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    First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

    Attractive New Roadster Prepares To Cannibalize Convertible For a brand that's only about 11 years old (since its modern rebirth, anyway), Mini is doing quite well for itself. Since the launch of the 2001 Mini Cooper, the BMW-owned automaker has now sold over two million vehicles in 100 markets, ...

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    Official: 2012 Mini Roadster priced from $24,350*

    Mini has officially announced pricing for the company's new Cooper Roadster. The tiny droptop will carry a base MSRP of $24,350 in the U.S., while the Cooper S Roadster will set you back $27,350. The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works Roadster, meanwhile, will command a sticker of $34,500 ...

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    Report: Porsche's sub-Boxster delayed

    This isn't good. Not at all. Automotive News reports that Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller has cooled on the idea of a sub-Boxster Porsche model. Mueller reportedly told German publication Wirtschaftswoche that a vehicle priced under the Boxster could dilute the brand's image, adding that Porsche may ...

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    Detroit: 2013 Mini Roadster improves upon new Coupe's formula

    As much as we like the new-for-2012 Mini Coupe, some of us on the Autoblog staff aren't won over by the low-slung hardtop. We love the standard Cooper hatchback, and while the Coupe's driving dynamics are pure Mini goodness, we just can't wrap our heads around the awkward styling (especially in ...

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    Say 'goodbye' to these cars and trucks for the new year

    As we prepare to flip our calendars from 2011 to 2012, it's time to say goodbye to a handful of vehicles that are being sent to the Great Parking Lot In The Sky before the 2012 model year completely takes hold. And while we're not exactly upset about having to bid farewell to things like the ...

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    Official: Mazda previews driver-focused Tokyo Auto Salon showcars

    While the Tokyo Motor Show is a stage for the world's manufacturers to strut their production models, the Tokyo Auto Salon allows designers and engineers to stretch their legs with custom hardware. This year, Mazda is bringing 10 special models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, including a custom version ...

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    Exclusive: This is the last Tesla Roadster

    Four years and 2,600 Roadsters later, Tesla is putting its first production vehicle out to pasture at the end of this year. But how do you celebrate the last of a breed? A sports car that put Tesla on the map? With a special edition, of course. And the Roadster you see here isn't just one of five ...

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    Video: Shooting the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

    If you've ever glanced through a new vehicle's official PR photographs and wondered exactly what went into their creation, we have something special for you. Mercedes-Benz has released a quick video detailing the work involved in photographing the company's SLS AMG Roadster. Let's just say it ...

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    Official: 2012 Mini Roadster details, images revealed

    This is the car Mini expects a fair few of you have been waiting for, and the cheeky Anglo-German outfit has dropped a Bunker Buster full of information on it. The 2012 Mini Roadster with its manual soft top is the sixth addition to the relentlessly expanding little family; the first two-seater ...

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    Spy Shots: Roding Roadster stages massive improvement

    It appears that Roding has been hard at work on developing the company's Roadster prototype. Spy photographers managed to click a few photos of a new version of the vehicle out for laps at the Nürburgring, and the latest iteration is a massive leap forward from the old fin-laden mule we ...

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    Official: Mazda MX-5 Miata gets Black Tuned for Japan

    Even the plucky Mazda MX-5 isn't safe from the temptation of a black edition. Mazda has just rolled out a Black Tuned Roadster in Japan, complete with a little more style than your run-of-the-mill convertible. The package is largely aesthetic thanks to the addition of a Brilliant Black ...

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    Video: Artists create amazing "reverse graffiti" car art using pollution and a power washer

    Marc Cameron and Paul "Moose" Curtis, are an artistic twosome that are exceedingly skilled at turning dirt, grime and muck into art. In fact, the pair have teamed up to create our favorite kind of art – the sort that features automobiles as the subject. Starting with a spot on a ...

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    Report: Mercedes SLA roadster will smoke its front tires in 2013

    Mercedes-Benz is preparing an Audi TT fighter for 2013 based on the company's B-Class architecture. Dubbed the SLA, the smallest Mercedes roadster will deliver grunt to its front wheels, a first for a two-door drop top wearing the three-pointed star. Engines include a 1.6-liter direct injection ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz reveals 2012 SLK55 AMG

    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the latest addition to the SLK Roadster lineup, the 2012 SLK55 AMG. For this iteration of the diminutive droptop, AMG is employing a naturally-aspirated version of Mercedes-Benz's 5.5-liter V8. The new aluminum engine is good for 415 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of ...

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    Video: Together at last - Tesla Model S and Roadster hit the road

    Plug your ears and keep your eyes glued to the screen. What we present here is rare footage of a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Roadster side-by-side on a picturesque, chicane-filled road. The music, in typical Tesla fashion, drowns out any automotive noise, including the wondrous whirring that ...

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    Spy Shots: Mini JCW Roadster nearing completion

    The engineers at Mini are hard at work on the upcoming Roadster, including the John Cooper Works edition you see here in development phase. A prototype of the performance droptop has been lapping the Nürburgring at a furious pace, and our stealthy spy photographers managed to set their ...

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    Video: 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is a topless beauty

    On the heels of its official unveiling, Mercedes-Benz has dropped a video of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster in its natural habitat. Let the ogling begin. If you were floored by the still shots of the latest confection from AMG, the video will leave you gibbering lump. Though the Roadster loses the ...

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    Official: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster unveiled

    After the endless parade of rumors, conjecture, spy shots and even official information, Mercedes-Benz has finally dropped the full batch of details and photos of its latest flagship: the SLS AMG Roadster. The new droptop loses the gullwing doors of its coupe counterpart, but those German ...

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    Report: Mini Speedster to rely on manual roof

    The sleuths at MotoringFile say that Mini has indicated that the upcoming Mini Speedster will ship with a manual folding top instead of the automatic wizardry of the Cooper Convertible mechanism. The decision, assuming this report is true, means that the top should both weigh less and be ...

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    Top Gear presents its side of story about Tesla Roadster [w/video]

    Tesla has gone to great lengths to publicize its libel suit against Top Gear for the program's 2008 review of the Tesla Roadster. The suit claims that TG's review of the car was rigged, and its assertion that the car doesn't work in the real world had been decided even before Clarkson drove the ...


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