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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With the splitting of BMW’s sedan and coupe models into two separately named vehicles, the 2 Series coupe finds itself without a full M model. There is the 2 Series M-Sport model with its 240 horsepower twin turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six. It’s good, but it’s not a full-on hardcore M car. It’s not an M2.
But what if BMW did decide the 2-Series was worthy of an M2 model. What might it look like? Theophilus Chin thinks the BMW M2 would look like this.
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The all-new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe were revealed late last year. And now it’s the turn of the M4 convertible to step into the spotlight. There’s not much to say really. It’s virtually identical to the M4 coupe except the chassis is a less rigid, the load space is smaller and its got a fold-away roof.
Powering the BMW M4 Convertible is the same 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine used in the M3 and M4 coupe. This engine produces 431 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission. Fitted with the seven-speed transmission, the BMW M4 convertible can hit 62 mph (100 kmh) in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph.
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David Brown Automotive have just unveiled their first model. Called the David Brown Automotive Speedback, the car’s styling is a mix of classic British sports cars. There’s plenty of Aston Martin in there. Err, well actually that’s about all there is. It’s almost completely Aston Martin. It should be said that the David Brown of David Brown Automotive has no connection with either Aston Martin, its founder, Sir David Brown, or with the David Brown Group.
So got that? This is an entirely different David Brown from the Aston Martin David Brown, who just happens to be building cars that look like classic Aston Martins but they aren’t.
What you get for your money (prices are still to be announced) is a classically styled GT car with modern underpinnings. Those underpinnings come from Jaguar – the Speedback is based on an XKR – and as such it is powered by a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 which produces 510 horsepower. Although the company say they can tune the engine to any level requested.
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The latest unknown, unproven company to release some pretty renders of a non-existent supercar and throw around some wild numbers is Trion Supercars from California. They’ve just announced that development work has begun on a 2,000 + horsepower supercar called the Trion Nemesis. The company also claims that their unbuilt supercar will have a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 270 mph.
Wild claims are all fine if you’re just trying to flesh out a pure concept vehicle with no plans for production. But if you’re stating these as fact, before the first prototype is even partially constructed, and with the intention of selling it for a considerable amount, you damn well better get your calculations right.
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Mercedes don’t really do pickups. Well unless you count the G 63 AMG 6×6. But there’s no shortage of older Mercs undergoing drastic metal surgery to create a wide variety of unique utes and pickups. This German forum post has put together a pretty good selection of homemade Mercedes pickups from across the world.
But I think it would take a brave soul to take a hacksaw to a brand-new S 63 AMG just so he can get that washing machine home from the shop. And that’s where prolific Hungarian photoshopper X-TOMI comes in. He can show you why it’s not a good idea, well before one of Germany’s finest automobiles is put to the sword.
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StudioTorino, an Italian design studio who have a slightly haphazard history of designing eye-catching vehicles, have just put the finishing touches to their latest creation. I say haphazard because sometimes they do great things, other times they do stuff like this.
The new Porsche Cayman based Moncenisio sits somewhere in the middle of StudioTorino’s abilities. It’s certainly not ugly, but it’s also not really an improvement on the already handsome Cayman. But even if you’re a big fan of the design, its asking price is hard to swallow. Priced at $200,000 (£121,000 / 145,000 EUR) the Moncenisio is roughly four times more expensive than a standard Cayman. Or to put it another way, for the same amount you could have a Cayman and a brand new 911 Turbo.
The StudioTorino Moncenisio is based on the Porsche Cayman S and the drivetrain has been left untouched, meaning that it’s still powered by the same 325 horsepower 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine it left the Porsche factory with. So where’s the money been spent?
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The Porsche Boxster and Cayman ranges have both been increased with the addition of new top dog models. Called the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, the new cars are the most powerful and fastest versions of their respective models yet.
Starting with the Boxster GTS, Porsche’s small roadster has been fitted with a 3.4 litre flat six cylinder engine tuned to provide 330 horsepower, 15 horsepower more than the Boxster S. Torque output has also been increased slightly, rising to 272 ft-lbs (370 Nm).
The Porsche Boxster GTS also features the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. When fitted with the optional PDK 7-speed double-clutch transmission and the launch control function is activated, the Boxster GTS accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds.
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TopCar, a tuning company based in Russia, has just invaded, sorry, modified the Porsche 991 with a new aerodynamic package and performance add-ons.
The TopCar Porsche 991 Carrera Stinger features extensive body modifications, including new front and rear bumpers, wider wheel arches, a new hood, new sideskirts and a larger rear spoiler. All the new components are made from carbon fiber. The kit is designed to fit on all Porsche 991 Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S models.
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