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The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK Automatic breaks away from standards

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As many of you may know the Boxster and Cayman have recently received completely retuned chassis, upgraded brakes, and even a newly shared numerical designation—718—to help clarify that they’re simply two variants of the same model. But the most consequential changes by far were the replacement of the sonorous, naturally aspirated 2.7- and 3.4-liter flat-six engines with turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter flat-fours in the standard and S models.

If you’re like us, you worried about how Porsche would maintain these cars’ ebullient characters, so much of which resided in those legendary, mid-mounted flat-sixes, with their peaky but delightfully linear power (above roughly 3700 rpm) and richly mechanized thrum emanating from just behind one’s ears.

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Here’s Your First Look at the Brand New Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

The AMG GT Roadster, comes with 469 horsepower (a modest jump from the 456 hp made by the base AMG GT coupe) and 465 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 — that’s enough to get the car from 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph.

For those who want something a little bit more “turned-up-to-eleven,” Merc also has the AMG GT C Roadster, which gets more output and torque (550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft) as well as a wider rear end that makes room for larger wheels and an active rear axle steering system brought over from the AMG GT R that lets the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front. According to the Mercedes press release, it gives “significantly higher agility and increased driving pleasure with less steering input” — though the more usable benefit is a reduced turning circle.

Both convertibles have a fabric roof (available in black, beige, and a gorgeous red) that can open or close in around 11 seconds and it can do it while the car is going 30 miles per hour. Unnecessary and ridiculous? Probably. Awesome nonetheless? Abso-fricking-lutely. Also awesome? The Burmester sound system has a “special aperture in the right wheel arch” that holds a subwoofer and transmits the low notes throughout the entire car.

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The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme

540-hp mid-mounted engine, quattro drive with variable torque distribution, lightweight body of carbon fiber and aluminum, new performance mode – the Audi R8 Spyder offers the finest in high-tech, and its cloth top provides for first-class open-top driving enjoyment.

The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme

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