Convertible

Sequels rarely measure up to the originals (the Rocky movies, any works by Warhol), but Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing second-generation winners.
Although it has been re-engineered and reshaped to accommodate its ingeniously designed retractable top, the Ferrari 458 Spider is essentially a convertible version of the 458 Italia coupe. But the...
One of today’s greatest challenges for automakers is developing innovative and viable alternatives to gasoline-powered engines. Several hybrid and electric options have hit the market over the past...
Attend any auto show around the world and you will find concept vehicles that defy automotive conventions and stereotypes. However, many of these cars never make it into production because most...
Lamborghini devotees have lamented that in the Italian automaker’s undeniably dazzling lineup of recent years, rear-wheel drive seemed to have gone the way of the carburetor. The company discovered...
1960 Fiat 600 Jolly A version of the Fiat 600 custom-built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia, the Jolly attracted owners from Lyndon Johnson to Aristotle Onassis, the latter of whom kept one on his yacht...
1957 Jaguar XKSS Jaguar racecars of the 1950s remain among that era’s most stirring, valued today for their looks, performance, and rarity. The 1951 C-Type ushered in the decade and was followed by...
Equipped with the same 6-liter V-12 engine as its DB-designated counterparts, the Virage fits...
BMW is introducing a 4-cylinder vehicle to the United States this fall for the first time in more than a decade. The $50,000 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster ( www.bmwusa.com ) is also the first U.S. model...
It’s no surprise that, on the heels of its sold-out R8 GT supercar, Audi would reveal an open-top version based on the R8 Spyder—but that doesn’t diminish the thrill of its arrival. As they did with...
As Ferrari’s more luxury-oriented corporate cousin, the modern Maserati has made a name for itself as a purveyor of stupendously customizable sporting cars. On all Maseratis, options for color...
Sometimes history repeats itself. In 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL—affectionately referred to as the Gullwing—was built by the German automaker as a production car with one peculiar feature: its...
Auto enthusiasts will argue endlessly about whether a car is purer in its hardtop or soft-top iterations. Some say cutting the roof off any Porsche 911 is a scar on the car’s iconic racing roots...
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s performance specs could have earned it a spot in the sports-car category. Equipped with a high-revving 5.2-liter V-10, it sprints from zero to 60 mph in four seconds and...
True convertibles are creatures of elegance and impeccable manners that tender four spacious seats for people who prefer to tour grandly between Relais & Châteaux lodgings. The restyled,...
There are few manufacturers as savvy as Porsche when it comes to artfully leveraging its illustrious history and the mystique of its current models in creating limited-production specials. On the...
The Los Angeles Auto Show is always good for a few surprises. However, no one expected much from BMW this year, as the German automaker decided to forgo the standard press conference—despite having a...
The all-new Mercedes-Benz E350 Convertible is a handsome replacement for the recently retired CLK convertible line. You may not have noticed, but the CLK model no longer exists in Mercedes-Benz’s...
You may not have noticed, but the CLK model no longer exists in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of cars. The luxury automaker was rather sly about rolling out the all-new E350 and E550 cabriolet models, while...
You may not have noticed, but the CLK model no longer exists in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of cars. The luxury automaker was rather sly about rolling out the all-new E350 ($56,850) and E550 cabriolet ($...
There are very few cars on the road today more handsome than the Jaguar XKR Convertible . Working from the 2009 model, designer Ian Callum added a deeper chin to the front, fender scoops to the jowls...
Bentley’s Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible have never been shy on power or speed—the “base” models’ 552 horsepower and top speed of 195 miles per hour and the Speed editions’ 602 horsepower...
Unlike the Frankfurt and Paris motor shows, where the emphasis is on forthcoming production vehicles, Geneva’s Salon International de l’Auto is known primarily as the designer’s showcase, featuring a...
Cruising in the convertible version of the Spyker C8 Aileron is a perfect way to show off the car’s handcrafted interior. Spyker intends to boost the brand’s popularity with the 2010 C8 Aileron...
Although the Boxster S is no longer at the top of the Porsche roadster model line (it was usurped by the Boxster Spyder), it is still one of the best handling convertibles in the world. Weight is the...
With 500 horsepower and superb handling abilities, the Porsche Turbo Cabriolet is one of the world’s most exhilarating drop-top sports cars. The Porsche 911 Turbo has nothing to prove in the world of...
The standard Boxster is much more than a rich man’s Miata: It’s a pure- blooded Porsche. But weight is the enemy of performance. It’s something that Porsche, with some 28,000-racetrack triumphs under...
Weight is the enemy of performance. It’s something that Porsche, with some 28,000 racetrack triumphs under its belt, knows better than most. To that end, meet the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, the...
Rolls-Royce’s Drophead Coupé is built from the chassis of the Phantom sedan, and although it’s about 10 inches shorter, it still stretches nearly 19 feet from stem to stern. A machine this grandiose...
The three-layer fabric top on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet shields the driver (and other occupants) from freezing cold and extremely hot weather conditions. While the Porsche 911’s longtime popularity and...

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