Brabus have updated their smart fortwo Brabus and Brabus Xclusive lines with new rim design for the Monoblock VII alloy wheels. The Brabus double-pipe rear exhaust has also been modified.
The Brabus interior design, too, has been modified in line with the new smart fortwo interior design. The instrument cluster now also features the new dial. The cruise control function is available as a new option.
The engines of the new generation work more efficiently than ever before. The power output of the Brabus version has been increased from 72 kW to 75 kW. Despite this, at 119 g CO2 per 100 kilometres (combined figure) even the more powerful engine remains below the 120 gram threshold.
The Aston Martin DB5 is recognised as one of the most stunning classic sportscars ever made and while over a 2 year production run nearly a thousand were built the Convertible version (the name Volante was not used until the DB6) only totalled 123. Rarer still is the Vantage Convertible with a more powerful engine featuring three Weber carburettors producing 314 bhp (234 kW).
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible, one of the nine produced, sold for a remarkable (GBP) £551,500 today (2 July) at Bonhams annual Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia auction at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The sale fetched a magnificent £3,707,687 in total with a 75% sale rate.
Top prices were also paid for other convertibles; a 1937 Bentley 41/4-Litre Drophead Coupe, which featured in the 007 James Bond film ‘Never Say Never Again’ and starred at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003, which sold for £221,500, and the ex-Yoshiyuki Hayashi 1958 model/1980s assembled Lister-Jaguar (also known as ‘Knobbly’), which fetched £232,500.
A black 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230, bought new by Dannii Minogue, and subsequently passed onto her sister, Kylie, attracted much pre-sale publicity. It finally sold to a ‘lucky, lucky, lucky’ buyer for £14,950 who fought off competition from several other interested bidders. Part of the proceeds from the sale are being donated to a breast cancer charity.
Bentley’s Continental Supersports Convertible, the world’s fastest production drophead, made its official public driving debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed. With several searing runs up the famous hill, it forcibly underlined its supercar performance credentials.
Throughout the weekend the Supersports Convertible, which is capable of a potential top speed of 202mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds, was piloted by the racing legend and honorary ‘Bentley Boy’ Derek Bell who used his expert knowledge of the climb to set a series of typically rapid ascents and give the Goodwood spectators plenty to talk about. The Supersports Convertible was joined in the supercar paddock by its equally powerful and capable coupe stablemate – the 621bhp Bentley Continental Supersports which returned to Goodwood after making its own debut in 2009. Both Continental Supersports models are now on sale with first deliveries of the convertible due later this summer.
Alvis, one of the most innovative car manufacturing brands of the 1930’s, is set to return to business in the 21st century.
The Alvis brand, the company stopped making cars in 1968, has been formally transferred to Red Triangle, the company which has been responsible for providing parts, maintenance and restoration services to Alvis owners for the last 40 years. A new company The Alvis Car Company has been created to carry this legendary name from British motoring history forward. The company’s philosophy will be to maintain the essence of the brand by reintroducing selected original Alvis models as newly manufactured cars and for Red Triangle to continue to expand its technical, repair, maintenance and restoration services to the remaining 4,000 Alvis models still on the road.
Alvis produced bespoke and highly innovative touring, sports and saloon cars in the traditional manner with owners choosing their own coachwork bodies built on an Alvis chassis. Many famous people have owned Alvis cars including peers of the realm and famous aviators such Lord Brabazon, and the Second World War fighter ace, Douglas Bader. An Alvis model from the early 1960’s was used by Stephen Fry in the recent television series Kingdom.
Continuing their celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the world’s best-selling roadster, Mazda has introduced a new ‘summer special edition’ version of its convertible sportscar for the UK, named the Mazda MX-5 Miyako.
The name ‘Miyako’ is taken from the idyllic Japanese holiday island of Miyako-jima, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in Japan and the perfect location for open-top motoring.
The new Miyako comes equipped with an interior benefitting from unique Medici premium perforated black leather trim with a red underlay and stitching, special badging, floor mats and climate control air-conditioning. The exterior includes front fog lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a front suspension strut brace (for improved steering response), and free metallic paint. As with previous special editions the engines remain unchanged so the 1.8i 126ps Miyako soft-top accelerates to the same 62mph in 9.9 seconds as the standard model, while the 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with its 160ps engine undercuts that time by two seconds.
Both versions of the MX-5 Miyako will be available in Aluminium Silver Metallic, while the soft-top will also be available in Velocity Red Mica – free of charge. Just 500 examples of each version will be manufactured for the UK market and we expect them to be snapped up quickly. The new model, which is on sale from 1 July, is available in two versions – the 1.8i Miyako soft-top priced at £18,385 (on-the-road) and the more powerful 2.0i Miyako roadster coupe with the world’s fastest folding powered roof (up or down in 12 seconds), priced at £20,885 (on-the-road).
Fiat the new owners of Chrysler have apparently overturned the reported demise of the Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The Sebring was never shining star in its class but with the Toyota Camary Solara, Pontiac G6 Convertible and the Chrysler PT Cruiser all ceasing production, it is left with a fairly open market. To top this off it remains a firm favourite of rental fleets in the warm weather states of the US thanks to “move-em-out” pricing from Chrysler and demand for four-seat convertibles from vacationers.
2011 will see a face-lifted Sebring with reworked suspension, improved interior and the company’s new Pentastar V6. The rather indecisive option of either vinyl, canvas or folding hardtop roof may be cut down along the way.
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