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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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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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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.

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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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