Here we have some early shots of the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale. The MC Stradale will be a bit lighter than the GranCabrio Sport and features an enhanced transmission that swifts through gears much faster. Details are still quite limited but the imagery shows some changes in the front and rear bumpers, a dual exhaust mated with the rear diffuser, a trunk lip spoiler, and a new set of rims.
McLaren sits among a very elite group of carmakers and with this, the MP4-12C Spider, they show us once again why they belong there. The drophead version of their MP4-12C is just as powerful as the original and features a retractable roof to keep things interesting. Power comes from McLaren’s 616-horsepower 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8, which lets this beauty break the 200-mph with a top speed of 204 mph. The top can go up or down in about 17 seconds with a power wind deflector behind the seats to keep the aerodynamics intact even at high speeds and the wind blowing through your hair. The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is priced at $265,750. More images below.
Porsche has taken the covers off two new cabriolet versions of the seventh-generation 911 Carrera — the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Like its hardtop brethren, the 2012 911 Carrera cabriolet features aluminum-steel construction but with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which looks to preserve the 911 coupe roof line.
The 911 Carrera cabriolets use the same engine as their coupe equivalents with the 911 Carrera cabriolet housing a 3.4 liter box V6 that dishes out 350 horses and the Carrera S coming with a 3.8- liter box engine that gives out 400 horsepower. On the road, the 911 Carrera cabriolet can go from 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds and hit a top-track-speed of 177 mph, with the 911 Carrera S cabriolet clocking a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and maxing out at 187 mph. The cars feature a longer wheelbase, wider front track and a host of other new features just introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models. The end result consists of two new cabriolet variants that offer a sportier drive, better handling and an all-around better experience. Both the 911 Carrera cabriolet and the 911 Carrera S cabriolet will hit showrooms in Spring 2012 with MSRPs of $97,300 and $108,000 respectively.
Jaguar has taken the covers off the new 2012 XKR-S Convertible, the fastest drop-top Jaguar to ever hit the market. It’s packing the same supercharged 550 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 that’s in the coupe, and gives it a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. The XKR-S Convertible features a new front bumper with a wider and lower intake and a carbon fiber splitter. The rear wing is also a new addition to the car and features a carbon fiber insert. The interior got a few enhancements as well including performance seats that are trimmed in carbon leather. For those checking out this week’s LA Auto Show, be sure to look for this beauty on the showroom floor.
With this year’s LA Auto Show underway, expect a lot of car coverage over the days ahead. We’re delighted to get things started with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, a convertible variant of the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. The latest bull features a V10 engine that dishes out 550 horsepower to a RWD supercar that’s a sight to see. The suspension’s been tuned to handle the real-wheel-drive architecture, with some revisions made to the aerodynamics as well. The LP550-2 Spyder will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed e-gear transmission.
Though we covered the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster a few weeks back before its official unveiling, here’s a look at the rag-top convertible in all its glory. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is fitted with a 6.3L V8 front-mid engine that dishes out 563-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission and a sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones. Utilizing the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver is allowed to pick from three different suspension modes including Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The fabric soft-top of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster opens and closes in just 11 seconds and can be operated on the move at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Below, we’ve got some more imagery as well as a video showing the SLS AMG Roadster in action. (via egmCarTech)