It’s the classic muscle car recipe: take a small car and cram in the biggest motor available. Not a new concept, but it’s a good one. So if you have $30,000 to spend, new or used, what is the best small car-big motor combo?
When we look back at the post-WWII automotive designs pouring out of manufacturers, we probably would think of them as “modern” by today’s standards. But at the time, the industry was ready for something fresh, and engineers were ready to deliver. Tons of concept cars showcasing the future appeared at exhibitions…
The upcoming all-new BMW Z4 is the often-chastised German brand’s attempt to convince us all that the sports car isn’t dead, and that it can beat the Porsche Boxster. A pre-production drive reported by Auto Express promises the car is “somewhere between good and very good.” If true this also bodes well for the new …
Normally when you think of a roadster, you imagine an open-top car that is stylish, probably has two seats and is fun to drive. It doesn’t have to be fast, but there is an element of performance to it. The Panoz Roadster—a car that I had totally forgotten about—has only part of the formula right.
The Mercedes SL roadster has always been a supreme luxury droptop, and the best part was that was the fact that you could have 12 cylinders under the hood if you were willing to pony up the cash. But an admittedly thinly-sourced rumor says this is the last hurrah for the V12 SL.
Do you know what a tonneau cover is? Of course you do. But, just in case someone reading over your shoulder at this public internet computer at the public library doesn’t know, it’s a weatherproof fabric cover used to cover the open part of a roadster without the indignity of putting up the top. What I want to know is…
There are a lot of lovely grand tourers to choose from right now. We’re determined to drive them all and this is our latest one to test: the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. What do you want to know about it?
Who doesn’t love a Miata? The zippy little car with the happy headlights and grinning grill is a staple of the enthusiast car culture, and has been for over 25 years now. There is one Miata, however, that doesn’t get as much love. Maybe it should. The NC Miata was produced between 2006 and 2015 and it’s not as pure…
Here at Jalopnik, we are, for the most part, big fans of the Mazda Miata. (You may have heard about this once or twice before.) The current ND generation roadster is arguably the closest evolution of the original NA Miata yet, and you may be surprised to find new and lightly used examples cheaper than you expected.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is the best of all worlds; it has Italian design and performance with Japanese engineering. Our man Ballaban says it’s even better than the Miata. But I wouldn’t rush down to my local Fiat store right away, and here’s why.
Things are weird in the land of two-seater convertibles these days! We’ve Mazdas running around dressed up as Fiats, Japanese cars with turbocharged Italian engines, black is white, up is down, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! It makes me long for a simpler time.
Everybody should start their driving careers in something weighing under 2,200 pounds before buying a Golf GTI, a V6 Camaro, or maybe a BMW M2 if they have a fat enough bank account. Like an MG Midget, for example—if you can fit.
British engineering firm MMI is selling the Avocet sports car program including its design, all data as well as production and intellectual property rights. The car itself is a 1,600 pound mid-engined two-seater. Not a Miata, but close in spirit!
How can an independent Mazda survive to zoom-zoom another day? Alliances. Like, say, loaning its robust roadster tech to the Italian brand that once defined the genre as "fun but flimsy"? Yes, Mazda's inked a deal that could see the next MX-5 become an Alfa Romeo spider, and we couldn't be happier.