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2017 Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition is offered with nifty shifting-game app

Honda recently whips out a new feature for the S660 Bruno Leather Edition. Any guesses? Well, it’s going to be an iPhone app that goes by the name Rev Beat. Rev Beat rates the driver’s shifting proficiency whether it’s horrible, just okay or exceptional while also keeping record of the scores. Isn’t that neat? The new app also lets people know how good they are behind the wheel by allowing them to share the results on Twitter.

Sad to say, Honda hasn’t made this cute tiny roadster available in many markets other than Japan. The S660 was first introduced in 2013 but it only came into production two years later. It is quite disappointing for the majority especially after the Japanese automaker has just come out with this gorgeous brown leather edition with an iPhone app feature.

As standard, the Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition comes in Velvet Maroon Metallic paint but you can also have it painted in Metallic Gray or in Pearl White. Either way, the Jazz Brown leather interior will certainly look good on any of these colors. Add to that, Honda will only make 800 examples of the S660 Bruno Leather special edition which will either come with a CVT paddle shifter or a 6-speed manual.

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Photos of VLF Force 1 Roadster are out a week before its debut

VLF Automotive is an American luxury sports car company, established in 2012 when it was originally VL Automotive (before the Fisker came in the picture). It is a joint partnership between former General Motors boss Bob Lutz, car designer Henrik Fisker of Fisker Karma, and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. “VLF” came from the initials of each founder.

Over a year ago, the company took the cover off its Force 1 Coupe in Detroit, Michigan. And now, they are getting ready for the roadster version to debut at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in China next week. The roadster was spotted while in transit, so images of the car have surfaced online even before its official launch.

To keep the Force 1 Roadster light in weight, the body panels were built with carbon fiber. In fact, it looks just as sporty and masculine as the coupe. Instead, this was built with a soft top instead of a fixed carbon roof, unlike its counterpart. However, this model weighs a little more than the coupe that is at 1,538 kilograms (3,395 pounds), because of the increased roof complexity. Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires are included too.

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Electra Meccanica unveils two new electronic vehicles

Electra Meccanica, a Canadian electric carmaker that was established in Vancouver, BC in 2015, revealed their first ever designed electric vehicle - the three wheeler, single passenger Solo, late last year.

Earlier this week, the company launched two new models at the Vancouver Auto Show. One of them is the Solo R, which has already been introduced last September - the sporty vehicle that has a single seat platform. The other model would be the all new Tofino, another electric vehicle with a sporty design. The president of the company, Mark West expressed his excitement for the release of these two models.

Expected to be out in the market earlier, the Solo R is similar to the one launched in 2016, but this one has been prepped for racing (while the Solo is a city car). This performance model will be built with larger wheels, bigger brakes, racing slicks, and a high performance battery system. Though there hasn’t been a final word on the range, power, and price tag of the Solo, sources say that it will be reasonably priced. Both the Solo and the Solo R are expected to begin deliveries in 2018.

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Pagani introduces lighter and more powerful roadster version of Huayra hypercar

Italian car maker Pagani Automobili had been involved in a teasing game about the open-air version of its Huayra. But now, the game is over, and Pagani is heralding another era in its fancied history with the arrival of the new Pagani Huayra Roadster.

In its Facebook page, Pagani finally revealed the new Huayra Roadster, and it is nothing short of stunning and mesmerizing. The Italian carmaker posted a number of images of the roadster version of the Huayra, but didn’t provide details about its performance. Since January, the Italian company has been dropping delicious details about the roadster version of the Huayra. One of these announced the carmaker’s intention to reveal the Pagani Huayra Roadster this year, specifically at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Thus, we could expect Pagani to properly debut the Huayra Roadster in Geneva, while providing more details about its specs and performance.

The carmaker continued posting more images as well as details about the new Huayra Roadster. It also disclosed that the roadster version of the Huayra will feature more edges for a more aggressive shape than the coupe version. In addition, the company remarked that all the technologies employed in the Pagani Huayra BC – which it described as an incredible piece of engineering – would be eventually employed in the Pagani Huayra Roadster.

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It was just last week that Lamborghini gave everyone their first glimpse of the new Aventador S. Not surprisingly, a number of artists immediately went to work and revealed their own renditions.

One of this is X-Tomi which revealed a Roadster version. The open top version of this model is likely to experience the same changes on the bodywork done for the coupe. This not only gives it a form that is efficient on an aerodynamic level but one that displays aggressiveness as well. The final product will probably have the same appearance and the different changes incorporated to the design combined with the new exhaust system and modified suspension.

It will even have the four-wheel steering first seen on the S. Powering this variant will be the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine which brings with it an extra output of 39 hp (40 PS) totaling 730 hp (740 PS). This power could reduce the already incredible acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) of 3.0 seconds.

