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MINI is getting ready to finally unveil two new entries into the premium vehicle market at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015. The MINI Convertible and the new MINI Clubman demonstrate the automaker’s capability to broaden its own creative horizons with every generation of vehicles it releases.
MINI could not have chosen a better venue to unveil the two new vehicles. The Tokyo Motor Show has distinguished itself since 1954 to be one of the best international auto shows to showcase any brand’s new offerings in.
The chosen motto for the show this year is “Your heart will race – technology and fantasy.” MINI and other brands will be displaying their new models from October 30 to November 8 at the Tokyo Big Sight trade fair center in the Japanese capital.Read the entire article New MINI Convertible, MINI Clubman set for world debut at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
It has been three years since Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, unveiled the LC Coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is also known as the Detroit Auto Show. Now at the same venue, Lexus is presenting to the global public an open -top study of the LC Coupe – the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.
As the luxury carmaker puts it, the Lexus LC Convertible Concept suggests future direction of its LC flagship. The premium carmaker calls the LC Convertible Concept as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. In terms of looks, the LC Convertible Concept is essentially the LC Coupe without a fixed roof. For three years, not a few have imagine how the LC Coupe would appear if it become a convertible. The LC Convertible Concept is the realization of this imagination in metal.
As Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept, quipped, the show car re-imagines the unmistakable design of the LC Coupe as a future convertible. He added that the LC Convertible Concept is a blend all the best aspects of the original LC Coupe, but with the dynamic design of a convertible.Read the entire article Lexus LC Convertible Concept unveiled at 2019 Detroit Auto Show
After revealing the coupe version of the 2019 BMW 8 Series, the German premium carmaker is introducing its convertible version. The 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is essentially the Coupe with its roof chopped off, with some modifications made to make way for its electrically folding soft top. BMW will unveil the new 8 Series Convertible to the global public at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month.
In terms of appearance, the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is almost identical to the 8 Series Coupe, aside from the fact that the latter’s hard top has been removed and replaced by an electrically folding soft top. This top can be fully deployed in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h). It takes the same amount of time and vehicle speed to remove the soft top down.
Once the soft is down, it is stowed underneath a rear deck which stitching is matched to the instrument panel and door panels. In addition, the cover for the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with subtle nacelles evoking the double-bubble roof design of the Coupe. To ensure that less wind enters the cabin when the soft top is down, the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes fitted with standard wind deflector as located behind the front seats.Read the entire article New BMW 8 Series Convertible is set to arrive in the US in March 2019
Perhaps, nothing can beat a convertible – or cars which roof are removable or deployable – is delivering the joy of open-top drive and ride. Its occupants get to experience of thrill of travelling while exposed to the elements.
Nonetheless, because the interior of a convertible is exposed to the sun and the elements, they are more prone to damage that the cabin of a fixed-roof vehicle, like a sedan, a coupe or an SUV. Of course, there are many things you can do to protect the interior of your convertible.
First, you need to properly maintain the top of your convertible. Maintaining the convertible top means you need to clean it up regularly to ensure that it is free from elements that may damage it over time.Read the entire article How to protect the interior of your convertible car from damage?
Every time you see a convertible on the road, perhaps you can’t help but be left in awe. After all, convertibles – cars with removable or retractable tops – have a charm of their own that are different from their fixed top counterparts. They offer the joy of open-air drive and ride. Hence, they attract more attention on the road than typical fixed roof cars.
Because of their inherent charm, you might have plans to buy a new convertible, also known as roadsters, spiders or open-tops. But before doing that, it might be wise to know the characteristics of a convertible. This way, you won’t be surprised if you find something not agreeable to your tastes and preferences.Read the entire article 5 basic things to know when buying a convertible
Of all automotive brands, the last automaker you could think to slap its badge on a convertible SUV, would probably be Skoda. But their new Sunroq is actually what that is - a droptop version of the compact Karoq, the latest concept to come from Mladá Boleslav. The concept actually began in October 2017 when a team of 23 students from Skoda’s own trade school got together to work on a one-off project.
Do not get us wrong though, because the automaker is not planning to chop off the compact crossover’s roof for a production version since the Sunroq will remain purely a concept car to demonstrate the skills of Skoda’s vocational school. These students are very talented and they took the roles of engineers and designers, but of course, actual professionals lent a helping hand during the development process of turning the Karoq into a convertible.
