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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wants to Prove Drop-Top SUVs Are Sexy

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Although the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the first mainstream SUV convertible in quite a while, failed miserably, Land Rover believes there is still a market for such a vehicle and has added the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible to the Evoque range.

Billed as the “world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible,” the open-top Evoque is nearly identical to the concept car that was unveiled in early 2012. Unlike the rather ugly Murano CrossCabriolet, it retains the general design of the two-door Evoque crossover on which it is based.

Its power-operated cloth soft top, which is exclusively available in Ebony Black, can be operated at the push of a button, taking 18 seconds to open or close at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).

Land Rover’s engineers managed to maintain the low, coupe-like roofline of the standard Evoque when the top is down, giving the Evoque Convertible a surprisingly sporty appearance. The same couldn’t be said about the Murano.

Not much else changed aside from the retractable roof, although the model ushers in a 10.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen that runs Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. There are enough seats for four passengers and up to 8.9 cubic feet (251 liters) of cargo room regardless of whether the top is up or down.

Despite being slightly heavier, the Evoque Convertible is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine as its hardtop counterpart and produces 240 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 251 lb-ft. (340 Nm) of torque at 1,750 rpm. Equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.8 seconds on route to a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible makes its world debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale in summer 2016 with a starting price of $50,475 in the United States.

Is it a good addition to the Evoque range? Will it succeed where the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet failed and prove once and for all that SUV convertibles are cool? Only time will tell.

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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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