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One of the highlights of this weekend’s event at Pebble Beach was the debut of the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the convertible version of the Veyron. The Grand Sport features slightly higher windscreen, stylized daytime running lights, and lightweight, transparent polycarbonate roof. As you’d expect in a high-performance car, the main challenge resulted from the unique structure of the fixed-roof Bugatti Veyron. As the roof is an integral part of this, removing it meant the load paths had to be completely redesigned to maintain the vehicle’s rigidity and crash safety, and to offer additional protection from side impacts and rolling. As a result, the monocoque structure has been reinforced around the side skirts and the transmission tunnel. The B-pillars have been cross-stiffened using a carbon fibre support, and a central carbon plate has been positioned beneath the transmission tunnel to ensure the vehicle suffers from less torsional flexing than any other roadster.

The doors of the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport are made of carbon fibre, and house an integrated longitudinal beam. In the event of an accident, this transfers the load from the A to the B-pillar, thereby dissipating impact energy. Furthermore, the two redesigned air intakes for the 16-cylinder mid-engine now feature 10-centimetre wide carbon-fibre elements to offer protection should the car roll.

When the roof is closed, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport can reach 407 km/h, while speeds of up to 360 km/h are possible with roof off. In case rain starts, a folding roof stored in the luggage compartment can be opened up like an umbrella at any time. When this folding roof is in place, the car can travel at up to 130 km/h.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will be available from March 2009 at the price of 1.4 million euros (excluding tax). Just 150 examples will be made, with the first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers, while this first unit will go to the highest bidder at the Pebble Beach charity auction presented by Gooding & Company.

Check out a full photo gallery after the jump. (more…)

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Just when you thought that the BMW X6 was weird, here comes another gem for the road: Nissan Murano Convertible. They guys at Edmunds learned about this first and broke the good/bad news for the rest of us. Seems that the roof will be canvas in order to keep some weight down on an otherwise pretty heavy car. As far as the engine goes, we’ll the same old 265 bhp 3.5 liter engine. The convertible should hit the stands in 2010. And we’ll be able to delight our senses with a prototype in 2009. This should give you time to save, since the price is said to be more than $40,000, which is the price of a top spec 2009 Nissan Murano. I can “hardly” wait! How about you?

(Photo illustration by Nick Wilcox)

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These are the first spy photos of the Audi R8 Targa, without any camouflage. The new Audi R8 Targa is scheduled for official launch in March 2009. There are speculations about the name of the new Audi R8 supercar: Targa, Convertible, Cabrio or Spider. But the most likely name will be Audi R8 Targa, as shown in the planning documents for the next years. About the engine, besides the 4.2 liter FSI powerplant that develops 420HP, we could also see the 5 liter V10 twin turbo engine with 580HP, from the Audi RS6. The new Audi R8 Targa is scheduled for official launch at Geneva Motor Show in March 2009.


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Last week we wrote about the highly anticipated Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport (I’m sure everyone in Dubai started writing checks already) and now we have the first spy photos of the car, caught by autogespot and autojunk readers. The car was in Corsica, probably out for a photoshoot for the official press release and, like we also saw in the first press photos released, there are no major changes, except a subtle redesign of the frontlights.

Like we said in the previous post, the convertible Veyron will make it’s debut at during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, on August 16.

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To be honest, I was expecting more fuss created by Bugatti around this annoucement. I mean, it’s the cabrio version of the most exclusive and expensive production cars around so it deserves a little more attention. Because today Bugatti quietly announced the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. Also not much details were made available, all we know is that the roadster with a removable roof, as Bugatii called it, is suppose to have about the same performance and safety levels, possible by incorporating “innovative structural solutions” to compensate for the absence of the roof and structural integrity it provides.

Probably more details will be released at the car’s official debut, at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, on August 16th, 2008. The next day, at the Gooding auction at the Equestrian Center Bugatti will be accepting bids for the first unit, that will be built in Spring 2009.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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Bugatti, currently a part of the VAG group, has to recover some more of it’s huge investment developing the Veyron because right now the Veyron is being sold at a loss. Just look at all the “special edition” Veyrons out there. But special editions can only get you so far. So Bugatii is planning to launch a Targa version and apparently it’s being unveiled at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Targa will get a glass removable hardtop, as well as a retractable soft fabric roof. The hardtop can’t be stored inside the car either, because of space issues. Losing it’s top it also lost some of it’s rigidity so some changes were made to stiffen it up. But that adds weight so the doors and hood will be carbon-fiber. Even with the changes a convertible can’t take the 407 km/h top speed so that’s limited to 350 km/h (217 mph) still making it the fastest open top car in the world.

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Some of us might say that the Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe, priced at $600,000 is already an exclusive convertible. But apparently a rich collector doesn’t agree with that, because he asked Pininfarina, the famous Italian coachbuilder, to create an unique version of the Phantom.

The car, which will be named Hyperion (a Titan from the Greek mythology) and, as you can see from the teaser image, will be a really unique car. Pininfarina will create a complete new body for the car, inspired by pre-war Rolls-Royce models with an aerodynamic shape featuring a swept-back windscreen and sculpted flanks and a bespoke cabin. The interior will probably be redesigned as well, but we’re really curious how will Pininfarina beat the already exclusive interior on the production Drophead.

