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Living with the Tesla Roadster Sport: One week in an electric light orchestra

After finally getting myself situated in the back of the Boeing, I notice the lady to my left wearing a Tesla fleece. As fate, the alignment of the stars and unbridled dumb luck would have it, I was seated next to Rachel Konrad, Tesla's Senior Manager of Communications... for the next 10 hours. After exchanging pleasantries, discussing each other's plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show and getting acquainted, the topic of conversation naturally turned to cars, and the Tesla Roadster, in particular. "It's not just about performance," an overly animated Konrad told me. "What journalists... Read More

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    Report: Lamborghini Aventador Roadster to use removable roof panel?
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    Forget cloth, the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador Roadster will use a removable two-piece carbon fiber hardtop, according to the Italian magazine Quattroruote. The weight-cutting measure means the convertible won't have to stack on the pounds just to include al fresco driving. The carbon fiber roof will weigh less than a cloth top and its underlying metal ...

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    Spy Shots: Roding Roadster stages massive improvement
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    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 first saw this time last year. Whereas the first version looked ...

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    Spy Shots: Mini JCW Roadster nearing completion
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    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 lenses on the machine. The photos show all of the hardware ...

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    Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
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    We've been all but assured that a convertible version of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was on the way, and now we've got photographic proof of the de-gullwinged drop-top weathering the wintery climes before its reveal in 2010. Although Mercedes officials haven't divulged much about the SLS cabrio, it's likely to be fitted with a retractable soft-top ...

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    Rendered speculation: Jaguar XE roadster
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    It's no secret Jaguar is working on a small roadster dubbed the XE, and according to AutoCar, the design staff at Jaguar are struggling to finalize the look of the BMW Z4-sized drop-top. Apparently, the original plan was to give the XE an oval shaped grille handed down from the old D- and E-types. Now they're leaning toward a shape more like the XF and ...

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    Sparks fly: Fisker sues Tesla back
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    Click above for more Fisker-supplied spy shots of the KarmaIsn't it fitting that Fisker Automotive's upcoming series-hybrid sports sedan is named Karma?. After having commissioned Fisker to help design its second product, the Whitestar sedan, Tesla Motors sued Fisker claiming it stole trade secrets that were then used on the Karma. Following that lawsuit, ...

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    Spy Shots: Lotus "Supercar", a.k.a. the Esprit replacement
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    click above image to enlargeThis spy shot just came in from Brenda Priddy and her horde of photogs. They know it's a Lotus and claim it shows what has been identified internally as "THE Supercar". We do know that Lotus showed off its future product to employees about a month ago, and from that it's been learned that the Jaguar XKR's supercharged V8 ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL in the photochopped buff
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    A design update for the Mercedes-Benz SL is on its way for 2009, and Lehmann managed to snag a very lightly disguised prototype running around while testing. Images in hand, they further disrobed the Merc coupe with the use of Photoshop, so what we're left with is a very clear picture of what's coming. The revision boils down to a new nose and tail, with ...

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    Spy Shots: Mercedes SLK gets a facelift
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    Like so many of its buyers, the Mercedes SLK is getting a little work done on itself. A camouflaged test mule was spotted running around the streets of Stuttgart, Germany, near DaimlerChrysler headquarters wearing some bandages over its lower face and rear end. Hard to tell, but from the presence of the disguises we can anticipate a new set of headlights ...

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    Spy Shots: Aston-Martin V8 Volanté
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    Aston Martin is expected to take the wraps of its newest convertible model at the LA Motor Show in November, but spy photographers are managing to snap a few early. These images show what appears to be a production-ready model without body-cladding or camouflage of any sort. Comparing the car in the image with its successful tin-roof counterpart, Aston ...

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    DCX to redo SMART car before U.S. debut
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    The SMART car lineup has been trimmed from three models to just one after the cancellation of the forfour and roadster models. So the future profitability of the brand rests on the tiny fenders of the fortwo, which will be coming to the U.S. in 2008. WhatCar? is reporting that the tiny two-seater will be rehashed before it makes its American debut. As you ...

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    Spied! Aston Martin V8 roadster
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    Autocar has spy shots of a rather muddy version of Aston Martin's upcoming V8 roadster snapped during testing in the English countryside.Bucking the recent hardtop convertible trend, the newest Aston Martin has a soft top, borrowing the deployment mechanism from the DB9 Roadster.Like most convertible versions, the Aston Martin looks to be more attractive ...

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