Convertible reviews

2018 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Plus

2018 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Plus

This is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand with the four rings

The Audi R8 V10 Plus is a major player of the R8 brand, and they recently rolled out the Spyder variant of the Coupe from the workshop of Audi Sport GmbH. According to their reports, this is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand ever. Powered by a V10 unit and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive this Spyder variant is surely a stunner.

This is the same R8 which comes with a soft top and few other modifications to increase the safety of the passengers inside while they are driving with the top open. Powering this beast is the same mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 powerplant which also happens to be Audi’s most powerful series production engine. This unit is capable of producing almost 70 + Bhp more than the standard unit, and luckily for us Indians, Audi decided to introduce the R8 V10 Plus variant only instead of the standard variant. So you also expect The R8 V10 Plus Spyder also to be launched in the Indian market soon.

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June 17, 2017 01:30
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Featured 2018 Jaguar F-Type 2.0L INGENIUM PETROL

2018 Jaguar F-Type 2.0L INGENIUM PETROL

The flagship sports car from Jaguar gets a completely new 2.0 Litre Petrol engine and subtle exterior and interior updates

Jaguar has decided to update the F-Type for the year 2017, the car may not look old, but it has been on sale in the market for almost five years now. Although there are not many changes made to the updated model it does become more economical. We explain how? Back at the 2017 New York Auto Show Jaguar has revealed an entirely new smaller displacement four-cylinder engine which joins the lineup of other powerful engines of the F-Type. Besides the engine, the exterior, as well as the interior too, received few subtle cosmetic updates as well.

Now, this new four-pot 2.0 Litre turbocharged petrol engine will also power some other Jaguar-Land Rover products as well for this year. This drivetrain comes with many advanced technologies as well and apart from F-Type this 2.0 Litre unit will also power the XE and the XF. This is also the engine which will also sit under the hood of the entry level Range Rover Velar.

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May 11, 2017 08:20
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Featured 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43

2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43

The newest kid in the Mercedes-AMG India stable

Only yesterday Mercedes-Benz India launched the all new SLC 43 in India which happens to be the AMG variant of the SLC Roadster. The SLC is the facelift variant of the SLK class and is a part of the new Mercedes Nomenclature. What is more surprising is also the fact that Mercedes introduced the SLK 43 just after 4 months of its International debut. This actually also is the first product which was launched with a new two digit nomenclature.

Now apart from the new name the Mercedes SLC also gets a revamped exterior as well as interior. Gone are those boring styling, the new Roadster gets Mercedes families new face while the AMG touches has made it more appealing. However the biggest change that you will find is under the hood, the SLK’s bigger V8 naturally aspirated engine is now replaced by a much smaller 3.0 Liter V6 bit-turbo unit. So now the big question is that has it affected the performance of this new roadster which claims to be a part of the prestigious AMG family which is popular amongst the crowd for its performance.

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July 28, 2016 01:06
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OVERVIEW 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

This is the second convertible model from Rolls Royce in India

Rolls-Royce are known to create some of the best cars in the world. Every single car that rolls out of its factory is a masterpiece in art and is near perfect. The hand crafted interior features top class quality materials. Most parts of the car can be personalized to make it more exclusive and rewarding. Owing a Rolls-Royce shows success in one’s life.

The British company has created the perfect modern four seat super luxury drophead. The convertible has been called the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

Inspiration for the super luxury car has been taken from the 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn drophead. While the Dawn coupe had the first factory built body, the drophead was being build by coach builders. Only 28 special cars were built between 1950 and 1954.

Just like its predecessor, the new drophead 80 percent new and unique body panels. Rolls-Royce claim that the new Dawn is the quietest open top car ever made. Being a Rolls-Royce, i think it is true. Even the roof operates in complete silence.

The new convertible will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Goodwood, England.

Update 27.06.2016: Rolls Royce has launched the Dawn convertible in India. We have updated the review with new informations.

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June 27, 2016 09:53
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2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible

2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible

The Mini Cooper S goes topless

We are very much conscious about Volkswagen Beetle; those little bugs like vehicles have an irreplaceable and undeniable charm indeed. Although the German iconic car has a permanent place in every automobile enthusiast’s heart, but it is not sure why the MINI cars, which are substantially close to the Beetle’s, could not gain the permanent place in the petrol head’s heart.

Well, without going deeper we can assume Beetle has a long history and it was first produced as the first “people’s car” of the world. On the other hand, MINI vehicles have always delivered an elegant charm and aura which is not very close to the “people’s car” theory.

Coming back to India, BMW has made quite a profit in the country. But their subsidiary MINI couldn’t make it upto the mark. Only a few people of the country, mostly from the elegant class, use this car and that too, in a very small number. Getting Amitabh Bachchan as their prized customer MINI couldn’t afford a good share of Indian automobile market pie.

Convertibles bring us the charm and aura from the long gone era, when driving on street was so much pleasure, streets were not crowded. But as time evolved, convertibles also took a new face. MINI Cooper S Convertible come in the same way. The drop top version from the British iconic car manufacturer was unveiled a few days ago, just before the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is no news yet about the car launching in India. But as we have heard, this car may arrive in India sometime next year. Therefore we tried to bring our readers a detailed review of 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible.

