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New Ferrari California T Packs a 552HP Turbo, Pictures & Details [Video]

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New Ferrari California T red front angle

Ferrari has given its most affordable model, the California gran tourer, an extensive refresh, giving it a sharper suit and a more powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged V8. To bring attention to that turbo, the Italian exotic gets its name appended to “California T”.

Visually, the updated California takes cues from the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta, featuring a revised front fascia with elongated headlights, a more prominent grille, a vented hood and a redesigned bumper. The shape of the flanks is said to be inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender.

The upgraded interior benefits from Frau semi-aniline leather trim, a revised center console with a new Turbo Performance Engineer screen between the two air vents, and an updated infotainment system with a high-definition 6.5-inch display featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls. The retractable hardtop, which transforms the four-seater into a convertible, retracts into the trunk in 14 seconds.

The biggest news is what resided under the hood — a new turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that produces 560 horsepower and 755 Nm (556 lb-ft) of torque, 70 more horsepower and 49-percent more torque than the previous V8. According to Ferrari, the engine delivers zero turbo lag, guaranteeing instantaneous response to driver input. With it, the California T accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 316 km/h (196 mph).

Despite being more powerful than its predecessor, the California T consumes 15 percent less fuel and emits 20 percent less in CO2.

On the handling front, the Italian grand tourer delivers improved sports car dynamics, thanks to superior steering courtesy of a new steering box and suspension setup. New springs, along with the automaker’s latest-generation Magnaride dampers (they respond 50 percent faster) and the car’s body motion accelerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling. An available carbon-ceramic braking system offers a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 meters (111.5 feet).

The Ferrari California T will make its public debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March and goes on sale later in the year.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer

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Green Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

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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Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment

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Mercedes SL Grand Edition Convertible

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.

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Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return

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2019 Buick Cascada Convertible, red

It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.

Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.

Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.

“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.

Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.

The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.

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