The Czech Republican crossover loses its model’s roof. However, they have kept the rear doors as well as the rear seats to maintain that high level of practicality you would expect from a Skoda. Of course, Skoda keeps it’s vehicle interesting, as you can see here, the automaker’s logo is projected onto the road by LEDs mounted underneath the concept’s front bumper. You can actually get those on the production Karoq where these are mounted underneath the front doors.Read the entire article Skoda Sunroq Concept is the convertible SUV we did not expect
The summer season makes everyone aspire for open-air driving. Those who like to combine the topless motoring of the BMW 2 Series Convertible with M2 performance should definitely check out the latest project of German automaker, Lightweight. They have in fact given this droptop the Hillary moniker and we’re assuming it’s because of the feminine touches it had received.
When it comes to performance, this project even beats the standard M2 as well as the Competition version. With additional tuning (which includes a titanium exhaust), the output of the 3.0 liter biturbo inline six engine gets a boost to 422 horsepower (315 kilowatts) and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque.
That’s a big improvement compared to the M2 Competition’s 405 horsepower (302 kilowatts) and 406 pound feet (551 Newton metres) of torque. A seven speed dual clutch gearbox from an M4 GTS routes the power to the road. The M2 Convertible will also be getting the axles and differentials of the M2.Read the entire article German tuner Lightweight creates a one-off BMW M2 Convertible
Ford is introducing a new limited edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang GT – the California Special -- that boasts of aesthetics elements derived from the 1968 original version, modern performance and styling, as well as innovative technologies.
The very first Mustang California Special was born in 1968, with design cues inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT prototype. This came to be called the California Special. The original Mustang California Special was provided with distinguishing elements like a blacked-out grille and fog lamps, as well as a racing stripe running on sides through just ahead of the rear fender scoop.
In addition, the 1968 Mustang California Special was fitted with twist-lock hood fasteners, a Shelby-inspired spoiler and custom rear lamps. The spectacular looks of the Mustang California Special prompted Ford to put it to limited production. Soon enough, the California Special has become one of the much-sought-after special edition Mustang models.Read the entire article Ford Mustang GT gets California Special treatment for 2019 model year
Back in 1988, the Bavarians of BMW M decided to chop the roof off one of their cars to create a high performance M3 convertible. And now, the automakers feel the need to celebrate that moment. That being said, check out this new BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre, following other anniversary models like that of last year’s 7 Series, 2016’s M3, and 2014’s M5.
The special edition M4 Convertible comes equipped with the M Competition Package and some other M goodies. This includes an adaptive suspension with sport mode, a sport exhaust system, and an active differential. Under its hood is a biturbo inline-six 3.0 liter engine that has been tweaked to bring out 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts), thanks to the very same package.
The automaker did not mention anything with regards to the car’s speed and acceleration though. But the standard model can hit the 62 miles per hour sprint in 4.6 seconds before hitting its top speed of 155 miles per hour.Read the entire article BMW unveils the M4 Convertible (F83) Edition 30 Jahre
It wasn’t that long ago when we first saw Mercedes-Benz’ newest A-Class when it made its world debut. And already, X-Tomi Design has already reworked it as a convertible. Now, the rendered version only comes with two doors instead of four, while losing its roof - turning it into a trendy four-seat drop top.
Right now, we believe that Mercedes-Benz has no intentions of launching a convertible model on its compact, front wheel drive platform. But still, its lineup will offer an array of different things. This includes an A-Class that would offer customers a five door hatchback, while the A-Class Sedan looks similar, but only comes with four doors and a trunk.
Aside from those, Mercedes Benz offers the CLA-Class for customers who look for a four door model with more style. There is also the more utilitarian B-Class hatchback for the more adventurous people. And let us not forget the GLA-Class, which is a coupe inspired crossover, and the GLB-Class that is a boxier SUV.Read the entire article X-Tomi reimagines the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class as a convertible
Currently, there aren’t any Lexus convertibles out in the market, but it seems like it won’t be too long until we see one again. This is because Toyota’s premium brand is reportedly thinking of taking the LC’s roof off. These look pretty cool too for a more powerful variant of the coupe as well.
It also seems like the convertible is already a done deal. A source told Auto Express that there has already been a go signal for the production of this model. That being said, it is not scheduled to arrive dealerships until at least two years from now.
Yoshihiro Sawa, the Japanese automaker’s Senior Managing Officer, told Auto Express that their luxury market will definitely require a convertible, and that he hopes to have a convertible in their lineup very soon. So simply said, they have not confirmed the rumours yet.Read the entire article Lexus LC convertible is rumoured to arrive by 2020, LC F may follow
When the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 traveled around the world in camouflage before making its official debut in Dubai, we remember seeing convertible versions of it as well, and we anticipated that it would come. But one variant that we did not expect to see was a roofless version of the ZR1.
