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Porsche 718 Cayman T, 718 Boxster T Arrive For Driving Purists

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New Porsche 718 Cayman T

The two sports cars are the purest examples of the 718.

Driving enthusiasts, rejoice! Porsche has finally introduced the 718 Boxster T and Cayman T, the highly-anticipated alternative for those who want a 911 T but can’t afford one.

The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T slot between the base and S models, and similar to the 911 T, do away with several key creature comforts to offset the weight added by the gasoline particulate filter, most notably the infotainment system, which has been replaced with a large storage compartment.

Visually, the German sports cars are distinguished by 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, gray mirror shells, model-specific decals on the bottom of both doors, and black sports exhaust outlets that stick out from the middle of the rear bumper.

Buyers have several color options to choose from, but if you want something special, we recommend the Lava Orange or Miami Blue.

Inside, the doors have fabric door pulls and the seats feature black Sport-Tex center sections, with a “718” logo embroidered on their headrests. Although the infotainment system has been removed, buyers can choose to re-add it at no extra cost.

The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T are powered by the same 300-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine as the base 718, with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channeling 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds and top speed checks in at 170 mph (274 km/h). Opting for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox lowers that first figure to 4.7 seconds.

Despite not packing extra power, both models should be a little more fun to toss around corners thanks to the application of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis. They also sit 20 millimeters lower to the ground and come standard with the Sport Chrono package.

The 2019 Porsche 718 T is on sale in Europe with a starting price of 63,047 euros for the Cayman T and €65,070 euros for the Boxster T, which convert to $72,000 and $74,000 USD, respectively.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer

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Green Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

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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Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment

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Mercedes SL Grand Edition Convertible

Unique exterior details and an enhanced interior are what you get with this posh luxury package.

The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected to arrive in 2021, Stuttgart has decided to give it a grand sendoff with the SL Grand Edition.

Available on the SL 450 and 550, the Grand Edition package includes a Graphite Grey exterior paint with high-gloss chrome and matte silver accents and exclusive AMG forged 10-spoke two-tone wheels with 19-inch rims up front and 20 inches out back.

Inside, both models are outfitted with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘designo’ leather. The seats are adorned with Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting and Golden Olive Pearl piping and have SL Grand Edition branding embroidered on the headrests.

The steering wheel is also covered by the premium leather, though the grip areas make due with perforated black Nappa leather instead.

Mercedes didn’t say how many SL Grand Edition models it will build, or how much each will cost, but deliveries begin sometime in 2020.

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Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return

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2019 Buick Cascada Convertible, red

It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.

Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.

Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.

“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.

Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.

The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.

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