Fiat’s Abarth brand will be present at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a special limited edition Abarth Fiat 500C. Called the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, the spruced-up 500 convertible features exclusive styling and technical updates developed by Abarth in collaboration with Maserati.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is painted in a shade of red called Pontevecchio Bordeaux — borrowed directly from Maserati — and rides on model-specific 17-inch alloys sporting performance tires. Interior features include seats that are upholstered in sand beige Poltrona Frau leather, a black leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals and sill plate, carbon fibre kick plate with customised “Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati” graphics and a special matt-finish carbon lining on the dashboard and gearbox trim.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Abarth 500c, although total output has been increased by 40 horsepower to 180-HP. Using an electronically-operated manual gearbox designed by Abarth’s racing department, the small convertible is faster, more responsive and more comfortable.
Production of the 695 Tributo Maserati will be limited to only 499 units.
Porsche Might Offer Two-Door Panamera Coupe To Rival BMW 8 Series
The Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxster could be getting some company.
According to , 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.
Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer
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.
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment
Unique exterior details and an enhanced interior are what you get with this posh luxury package.
The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected to arrive in 2021, Stuttgart has decided to give it a grand sendoff with the SL Grand Edition.
Available on the SL 450 and 550, the Grand Edition package includes a Graphite Grey exterior paint with high-gloss chrome and matte silver accents and exclusive AMG forged 10-spoke two-tone wheels with 19-inch rims up front and 20 inches out back.
Inside, both models are outfitted with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘designo’ leather. The seats are adorned with Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting and Golden Olive Pearl piping and have SL Grand Edition branding embroidered on the headrests.
The steering wheel is also covered by the premium leather, though the grip areas make due with perforated black Nappa leather instead.
Mercedes didn’t say how many SL Grand Edition models it will build, or how much each will cost, but deliveries begin sometime in 2020.