Roadsters

Best Used Convertible 2013: The Car Connection's Picks
Best Used Convertible 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

If you've ever owned and enjoyed a convertible—or even just rented one—understand that open-top models are about more than just feeling the wind in your hair. They're also about the freedom you show and feel, in driving a vehicle that might not hit all the marks for practicality. Not...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Biggest Loser? Mazda Wants Next Miata To Shed 720 Pounds

The original Mazda MX-5, like the British roadsters that inspired it, was a small car. Less than 156 inches long and under 66 inches wide, the first Miata had a curb weight of just 2,178 pounds. Drivers soon rediscovered the joys of a car with low weight and modest power; you couldn’t go very...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
Study: Top-Down In Some Convertibles Can Be Deafening

If you've ever been touring in a convertible, you know that while the open air can be thrilling, it also leaves you with a greater sense of vulnerability. But sunburns and frizzy hair are only part of it; the turbulence battering your ears all day, combined with road noise, could actually lead to...Read More»

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the Perfect Escape From Family Life

Being a part of a family means a lot of wonderful things among them a feeling of belonging and love. But there is another side of family life that is a bit darker and it usually involves off-key recitals, endless soccer practices and the ever exciting getting of groceries. But what if there was a...Read More»

2009 MINI Roadster Concept
Rumor: MINI Coupe, Roadster To Roll Out In October 2010

The MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster concepts generated loads of buzz at the Frankfurt and Los Angeles auto shows, and today, there's cause for even more excitement: rumor has it that production of the two models has been fast-tracked, and that they'll start rolling off the assembly lines in Oxford as...Read More»

2009 MINI Roadster Concept
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: MINI Roadster Concept

With a new Coupe Concept already revealed, and a BMW X1-based crossover in the works, MINI needs another follow for its unique cult of speed. The next convert--actually, a convertible--arrives today at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in the form of the 2009 MINI Roadster Concept. All but...Read More»

MINI Crossover concept
BMW News: MINI Crossover Delayed, Isetta Based On Toyota iQ?

There's been a lot of chatter about the MINI Roadster (also known as the MINI Speedster) which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a couple of weeks. That's not surprising: everyone likes a roadster, and the sporty renderings popping up on the web have sparked the interest of...Read More»

Leaked Mini Roadster Concept Sketch
Early Reveal: Mini Roadster Concept

This week saw Mini celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the brand's first car with the unveiling of an all-new Coupe concept. Today, the Roadster half of the new-car pair made its debut a bit early thanks to a leaked sketch. Based around the same two-seat setup as the Mini Coupe, the...Read More»

Lamborghini Reventon Roadster rendering
Rumor: Lamborghini Reventon Roadster Cruising To Frankfurt

Rumors persist that Lamborghini will unveil a Reventon Roadster at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September. All across the interwebs, Lambo-heads are a-titter, guesstimating that only nine or ten of the supercars will be built, each featuring a snazzy 670 bhp V12 and a pricetag of €1.15 million...Read More»

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Turns A Corner -- And A Profit

Tesla Motors -- the flashy electric automaker capable of evoking schadenfreude in even the most enthusiastic EV fan -- met two major milestones in July: the company sold a record number of Tesla Roadsters, and perhaps more importantly, it netted $1 million on $20 million of gross income. In all...Read More»

Mazda Roadster 20th anniversary edition
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Again), Issues Special Edition Model

Back in February at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda displayed a candy-colored array of Mazda Miatas (known elsewhere in the world as the MX-5 or the Roadster) to celebrate the model's 20th year of production. Now, the Hiroshima-based automaker is releasing a special edition of the popular two-seater...Read More»

2011 Dodge Circuit EV
Dodge Circuit Bolts Toward Production (Probably)

We haven't spoken much about the Dodge Circuit lately -- not since Marty Padgett pointed out that the much-vaunted EV was included in Chrysler's restructuring plans. But we have good news for green roadster fans: Car & Driver has run a piece on the Circuit praising the car and noting that...Read More»

Catfight
He Said, He Said: War Of Words Keeps Tesla In The News

You've got to hand it to Tesla: the company does a great job of staying in the headlines. Sometimes, that's for laudable things--like the opening of the company's first European showroom, or receiving a sizeble loan from the Department of Energy. Then again, sometimes it's because the company's CEO...Read More»

2009 Porsche Cayman
A 914 Redux? Porsche Four-Cylinder Roadster Rumored

Ever since Volkswagen showed its BlueSport concept roadster--and ever since Volkswagen and Porsche engaged the clutches on their ego-driven takeover drama merger talks--enthusiasts have chatted up and dreaded the notion of a new four-cylinder Porsche convertible. It's fair enough to assume the...Read More»

2012 BMW Z2 Roadster Preview
Preview: 1-Series-based 2012 BMW Z2 Roadster

Downsizing isn't any fun when it's your job on the line, but when it means a sporty new roadster based on BMW's excellent 1-series platform, it's a welcome change from the 'bigger is better' mentality that's prevailed for many years. The new downsized roadster is called the Z2, and rumors about its...Read More»

2009 Porsche Boxster
Report: Porsche Considering New Entry-Level Boxster With Audi TTS engine

 You know it's a recession when even the wealthy are hurting, and the state of Porsche is as good a measure of that metric as any. With sales stumbling and debts mounting, the time could be ripe for more volume-sales oriented models at the brand, including a new Boxster. Porsche revealed in March...Read More»

Vintage Porsche 914
Porsche Baby Roadster Still In The Works?

Porsche research and development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer recently denied claims the company was working on an entry-level roadster, but reports breaking in the German media today argue that it's still a distinct possibility. Though the lightweight, mid-engined Porsche 914 was far from a perfect...Read More»

Jaguar XE Roadster teaser
Jaguar XE Roadster: A Hybrid In The Works?

It'll be at least two years before the Jaguar XE roadster makes its debut, but here at TCC, many of us are already giddy with anticipation. That's partially because, hey, it's a roadster--and who doesn't like those?--but also because rumors have begun circulating about the possibility of a hybrid...Read More»

Stuntman Steve Truglia gets loopy
Link Love From The Car Connection: Looping In A Toyota, Charging Up A Passat, And The Rumor Mill Turns For Lexus, MINI, Daimler, Tesla

Going 'round in circles -- Congrats to stuntman Steve Truglia for clearing the world's largest loop-the-loop in a Toyota. We hope to replicate this feat someday in TCC's vintage Ford Escort. Thank you, Steve, for giving us hope. [DailyMail via AutoMotto] Rumor mill #1 -- Rumor has it that Lexus is...Read More»

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