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Next Maserati GranTurismo Won’t be Offered as a Convertible

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When the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo arrives in late 2014, a convertible GranCabrio will not be part of its lineup. The coupe is all buyers will get.

Maserati is hoping that fans of the GranCabrio will gravitate towards the Alferi, which will be offered as both a coupe and a convertible.

“The GranTurismo will be replaced at the end of 2017, but as a coupe only,” Peter Denton, Manager of Maserati North Europe, said in an interview with Auto Express. “We feel that gap will be filled by the Alfieri Spider, due in early 2017.”

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Details about the next GranTurismo remain scarce, but Denton did confirm that it will be smaller than the current model. The Italian sports car will be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces more than 550 horsepower, sent exclusively to the rear wheels (no all-wheel drive).

The aforementioned Alfieri coupe and cabrio, on the other hand, will get both RWD and AWD and will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 with outputs of 404 hp, 444 hp and 513 hp.

What do you want to see from the next Maserati GranTurismo?

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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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