Audi has continued the rollout of its third generation TT range
, with the reveal of a Roadster to sit alongside the coupe version of the standard TT and TT S. The Roadster shares its high-tech interior
and sharp styling with the TT Coupe, but has been reinforced in key structural areas to help deal with the loss of strength that comes with losing a car's roof.
From the ubiquitous soft top to multi-panel glass retractables
, car convertibles have always been a staple of our coverage. Lately, boat convertibles have picked up steam, in the form of vessels like the Revolver 44GT
and 88 Florida
. As accustomed to the wide range of convertibles
as we've become, nothing quite prepared us for the convertible motorhome, a concept that appeared at the recent Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. The one-of-a-kind, "penthouse-on-wheels" lets wind flow through the driver's hair with the retraction of its sliding roof.
The Rolls-Royce stable is getting bigger by one more convertible, as the company has announced the development of a new luxury drophead design. Though exactly what will roll out the door isn't certain, it will likely be based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupé
, the smallest of the seven-model Rolls-Royce line.
Boats posing as sporty, four-wheeled coupes and roadsters is a theme we've been seeing all year in designs like the Frauscher 858 Fantom
and Reversys Boat
. As its name suggests, the Revolver 44GT aims at being a speedy but comfortable grand tourer of the seas. Its sports car-inspired design and seamless convertible hard-top make it the most sports car-like boat we've seen.
With its stunning GT proportions, beautifully flowing aluminum body, 8-speed ZF gearbox and a 495 hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 under the hood, Jaguar’s new F-type V8 S roadster has attracted widespread critical acclaim. Is it worthy? We recently climbed behind the wheel of the new cat to find out for ourselves.
Shipyards have become quite consumed with engineering new ways of opening up the roofs on seafaring vessels. A few years' time has given us the vanishing enclosure of the Reversys
and the folding top on the Oronero
. Now, we have an 88-ft (26-m) Florida yacht boasting its own innovative Convertible Top system.
A new "entry" version of the Mercedes Benz SL two-seat roadster
that will go on sale in Europe in July will feature a twin turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 333 hp and propels the car from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). Called the SL 400 Sport, its new power plant meets tighter emissions standards than the previous 3.5-liter V6 in the discontinued SL350.
As the New York International Auto Show
(NYIAS) gets ready to wrap up this weekend, visitors still have a chance to see some of the auto world’s unique offerings for 2014. One boutique supercar manufacturer, however, chose an intimate space away from the cavernous halls of Manhattan’s Javits Center to show off its latest creations; the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.
It seems the only constant at international auto shows these days is a new Veyron special edition. Bugatti has been unloading these superficial Veyron updates one by one, in an effort to keep attracting buyers to the decade-old model. The latest such special edition brings a little more intrigue than the average package, recalling what Bugatti calls "one of the first ever street legal super cars."
Back in 2007, we first heard about the planned US$2 million Natalia
supercar. Designed by Palm Springs-based DiMora Motorcar, it's envisioned as the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced automobile. DiMora is still working on that lofty goal, but in the meantime it's just released a model with a look that brings decidedly lower-tech cars to mind – the 1930s-inspired Vicci 6.2 Convertible.