An all-new, 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible is ready for summer, this time offering buyers more room, more features and more power.
Looking virtually identical the Cooper but with a fully-retractable soft-top, the new, 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible measures 98 mm longer, 44 mm wider and 7 mm taller than its predecessors, granting up to four occupants more all-around room than ever. The roof can be had with a Union Jack graphic and opens / closes in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30 km/h (19 mph).
Cargo capacity has also increased (up a significant 25%), now offering 215 liters of luggage and grocery room when the roof is up and 160 liters when down. Additionally, the loading area is 8 mm wider and folding the rear seats creates an even more voluminous cargo area.
The 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible comes with two new exterior paint schemes called Caribbean Aqua and Melting Silver, while the interior can be spruced up with a fresh Chester leather upholstery in Malt Brown. The long list of standard features include “Always Open Time,” a system that calculates the number of hours driven with the top down, as well as the MINI Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen.
A larger 8.8-inch display featuring navigation and a rain warning app is optional.
With regards to power, the open-top MINI is available with the same engines as the coupe, including a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine that produces 134 horsepower (136 PS).
The hotter S model packs a larger 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo rated at 189 horsepower (192 PS) and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm with overboost), allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.2 seconds and to a 143 mph (230 km/h) top speed when equipped with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Opting instead for the six-speed automatic transmission gets you a sprint of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h).
Europeans buyers also have the option of a diesel unit with 114 horsepower (116 PS).
The 2016 MINI Convertible goes on sale in March 2016, in time for summer. In the United Kingdom, its home market, prices start at £18,475 for the base model, £20,225 for the diesel-powered Cooper D, and £22,430 for the Cooper S.
New Corvette ZR1 Convertible Drops 755 Horses Like A Beast
The C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has received a convertible version, and it’s just as bonkers as the coupe.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Corvette ZR1 Convertible is the first drop-top ZR1 since the ZR1 first launched in 1969.
It has the same mechanical bits as the ZR1 coupe, meaning power is provided by an LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a choice of either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, the addition of a retractable top results in a weight penalty (60 pounds, to be exact) that should impede overall performance a tad bit. Zero-to-60 mph (96 km/h) is expected to come in at less than three seconds, and the quarter mile in the high 10-second range. Top speed is approximately 212 mph (132 km/h).
Like the coupe, the Corvette ZR1 Convertible is available with the $2,995 ZTK Performance Package, which adds a large rear wing, front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Magnetic Ride control suspension. It can produces up to 950 lbs of downforce.
The new, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible starts at $123,995 in the United States, representing a $4,000 premium over the coupe.
If You Want New Honda S2000, Sign This Petition
Not long after Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said Honda may build a successor to the S2000 if enough people want it, someone has launched a petition on Change.org to have the discontinued roadster return.
Judging by his name, HondaPro Jason is clearly very passionate about Hondas, aptly titling his petition “Hey Honda Bring The S2000 Back.”
Honda’s CEO appeared open to the idea of a new S2000 in an interview with , specifically stating:
“I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next-generation S2000. Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars if the requests are there.”
The original S2000 roadster was produced from 1999 until 2009. While there is no guarantee that the petition will result in anything, the Japanese automaker seems to have a finger close to the go-ahead trigger should there be a large enough demand for a new model.
Sign the if you want the Honda S2000 to make a return.
Porsche 718 Cayman, Boxster Get GTS Treatment, More Power
The Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman have received the GTS treatment, gaining a boost in power, a few styling modifications and upgraded interiors.
Porsche’s engineers retuned the 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine to output 365 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, some15 more horsepower than 718 S editions of the two models and 35 horses more than the naturally-aspirated engine of the previous GTS models.
Peak torque is available across a wider band from 1,900 – 5,500 rpm with the manual transmission or up to 5,000 rpm with the PDK automatic. Both GTS models can launch from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Visually, the 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS receive several aesthetic tweaks that include a Sport Design front fascia, tinted headlights and taillights, black accents, black 20-inch wheels, and an upgraded exhaust system.
Lovers of Alcantara will appreciate the touches made to the interior, which has Alcantara-covered sport seats, steering wheel, center console and armrests. It also benefits from the Sport Chrono Package.
Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential lock and the Porsche Active Suspension Management, which lowers the body by ten millimeters, come standard.
The 2018 Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS go on sale in Spring 2018 with a starting price of $79,800 and $81,900, respectively, in the United States.