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All-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Pictures and Details

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2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG

The all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Roaster (convertible) is a fine piece of machinery, but it could be lighter, faster and sportier. Fortunately, there is the all-new, performance-tuned 2013 SL63 AMG with its systematic lightweight construction, superior power output and superior driving dynamics.

The latest Mercedes SL63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that pumps-out 529 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With a seven-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission sending those horses to the back wheels, the hardtop roadster sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Those looking for even more power can ask for the optional AMG Performance package that boosts output to 550-HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a slightly faster 60 mph run of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph (299km/h).

In addition to a more powerful engine, the SL63 AMG Roadster features the new lightweight chassis of the latest SL line. Made from aluminum and magnesium, the chassis is 264 pounds (120 kg) lighter than in the older model, allowing for superior all-around performance, in addition to a 30 percent improvement in fuel-consumption and emissions.

A re-tuned (sportier) suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels in high-performance tires are complimented by an improved braking system with six-piston calipers up front and single-piston calipers in the rear. With all of these improvements, the new SL63 AMG is — according to Mercedes — yet another masterpiece from the AMG division.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Sales begin in May 2012.

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New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Is Ready For Your Summer Enjoyment

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New, 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Convertible

This version of the latest 911 offers unlimited headroom for your open-air driving enjoyment.

Not long after unveiling the all-new, , Porsche has taken its roof off to give us the 911 Cabriolet.

With the exception of the soft top, Porsche’s new convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The soft top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), with new roof hydraulics reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds and an electrically-extendable wind deflector helping keep driver and passenger warm.

Only the Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be available at launch, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder rated at 443 horsepower (450 PS) and 391 lb-ft. of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Carrera S Cabriolet can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, hitting a top speed of up to 190 mph (306 km/h). The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, on the other hand, completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $126,100 in the United States, while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet kicks off at $133,400.

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster

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Lexus LC Convertible Concept

The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.

Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.

Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.

“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”

The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.

The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?

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Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Supercar, black

The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.

Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.

For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…

2019-Chevy Corvette Price increase chart

Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.

It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.

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