2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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"The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers superior handling, an easy-to-use convertible top and loads of driving fun, but it needs its imminent 2016 redesign to keep pace with a growing, competitive market," says Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | December 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 BMW 6 Series: First Look

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Competes with: The coupe and convertible compete with Porsche 911 and Jaguar XK; the Gran Coupe competes with Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7/S7

Looks like: The 6 Series adopts the 4 Series' flared bumper openings

Drivetrain: 315-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder (640i) or 445-hp, turbocharged V-8 (650i) with eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive; 560-hp, turbocharged V-8 (M6) with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Subtle updates grace the 2016 BMW 6 Series, which, typical of BMW, still comes in all manner of styles. You can get a 6 Series coupe, convertible or four-door Gran Coupe. Three engines pair with rear- or all-wheel drive and two automatic transmissions. Top among them is the high- performance M6 model, which can still come with a manual transmission to please the sports-car traditionalists.

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Come January, we’ll see the 2016 6 Series at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. BMW says the car hits dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Get on the clock, Hollywood big-shot wannabes, 'cause it's time to start thinking about leasing a new 911 to hand off to the valet in front of The Ivy. The latest version of the Porsche 911 — the Carrera GTS — is now getting face time at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show after its global premiere in the city where its cache is perhaps most appreciated.

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According to Porsche, the four variants of the Carrera GTS bridge the gap between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Available as a coupe or convertible and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it puts out 430 horsepower. The red Carrera GTS coupe with big black wheels on display in L.A. sported quintessential 911 looks sure to be sufficiently impressive to everyone sitting on the patio outside The Coffee Bean.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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It's easy to describe the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show if you've seen the 2014 2 Series coupe on which it’s based: Just imagine that, sans top. When the top is up, though, shiny fibers give it a shimmering metallic effect, accenting its black, Anthracite or brown color exterior, depending on which you've selected. The M Sport adds an aerodynamic body kit, lightweight M Sport wheels, large front air intakes, unique side skirts and grilles, a rear diffuser and high-gloss chrome exhaust tips.

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Expected to hit dealerships early next year, the 2 Series vert's starting price with destination ranges from $38,850 to $48,650. Check out the gallery for more; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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Mazda's roadster excels at turning an everyday drive into a thrill ride, and although it got a big styling update for 2016, the redesigned MX-5 Miata should offer more of the same driving excitement.

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The MX-5 Miata got slightly wider and lower for 2016, which gives it a more planted appearance. That, combined with a new grille, steeply raked windshield and sharp creases that slice through both sides of the hood turn the car's styling from cute to aggressive.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Jaguar F-Type Photo Gallery (15 Photos)

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The big news for Jaguar's sports car is the addition of available all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. For 2016, all-wheel drive is standard on F-Type R versions and optional on S models; the new six-speed manual transmission is available on rear-wheel-drive versions.

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Aside from extra badging, all-wheel-drive 2016 F-Type coupes and convertibles get subtle exterior styling tweaks like a lightly reshaped hood that wears new vents positioned farther apart and farther forward than on the rear-wheel-drive version. 

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lexus LF-C2 Concept Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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Lexus' sunny new concept is pure show car — it doesn't even have a roof — but will probably go down as one of the most stunning cars to come out of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. 

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The LF-C2 brings the drama with its luminous yellow paint, gaping braided spindle grille and sharp creases that slice through the convertible’s body. Check out the gallery for more. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.  

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

Lexus LF-C2 Concept: First Look

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Looks like: A sporty, sun-worshiping roadster

Defining characteristics: Multifaceted shimmering golden yellow exterior paint

Ridiculous features: It has no top

Chance of being mass-produced: Lexus calls it a "design study," but nothing has filled the SC 430's space in the lineup since it was canceled after model-year 2010

Lexus picked a state known for its sunshine-filled scenic highways to unveil its new convertible concept. The LF-C2 concept is a four-passenger roadster, and with this concept, Lexus is all style over substance: There are no powertrain specs, or really any details save for an exterior inspired by sunlight, according to Lexus.

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The concept is dressed in bright golden yellow paint, applied in a multilayer process with a primer, followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects off the silver for extra luster. Outside, it's all crisp creases and sharp angles; a bold line slices through the convertible’s arrow-shaped body. Other exterior highlights include five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and an aggressive interpretation of the brand's spindle grille, here with a braided mesh theme. The gaping grille is flanked by dynamic-looking triangle-shaped LED headlights. In back, fin-like rear diffusers steal the show, along with L-shaped taillights and chrome-tipped quad exhaust pipes. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Jaguar F-Type: First Look

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Competes with: Audi R8, Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 911
Looks like: A 2015 F-Type with a new hood design and some distinctive body features for all-wheel-drive versions
Drivetrain: A 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 with the automatic, with output ranging from 340 to 550 horsepower and 332 to 502 pounds-feet of torque
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Following the addition of the rear-wheel-drive F-Type coupe for 2015, Jaguar is further expanding the exotic sports car's offerings with all-wheel drive, standard on F-Type R versions and optional on S models, as well as an available six-speed manual transmission for rear-wheel-drive versions. The top-performing R models, in coupe or convertible form, boast a 5.0-liter, direct-injected supercharged V-8, which puts out a roaring 550-horsepower and Jaguar quotes a 3.9-second zero-to-60 mph time; it succeeds the outgoing rear-wheel-drive-only F-Type V-8 S, which made 495 hp.

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The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says that in addition to new powertrain options, upgraded offerings include electric power assisted steering that improves efficiency and precision, a new suite of telematics and smartphone connectivity features, and more standard equipment.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Bentley Grand Convertible Concept: First Look

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Looks like: A Bentley Mulsanne nose on a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Defining characteristics: Massive engine, sumptuous interior, burr walnut deck lid

Ridiculous features: None, this could be built as-is

Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it.

Los Angeles is a land of highly conspicuous wealth, a place where you're judged as much by the car you arrive in as your accomplishments in life. What better place to introduce one of the most luxurious new convertibles ever crafted? Bentley thought so, taking the wraps off of its new Grand Convertible concept at a private event ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is based on the flagship Mulsanne sedan, a behemoth luxury cruiser that is one of the last few handcrafted cars in the world. Bentley hopes to gauge potential customers' reactions as to whether it should create a few of these yachts for some very wealthy clients.

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The look is certainly recognizable as a Bentley, with a nose borrowed straight from the Mulsanne. Two big headlights with captivating reflectors flank an enormous upright metal mesh grille. It's certainly bold and imposing, less of a sleek, racy design like the smaller Continental GTC. As it's based on the Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible is seriously long — something you don't notice until you walk around the side. What the Grand Convertible most resembles, however, is not a Bentley product. It's almost certainly aimed at rival Rolls-Royce's Phantom Drophead Coupe, a fantastically expensive and exclusive luxury convertible with an almost identical color scheme: metal hood and windshield surround over a painted lower body.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

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