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2017 Frankfurt Preview: Brabus Rocket 900 Cabrio based on 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is no doubt a powerful car, with a 621 horsepower engine under its hood. Despite its power, Brabus still decided that they'd push the S65's V12 engine even further. By doing so, they were able to extract an additional 267 horsepower, giving it a total of 888 horsepower (662 kilowatts) available from 5,500 rpm. Naturally, torque is also increased to 1,106 pound-feet (1,500 Nm) at 4,200 rpm from only 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres). To preserve reliability, it had to be electronically capped to 885 pound feet (1,200 Nm).

With that much power hike, Brabus didn't just have to do some software revision, but they also had to increase engine displacement from 6.0 to 6.3 liters and enlarge the cylinder bores. Exhaust manifolds and larger turbochargers had to be installed too. The new control system takes care of cooling and stabilizing the car, making it work in the most efficient way while ensuring you get a smooth V12 cabriolet.

Brabus modified a seven-speed automatic transmission that works with the immense power of the V12, giving power to the rear wheels. It has been given a custom limited-slip differential, new intake manifold, bigger down pipes, and a high-performance exhaust that completes the hardware upgrades.

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BMW 8 Series Concept rendered as a convertible

A lot of people are excited for the BMW 8 Series Coupe Concept to make its debut. And now, it is at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which will then be followed by a production model under the same name probably after just a few months. Like any other cars, the 8 Series will probably have some minor changes here and there from the concept to the production model. Having said that, the production model may include the addition of a removable top.

Nothing has been confirmed yet in terms of the production model, but as you can see on this rendering by X-Tomi design, the 8 Series Coupe has lost its roof. Though it looks pretty awesome, it seems just like the artist literally erased the roof from the original photo without modifying the car that much. Another thing that has been added to the design is the Valencia Orange finish, along with a few added cues for the production ready design.

The BMW 8 Series Coupe has been given a set of 21-inch light alloy wheels with multi-spoke design and aero elements, an aggressive front fascia with air vents visible in both bumpers as well as the front fenders. For a touring car look, it was designed to have muscular flared wheel arches, sleek headlights and taillights, and dual exhaust tips.

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2018 BMW 2-Series Facelift gets all-new interior and a few exciting exterior upgrades

BMW had just launched the 2018 2-Series Coupe and Cabrio Facelift and M2 Facelift, now with subtle changes both in and outside. Seems like the 2 Series is following the footsteps of its bigger brother, the newly refreshed 4 Series.

One of the most noticeable changes would be the new bi-LED headlights, that now come standard across the range. The new headlights and clusters were designed in a hexagon-like “angel eyes” shape that replaces the rounder layout of the previous models. Customers also have an option to go for an adaptive full-LED setup for an additional cost.

The pair of kidney grilles are now larger, as well as the air intakes for a more aggressive face. Though the rear end looks untouched, BMW says that the standard taillights got a nip and tuck. To complete the new look of the 2 Series, customers get to choose from three new colours including Sunset Orange, Seaside Blue, and Mediterranean Blue. Plus there are four sets of alloy wheels that they can choose from - two sets of 17-inch wheels while the other two measure 18-inches.

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ABT Sportsline offers power package for the 2017 Audi S3 Cabrio

Would you like to shred the streets riding an Audi S3 Cabrio that has had its engine boosted? You're in luck, as a leading auto tuning company has stepped up its game and remade the Audi S3 into a raging speed sports car.

Audi S3 Cabriolet is the convertible, roofless variant of the S3 hatchback that is largely influenced by the S3 Saloon, and is geared to compete against the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the Porsche Boxster. The S3 Cabriolet comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers around 305 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. Features come with direct and indirect injection system, high strength connecting rods, twin balancer shaft and pure aluminium pistons.

But this convertible will be getting the makeover, ABT Sportsline style. The tuner's ABT Power S package produces speed that has been deemed impressive by the car enthusiasts. It has been compared to a hurricane, but even a hurricane can rarely achieve a wind speed that’s faster and stronger than what the tweaked S3 Cabrio can dish out.

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Most of the car enthusiasts perceive the BMW M4 Cabrio as a posh sports car, but the brand never rests on its laurels and focuses instead on offering top performance.

