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New, redesigned, and refreshed 2021 cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs

The Chevrolet Tahoe has been completely redesigned from the ground up for the 2021 model year.

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Many cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans have gotten upgrades for the 2021 model year. There are a a variety of terms you'll frequently see associated with a description of a vehicle for its annual changeover. Here's how AutomotiveMap defines them:

  • New - These models are entering the market for the first time.
  • Carryover - There have been no major changes from one model year to the other. It is common that the year after a new or refreshed model is introduced, it will be a carryover.
  • Refreshed - Commonly occurring three to four years after the new generation of a model is introduced, a refresh usually includes new fascia, perhaps an engine lineup change or tech upgrade, and usually the addition of safety system upgrades.
  • Redesign - This term signals a generation change in the model. This usually requires an architecture change and all new body panels, engine lineup, tech offerings, and the introduction of new packages, trim levels, and pricing. Redesigns typically happens every seven to nine years.

The models on this list are new or have either been redesigned or refreshed for the 2021 model year. This list will grow as more information becomes available.

2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Hoda Odyssey

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The Honda Odyssey has gotten a refresh for the 2021 model year. Its fascia has been revised, as has its interior, which now includes more high-tech features and premium upholstery in higher grades. The 2021 Honda Odyssey will go on sale later this year.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant

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It's the wagon that makes your heart go pitty-pat. The 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is new for 2021 in the U.S. it has a 591-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under the hood and enough athleticism to make it a good time. Plus, it has all the Audi electronics in the cabin that rank as some of the best in the industry.

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche's only four-door sedan, the Panamera, has been refreshed with more sporty styling front and rear. A new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 powers the base model, producing 325 horsepower. The GTS modle now has 473 horsepower, while the Pan amera Turbo S shreds tires with 620 horsepower – way up from the 550 horses from last year's Turbo.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

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In Fiat Chrysler's never-ending quest to Hellcat all the things, we shouldn't be at all surprised that Ram has produced a competitor to the ever-popular Ford Raptor. The Ram 1500 TRX is a quad-cab full-size pickup with a six-inch wider track than the usual Ram 1500 – and over 13 inches of wheel travel front and rear. Most importantly, the increasingly ubiquitous 6.2-liter supercharged V8, producing 702 horsepower, is beneath the be-scooped bonnet.

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce Ghost Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The fully-redesigned 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost has a new overarching philosophy – in the words of the company, the Ghost is "Post Opulent." In other words, it is a bit less showy compared to the overstuffed, overtly-gilded models in the past. That doesn't mean it's Spartan – but the luxury is more understated. The car is longer and wider than before – allowing for all-wheel drive. A 563 horsepower turbocharged V12 effortlessly propels the big sedan to speed.

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

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Minor detail changes to exterior and interior styling mark the refresh Audi has put upon their popular Q5 crossover. A wider Singleframe grille that brings the design more in line with the rest of the lineup is perhaps the most noticeable exterior detail, while the new MIB 3 infotainment system is standard – with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 BMW 330e and 330e xDrive

The new 2021 BMW 330e ad 330e xDrive are plug-in hybrid electric variants of the popular 3 Series sedan. They're new for the 2021 model year. The 330e xDrive is the all-wheel drive model. BMW has given the car 22 miles of all-electric range and an estimated 75 MPGe rating (67 MPGe with all-wheel drive). The car goes on sale later this year.

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

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GMC has committed to giving its entire lineup an AT4 trim level and at this point, the Terrain is the lone hold out. That all changes with the introduction of the new 2021 GMC Terrain AT4, a version of the SUV with blacked out features and badging. It will be available in the autumn.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer isn't the old Trailblazer. This new model is a completely different beast that's a subcompact SUV slotting below the Equinox in Chevy's lineup. It's on sale now.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

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The Subaru Crosstrek has been a popular choice among those looking for a crossover with legitimate all-weather chops – but the two-liter boxer four has often been described as underpowered at 152hp. For 2021, a 2.5-liter engine is now available, bumping the power figure to 182 horsepower. As always, all-wheel drive is standard across the board.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

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For Toyota, Prime isn't a grade of steak – it's the term they use for a plug-in hybrid. For 2021, they've added the Prime label to their popular RAV4 crossover – with 42 miles of all-electric range, many commuters can make their daily drives without using a drop of gas. Overall, the RAV4 Prime (available only with all-wheel drive) has 600 bladder-busting miles of range. It's not slow, either – total system power output is 302 horsepower.