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For those pleading that Audi’s TT two-door coupe and roadster powered by the 2.0-liter TDI engine would get the known quattro all-drive drive technology, it seems that the German premium carmaker has heard your prayers. Yes, an Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro is now available.

However, there is a twist to this. Audi’s all-wheel drive technology could only be fitted into a 2.0 TDI engine-powered 2017 TT coupe or roadster if the S tronic six-speed dual-clutch transmission is availed. The resulting variant would be the 2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic, which boasts of all-wheel drive agility and excellent diesel economy. Of course, the 2017 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) remains available to order.

With this development, the 2017 Audi TT coupe – both coupe and roadster -- is now available in seven engine/transmission variants: 1.8L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 1.8L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed manual (FWD); 2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (FWD);2.0L TFSI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro);2.0L TDI/six-speed manual (FWD); and 2.0L TDI/six-speed S Tronic (quattro).

Read the entire article Quattro AWD now available for 2017 Audi TT TDI coupe and roadster

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the pricing for its Mercedes-AMG GT starting with the Coupe at £98,195 and the Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe at £143,245. In the middle is the Roadster priced at £110,145, followed by the S Coupe at £111,495, and the C Roadster with £139,445.

The roofs on the Roadster and the C Roadster can come in a three-layer fabric with the choice to have it in dark red, beige, or black. This particular detail is available at no additional cost to the customer. What is exciting about this roof is that it can be closed or opened within 11 seconds. This operation is even possible despite the vehicle running at a maximum of 31 mph.

While the entire GT range is fitted with the biturbo 4.0-liter engine, the one in the Roadster variant offers an output of 476 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. Meanwhile the C Roadster delivers an output of 557 hp; hence, it can go from 0 to 62 mph in merely 3.7 seconds.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R, C Roadster UK pricing announced

Mercedes-AMG is currently making great waves in the automotive scene. The German automaker Mercedes-Benz’s high performance division has been creating some of the most superb cars; however, this year, it has brought to the world another string of surprises. And guess what? It’s everything that comes at par (or even better) than its previous models.

Earlier this year, we were introduced to the Green Hell baby that was the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The “green hell magno” colored AMG GT R was developed at the famous Nurburgring racetrack, particularly at the Green Hell, where its twin-turbo V8 was tested to its limits.

It comes with 585 horses and around 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Aside from its engine, it is even made stronger because of its front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, an extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and is aided by its intelligent lightweight construction. It also comes with wider front and rear wings which give it an increased track width allowing optimum grip and higher cornering speeds. It also has standard lightweight forged wheels with cup tyres perfect for maximum driving dynamics.

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Lamborghini has always been known to be the home to exotic supercars. The Italian automaker’s production facilities have hosted uniquely designed and powerful show-stopping supercars. It all started with the Lamborghini Miura which was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor show and since then, many more have been created to stun the world.

Although there have been a few misses in the past, Lamborghini was still able to show that they can still dominate the exotic and supercar market. This year, they released yet again another one of their limited edition supercars and this time, they built an ode to their founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. It is the best tribute to its founder’s 100th birthday embodying a world-class legendary quality.

The Centenario is as monstrous as a Lamborghini can be. At the heart of this beast is a V12 engine that gives the car a maximum power of 770 horsepower, making it another valuable member of the supercar family. It comes with aggressive detailing featuring some outrageous diffuser strakes, the most outrageous ones that have been fitted on a road car.

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Behind every masterpiece is an equally brilliant creator. For example, a painting would never be as captivating without the keen eye for detail and creativity of a painter, and neither can an invention be as innovative without the skilful hands of its inventor. Having said that, everything comes from a creator and in their hands rest the future of advancement and innovation.

The same goes in the automotive world. No car comes out of thin air like all other things in this planet. Of course, the concept itself must come from a source, i.e. a designer, and is then developed by the skilful hands of engineers. The designing process is a tedious task as it requires both skill and talent. A car designer must be mindful of the limitations of the current technology but at the same time must create a brand new technology to step up in their chosen field.

One such designer that has captured the hearts of millions, automakers and fans alike, is none other than Ken Okuyama. Ken Okuyama is a world-renowned industrial designer who has worked for big names in the automotive industry – he worked as a Chief Designer for General Motors, a Senior Designer for Porsche AG, and a Design Director for Pininfarina. He was in charge of designing the Maserati Quattroporte but is more popularly known for being the brain behind Ferrari’s tribute to its founder, the Ferrari Enzo, while he was still working for Pininfarina. After working for these companies, Ken Okuyama set-up his own design studio called Ken Okuyama Cars that still focuses on designing exotic cars. Being a very big influence in the industry, his designs are still being revered by many. Now, he will once again stun the public with his newest creation – the Kode57.

