If you want a brand-new fifth-generation SRT Viper convertible, then you’re out of luck, as it only comes in coupe form. But now Michigan-based automotive engineering and prototype design company Prefix has rectified this by developing their own convertible Viper.
The conversion, called the Medusa Roadster (Manufactured, Engineered, Developed in the USA), costs $35,000 – on top of the price of a brand-new Viper. Prefix say they initially have plans for a run of just 10 cars, each with its own limited edition badge. The Medusa Roadster was debuted at a special event for 500 Viper owners and enthusiasts who were treated to a surprise unveiling of the car.
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What you’re looking at here is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, the fastest series production convertible to leave the Aston Martin factory. Mechanically identical to the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster uses the same AM28 6.0 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, a powerplant which produces 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 201 mph.
Like its hard top sibling, the V12 Vantage S Roadster also uses the same three-mode adaptive damping suspension system which offers Normal, Sport and Track settings. It also employs carbon ceramic brake discs and uses the same ZF Servotronic power assist steering.
The transmission is a seven-speed Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual unit which provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes. It replaces the six-speed manual unit used in the V12 Vantage Roadster, and also weighs 20 kgs (44 lbs) less.
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The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the supercharged top-of-the-line Challenger, will be the most powerful production muscle car when it goes on sale later this year. That’s because its supercharged 6.2 litre HEMI V8 engine manages to produce 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
However Dodge understand that over 700 horsepower is going to test even the most experienced driver, so just to provided an additional level of security, the car comes with two different keys. The black key allows the engine to produce a slightly more reasonable 500 horsepower maximum output. While the red key unlocks the full 700. Either way, I’m willing to put money on the fact a good number of Challenger SRT Hellcats get some impromptu bodywork modifications thanks to drivers who overestimate their driving talents and ability to cope with supercar-worrying power in a heavier car with a less exotic and capable chassis.
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Just in case you thought there weren’t enough British-built lightweight track-focused sports cars on offer, Elemental Cars, based in Surrey, have come to the rescue with the Elemental RP1.
The Elemental RP1 offers much the same as the competition. It’s as light as reasonably possible, highly tunable and customisable, and offers just the bare minimum of comfort and day-to-day practicality. It’s one of the better looking two-seat track cars out there, and it looks like someone with a design degree has been allowed to make the decisions regarding styling. In fact that someone is Guy Colborne, and he’s worked on projects for Pininfarina, BMW, Opel and Ford, as well as acting as a visiting lecturer for the Vehicle Design course at the world renowned Royal College of Art.
It’s also clearly been engineered by people who understand what amateur racers and track-day enthusiasts want. The team is made up from a number of racecar and supercar engineers, guys who have worked on vehicles like the McLaren 12C and P1 and who have provided their expertise to F1 teams and aircraft manufacturers. The Elemental RP1 isn’t something which has been knocked up by someone with a welder and a few spare rolls of fiberglass.
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The BMW enhancement experts at Alpina are all done with their latest project, a comprehensive makeover for the BMW 4 Series Coupe and Convertible. The Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo raises the performance level of the 4-Series while also providing more comfort.
Based on the BMW 435i, the Apina B4 Bi-Turbo is powered by an upgraded version of BMW’s 3.0 litre straight-six engine. Fitted with twin-turbochargers, an upgraded cooling system, a forged steel crankshaft and a less restrictive quad-outlet exhaust with an acoustic valve, the engine now produces 410 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. With this, the Coupe version of the B4 B-Turbo is able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in just 4.2 seconds, while the heavier convertible takes a fraction longer at 4.5 seconds. Cars fitted with the optional BMW X-Drive AWD system accomplish the sprint in an impressive 4.0 seconds.
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After a 16 year absence Porsche will make a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race this year. To mark their return to endurance racing the company has created a special edition version of the 911. Called the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition, the car wears the famous Martini branding which was used on several iconic Porsche race cars in the past. Cars like the 917, which domintaed the World Sportscar Championship in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and the wild 935 “Moby Dick” race car from the late 1970s.
Unlike those cars however, the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition isn’t meant for the track. It doesn’t mean it can’t go there occasionaly, it’s just it’s probably more at home on the street.
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Trident Sports Cars have just announced, for what seems like the millionth time, that their Iceni sports car is now for sale. They previewed it a long while back, then announced it again in 2009, 2012 and now 2014. Thankfully though, this time around it’s a little different.
The Trident Iceni Magna and the Iceni Venturer are the reason why. Based on the same platform as the Iceni convertible, the Iceni Magna (pictured) is the fastback coupe version, while the Venturer is the wagon (estate) model.
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This is the Dubai Roadster. It’s just about the most simplistic name ever conceived for a vehicle, concept or otherwise. What’s next? “American Truck”, “British Coupe”, “Chinese Clone”? But leaving the daft name aside, there are more concerning issues with the Dubai Roadster.
Firstly, it looks amazing. It’s a bit generic in places – especially up front where the Corvette Stingray seems to be the primary influence. But overall it’s a pretty stunning machine. However unfortunately there’s a pretty good reason this might be just a bit of a hoax. Continue reading ‘Dubai Roadster – Awesomely Real, or Terribly Fake?’ »
It’s been 25 years since Mazda gave the world the MX-5 Miata. An affordable, reliable, fun sports car wrapped up in an easy to maintain and upgrade front-engined, rear-wheel-drive package. It was, is, and probably will be for some time yet, the benchmark affordable two-seat sports car.
To mark the last quarter of a century of production, and nearly 1 million cars built. Mazda have developed a limited edition version of the roadster called the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is based on the 160 horsepower 2.0 litre version of the car. It features a power retractable hard top and will be available with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
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The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.
2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.
The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
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