2021 Audi RS 5

2021 Aud RS 5 Ascari launch edition Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The Audi RS 5 has been refreshed with more aggressive looks than their lesser A5 and S5 siblings. A flatter grille, wider wheelarches, and new standard LED headlights distinguish the updated RS 5 and RS 5 Sportback. The new 10.1-inch infotainment screen now comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento

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The Kia Sorento has gotten an upscale redesign for the 2021 model year. Its body is a blend of the Seltos and Telluride while its interior delivers some of the best design and appointments Kia offers. Pricing is expected to remain similar to the 2020 model when it goes on sale later this year.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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The Bronco Sport is the second of Ford's two pronged attack on the offroad SUV segment. The Bronco Sport shares butch styling cues with the standard Bronco, but is based on the Escape crossover. It won't be the hardcore offroad tool that the Bronco is, but with a pair of turbocharged engines, a terrain management system, and on some trims optional skidplates, it should acquit itself better than most softroaders.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The eight-generation Golf GTI was unveiled earlier this year. The completely redesigned model features a number of variants with modern fuel sources, evolved hot hatch design, and the latest roster of VW technology. Inevitably it will still be fun to drive.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is more rugged or more stylish than the Chevy Silverado, depending on which trim level you get. Like the Suburban, it has fantastic passenger space, improved driving dynamics, and is expected to go on sale this summer.

2021 Ford F-150

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The F-150 has been Ford's best selling vehicle for generations, so getting a redesign right is critical. Styling isn't greatly changed from the previous model, but underneath it's full of improvements to make driving and working easier. Notably, out of six possible engine options, the F-150 now offers a hybrid Ecoboost model to add fuel economy and power. Another interesting option is a variety of onboard generators for powering tools and other electrical devices.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Cadillac Escalade

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The Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon were all announced as being upgraded for the 2021 model year so it was inevitable that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade would follow suite. It seems that the Escalade truly takes luxury up a notch with this new model, which is designed to compete squarely with the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2020.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

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Chrysler launched a significantly refreshed 2021 Pacifica at the Chicago Auto Show this year. The model has a new face, updated tech, available all-wheel drive, and a new top-tier trim - Pinnacle.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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The flagship luxury sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class, has been fully revamped with new styling inside and out. It's longer and wider than before, with additional elbow room front and rear. Interestingly, rear-wheel steering will be available to drastically reduce the turning circle to under 36 feet. Up to five interactive touchscreens are available on the interior to control everything going on in and around the big sedan.

2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW X5 Competition

BMW's M5 super sedan has seen some styling tweaks, but the essence of the hot family hauler remains – that 600 horsepower twin-turbo V8 is a beast that turns this into a rocketship. The grille has been slightly enlarged, with a touch of chrome highlighting those twin kidneys. A couple of new paint colors are available as well.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

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Gentle tweaks to lighting front and rear, along with a revised grille mark the subtle exterior changes to the Jaguar F-Pace. The interior sees significant upgrades, however, with a 11.4-inch curved glass touch screen that is three times brighter than the old screen, paired with an available 12.3-inch driver's info screen in place of traditional gauges. Soft touch materials go further across the car to enhance the luxury feel throughout.

2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia K5 Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Remember the Kia Optima – the popular midsized sedan? It's gone – replaced by the new Kia K5. With bold styling and a ton of interior upgrades, the K5 (already in dealerships) has a pair of engine options – and all-wheel drive will be available late this year.

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Kia Stinger Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia's halo sports liftback, the Stinger, has seen exterior changes to make the carryover model a bit more aggressive. The new grille is flanked by headlamps with a checkerboard pattern. The 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 gets more power – up to 367 horsepower. Further, it has a new variable exhaust selector, to make it louder or quieter depending on the driver's preference.

2021 Lexus IS

2021 Lexus IS

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While the crossover craze seems unabated, there are still those who want a premium sports sedan. The Lexus IS has been redesigned with a more aggressive, athletic stance. It looks quite similar to the outgoing model, but is longer and wider – with a larger grille. It's lighter and more rigidly built than the previous model, which should do wonders for handling and economy.

2021 Ram ProMaster

2020 Ram ProMaster City

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The refreshed 2021 Ram ProMaster was unveiled at the 2020 Work Truck Show in March. It now comes with a segment-exclusive available rearview camera mirror. Crosswinds Assist comes standard now, and a wide variety of safety features, traditionally reserved for cars and SUVs, are available. The truck will be available later this summer.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is brand new. The all-electric crossover is said to have power and performance that rivals a Tesla. The model is on sale now and deliveries are expected to start near the end of the year.