Nothing official so far, but AutoExpress estimates that the project will cost around £1 million (1.4 million Euros or $2 million).


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After months of spy photos and teasers, today the Ferrari GT California is finally official. Available exclusively as a convertible model, the California and will feature a new automatic folding hard-top, mid-front engine position and dual-clutch technology, all present for the first time on a Ferrari.

Under the bonnet, the Ferrari California will be powered by a 4.3 liter V8 engine with direct injenction, which develops 460 hp at 7,500 rpm. With this engine, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.0 seconds. The chassis and bodywork are aluminum and the engine is mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox controlled by the F1-Trac traction control system from the 599 GTB Fiorano.

The car will make its world debut in October, at the Paris Motos Show, but more details and photos will be released soon. Though the car looks great, there’s one thing I don’t really like. With all the respect for our American readers, but I think California is not such a great name for a Ferrari car. I mean, we had Maranello, Modena, Fiorano and now California? Just doesn’t fit.

More photos after the jump.


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Though successful, the Toyota Prius is not the best looking car out there and we’re sure the last you’d expect was a convertible version of the car. However, Newport Convertible Engineering’s (NCE) thought that all those environment lovers out there driving a Prius would like to feel a little more freedom and decided to take down the car’s top and replace it with a fabric one. We don’t really dig those remaining windows frames, but we’re sure they were left there with a purpose. What do you think, you like it?

Check out more photos after the jump.

PS: Not really related to the article, but I don’t know why, everytime I see a Prius, I remember Achmed‘s words and I laugh: “That is not a car but a lunch box. Did you know when you’re going down the highway in a Prius if you put your hand down the window the vehicle will tuuurn?”


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No doubt that the Audi A5/S5 is one our favorite cars out there and we think Audi made a really good job with it. And of course a cabrio version of this car will follow and here are some renderings created by Quinty, a member of the Germancarzone website. We have no official info from Audi so far, but, according to their leaked 5 years product launch schedule, the Audi A5 Cabriolet will be launched next January.

Check out more photos after the jump.


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The Aston Martin DBS is definitely on of the coolest cars ever produced. And we’re very happy to see the cabrio version, the Aston Martin DBS Volante, which was recently spotted exiting Aston’s workshop in Nurburgring. So far we know that the car will be powered by the same 510 hp 6.0 liter V12 engine, but there’s no exact date when the DBS Volante will debut. However, Aston Martin officials said something about at least 18 month left in the development of the car, but we can expect to see it in the second part of 2009, after Aston’s upcoming flagship, the four-doors Rapide, will make its debut. To see more spy photos of the Aston Martin DBS Volante, head over to Inside Line.


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The BMW M3 Convertible is definitely a cool car. Powered by the 420 hp 4.0 liter V8 engine, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). With its retractable hard-top opening and closing in 22 seconds, BMW wanted to make sure the M3 Convertible experience is the best. And that’s what the narrator from the latest BMW promo video wants to see. Check out the video and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Enjoy!

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Presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider is the cabrio version of the Competizione and is one heck of a beautiful car. We wrote about it a lot in the past, so we’re gonna let you enjoy the video, released by Alfa. Enjoy!


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At the Geneva Motor Show, besides the Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans, another interesting display at the Audi was the new Audi A3 Cabriolet.

Like all Audi’s convertibles, the A3 cabrio is fitted with a classic fabric top (lighter and allows more luggage space when folded) which opens hydraulically in nine seconds and is offered partially automatic and fully automatic, the latter being a specially soundproofed acoustic top. Like you’d expect, the safety is very important at a convertible model and materials like high-strength steels were used and the car also has plenty of reinforcement features.

The A3 Cabriolet customers will have four engine choices: the 1.9 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp), the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp), the 1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp) and the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp). They will also be able to choose the S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The first customers will get their cars this spring.

Read the press release and see more photos of the Audi A3 Cabriolet from the Geneva Motor Show after the jump.


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There are less than two weeks left before the Geneva Motor Show but it seems that Alfo doesn’t want to wait no more, so they’ve officially unveiled the new Alfo Romeo 8C Spider, the convertible version of the Alfa 8C Competizione. Designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, it sure is gorgeous and we can’t wait to feast our eyes on this beautiful Italian cabrio, at the Swiss show, where we’ll be present to report live.

The Alfa 8C Spider, like its coupe brother, will only be produced in 500 units and its very similar with the Competizione, expect for the hooded top fitted with electro-hydraulic automatic control, which is composed of two overlapping sheets: the external one is made with a multi-thread textile which can withstand the elements, whilst the interior has high sound-proofing qualities.

The 8C Spider will be powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine, developing 450 hp at 7000?rpm and 480 Nm (354 ft-lb) at 4750?rpm and mated to a 5 speed gearbox. The coupe version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and top speed is 181 mph (292 km/h) but we expect the convertible version to be slightly slower.

Check out more photos and the full press release after the jump.


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