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Mercedes Reveals New AMG GT Roadster, Promises Open Top Fun

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Mercedes-AMG has expanded the AMG GT lineup with the addition of the AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster.

The two roadsters feature an electrically-operated, three-layered fabric roof that can open and close in about eleven seconds, at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). Extra support for the roof is provided by aluminium, steel and magnesium, and rollover bars, while aluminium cross-members have been added for additional safety.

Buyers can have their soft top in black, red or beige.

Like the GT Coupe, the AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadsters are powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8, with the former pushing 469 horsepower and the latter packing a more capable, 550 horsepower version of the engine. Power is channeled to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission controlled by shift paddles and a limited-slip differential.

The AMG GT Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h), while the GT C Roadster has a slightly faster 3.7-second sprint and a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h).

Performance wise, the GT C is further distinguished by active rear steering, adaptive dampers, electronically-controlled differential instead of a mechanical one, a switchable performance exhaust, and wider rear wheel arches.

The few styling tweaks include a new front grille, revised air intakes and new alloy wheels on both models.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster make their world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show before going on sale in 2017.

BMW

Is The New BMW Z4 A Major Design Downgrade?

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New BMW Z4 patent, front angle

We all knew the all-new BMW Z4 would be a watered-down take on the eye-catching concept, but I don’t anyone expected it to be so severely downgrade?

Patent filings for the production Z4 show a roadster that, although not ugly, is boring unlike the stunning Z4 concept it draws inspiration from. Frankly, it doesn’t look any more modern than its predecessor, which is almost 10 years old.

Why even bother with the concept in the first place?

Anyways, have a look at the indignation for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

New BMW Z4 patent, front

New BMW Z4 Concept, front

New BMW Z4 patent, front angle

New BMW Z4 Concept, front angle

New BMW Z4 patent, side

New BMW Z4 Concept, side

New BMW Z4 patent, rear

New BMW Z4 Concept, front angle

New BMW Z4 patent, rear angle

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Blast From The Bast – Porsche Recreates Its First Car

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First Porsche car, the 356 Roadster

Today, it’s almost hard to believe that an automotive powerhouse — yes “powerhouse” — and inspirational brand like Porsche had humble begin, but it did. The company has painstakingly rebuilt a replica of that very car, and it’s a true reflection of how much the times have changed.

Built in 1948, the Porsche in question was the 356 Roadster, a lightweight, mid-engine and rear-wheel drive prototype that’s the Adam of all Porsche’s today, especially the 911.

To make the replica as authentic as possible, restoration experts at the Porsche Museum recreated the Roadster by first scanning the original No. 1 356 Roadster. However, because the car has been damaged, modified and updated with modern parts many times, they had to match the 3D scans with photos and drawings of the original car.

They then sculpted the life-sized model out of foam block in order to make fine adjustments to the form before proceeding to hand-formed aluminum body using the original wooden bucks.

As for the color, it was matched using a paint sample from under the original’s dash. Subsequent repaints over the decades had stripped the colors elsewhere on the car of their authenticity.

Interestingly, despite having a full interior, including floor mats recreated using the same techniques as the original’s, the replica has no running gear. Steering components and a front axle from a Beetle will be used to get it to events around the world, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca, and Guangzhou International Motor Show

The very detailed project took eight months to complete.

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Chevy Camaro Gets New Face And Butt, Plus Turbo 1LE Model For 2019 MY

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Updated, 2019 Chevy Camaro new look

The sixth-generation Chevy Camaro has received a refresh for its 2019 model year in an effort to narrow the sales gap with the Ford Mustang, gaining a revised exterior, a new 1LE Turbo model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and improved gadgets.

Starting off with the exterior, designers have revised the front end to be distinct between the LS/LT, RS and SS variants. The SS stands out with a ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem and larger air curtains, package-specific headlights, and a new extractor-style hood, while the RS appearance package includes a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar, and 20-inch wheels. The RS, SS and ZL1 models get dark-tinted lenses.

All models now feature classic-design, four LED oval taillights, which I think looks better than the generic rectangle shape of the original design.

Inside, the updated Camaro gets Chevy’s next-generation Infotainment 3 system. The standard system uses a 7-inch touchscreen, while a larger 8-inch touchscreen is optional. A Rear Camera Mirror and Forward Collision Alert system are now available.

The biggest news is the introduction of Camaro Turbo 1LE, which joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE models in the Camaro lineup. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that — paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission — produces 275-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque.

An upgraded suspension, staggered 20-inch summer tires, Brembo brakes, and a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track mode are also part of the package.

So, what do you think about the Camaro’s new face and butt? Did Chevy’s designers get them right?

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