Some vehicle owners like to keep their wheels in check but the individuals behind this open top car is determined to raise the sleek aesthetic by further modifying the automobile. There’s some disagreement on whether it’s working. The stock wheels of the M4 were replaced with blood red Vossen VPS 314T forged directional concave wheels, which gave the sports car a more rugged look.

When compared with the BMW M4 coupe, the roofless car weighs 250 kg (550 lbs) more and is not as fast or as dynamic. Nevertheless, just like its BMW M4 Coupe kin, the M4 Cabrio is powered by the ever impressive forced induction which powers its rear wheels. In place of the M3's convertible that is equipped with 4.0 liter V8, power for the M4 convertible comes with a 425 hp and 406 lb/ft of torque from 1,850 rpm all the way to 5,500 rpm. For its transmission, the variants include a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic.

Read the entire article BMW M4 Convertible rocks blood red Vossen wheels and looks amazing

In the last few years, the advent of compact sedans and crossovers has become quite overwhelming. Even two of the major manufacturers that “started it all” have to admit that there is not enough space left in their lineup.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW have finally realized that their coupes and cabrios are quite too many. This made them come onto a decision to get rid of some of their models in the near future. In a separate interview with Car & Driver, both Mercedes-Benz and BMW admitted that a great deal of their convertibles and coupes are becoming endangered with newer, more in-demand body styles.

Ian Robertson, BMW’s head for Sales and Marketing, explained that though the company may still have the upcoming X7 and X2 along with a few more models, BMW has also decided that they will be removing some body styles in the coming years. The segment, he said is “rather full”.

Read the entire article BMW and Mercedes-Benz will narrow down their special segment models such as coupes, cabrios

This dynamic-looking roadster looks like your ordinary BMW M6 Convertible (F12). Wrapped in a brown metallic exterior color finish, this BMW M6 Convertible really looks like the average M6 Convertible. But wait until it gets on the road, as this brown BMW M6 Convertible -- as tuned by G-Power -- is a sleeper that could go toe to toe with a Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet in terms of top speed.

Don’t be mistaken; we’re not describing the BMW M6 Convertible as slow. After all, the BMW M6 Convertible is the performance version of the drop-top 6 Series. The most powerful BMW 6 Series Convertible is served by a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine that is able to deliver at most 443 hp (330 kW or 450 PS) of output available between 5,500 rpm and 6,000 rpm, as well as up to 650 Nm of torque available between 2,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This is enough to send the most powerful BMW 6 Series Convertible accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h (155.4 mph).

The less dynamic version of the BMW 6 Series Convertible – powered by a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder – features 315 hp (235 kW) of max output and 450 Nm of peak torque. This level of power is already aplenty, as it is enough to make the BMW 6 Series Convertible sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and reach a max speed of 250 km/h (155.4 mph).

Read the entire article G-Power turns BMW M6 (F12) Convertible into an 800-PS sleeper roadster

BMW’s latest Grand Tourer variant can finally stand beside Porsche’s range topping Panamera Turbo S, the A7 (Audi’s grand touring luxury sedan) or even a Mercedes-Benz S Class coupe. BMW last week has announced the release of the M Sport Limited Edition. According to the company, the enhancement package will be offered on the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 6 Series Convertible as well as the 6 Series Coupe.

Other than the existing M badge and aero kits, there are several new optional features that have been made available exclusively for BMW’s 6 Series. Among its exterior upgrades are the new carbon fiber side mirror casings, 20-inch M light alloy wheels with two-color paint scheme, and the latest Sonic Speed Blue Metallic paint.

The M Sport Limited Edition 6 Series interior meanwhile consists of fine-grain Merino leather for the seats courtesy of BMW Individual, the Bavarian automaker’s bespoke division. The seat upholstery will come in two-tone combination of fjord blue and black leather that is only exclusive to the M package.

Read the entire article BMW introduces the 6-Series M Sport Limited Edition

Introducing a Smart ForTwo Cabrio tuned by high-performance Germany-based aftermarket specialist Brabus. Of course, this version is more powerful, quicker and faster than a typical model of the famed city car, and it is called the new Brabus Ultimate 125 Limited Edition.

As a city car, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio serves its purpose – a mobile unit that is small enough to navigate through busy streets and breeze through parking spaces and tight turns. Moreover, it is also large enough to comfortably accommodate two passengers.

