Tag Archives: Roadsters
This week were both the Tokyo and Los Angeles Motor/Auto Shows. While LA saw the latest BMW 4-Series Convertible in the flesh for the first time as well as the latest Porsche 911 Cabriolet (which as you might expect would take a serious enthusiast to tell apart from the 2013 model), the really interesting sights were in Japan.
By the time the hardtop Lamborghini Veneno was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March the three cars planned for production had already sold. Demand among the super-rich was obviously strong however as now the Italian super car maker has announced their intention to build 9 convertible versions.
While there have been concepts floating around for small Japanese roadsters it has never looked more likely that we are about to see a return of the kei sports car. Both and look likely to show small roadster concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.
While today’s roadsters may be more powerful than ever, as cars continue to become further sophisticated the basic driving experience becomes ever diluted. Caterham comes to the rescue with a new base model Seven. The Caterham Seven 160 is free of all the ‘drive-by-wire’ technology of modern cars, in-fact there is very little of anything.
Mini have sold their 500,000th car in the United States after just 11 years. Initially there were doubts that a small car could succeed in North America however the combination of premium build quality, funky styling and a fun driving experience proved a great recipe. It also paved the way for other small car successes such as the Fiat 500 and its convertible sister the Fiat 500C.