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Rolls-Royce Readying New Open-Top Tourer

Likely based on current Wraith coupe.

by on Aug.05, 2014

The Wraith is the fastest and most powerful Rolls-Royce ever introduced -- and it may soon be offered in a convertible version.

It’s a great time to be buying a luxury car, manufacturers unleashing an unprecedented product assault from the bottom to the top of the market. And at the upper end of the spectrum, even Rolls-Royce is getting into the game, the British marque announcing plans to introduce an all-new “open-top touring” model set to reach market about two years from now.

The BMW subsidiary isn’t saying much about what it has in store, but speculation is focusing on the lower end of its product range, the new convertible quite likely to be based on the Rolls Wraith, itself a spin-off of the maker’s Ghost line.

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“I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,” proclaimed Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”


BMW Set to Reveal New 4-Series Convertible

Global debut set for LA Auto Show.

by on Oct.14, 2013

The upcoming launch of the convertible will round out BMW's new 4-Series line-up.

The new BMW 4-Series is about to go topless.  We got our first look at the Bavarian maker’s 4-Series last January when the compact coupe stormed onto the stage at the Detroit Auto Show. The convertible will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The 4-Series is the ever-so-slightly larger and sexier replacement for the Coupe and Convertible versions of the old BMW 3-Series. The split reflects the approach first adopted with the 6-Series in which premium 2-door and cabriolet models adopt an even model name, sedans an odd number.

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The new BMW 4-Series Coupe has been getting kudos for a more muscular and well-balanced design than the old 3-Series 2-door, with a fastback roofline that is clearly reminiscent of the bigger and more expensive 6-Series. The 4-Series Convertible maintains the new Coupe’s basic dimensions, meaning it will also be longer, wider and roomier than the outgoing 3-Series Cabriolet.


First Look: 202 mph Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

For those who can’t get enough wind in their hair.

by on Jan.02, 2013

Bentley offers a sneak peek at what it claims is the world's fastest convertible.

Check back tomorrow for’s full review of the 200+ mph Bentley GT Speed.

There are some folks who can never get enough wind in their hair, though with a top speed of 202 miles per hour we’re betting the new 2013 Bentley GT Speed convertible is probably able to deliver about as much top-down excitement as anything on the road.

The new drop-top, billed as the world’s fastest — will make its debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show – but Bentley has joined the fast-growing list of makers offering a sneak peek before the official Motor City event later this month.

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The second-generation Speed Cabriolet shares much of the fundamentals of the “base” Bentley Continental, but gets some significant performance enhancements – as well as a multi-layer top that provides a top-up experience nearly as quiet as the Continental Coupe.


First Look: 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Sky’s the limit on a cold January morning as Porsche returns to Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.05, 2012

The 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet will reach market in time for the spring thaw.

With the temperatures hovering in the low 20s one doesn’t often think of convertibles this time of year in Detroit.  But Porsche is hoping to get a more balmy reception when it pulls the covers – and the top – off its new 911 sports car next week as it makes a return to the Detroit Auto Show.

After a long absence, the maker returned to the largest of the U.S. car shows – from a news standpoint, anyway – last year with the 918 Concept and it is hoping to make big news again this year with the 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, the latest in what will be a string of variants to share the new sports car platform reviewed back in November. (Click Here for that first drive.)

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“Detroit was deliberately chosen for the world premiere of the new 911 Cabrio because the USA is far and away our largest 911 Cabrio market,” said Bernhard Maier, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing.

It’s also Porsche’s largest market overall.


First Drive: Lexus IS250C and IS350C

Adding some passion - and a little fresh air - to the brand.

by on May.15, 2009

Can Lexus inject some passion into the brand with models like the 2010 IS250C convertible?

Can Lexus inject some passion into the brand with models like the 2010 IS250C convertible?

Let’s face it, when you think about passionate car brands, Lexus is not the first to come to mind.  Among luxury marques, Ferrari, BMW, possibly Audi will immediately pop into your head.  Toyota’s luxury division is all about quality, reliability and, well, the brand you think of for folks who like reliable automotive appliances.

At least, that’s how things were for much of the maker’s first two decades.  The flagship Lexus LS is a perfect example.  It’s loaded with luxury features and routinely wins the quality awards, but it’s certainly no 7-Series when it comes to spirited driving.

Enter the IS, the entry-luxury sedan first launched in 2000, and updated five years later.  It’s steadily morphing into a car that, while not quite yet the match of a 3-er, certainly can be described as “spirited.”  Last year’s launch of the V-8-powered IS-F boosted the nameplate’s bona fides.  Now comes the 2010 Lexus IS250C and IS350C convertibles. (more…)