Because of its intended usage as well as size, Smart has seen to it that it the Smart ForTwo Cabrio should be powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine or a more powerful 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged unit. The turbocharged version is tuned to deliver a max power output of 66 kilowatts (90 horsepower) at 5,500 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 135 Newton-meters available at 2,500. Sent to the rear wheels through a twinamic dual clutch transmission (six speeds), this amount of power output and torque is good enough to send the Smart ForTwo Cabrio accelerating from nil to 100 kilometers per hour in around 11.7 seconds and reaching a max speed of 100 km/h.

Read the entire article Smart ForTwo Cabrio transformed into Brabus Ultimate 125 Limited Edition

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

Late last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the open variant of their S-class coupe which Daimler board member Ola Källenius describes as a symbol of their passion for individual and timeless mobility that the German automaker has since shared with their customers. The S-Class Cabriolet shows the same distinctive Sonderklasse elegance as that of its coupe.

As cool as the S-Class Cabrio may be, German auto tuner Brabus proves that the open variant S-Class still has a lot of room for improvement. S-Class Cabrio owners may now opt to upgrade their convertibles to an even powerful Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio option.

The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio option as we have mentioned, is based on Mercedes-Benz’ current S-Class Cabriolet. Unlike the standard convertible S-Class, this modified S-Class Cabrio will come with a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The 850 on its name symbolizes the power that this modified S-Class Cabrio possesses. Its twin-turbocharged V8 engine can actually produce 850 ponies and a torque output of 1,069 lb.-ft. That’s quite powerful for a drop-top S-Class, don’t you think?

Read the entire article Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio tuning package now available for Mercedes-AMG S63 Convertible

The upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show is the venue for the unveiling of the open-top version of the smart fortwo, which will be launched in the United States. The new fortwo cabrio is said to be three cars in one – all transformations done with a touch of a button. At its initial form, the fortwo cabrio is a closed two-seater.

However, it can be transformed into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof. It can also be transformed into a full-fledged cabriolet with the opened soft top for an open air driving experience. These transformations have been made possible by the "tritop" folding soft top and the removable roof bars.

Also, the smart fortwo cabrio is considered to be the only true cabriolet in its vehicle class. The fortwo cabrio takes only 12 seconds to fully open at a push of a button. Even when the vehicle is being driven at top speed, it won’t take a long time before occupants could enjoy the sun.

Read the entire article 2016 Smart ForTwo Cabrio is now official ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

The new Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio has been launched in time to celebrate spring and summer. With the introduction of the cabrio version of the popular Fiat 500 1957 Edition (which first came in 2014), the Fiat brand is honouring the history of the Nuova 500.

The Fiat 500c 1957 Edition is available with a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top, which takes inspiration from the canvas roof on the original Cinquecento. Whether the top is up or down, the driver gets to experience driving pleasure no matter what season it is.

Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, said that the company is continuing to expand this lineup. He also said that with this cabrio version, the brand is adding open-air fun to the legendary Fiat 500 1957 Edition. The well-equipped limited-production model has a starting price of $24,700 U.S. MSRP, making it only $1,900 more expensive than a base Fiat 500c Lounge.

Read the entire article 2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio to arrive this spring with a $24,700 price tag

DS has started selling its fourth DS 3 special edition – the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit. This latest limited edition -- designed with Benefit Cosmetics and carries a tag of £18,745 OTR -- features styling cues inspired by ‘Stay Flawless.’ The DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit features a folding fabric roof that can be opened or closed at motorway speeds.

The DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit boasts of a Polar White body, with a black fabric roof and Fuchsia Pink touches to the door mirrors and wheel center caps. The vehicle also features a ‘Gabbi’s Head’ logo on the ‘Shark Fin’ B-Pillars and a Benefit badge on the rear, in Fuchsia Pink.

Inside, the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit features bespoke black velour floor mats with Fuchsia edging and an embroidered Fuchsia Benefit logo. Its dashboard, air vent surrounds and gear stick cap are in gloss white trim, with Benefit’s trademark ‘Stay Flawless’ black and white polka dot design placed on the upper part of the dashboard.

