Blake designs pop art Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible for charity
Challenger is one of the best performing vehicles in Dodge’s artillery of muscle cars. Packed with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the Challenger R/T can produce 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and it comes with a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. However, a very exciting version of the Challenger is currently for sale. Coming from the deepest pits of hell or rather, from Dodge’s production line is the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Unlike the standard version of the Challenger which is powered by the 3.0-liter Pentastar V6, the Challenger SRT Hellcat it is packed with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. But wait, there’s more! What makes it more imposing than its ancestor is that it is able to produce 222 horsepower more than the Challenger R/T, that is, a whopping 707 horsepower plus 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The Hellcat is one hell of a muscle car as it speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 199 miles per hour.
It’s amazing how much this muscle car can achieve. Now imagine the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s already awesome stature getting a boost, say, a convertible version. I bet you’d be as excited. You won’t be the first to dream for this to be built. But there’s one man who made it happen.Read the entire article One-off Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Convertible is up for sale
The debut of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the 2016 New York Auto Show was certainly highly anticipated. Avid fans will be excited to know that Chevrolet will commence sales of the new Camaro ZL1 convertible in early 2017.
This convertible version of the Camaro boasts of a performance comparable to its coupe sibling as it is underpinned by a modular and rigid body architecture designed to support a high-performance convertible.
Since the models only have a few minor structural variations, the convertible is able to inherit the track-honed chassis and driver control systems of the coupe version.Read the entire article 2016 New York Auto Show: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible packs plenty of power
Volkswagen has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the T-Cross Breeze concept, the first compact SUV with an open top. The T-Cross Breeze features dimensions of 4,133 mm (162.7 inches) in length, 1,798 mm (70.8 inches) in width excluding door mirrors, and 1,563 mm (61.5 inches) in height when the soft top is closed.
It also has a long wheelbase of 2,565 mm (101.0 inches) with short body overhangs. Comparatively, the T-Cross Breeze is slightly longer than a CrossPolo and is wider than existing cars in the Polo class. Moreover, passengers in the T-Cross Breeze also sit higher up.
Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, remarked that the T-Cross Breeze serves a preview for the most compact SUV that the carmaker is planning to build. He added that the T-Cross Breeze will serve as the “nucleus” of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.Read the entire article Volkswagen unveils T-Cross Breeze open-top SUV concept at Geneva Motor Show
After British brand Bentley Motors became a part of Volkswagen in 1998, the first model that it came out with was the Bentley Continental Grand Tourer (GT). It has been produced in volumes since 2003 – the first Bentley really to be given the mass-production treatment. Notably, it shares a platform with the Volkswagen Phaeton. It could be differentiated from the previous Continental R & T models by looking at how it was conceptualized.
It’s believed that Bentley’s transformation into a major brand known all over the world is largely credited to the success of the Continental GT. It isn’t a coach-built vehicle and while it is mass-produced, a substantial part of the entire process is still accomplished by hand. By doing this, Bentley was able to sell it in a much lower price – approximately half of the cost of a Continental R.
Because of its affordability, it drew in plenty of new customers from a wider demographic. It was at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003 that the Continental GT was introduced. The first-generation Continental GTC received excellent reviews and its elegance impressed consumers as well as the important players in the auto industry. The excitement for this new grand tourer was mostly centered on its impeccable silhouette – a trademark of Bentley’s famed convertible range.Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Test Drive: Striking The Perfect Balance Of Luxury And Performance
Starting spring this year, the BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible will be available with a special Competition Package from BMW M GmbH that does not only make them more powerful but also more responsive to handle.
In fact, all three bodies with the Competition Package will have their power outputs increased to 444 hp for a more dynamic performance. With this amount of power, the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe -- with optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) – could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
Sans the Competition Package, their 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds. On the other hand, the BMW M4 Convertible could sprint from nil to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Sans the Competition Package, the BMW M4 Convertible could achieve 60 mph from standstill in 4.2 seconds. BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible -- with the standard 6-speed manual transmission -- also achieves a 0-60 mph time that is 0.1 seconds faster than without the Competition Package.Read the entire article Competition Package to be available on BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible
Aznom commissioned Spadavetturesport to build the Spada Codatronca Monza, and in 2012 it was proudly revealed to all at the Geneva Auto Show. As a futuristic super car, it certainly caused a stir and was awarded the title of VIP car at the show because of its unique look.
Designed by a team consisting of Paolo Spada, who previously worked as a designer for Smart and Honda, Erco Spada from Spada Contatronca and Domiziano Boschi, former McKinsey designer, the vehicle has a rich Italian heritage and it oozes charm and flare.
The interior is designed by Aznom which is a leader in luxurious interior design. Using the 2008 Codatronca coupe as its design inspiration, the vehicle has gone all out ‘racing driver’ style. A striking and dramatic looking vehicle, there are hints of influence from the 1960s Spyder.Read the entire article The ultimate in car design and luxury meet in Aznom’s one-off Spada Codatronca Monza
Volkswagen of America Inc. is now offering a special edition Beetle – the 2016 Beetle Denim convertible. This special edition pays tribute to the Jeans Bug in the 1970s while reviving the heritage of the Beetle brand. VW will only produce 2,000 units of the Beetle Denim, 1,000 of which will feature the Pure White exterior color and the other 1,000 will be wrapped in Stonewashed Blue.
Its convertible top, meanwhile, comes in Dark Blue with a new denim-resembling fabric. Inside, the 2016 Beetle Denim is loaded with a distinct light-blue-and-silver dash-pad as well as jeans-inspired seat pockets featuring small Beetle tabs in red. Moreover, the cloth seating surfaces – in light blue denim-color – feature white piping and dark blue leatherette accents.
For infotainment, the 2016 Beetle Denim is provided with Volkswagen’s new MIB II system, which now offers higher resolution as well as faster processing speeds.Read the entire article VW of America launches 2016 Beetle Denim special edition convertible
Classic Car Auctions announced that its auction will include a very special item -- a 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible owned by none other than legendary British actor Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister in the Game of Thrones series.
CCA’s auction will be held at The Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on December 5. The Mustang has been in the possession of Dance since 2002 and was driven every day until 2013. After that it was decided to restore the car undertaken by Phil King of Classic American Restoration Services.
In order to restore the car, new rear wings were put in as well as new floor pans. A new braking system was installed and the 289 V8 engine was fully rebuilt. A number of other installations were done and after all that, the Mustang was then given a full bare metal deep red re-spray.Read the entire article December 5 auction set for GOT actor Charles Dance’s 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible
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