And Chevrolet surprised us with this at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, finished in the same bold day-glo orange paint as the hardtop model that we saw in Dubai. There is no doubt that the roofless model looks superb (probably even sexier than the coupe version); but apart from that, it is also the most powerful production convertible that wears a Bowtie badge.
Today, we have got a couple of details regarding the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible, such as the price. Having said that, the convertible starts at $123,995, while the coupe costs $119,995. You might think that it is a little too expensive, especially compared to a Z06. But that is because this is the only Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible, at least a front engine ZR1 convertible.Read the entire article 2017 LA Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible [Live Photos]
Just this month, Chevrolet unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe. Dubbed by Chevrolet as the fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the new 2019 ZR1 astonished the public with its 755 hp (563 kW) of output and 212 mph of top speed. While people are still reeling from the arrival of the new Corvette ZR1 super coupe, Chevrolet has opted not to wait too long to unveil its drop-top version.
Yes, Chevrolet is introducing the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible, with the official unveiling set to happen at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be sold along with the 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe starting next spring. It will the first ZR1 convertible since the original 1970 ZR1, taking nearly 50 years before the first drop-top was followed up by a modern version.
As the drop-top version of the coupe introduced at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, the Corvette ZR1 convertible has the same performance and technology offerings as its roofed twin. Thanks to the Corvette’s strong and stiff aluminum chassis, Chevrolet has to implement a few structural changes, which include the accommodations for its folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Drivers could open or close the power top up to speeds of 30 mph. The folding top hardware accounted for most of the 60 lbs (27 kg) of curb weight difference between the coupe and convertible versions of the new Corvette ZR1 supercar.Read the entire article Chevrolet introduces convertible version of its 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar
Dubai is one of the few countries where expensive cars are the norm, many of which are specially modified as well. And this just in: Bentley has debuted the new Grand Convertible by Mulliner in Dubai without much fanfare. The said model is housed in Bentley’s largest showroom, and it currently sits beside other members of the family like the Mulsanne, one standard version with another one having the extended wheelbase. Crewe’s latest project may sound familiar to others, and this is because it has already made its debut in November 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
But don’t get me wrong, the one from 2014 was a concept, which was based on the Mulsanne version, minus the roof. On the other hand, the two-tone example that’s sitting in Dubai right now is a production model that started out in life as a Mulsanne Speed before losing its roof, which was also shortened by a few centimeters - 10cm (3.9 inches) to be exact. Its body has been finished with a predominant Moroccan Blue paint, contrasted with a Frosted Silver finish up front, on the hood. This surrounds the imposing grille as well as the windscreen frame.
But that’s not what the production model boasts of. Apart from the stylish body, it has a large piece of wood applied onto the rear deck like that of the concept we saw in 2014. Shmee says that this must be the largest piece of wood that has been installed on a car ever, and this particular one even comes with metallic fins.Read the entire article $3.5 million Bentley Grand Convertible by Mulliner makes its debut in Dubai
When BMW introduced the next generation of the M5 (F90), it made sure that the new model is more powerful and even faster with more aggressive styling. But while BMW’s high-performance four-door sports sedan really does its part both in terms of execution and looks, there are still people who are wondering and imagining what the new BMW M5 would look like when transformed from a sedan to a convertible.
For those who are wondering, let Aksyonov Nikita – a rendering artist from St. Petersburg, Russia -- satisfy your imagination. Nikita posted his renderings works of a new BMW M5 convertible on professional sharing site Behance. And it actually looks like it’s the German premium carmaker that created this roofless version of the high-performance sports sedan.
Apparently, Nikita’s convertible creation was derived or chopped off the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car, which made its debut on the final round of the 2017 season this month and which is set to continue its duties for the whole 2018 MotoGP season. Nikita practically removed the roof, the B- and C-pillars of the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car. Nikita also removed the red emergency lights, the windows and rear windshield. Furthermore, Nikita slightly flattened the rear deck of the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car.Read the entire article BMW M5 (F90) sedan rendered by a Russian artist as a convertible
In the last 20 years, Lincoln had not built coupes, nor has it made convertibles. Now the question is, what should one do when he wants a two-door coupe that looks like a Lincoln? If that ever came across your mind, you were not alone. We actually have a concrete image of how it will look, because someone built one. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big fan of how it looks.