Update 17.03.2016: Mini Cooper S Converticble launched in India. We have updated the review with new informations and images.

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March 17, 2016 08:47
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OVERVIEW 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The newest entry level premium Cabriolet Joins the Mercedes lineup

Mercedes recently added a new cabriolet to their lineup which actually joins the other open top offering including the flagship S-Class cabriolet, the SLC and the SL class. The specialty of these cabriolets lays in their elegant styling and offcourse their classic fabric soft top. The C-Class cabriolet which actually is the entry level premium cabriolet offering from Mercedes actually promises to offer an amazing open top driving experience throughout the year as well.

The new C-Class Cabriolet is the new entry level model which brings out the German auto makers design philosophy, sensual purity as well as their new definition of contemporary luxury. It may look close to their recently launched C-Class Coupe but you can expect the soft top to add a new refinement level inside the cabin once you actually close it, but you can actually also open the soft top to actually take the fun of open air driving.

Under the hood the C-Class Cabriolet also gets plenty of drivetrains option as well, these drivetrain options includes a total of six petrol engines and two diesel engines. All the drivetrains also comes equipped with ECO start/stop function along with 4MATIC range as well which actually makes driving fun be it any season and also any terrain. The drivetrains are further paired to new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Apart from all that the new C-Class Cabriolet also gets a stiff yet lightweight construction which involves high proportion of aluminum. It even gets an optional AIRMATIC air suspension which was first introduced on the new flagship S-Class.

Mercedes Benz recently showcased their new C-Class Cabriolet at the 2016 Geneva Motor show and we are providing you all the information which is available about this car at this moment.

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March 4, 2016 11:30
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OVERVIEW 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche has used the iconic 718 mid engine sportscar powered by the four cylinder flat engine to win races including some of the most enduring and tough races like the Targa Florio and Le Mans back in the year 1950’s and 1960’s. Recently Porsche announced that they will be introducing the next generation Boxster and Cayman which will carry the 718 initials before their name and will be powered by the four cylinder flat engine inspired from this classic sports car and which will be more powerful as well fuel efficient at the same time.

With the introduction of this new engines which will power the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S variant Porsche actually becomes the first car maker to introduce VTG technology in petrol driven production cars. When we talk about the benefits let us just inform you that with the introduction of the turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, the Boxster S model was able to achieve an extra 35 Hp gain over the previous Boxster models while also attaining the efficiency of this turbo engines. Apart from the new engine the new Boxster convertible models also underpins a new chassis and also sports stronger brakes which has made the handling a lot sharper and crisper.

Apart from all that the 718 Boxster has actually also received significant cosmetic updates as well made to its exterior and interior. Now the introduction of the new engine has surely made the Boxster more powerful and fast but will this new 718 Boxster will be able to impress us ‘car lovers’? Let’s find out

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January 27, 2016 15:31
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2017 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet

2017 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet

Mercedes-AMG is surely venturing into new territories and actually trying to bring some extremely innovative products for their customers. We have seen some wild unexpected cars from their garage recently like the G63 6x6 but this car that we will be talking here is definitely not as wild as the other one but it promises to blend performance along with luxury of open top driving for four occupants.

The trend of large 2 door luxury Coupes is almost extinct and we hardly find any cabriolet on the roads now. But recently the German Auto maker has unveiled the new AMG S 65 Cabriolet which actually joins their large family of twelve-cylinder models which already consists of the S 65 Saloon, SL 65 Roadster, G 65 off-roader and S 65 Coupé.

As you already would have imagined the new S65 Cabriolet is based on the new S_Class Coupe which actually is based originally on the flagship S-Class sedan. If you take a closer look you will notice that the Cabriolet styling is identical to the S-Class Coupe waist down. What is even more interesting is that its heart was actually been built inside the AMG workshop in Affalterbach.

Under its hood the S65 Cabriolet can pack some serious punch from its 6.0‑litre V12 biturbo engine which has been paired to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission.

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December 17, 2015 09:15
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2016 Mercedes Benz SLC

2016 Mercedes Benz SLC

Mercedes Benz SLK Class is a compact luxury roadster launched in 1997 for the first time after the German auto giant unveiled it in 1996. The car was a symbol of sheer luxury blended with pure elegance and eye popping technologies offering the charm of open air driving.

SLK was first showcased as SLK II concept at the 1994 Paris Motor Show. The Vario roof was the main attraction of the car. It became immensely popular very soon. Well, there is no shame in accepting that, we all like the breeze to comb through our hairs. Yes, Mercedes SLK was offering exactly that kind of exuberating driving experience to us. Initially, it was a very popular car, therefore giving Mercedes a whooping sales figure. Although lately the sales figure dropped, and Mercedes started thinking about bringing an all new car which would bear the same legacy. And, here comes the new Mercedes Benz SLC. The newest model from the German automaker’s stable.

