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To go along with the coupe models that were unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche has revealed the all-new 2012 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S Cabriolets (convertibles), both of which utilize a retractable soft top.

The new 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet get an aluminum-steel chassis combined with a new convertible top design that Porsche says completely retains the coupe’s trademark roof line. Moreover, the extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel means both models are lighter than their predecessors.

Aside from the retractable roof, the Cabriolets are virtually identical to their coupe counterparts. The standard Carrera Cabriolet is powered a 3.4L boxer six-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower, allowing it to run from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of177 mph. Similarly, the Carrera S Cabriolet is powered the Carrera S coupe’s 3.8L boxer six-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower, allowing for a 0 of 60 mph run time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph.

Going on sale on March 3, 2012, Germany will be the first country to get the new 911 Cabriolet. Prices in the country will start from €100,532 for the Carrera and €114,931 for the Carrera S, including taxes. In the UK, prices start at £79,947 for the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and £89,740 for the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

U.S. prices start at $97,300 for the Carrera and $108,000 for the Carrera S. Both models will debut in Detroit this coming January before going on sale in the spring of 2012. More details can be found in Porsche’s press release. We also have a video for you.

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All-New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Features Innovative Roof Design

Next-generation open-air 911 launches next spring, silhouette matches coupe

ATLANTA — November 22, 2011 — Porsche is introducing two new cabriolet versions of the recently unveiled seventh-generation 911 Carrera. These new models, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, will go on sale in the United States in the spring of 2012.

Like the coupe, the 2012 911 Carrera cabriolet features innovative aluminum-steel construction with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which preserves the typically sleek 911 coupe roof line. Intelligent lightweight design that includes extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel ensures lower vehicle mass and lower fuel consumption while offering improved driving dynamics and additional comfort. As with the 911 coupe models, the new Porsche open-top models are significantly lighter than their predecessors.

The new 911 Carrera cabriolet can accelerate from 0-60 in as little as 4.4 seconds and achieve a top-track-speed of 177 mph, while the 911 Carrera S cabriolet can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds and has a top-track-speed of 187 mph.

Each of the two new cabriolets uses the same engine as their coupe equivalents. The rear of the 911 Carrera houses a 3.4 liter boxer six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) generating 350 horsepower (hp), driving the rear wheels through a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8- liter boxer six-cylinder DFI engine developing 400 hp. The open-top 911s are significantly more efficient than their predecessors; both models consume less than 10 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures will be available closer to the on-sale date.

With the longer wheelbase, wider front track and host of new features just introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, the new cabriolet variants offer sportier driving characteristics, greater precision and agility and increased efficiency.

On sale in the spring of 2012, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet MSRP is $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet MSRP begins at $108,000.

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New BMW M8 Is The Ultimate, Most Expensive M Car

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Coupe or cabrio, Competition or no Competition — make your pick.

The new BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible are finally here, and they are available in standard and Competition versions.

The big news is that the standard M8 packs 600 horsepower, but if you step up to the Competition version you’ll have 617 hp on tap.

Power is provided by a 4.4 liter S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in the standard M8 and 617 hp / 553 lb-ft. in the M8 Competition. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps distribute all that power between the four wheels via a rear biased M xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system that only sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels start to slip. The AWD system can be turned off completely if you just want the rear wheels for an old-school sports car experience.

The BMW M8 Coupe reaches 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while the M8 Competition Coupe is slightly faster at 3.0 seconds. The M8 Convertible reaches 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while the M8 Competition Convertible needs 3.1 seconds.

No matter the M8 of choice, top speed is electronically-limited top 155 mph but can be increased to 189 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package.

An Adaptive M Suspension with three settings — Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus — allows the driver to tailor ride and handling to his liking, though Competition models feature firmer suspension settings, stiffer engine mounts, increased front negative camber for increased cornering ability and rear toe-link ball-joints instead of rubber bushings.

Visually, the M8 Coupe and Convertible stand out from the other 8 Series models with an M-specific body kit that adds black chrome trim, larger air intakes in the front bumper, a trunk spoiler, and a new rear bumper. 20-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires are standard, while Competition models receive specific alloys.

Pricing starts at $133,995 for the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and at $146,995 for the M8 Competition Coupe. The 2020 M8 Convertible kicks off at $143,495 and the M8 Competition Convertible at $156,495.

How would you configure your M8? Let us know in the comments below.

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Porsche Might Offer Two-Door Panamera Coupe To Rival BMW 8 Series

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The Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxster could be getting some company.

Porsche might introduce two-door and cabriolet versions of the Panamera to take on the BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe / cabriolet.

According to Autocar, the Panamera coupe and Panamera convertible will be based on a shortened version of the Panamera’s MSB platform and could arrive as early as 2020. The coupe in particular will be positioned as a more practical, 2+2 alternative to the evergreen 911.

“As a designer there are no limits to what I can conceive. I believe it is the design department’s role to sketch and consider every model it can for the future so that we are ready should anyone wish to pursue a project,” Porsche design boss Michael Mauer told the British publication “But if you are asking me to confirm if such projects are on the way then you are going to be disappointed. It is not my role to consider such things.”

Although Mauer didn’t confirm anything, a Panamera coupe seems like a logical move for Porsche. Yes, the sports coupe segment is declining globally, but the fact that the company has a powerful image, already sells in very small numbers, and has most of the engineering work done could make a coupe and convertible financially-feasible propositions.

There is a chance they might not even use the Panamera name.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder has been revealed just in time for summer.

The convertible version of the Huracán EVO features the same upgrades as the coupe, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that delivers 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, a vehicle dynamic control system, and aerodynamic enhancements.

More than 250 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Huracán EVO Spyder is only 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph (100 km/h) with a sprint of 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). It boasts the new Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale 2.0 system, which offers “next-generation vehicle dynamic control” by utilizing a set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors located in the car’s crenter of gravity to monitor real-time lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate.

Both the coupe and Spyder also feature rear-wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring, taking advantage of the vehicle dynamic control system. Interestingly, the convertible Evo boasts five times as much downforce as the original Huracán Spyder despite having a soft top.

Exterior updates include a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new exhaust system that’s placed higher in the rear bumper, and new 20” Aesir wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, while the interior houses a new 8.4” HMI touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder goes on sale in spring 2019 with a starting price of $287,400 in the United States.

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