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After years of sitting in a barn waiting for the last few strands of life to fade, Elvis Presley’s 1957 BMW 507 Roadster came back two years ago to the hands of its creator. And now, BMW Classic Group has finally finished its restoration thanks to BMW. The project took quite some time to finish due to the extent of work that had to be done on this precious memorabilia but finally, we will get a glimpse of it on the 21st of August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Just in time for the German automaker’s centennial celebration, Elvis Presley’s 1957 BMW 507 Roadster will return alongside other vintage BMWs.

The said car is a limited edition model and is one of the 254 units that were produced by BMW in 1956. Most of these cars were sold to royalties and celebrities, one of them the King of Rock n’ Roll. Elvis Presley bought the car when he was serving the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He first saw it rolling in the race track, driven by Hans Stuck. The same model was also displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and was used as a press car. Elvis bought the second-hand car for $3,750 in December of 1958, already fitted with a new engine. The car was originally white in color but because female fans kept writing their phone numbers on its body using red lipstick, Elvis decided to repaint it in a Porsche Red color.

How Elvis’ 507 Roadster ended up abandoned in an old barn is a mystery yet to be solved. Some believe that the car was shipped by the army to the United States when Elvis completed his service. After that it had been passed on from one owner to another until it was found spending the rest of its life in a warehouse in California until it was found by Jackie Jouret of Bimmer magazine in 1968. The car was then displayed at the BMW Museum in Munich in 2014 and was then subjected to restoration.

Read the entire article BMW Restores Elvis Presley's 1957 507 Roadster Back To Its Former Glory

The Bugatti Chiron has made a name for itself after having debuted at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. The French manufacturer has been in the limelight ever since introducing this marvellous vehicle to the world showing both sophistication and a sporty attitude.

The Chiron’s design is arguably one of the most unique we’ve seen so far retaining the beetle shape of the Veyron but at the same time standing out in a world of stylish Porsches, McLarens, Ferraris and Lamborghinis. It is sometimes described as “beauty and the beast” – beautiful with its sleek and elegant design but with an aggressive power like a beast waiting for its prey. Sure enough, the Chiron will leave its competitors and spectators in awe after strutting its way through the crowd.

It wouldn’t be considered a beast if the Chiron didn’t have enough power under its hood. And true enough, the Chiron is filled with power as it nestles inside it a reworked 8.0-liter W16 Veyron engine producing a whopping 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque. Although it is not as fast as the Veyron, the Chiron can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds at 260 mph tops (7 mph short from the Veyron Super Sport).

Read the entire article Bugatti denies rumors of a Chiron roadster but we hope they change their minds

Audi is introducing its latest road machines at the Beijing Motor Show – the highly potent Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster. These newest iterations of the Audi TT RS Coupé and the Audi TT TS Roadster are powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder engine that provides up to 400 hp, or around 60 hp more than their predecessor.

This power plant in focus is the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder that boasts of higher power output and performance despite the unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. This power plant – named “Engine of the Year” six consecutive times – is now of lightweight construction and features lower internal friction and higher power delivery.

This allowed the engine to deliver 17-percent more output than its predecessor while developing up to 480 Nm (354.0 lb.-ft.) of torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. With these specs, this five-cylinder turbo engine allows the TT RS Coupé to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the Roadster can reach this speed in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is restricted at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), but could be adjusted to 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.

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Mercedes-Benz recently announced that orders for the new SL, priced at £73,805 will be accepted by all Mercedes-Benz retailers. Buyers may choose from the four variants of the Mercedes-Benz SL range, each assigned with a different petrol engine: SL 400 – features a 4.0 litre V6 engine producing 367 HP (which is 34 HP more than the predecessor), pushing the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, with CO2 emissions at 175g/km; SL 500 – features a 4.6 litre V8 engine that produces 455 HP and 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 4.3 seconds, with CO2 emission at 205g/km; Mercedes-AMG SL 63 - equipped with a 5.5 litre V8 engine giving an output of 585 HP and a 0 – 62mph acceleration time of 4.1 seconds, with CO2 at 234g/km; SL 65 - has a 6.0 litre V12 engine giving an astounding 630 HP enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 in 4.0 seconds. CO2 emission is at 279g/km.

The SL 400 and SL 500 variant come with a standard Mercedes-Benz 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox which replaces the 7G-TRONIC PLUS of its predecessor. On the other hand, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic is the standard for the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 while an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard for the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 variant.

