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2016 MINI Convertible Revealed, Ready for Summer



2016 MINI Cooper Convertible

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.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer



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



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



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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