Read the entire article Citroen DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit now on sale in UK at £18,745 OTR

Akrapovic is well-known for its exhaust systems that deliver the best sound from the engine and honestly to think we didn’t believe that these guys will create something even better. Until today, when we saw and heard the brand new Akrapovic titanium exhaust developed for the new BMW (F80) M3, the (F82) M4 Coupe and Cabriolet.

The sound delivered by the new 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, that delivers 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, is absolutely amazing.

Thanks to Akrapovic, the smaller 3.0-liter engine delivers a better sound than the previous V8. For those who don’t know, the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

Read the entire article Akrapovic unveils new titanium exhaust system for BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and Cabriolet [w/video]

The ultra-limited Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing is now available in the United Kingdom. Only 10 DS3 Cabrio Racings can be acquired by potential customers in the UK, a chunk from the only 100 examples produced by Citroen. A DS3 Cabrio Racing starts at £29,305.

Citroën Racing used its experience in their DS3 WRC and DS3 Racing projects, resulting to a limited edition DS3 Cabrio that marries sporting performance, dynamic styling and the pleasure of top-down driving. It is powered by a 207hp four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP engine that provides 30 percent more power and 15 percent more torque than the standard THP 155 unit.

The engine allows the DS3 Cabrio Racing to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 145mph. The DS3 Cabrio Racing features a unique look thanks to sports detailing and a dynamic color scheme, with hints of carbon fiber. The car features Moondark Matte Grey body colour, Black fabric roof and 18-inch Brilliant Black ‘Nemesis’ sports alloy wheels. It also carries Brilliant Red DS logo center caps and red painted brake calipers.

Read the entire article Ultra-limited 2014 Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing now in the UK

It was in 1960 when Burkard Bovensiepen began the foundation with the performance-enhanced version of the BMW 1500. Since then it has been developed to become what is now a permanent fixture under the luxury sports car segment. At that time, Burkard Bovensiepen had the petrol-powered four-cylinder engines having the Weber dual carburetors.

This was considered as a cutting-edge product at the time and marketed through the Alpina. Presently, these products are now integrated to high-tech autos. Fitted at the beginning and combined with the best genes that BMW can offer, they symbolize the best when it comes to comfort, driving culture, performance, and efficiency. Indeed, the new BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo models are able to put all of these qualities together.

The more contemporary 3-liter straight-six engine has been fitted with two turbochargers in order to deliver output of 310 kW (410 hp) with peak torque at 600 Nm. Its Sport-Automatic 8-Speed Transmission having the Alpina Swithc-Tronic combined with the Alpina adaptive sport suspension result in maximizing both the already exceptional dynamics and the comfort.

Read the entire article 2014 Geneva Preview: Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio based on BMW 4-Series Cabriolet

Citroen has just confirmed that the DS3 Cabrio Racing will finally go into production in early 2014. According to Autocar, this new model was confirmed at a media event run by the Citroen Racing team in France.

Regarding the design, you shouldn’t be surprised, as Citroen unveiled the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production version will use the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine found on the DS3 Racing hot hatch, rated at 207 bhp. The DS3 Cabrio Racing is expected to feature stiffer suspension springs, new front and rear shock absobers.

Read the entire article Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing will go into production, sales begin in early 2014

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing concept made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept merges the best of the DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of the new DS3 Cabrio, as it refers to the carmaker's World Rally Championship connection. The custom-built DS3 Cabrio Racing concept has the looks as well as the performance of a car tuned by Citroen Racing, a multi-WRC title team. 

The dynamically styled DS3 Cabrio Racing concept boasts of a bespoke Moondark matt textured grey paintwork.

It also features special gloss black 19” alloy wheels as well as Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors. Appearing on the black canvas roof in gloss weave and on the on the door mirror housings is characteristic DS pattern. 

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept drops its top in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Citroen unveiled the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept ahead of 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s emblematic motor sports meeting. According to the official press release, the new concept car promises to combine the best of the Citroën DS3 Racing with all the sophistication of the DS3 Cabrio.

Weighing just 25 kg more than the hatchback, the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept features a mat textured grey paintwork, gloss black 19-inch wheels, Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.

Moreover, the concept car features the DS pattern on the black canvas roof with its high-tech carbon-fibre look and engraved on the door mirror housings, while the Carmin color is found on the brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with the wide side strips, and parts of the lettering and badge.

Read the entire article Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept will debut at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed