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Thursday, March 06, 2014

2013 Top 10 Convertible Cars




Today's post is The top 10 convertible cars in the World with power,Luxury




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2013 AUDI R8 SPYDER CONVERTIBLE


Audi recently released a ton of information on its upcoming 2013 lineup, but left off the R8, which led us to think that something big was coming up. With just a few days past, we have just learned exactly what big things Audi has in store for the 2014 R8 .

The R8 has always been a rather stunning-looking car, so our hopes were that Audi did not completely scrap the design and start all over again. Fortunately, our wishes were granted, as the initial images we have received show a car that is only slightly different than the one we see now. The changes were very mild and in places that the current-gen R8 was lacking a little.

The ultimate test is to dissect the images and information that we have available and see if these subtle changes were for the better or worse.



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2013 AUDI A5 CABRIOLET CONVERTIBLE


For 2013, the Audi A5 and S5 family of luxury and performance-oriented coupes and convertibles gets a styling refresh, with a new front fascia and a new bumper and headlamp design. Inside, the A5 and S5 get a new instrument cluster and 3-spoke steering-wheel design, (the S5's features a racing-style flat-bottom version). Perforated Milano and Fine Nappa leather surfaces are new, with oak and aluminum trim. There's also a new black headliner option, and several new exterior colors have been added to the lineup.



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2013 BMW 1 SERIES CONVERTIBLE


stylish, well-made four-seat convertible, the BMW 1 Series convertible offers almost every one of the coupe's fantastic driving characteristics, with its rear-wheel drive set-up really filling a gap in the convertible market. Fitted with quite considerable extra chassis stiffeners, the BMW's smallest convertible is always comfortable, even when driving on roughly surfaced roads. It's offered with a broad selection of marvellous 1 Series engines that have been tried and tested elsewhere in the range, including the very economical 120d diesel. Despite some shiny interior finishes, the interior is well made, but it does tend to feel a little dark with the roof up. The baby BMW 1 Series convertible comes in five specifications – the entry-level ES, SE, performance model M Sport, Sports Plus and Exclusive Edition. 



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2013 BMW 1 SERIES CONVERTIBLE



stylish, well-made four-seat convertible, the BMW 1 Series convertible offers almost every one of the coupe's fantastic driving characteristics, with its rear-wheel drive set-up really filling a gap in the convertible market. Fitted with quite considerable extra chassis stiffeners, the BMW's smallest convertible is always comfortable, even when driving on roughly surfaced roads. It's offered with a broad selection of marvellous 1 Series engines that have been tried and tested elsewhere in the range, including the very economical 120d diesel. Despite some shiny interior finishes, the interior is well made, but it does tend to feel a little dark with the roof up. The baby BMW 1 Series convertible comes in five specifications – the entry-level ES, SE, performance model M Sport, Sports Plus and Exclusive Edition. 


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2013 BMW Z4 CONVERTIBLE


With an exclusive body style and classic long-hood, short-deck proportions that emphasize design, performance, and weight distribution over practicality, the Z4 is the only dedicated sports car in BMW's current lineup. But if you think you know the Z4, beware that it's a different kind of sporting machine today than even a few years ago. While the Z4 used to be a rather lightweight roadster that felt like an aspirational step up from the Miata, the current-generation BMW Z4, that was introduced in 2009, has been a different kind of sports car--more of a premium open-top tourer, perhaps even one that's chasing the Porsche 911 Cabriolet or Jaguar XK Convertible.

Last year brought some significant engine updates, with a new turbocharged four-cylinder base engine that's much more fuel-efficient yet actually generates more torque than the six-cylinder it replaced. Now for 2013 BMW has increased standard equipment on the Z4 while also lowering the price about $1,300 for the base Z4.

