2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club RF Test Drive

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club RF is A Targa Type Hardtop Roadster. The popular diminutive two-seat, rear-wheel-drive Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster first bowed with a secure full power retractable hardtop (PRHT) and has followed with a Targa type (RF) power-retractable hardtop….

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Test Drive

“2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible” The Hottest Camaro Yet Comes Two Ways Looking for an alternative to the ZL1 Corvette? Name your poison – a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in either Coupe or Convertible form. Both are powered by the same energy source as the ZL1 Vette – a big honkin’ V-8. Unlike the Dodge Challenger,…

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2019 BMW M850i Convertible

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Eagle, Idaho – A recent BMW online newsletter we received suggested a road trip in a BMW, and by coincidence we were testing BMW’s first-ever M850i convertible. It was a perfect time for a short road trip. We would have preferred to try the newsletter’s suggested European delivery program, but…

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2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible Test Drive

“2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible” The Ultimate Drop-Top Bimmer The iconic BMW 8-Series has returned following a 20-year hiatus. It launched initially with the all-new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive 2+2 Coupe – a quintessential GT, signifying a new chapter in the luxury sports coupe’s history of incredible performance, breathtaking design and the latest in technology….

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2019 Ferrari Portofino Test Drive

“The 2019 Ferrari Portofino Rises Above Entry Status” The Portofino Retractable Hardtop Steps up a Notch Prior to 2008, Ferrari had never before featured a forward mounted eight-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection ahead of the driver, or a dual-clutch automatic transaxle at the rear, or for that matter, a power-folding hardtop. Each of those…

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Test Drive

?2018 Mazda MX-5 Club? Mazda?s MX-5 Roadster is still a Miata The 1987 Chicago Motor Show was the stage for the world debut of the Mazda MX-5 Miata , with U.S. sales beginning in May of that year. The second generation bowed ten years later in October 1997 at the Tokyo Motor Show and the…

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Test Drive

?2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible? Looking for an entry level Jaguar droptop? The launch of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type heralded the marque?s return to a classic, two seat convertible sports car ? something that had been missing from the iconic British manufacturer?s model lineup since the legendary XKE. The F-Type represented the rebirth of a seriously…

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Test Drive

?2017 Fiat 124 Spider? Nearly 50 Year hiatus ends for Iconic Italian Roadster The first Fiat 124 Spider first bowed at the 1966 Turin Auto Show, with the first of its kind to be sold in the U.S. marketplace in 1968. It was produced exclusively for the U.S. market from 1975 and renamed the Spider…

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When we reviewed the Mazda MX-5 roadster about six months ago we reported that the distinctive new RF version was starting to arrive at dealerships. A couple of weeks ago the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF arrived in our driveway, and we had a chance to see what the RF…

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2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Test Drive

?Range Rover Evoque Convertible? First ever Drop Top SUV for the Brand The Range Rover Evoque, which was based on the futuristic and stylish LRX concept vehicle, was launched by Land Rover in 2012. The production version remained remarkably true to the original styling of the concept show vehicle. That first Range Rover Evoque came…

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