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McLaren 720S Spider Goes Topless To Fight Ferrari 488 Spider

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New McLaren 720S Spider Supercar

The drop top 720S is the “most accomplished convertible supercar ever.”

McLaren has officially unveiled the convertible version of the 720S, the 720S Spider.

Billed as the “most accomplished convertible supercar ever” and as McLaren’s answer to the Ferrari 488 Spider, the Spider offers the thrills of the 720S Coupe with the added benefit of a retractable carbon fiber hard top that can be raised or lowered in only 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h) for some open air fun.

Yet, despite the added heft of the of the retractable room, which can be had with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states, it only weighs 108 lbs (49 km) more than its hard top counterpart.

The 720S Spider has a carbon fiber body structure like the 720S coupe and sources its power from the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. With 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque to work with, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in only 2.8 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.9 seconds — just 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupe.

Top speeds comes in at 212 mph (341 km/h) with the roof raised (the same as the Coupe) and 202 mph (325 km/h) with the top down.

You can order your McLaren 720S Spider for a starting price of $315,000 in the United States. Deliveries begin in March 2019.

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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, 992-generation Porsche 911, 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 big price bump 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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