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 Evans Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

2016 Audi TT, TTS to Make U.S. Debut in L.A.

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Audi updated its TT and TTS sports cars for the European market for model-year 2015, and the cars will hit U.S. shores as model-year 2016 coupes and convertibles. The third-generation TT is all angles up front with a large hexagonal grille, sharp hood contours and sleek, slit-like LED headlights. 

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TT coupes and roadsters will again use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but horsepower is up slightly for 2016 to 220 hp from 211 hp; in the sporty TTS model, the 2.0-liter will make 292 hp, up from 265. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is again the sole transmission; no word on if Europe’s diesel version or manual-transmission model will be available in the U.S. The TT will be available as coupe and roadster; the TTS will be available as a coupe only.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lexus Plans Convertible Concept Reveal in L.A.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show teases continue to trickle out as we get closer to next week's show; today Lexus announced it will show off the LF-C2 concept.

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Details are slim, but we know it's a convertible. Could this be a replacement for the SC 430 that was discontinued after the 2010 model year? We'll have to wait and see, but the teaser pic is promising. The LF-C2 will meet the press on Nov. 19, and Lexus said it will also be simultaneously revealed through a 72-hour online social media campaign; check back for updates.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

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