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BMW 2 Series Cabriolet – First Spyshots!

BMW 2 Series

Here are the very first pictures of the 2 Series Cabriolet which is due to a re branding of the 1 series Coupe, this follows on from the 3 series coupe being dubbed the 4 series.

The new BMW 2-Series will deliver dynamic handling, but will share its engine power units with the 1-Series.

This will be powered by a 1.6-liter Twin Power turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit delivering around 180 HP and a revised 2.0 liter engine with an output of about 186 HP.
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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo – First Pictures with the roof down

Here are the latest and first spyshots of the Turbo Cabriolet with the roof down showing more details of the forced induction family of the new 911.

The latest generation ‘991’ has already been released in normally aspirated engines and this will follow on from the legendary 911 Turbo.

The new 911 Turbo Cabriolet should come onto the market as a 2013 model complete with a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, wide rear arches.

An advanced tri-turbo setup has been reported as a possibility, with the addition of the third turbocharger aimed at improving low-end response but this could be the first practical application of KERS in a road going Porsche.

BMW 4 Series Cabriolet Roof Down – First Pictures. (F33)

Here are the first pictures of BMW 4 Series enjoying a much needed sunny day on the streets of Munich.

The car is still as camouflaged so it’s still difficult to make out the final design, but the fact that this has been snapped with the roof down gives us a hint of the final form.

Powering the F33 cabriolet will be the 2.0-liter turbo and the 3.0-liter turbo inline six currently used for the F30 3-series.

Both engines are rumoured to get a boost from the additional weight of the cabriolet to keep performance in-line with the non cabriolet model.

We are expecting the car to be available first quarter 2014.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster – First Spyshots

Here are the very first photos of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster spied in northern Sweden under some very difficult lighting conditions.

This car has the same spec engine wise as the current Aventador, V12, 700 horsepower, 690 Nm, 2.9 seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed at 350 km/h.

On the photos we can clearly see the camouflage that is trying to hide the fact that the roof can be lifted off, and it looks like the roof could be made of carbon fiber instead of the soft top fabric found on the Murcielago Roadster.

Not much more specs can be discussed as this is very early days.

2013 Volkswagon Beetle Cabriolet – Too Cold to be Cool

Here are the latest spyshots of the upcoming Volkswagon Beetle Cabriolet undertaking winter testing in northern Sweden.
It looks like it wasn’t hot enough in the subzero temperatures to go topless.
The new generation Beetle was unveiled last year but was leaving the cabriolet for a probable unveiling in either production concept at the Geneva Auto Salon next month.
Powering the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet will be the same range of engines found in the current model and mated to the DSG transmission or a six speed manual.

Engine Choices:-
1.2 TSI 105PS which will do the 0-62 dash in 10.9 seconds.
1.4 TSI 160PS Which will do the 0-62mph dah in 8.3 seconds.

We expect some R Variants to be seen testing sometime this year from the concept shown in Frankfurt in 2010.

Beetle R Concept
The Concept R for the 2013 Beetle

BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible Official


After numerous sightings and ahead of the Geneva Autoshow Munich’s BMW have made the 2012 M6 official in both Cabriolet and Coupe form.

And with all the rumors it is .2 of a second faster than the M5.

• New edition of the BMW M6 in the body styles Coupe and Convertible; outstanding intense M feeling, combined with fascinating aesthetic design, luxurious appearance, four seats and innovative features, high performance sports cars with superior performance characteristics, and specially exclusive character; BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible each with a unique position in the premium segment of the luxury class with superior driving dynamics and M typical design harmony with high everyday practicality, groundbreaking evolution of both vehicle concepts due to significantly increased efficiency, streamlined operating structure for the individualization of the car set-ups and enhanced diversity in the range of driver assistance and infotainment functions from BMW ConnectedDrive .

• Expressive exterior design with dynamic elegance of line and trademark M athletics as an authentic visualization of high-performance features, the BMW M6 Coupé with distinctive contoured roof made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic; BMW M6 convertible with a high-quality soft top in a characteristic fin look.