Recently Mercedes has unveiled the new SLC, which will be arriving in the showrooms around mid 2016. Good news for us Indians that Mercedes will sell the SLC in this country too, considering the growing popularity and demand for luxury sporty cars. The renamed version of SLK bears many design cues from the old car which is blended with new technologies and design inputs. This car also carries a touch of C-Class’s soul. To put it otherwise, SLC is the roadster version of C-Class.

The new SLC was launched in five different trims, which are – SLC 180, SLC 200, SLC 300, SLC 250 D and SLC 43. The SLC 43 is the high performance version. Mercedes hasn’t revealed any detail about which trims will be available in India. We take the opportunity to take a dig about the detail of new SLC Class here. Check that out.

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December 17, 2015 07:30
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2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

2016 Ferrari 488 Spider

The concept of open air motoring in India may sound like an absolutely stupid idea especially keeping our congested traffic situation and our Indian climate in mind but that does not actually stop the manufacturer from introducing convertible models here in India. The latest car to enter the Indian market scene from Ferrari is called the 488 Spider, which happens to be the most powerful mid-rear mounted V8 car to feature a retractable hard top.

Now compared to the classic fabric soft-top the RTH (Retractable Hard Top) ensures better cockpit comfort, safety as well as lower weight. The 488 Spider just like every other Ferrari sportscars has that sweet Ferrari sound which actually comes out from that turbo charged naturally aspirated V8 unit. This turbo V8 unit has an constant power level upgrade across the rev range and thus eliminating turbo lag completely. The other features of the 488 Spider are its aluminum spaceframe chassis which not only provide rigidity but also makes the car even more aerodynamic.

The 488 Spider uses the same engine which also powers the 488 GTB, no other cars could perhaps match the brilliant amalgam of power and performance, although being an open top model this sporstcar can actually sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in just 3 seconds flat while the 200 km/h sprint is achievable in just 8.7 seconds.

Now that Lamborghini is here with their Huracan spider this two cars definitely are fierce rivals and the battle to claim the top spot has only begun.

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December 1er, 2015 23:25
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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

If you do little research you will find that Mercedes introduced the SL way back in the year 1954, and thus this has to be one of the those iconic cars which has helped build this premium German car maker their reputation. The SL-Class was called the SL Roadster before 1994 and the term SL means ‘Super Light’ which actually defines the cars character because when Mercedes-Benz introduced the sixth generation car back in 2012, it featured new aluminum body shell which was actually a lot lighter than its predecessor. Besides the lightweight body shell the Convertible was way better looking and also featured a hardtop which also came with an optional panoramic sunroof as well.

November 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced a facelift variant of the Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto show and boy oh boy! It attracted plenty of attention. The new SL gets a revised front and rear fascia; the hardtop can now be operated at speeds of upto 40 km/h, the interior too has been revised.

The convertible is available with 4 variants which includes the entry level SL 400 powered by an updated V6 unit, while the SL 500 gets V8 unit, there are two AMG variants available too which comes in the form of the SL 63 and the SL 65. The later are equipped with more powerful V12 units and AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

The entry level SL 400 now produces even more power and torque amount which is good news for those who wants a practical Roadster. The best thing about the SL-Class is that it is an all season car which promises to provide you all the comfort as well besides being sporty and responsive. The new and updated SL Class will go on sale from the first half of 2016 and it will also surely make its presence felt in the Indian market next year only.

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November 23, 2015 07:48
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OVERVIEW 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

We never thought this will happen but finally but we are getting a Convertible and that also from Land Rover. Land Rover officially announced that they will be launching the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the year 2016 in the international market.

The Convertible concept was first showcased at the 2012, Geneva Auto show and since then we have all eagerly waited for its unveiling. The Convertible has been built alongside the five door and the coupe variants at Land Rover’s Halewood plant. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is actually based on the same facelifted Evoque which Land Rover showcased recently and it features a completely new LED headlight designs and refreshed engine lineup.

Now it will be interesting to find out that after slashing off the roof of the standard Evoque SUV has it lost its identity or whether it still has any capability of sitting proudly in the Land Rover lineup which has a reputation of building some of the hardcore offroadiing vehicles of the world.

Update:-LandRover has unveiled their newest offering the Evoque Convertible in London. We have updated this review with all the details and images which is available at this moment

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November 9, 2015 06:02
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2016 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet

2016 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet

Is this the ultimate dream car? Mercedes-Benz thinks so.

After 44 years, Mercedes-Benz returned to the luxury open top limo business with the S-Class Cabriolet. Based on the C217 S-Class Coupe, this is a new beginning to the German manufacturer. Tracing back its roots, the previous S-Class convertibles were the W111 series built between 1961 and 1971. It succeeded the famous Ponton series. Both the cars were the best during their respective periods.

If you are looking for the best in open top luxury, obviously, this new vehicle will be in your mind. But what if 455 hp Mercedes-Benz is not enough for you? Well, this new car is the S 500 Cabriolet’s bad and bigger brother.

Welcome the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet.

In the S-Class’s 48 year history, this is the first four seater, open top sports car that is being offered. It has been built for automobile enthusiasts who want both performance and luxury. It is the perfect blend of both worlds. The sports luxury car has been tuned by Mercedes’s in-house specialists AMG.

It will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show.

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September 11, 2015 07:53
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