The slung-back styling and ground-hugging look of the Z4 are like no other in the BMW lineup, and from just about any angle, the Z4 has plenty of that classic sports-car gravitas—although the proportions have been stretched a little bit in back to accommodate the folding hardtop. On the outside, we see influences from the current 6-Series lineup, although inside the Z4 feels unlike the rest of the current BMW lineup, with design that mostly pairs a cockpit-style layout with iDrive system and its advanced technologies well—though the center stack can appear a little cluttered.

All the engines offered in the Z4 are now turbocharged; in the Z4 sDrive28i you get a 2.0-liter turbo four, while the Z4 sDrive35i retains its 300-horsepower turbo 3.0-liter in-line six; there's also the Z4 sDrive35is, which packs 335 horsepower from a twin-turbo version of the in-line six. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission (an eight-speed automatic is available), the base Z4 is fun and smooth-driving, and there's a strong enough turbo kick in the low- to mid-rev range to seldom be caught in the wrong gear. A six-speed manual transmission is also standard on the sDrive35i as well, although there an available seven-speed dual-clutch unit truly combines the more connected driving experience of the manual with the comfort and ease of an automatic (that gearbox is included in the sDrive35is).

Across all the models, acceleration is brisk, with the 



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2013 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGREY CONVERTIBLE


Chevrolet decided to bring the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible to the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe saw its debut at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. The first example has already sold for the lofty price of $1.4 million. The presentation of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible perhaps indicates an increased focus on the European market!

The new Corvette is the most powerful base Chevrolet Corvette ever produced. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible features the same new generation LT1 GM V8 engine as the Coupe producing around 450hp. It is able to launch to 100km/h in under four seconds, pull over 1G when cornering and stop from 100km/h in a similar time to the Z06 Corvette.

To top off the impressive engine, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray also makes use of a seven-speed TREMEC manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. As the name suggests, Active Rev Matching helps the driver perform the perfect up-shift no matter their experience level. For those who prefer to relax when driving, it is also available with a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.

Take a look at the gallery above and if you want further information on the Chevrolet Corvette StingrayConvertible, click through the embeded link.



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2013 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 CONVERTIBLE


At first glimpse, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible is every bit the muscle car you imagine it to be. If you’re within a hundred metres of it when its key is twisted, you will hear it. Listen to the exhaust. Any lumpier a camshaft, and you’d think the engine was about to choke on its fuel. Close your eyes, and as it blub-blub-blubs on by, it’s difficult not to picture a speed boat. Or a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro – pre-catalytic converter, of course – with a high-flow exhaust system. Muscle is alive. Muscle is well.

Being what it is, the inevitable question comes up: What’ll she do, mister? Here, the Camaro is well dressed to impress. The 6.2-litre we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-overhead-cams LSA engine, assisted by an Eaton TVS supercharger, cranks out 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s the same engine that you’ll find under the hood of ze German-smiting Cadillac CTS-V, and a detuned version of what powers Chevy’s ultimate Corvette. This is parts-bin sharing we can definitely condone.



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2013 FERRARI 458 SPIDER


The new Ferrari 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari's mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.

The Ferrari 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari's 570 CV 4,499 cc V8 which was named International Engine of the Year 2011. The power is transferred to the road by Ferrari's class-leading dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission through the sophisticated E-Diff, itself integrated with the F1-Trac traction control and high-performance ABS for maximum handling dynamics. The car delivers 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h.

Certain features, such as its accelerator pedal mapping and the damping of the multilink suspension, have been calibrated to guarantee maximum sportiness and absolute driving pleasure with the top down, in line with Maranello's exclusive spider tradition. Even the engine soundtrack has been honed to ensure that the car's occupants are completely captivated by the drop-top driving experience.

Entirely in aluminium, the hard-top solution adopted for the Ferrari 458 Spider offers a number of advantages over the traditional folding soft-top, including a reduction of 25 kg in weight compared to Ferrari F430 Spider and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. Fully integrated into the styling of the car, the hard-top was engineered to fit neatly ahead of the engine bay without compromising aerodynamics or the performance of the car. The small space needed to house the roof enables the designers to include a generous rear bench for luggage behind the seats.