Standards for the four Variants: SL 400 and SL 500 – standard features for these two variants include 18-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay, MAGIC VISION CONTROL, LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Active Brake Assist, COMAND Online, DYNAMIC SELECT, Attention Assist, Parking Pilot, and Active Bonnet.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL range now available, starting price is at £73,805 in the UK

The archetype roadster or the all American sporty looking car is a dream-come-true in past history. Now it is to be relaunched with enhanced technology and a distinctly new look to go with the times. Twenty years since its origin, the roadster is now to be presented to the public with a new name, the SLC. The Mercedes-Benz SLC’s name is a rational derivation of the C-Class to which it generously owes much of its technology.

There are new additions to the model series- the handsome, sporty looking spangling Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and the entry-level SLC 180. Attractive features of the new editions include the standard diamond radiator grille and an optional LED sophisticated lighting system. We’re all still in the dark about the prices but these will soon be announced in the middle of January 2016. The SLC takes on the challenge to meet or surpass its predecessor’s success in the market.

Its predecessor is the SLK (launched in 1996) with a huge following and an astounding sales figure of 670,000 units. The ultimate in sleek elegance and class, with a model series ranging from the economically viable and high torque advantage SLC 250 to the sportsman’s choice, high-powered Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, the new model is certain to gain another triumph.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz revives SLK compact roadster, now known as the SLC

The Mazda Roadster, also referred to as the MX-5 outside Japan, has been awarded as the Car of the Year Japan for 2015-2016. Mazda Motor Corporation’s all-new Roadster is the sixth model among the new-generation vehicles that have a full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

SKYACTIV is the term used for Mazda’s new generation technology including transmissions, gasoline and diesel engines, and a body and chassis built with the Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom vision. This sports car designed for Jinba-ittai driving fun is a lightweight two-seater open-top rear wheel drive.

Mazda engineers worked on perfecting the driving position as well as reducing the vehicle’s weight by about 100 kgs. The vehicle has been made more practical with a convenient open and close top which is weatherproof. It also now has a bigger luggage space to fit two carry-on sized bags.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda MX-5 is the Car of the Year in Japan

Rezvani Beast X is the new supercar in the market – the most powerful in the lineup with a 700-horsepower engine. The vehicle is limited to five units worldwide. It has been designed with an all-new concept that enhances aerodynamics and handling.

This third variation in the Beast family -- the Rezvani Beast X -- is a performance oriented model. It was solely designed to be a strong and world-class competitor for the track, though the vehicle is entirely street legal too.

With this much power, the Rezvani Beast X stands out from the rest with eminent features like dual Borg Warner high-performance turbochargers, stronger engine internal system and forged pistons and valves.

Read the entire article Rezvani presents lightweight 700 hp Beast X roadster, sells it for $325,000

Fiat is celebrating 50 years of the 124 Spider with the reintroduction of the Italian roadster to the auto market. Thus, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider becomes the latest addition to Fiat's expanding lineup, boasting of classic Italian styling, modern safety and technology, and a new level of driving excitement.

This newest iteration of the Fiat 124 Spider received its design at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, making use of and reinterpreting the styling cues from the original Spider. The result? A 2017 124 Spider featuring a classic yet elegant body side, a low-slung presence, and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio, as well as balanced proportions.

Exterior elements borrowed from the original Spider include the hexagonal upper grille and grille pattern and the “power domes” on the front hood. Its rear is accentuated by sharp horizontal rear lamps. On the other hand, the interior of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider boasts of certain elements designed to give occupants a comfortable time while on a trip.

Read the entire article 2017 Fiat 124 Spider breaks cover at the LA Auto Show

The 40-year wait is finally over as the one-off Lamborghini Miura Spyder – known as the ‘Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster’ -- makes a grand comeback. We received this confirmation from Joe Sackey, Miura expert and author of "The Lamborghini Miura Bible," which was published by Veloce Publishing Ltd. in November 2008.

Let us talk about a not-so-well-known important piece of history. In 1967, Marcello Gandini started to build a Spyder version of the Miura. This was a request from no other than Nuccio Bertone.

The project was meant purely to showcase its design and to sustain the demand for Lamborghini’s Miura. The ‘Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster’ had a light metallic blue finish and had been fitted with leather interior in off-white with a red carpet.

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The new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster was introduced in California during the Monterey Car week held recently. Automobili Lamborghini presented the Roadster during the event dubbed as 'The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering'. This Roadster will be offered worldwide in a limited series of only 500 units.

It is the first series- produced, open-top Lamborghini to carry the Superveloce name. At a press conference at The Quail, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, described the Superveloce as the “purest, most sports-oriented and fastest series production Lamborghini ever.”

He also said that it stands for how committed the brand is to meeting its customers’ need to have “immensely emotional driving dynamics combined with an extraordinary open air experience.' The car’s performance is outstanding with additional power of 50hp to now deliver 750 hp.

Read the entire article Lamborghini presents $530K Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster

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