This photo was found on Reddit, and it is of a late-model Mustang Convertible that looks a bit off. That is because it had been given an additional rear bumper, and a Lincoln Continental-style spare tire carrier. Even without a photo, you could probably already imagine how it looks, and you are probably thinking - who in their right mind would do that?
But surprisingly, this is not the first time we have seen a Mustang with the parts or the body of a Lincoln. Having said that, Lincoln’s own Mark VIII once shared its platform with the Ford Thunderbird in the mid-1990s. Similarly, its predecessor from the 1980s, the Mark VII, was based on the same Fox platform as the Mustang.Read the entire article Lincoln-bodied Mustang seen on Reddit looks absolutely dreadful
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among a small number of places where flashy cars are a common sight. You will need something really unique if you would like to stand out from the crowd. One fine example is this Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible that has been tuned by AC Schnitzer. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain get their vehicles from Abu Dhabi Motors, the official importer of BMW, Alpina and AC Schnitzer vehicles.
This AC Schnitzer M4 is a beauty. No one will disagree with that statement even after seeing treatments from other tuners like Liberty Walk. The front splitter, drive planes, mirror caps and rear accents are made with carbon fiber bits.
The upgrades are so smooth that they look as if they have been equipped from the factory. This M4 was also given the dark finished exhaust tips that look more than amazing. But if there’s one thing that a lot of people are unsure about when it comes to styling is the AC Schnitzer AC1 wheels with thin spokes, as they don’t seem to go too well with the rest of the body.Read the entire article Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible by AC Schnitzer stuns crowds in Abu Dhabi
Say goodbye to the Ferrari California T hardtop, the V8-powered grand touring sports car. But don’t be sad yet, as the Italian carmaker has already lined up a suitable replacement for the charming convertible – the new Ferrari Portofino.
Instead of retaining the already iconic moniker that is California, Ferrari has decided to give this new drop-top car a new name, one that reflects charm, elegance, luxury and sportiness.
Thus, Ferrari opted to name the California T successor as the Portofino, derived from a beautiful and charming town located in the northwestern section of Italy. In addition, the Italian sports car maker also named the launch color of this new V8 GT after the town – Rosso Portofino.Read the entire article 2018 Ferrari Portofino becomes official ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show
Would you like your convertible to be inspired by a yacht? Well, you do not have to imagine it anymore - thanks to the Bentley Continental GT Convertible and Mulliner for building one. With its size and opulence, there is no doubt that a yacht would enter your mind when seeing this model. This was made possible by Mulliner, which gave it the Galene Edition treatment. Overall, it has a droptop just like that of a yacht. In case you were wondering, Galene is a very apt name as it’s from the Greek goddess of calm seas.
For Mulliner to achieve this look, they had to work with Princess Yachts for some design cues that are necessary. For instance, the Continental GT Convertible was finished in a Glacier White paint that is accented with a Sequin Blue stripe on the lower end of the car, matching the dark blue roof. The convertible is equipped with a set of 21-inch polished Propeller Wheels.
The interior has plenty more design elements that you would associate with yachts. The cabin is made of a combination of Linen, Portland, Brunel, and Camel tinted leather - creams, taupes and nudes that will make you feel like you’re on a high-end boat. This is complemented by the cabin’s trim in the same Glacier White paint. There is even a hand-painted image of the super yacht on the dashboard for more detail, which was made by illustrator Jaume Vilardell. The trunk floor is more unconventional this time, with the open-pore Pinstripe Walnut finish. You can also find the same finish on the center stack and around the gearshift.Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene looks very much like a yacht
It has been ten years since Maserati first introduced the GranTurismo to the public. And to celebrate one decade, the Maserati GranTurismo and its convertible sister, that we know as the GranCabrio both get facelifted and subsequently presented at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Though many of us have already witnessed the former at the New York Stock Exchange earlier, it still is worth discussing.
The facelifted coupe does not look far from its predecessor. Noticeable upgrades can be found on the front fascia, most especially the new hexagonal grille, which was inspired from the Maserati Alfieri concept. Furthermore, the improved designs also help with aerodynamic performance, by increasing the airflow and cutting down the drag. When looking at the rear end of the car, you’ll find a rear bumper that has been redesigned.
The 2+2 will also be getting a new, 8.4-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside the cabin. The infotainment system sits above a redesigned aluminum knobs and contains buttons that can activate climate control, driving modes, and some other similar features. Another cabin upgrade is that customers can choose between a combination of Alcantara and leather upholstery, or Poltrona Frau leather. Also notable are the premium speakers by Harman Kardon that ensure you only hear the best.Read the entire article 2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible (GranCabrio) is launched
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