The rear of the car is characterised by innovative forms with the buttresses designed to optimise the flow of air to the engine intakes and the clutch and gearbox oil radiators. For maximum comfort whilst driving top down the Ferrari 458 Spider features a generously-sized adjustable electric wind stop. The design was perfected to slow and diffuse the air in the cockpit, enabling normal conversation to be held even at speeds over 200 km/h.

New technical solutions adopted for the chassis guarantee identical levels of structural rigidity with the roof up or down. The result is a car that is truly exciting to drive, blending extreme performance with the responsiveness that has always characterised Ferrari's open-top berlinettas.

Its category-topping performance aside, the new car also boasts class-leading fuel consumption and emissions levels. Thanks to the HELE (High Emotion Low Emission) system, in fact, fuel consumption on the combined urban cycle stands at 11.8 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 275 g/km. 



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2013 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE


Summer’s here, although it didn’t seem like it during my week in the re-designed 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible. The convertible top was up far more than it was down, but that’s life on the "wet coast" – you just enjoy it when can and it can be very special.

The 2013 model year edition of the Mustang is almost as easy to spot in the dark (with its distinctive lighting) as it is in daylight.

This evolution of the Pony Car, however, is more than just cosmetic stuff as it also comes with updated technology features and new driver tools. To start with, there’s a new SelectShift Automatic trans-mission with a manual shifting feature. My test Mustang came with the 6-speed manual gearbox and it now comes with a Hill Start Assist (see Drive) system.

The base engine is a 3.7-litre V6 that has 24-valves, twin independent variable camshaft timing and serious grunt. It revs to 7,000 rpm, can deliver 305 horsepower and it’s a low-maintenance engine that’s designed to produce good power with less fuel and high-way fuel economy is particularly impressive.

The 5.0-litre V8 engine comes in the GT version and it can now deliver 420 horsepower, an eight-horsepower gain over the 2012 model (and on par with the Camaro). The GT also adds electric power assist steering (EPAS), an upgraded braking system with vented discs all around and an enhanced suspension.

There’s also a new GT Track Pack-age that features an engine cooler, an upgraded radiator, a Brembo brake package, a higher ratio Torsen differential and performance tires on 19-inch wheels.

Introduced last year, the power-to-weight ratios of these two sophisticated, lightweight all-aluminum engines are almost double that of their predecessors. Deeper (cast aluminum) oil pans also extend the oil change intervals to 16,000 km (dependent on usage and includes a filter change).

At the very top of the Mustang family in 2013 is the audacious Shelby GT500, which boasts the most powerful production V8 engine in the world. It’s a supercharged, aluminum block 5.8-litre that can produce 650 horsepower and deliver over 600 lbs.-ft of tire-smoking torque.

My test Mustang Convertible came in an aptly named "Grabber" blue paint that seemed to radiate colour. Powered by the base V6 engine and linked, as already mentioned, to a manual transmission, it had an extra $7,400 worth of options, including leather and an electronics package. Its total price came to $39,399.



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2013 JAGUAR F-TYPE ROADSTER


The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was home to Jaguar ’s debut of the C-X16 Concept and since the market’s reaction was so positive, the company has decided to offer a production version. After a long period of teasing, the new Jaguar F-Type has officially been unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The model will be offered in three different trim levels: F-Type, F-Type S, and F-Type V8 S. It will also come with a choice of two engines: a 3-liter supercharged V6 and a 5.0 liter V8 engine. The V6 version delivers 340 or 380 HP, depending on the trim level, while the V8 is only being offered in a 495 HP version. The F-Type was built on the most advanced rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture and with a total weight of just 3,521 lbs, it can hit speeds of up to 186 mph.

"Jaguar is a founding member of the sports car segment with a rich sporting bloodline stretching over 75 years, and in the F-TYPE we’ve reignited that flame. The F-TYPE isn’t designed to be like anyone else’s sports car. It’s a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive," said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar.




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