• High-rotating 4.4-liter V8 engine with M twin-turbo technology, consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology, zylinderbankübergreifendem exhaust manifold, fuel injection High Precision Injection and fully variable valve control VALVETRONIC, M typical power delivery with its eager responsiveness and long-lasting thrust; highest performance in the segment, 412 kW/560 hp at 6000-7000 min-1, maximum torque: 680 Nm ab1 500 min-1, Maximum speed: 7200 min-1; engine power by 10, maximum torque increased by 30 percent as previous models.

• Acceleration: 0-100 km / h in 4.2 seconds (BMW M6 Coupé) or 4.3 seconds (BMW M6 Convertible), 0-200 km / h in 12.6 (13.1) seconds, electronically limited top speed 250 km / h (305 km / h with M Driver’s Package).

• Exceptionally low compared to previous models significantly optimized balance of performance and fuel economy, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 9.9 litres/100 km (BMW M6 Coupé) and 10.3 litres/100 km (BMW M6 Convertible), Auto Start Stop function and other EfficientDynamics technology as standard, fuel consumption in comparison with the former models by more than 30 percent.

• seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic traction optimized automatic gear selection, launch control and low-speed assistance; specific M gear selector; newly designed M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.

SLS AMG Roadster – Officially released

The SLS AMG Roadster has just been unveiled and although it has lost the gullwings, the convertible continues to feature the same purist design of the SLS AMG, after we spotted it undergoing cold winter testing in Sweden along with its usual test ground stomping aroun the Nordschleife.

The SLS AMG Roadster include an aluminium spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication developing a peak output of 571hp and 650 newton metres of torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones.

The hardtop has been substituted by a compact fabric soft top which Roadster opens and closes in just eleven seconds, and can be operated while drving at speeds up to 50 km/h.

The SLS AMG Roadster features some design reminiscences from the 300 SL Roadster, the classic dream-car from the 1950s, including the wide radiator grille with its large Mercedes star and the wing-shaped cross-fin, and also the fins on the bonnet and on the vehicle flanks.

While developing the SLS AMG Roadster, Mercedes focused to hand driving pleasure to its customers as well as outstanding performance. To do so the open top vehicle features an innovative body design with the chassis and body being made of aluminium. Thanks to it the SLS AMG Roadster is only 40 kilograms heavier than the Coupé.

Powering the SLS AMG Roadster is the same engine featured on the gullwing model: the 6.3-litre V8 with a peak output of 571hp at 6800 rpm. The engine makes the open-top SLS one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment and thanks to it the SLS AMG Roadster is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and to reach a top speed of 317km/h (electronically limited).

Besides offering the performance the SLS AMG Roadster delivers very ambitious fuel consumption for a model of this category. It consumes 13.2 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 308 grams per kilometre.

The production of the SLS AMG Roadster will take place at Mercedez-Benz production plant in Sindelfingen. As for the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine, it will come directly from the AMG engine workshop in Affalterbach, where it is hand-assembled according to the traditional “One man, one engine” philosophy.

The market lanch of the SLS AMG Roadster will take place in autumn 2011, with a selling price of € 195,160.


Prototype Mercedes AMG SLS Cabriolet Winter Testing Spyshots

Previously we spotted a heavy camouflaged version of the SLS Cabriolet lapping the Nordschleife at the infamous Nuerburgring in Germany, now the convertible has been caught testing in the extreme cold of northern Sweden at temperatures of -18 .

This is a very light camouflaged version showing the Cabriolet in all its glory with the usual light camouflage over some of the detailing.

That means the SLS cabriolet will lose its “gullwing” doors spied on this latest prototype.

Mercedes-Benz has tweaked the standard SLS recieving an awe inspiring 420kW/ 571hp naturally aspirated power,

The Gullwinged coupe is said to accelerate from 0 – 62mp/h in 3.8 seconds and top off at 315km/h. Convertibles are normally a little slower than their hard-top specification but the loss of the gullwing could equal the weight gained from the additional chassis reinforcement.

The SLS Cabriolet should be making an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011.