2021 Audi RS 7

2021 Audi RS 7

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It's a fastback that's fast. Now the redesigned RS 7 takes sport a step further, sharing just four body parts with the Audi A7, making it more than just a trim level. It has six drive modes, typical Audi athleticism, and 591 horsepower. The 2021 Audi RS 7 will go on sale later this year.

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Mazda CX-9

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Mazda has tweaked their largest three-row crossover a bit for 2021, with minor detail changes to the styling inside and out. Notably, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen replaces the older seven or nine incher across the lineup – coming with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. New interior trim patterns make the seats and dashboard look even more upscale than before.

2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai completely redesigned the Elantra for the 2021 model year, giving it sleek, Sonata-like looks, more aggressive performance, and a hybrid variant with impressive fuel economy figures. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra will arrive on dealership lots later this year.

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos

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Kia introduced the new Seltos earlier this year, quickly brining it to market to compete directly with the Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trailblazer. It's a funky little crossover that fits well into its segment.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

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The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is fresh and fierce, wearing Silverado-like fascia (but better) and and interior that competes with what you'll find in other large SUVs, like the Ford Expedition. It has class-leading interior space and better driving dynamics than the last-gen model.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX Photo courtesy of Acura

Acura has redesigned their midsized TLX sports sedan for 2021, with the standard model now in dealerships. With more dramatic styling, the TLX has Honda's traditional double-wishbone front suspension and a more powerful two-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine paired with a ten-speed automatic. Coming in early 2021 is the hot TLX Type S, with a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

2021 Jaguar F-Type

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The Jaguar F-Type was already good. It just got better. The 2021 F-Type sports a fresh exterior, refreshed interior, and new engine options with heightened performance. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type will go on sale in 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

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Hyundai's Sonata has proven to be a strong contender in the midsize sedan market, and with the hotter N Line trim, it should win some sports sedan fans. At least 275hp will be on tap, powering the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Tightened suspension, larger brakes, and sporty styling cues inside and out will further distinguish the Sonata N Line.

2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Genesis GV80 Photo courtesy of Genesis

The new 2021 Genesis GV80 is a fresh, luxurious take on the modern SUV for buyers looking for value and high-quality appointments. Genesis will offer the GV80 in 10 different grades with pricing to be in a league similar to other luxury models.

2021 Lexus LC Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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The we-can't-believe-they-built-it Lexus LC 500 coupe has been one of the most stunning cars to hit showrooms in recent years – and now, they've chopped the top. All the better, we say – no need to let a silly roof get in the way of hearing the marvelous five-liter twincam V8 at full chat. The chassis has been rethought to maintain rigidity despite the lack of solid roof, and the transmission has been reprogrammed to make it shift a bit smoother.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

While the Jeep Wrangler has long been the off-road enthusiast's choice, it's never been a particularly fuel-efficient vehicle. No longer – the new Wrangler 4xe is a plug-in hybrid that still works like any other Wrangler off-road, but gives up to 25 miles of pure electric driving. Plus, that electric motor gives the Jeep even more power to handle the toughest terrain – the total system generates 375 horsepower.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevrolet's venerable Colorado mid-sized pickup has been freshened with three new fascia styling options that, depending on the trim, will better resemble the full-sized Silverado or Silverado HD. Some shuffling of trim levels raised the base price of the least-expensive model – as there is no longer a base trim package. The drivetrain options have not changed.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen has refreshed the Atlas for the 2021 model year with new tech, a fresh face, and upgraded interior features. VW will sell nine different grades of the model, which will start at about the same price as the 2020 model.

2021 Audi A3

2021 Audi A3 Photo courtesy of Audi

Coming soon to Audi showrooms is the newly-redesigned A3 compact sedan. With striking new styling that resembles the rest of Audi's sedan lineup, the A3 will be powered by Audi's familiar two-liter four cylinder, producing 184 horsepower in the front-wheel drive model, and 228hp in the quattro all-wheel drive edition.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Mercedes-Benz's entry-level SUV is the GLA, redesigned for the 2021 model year. It's taller and wider than before, with more room inside and out. Available in front or all-wheel drive, the GLA is powered by a 221-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. A new MBUX infotainment system is standard – with a full-color heads-up display and augmented-reality navigation system.

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

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Never be late to soccer practice again – the new Porsche Cayenne GTS is powered by a twin-turbo four-liter V8 pumping out 453 horses to all four wheels. It gets from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds – be sure the child seat is properly strapped down. The GTS package is available in both the standard Cayenne SUV bodystyle, as well as the Cayenne Coupe – the body with a more sloped rear hatch.

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon

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GMC unveiled the top-to-bottom redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon earlier this year in Vail, Colorado AutomotiveMap was there and saw the Yukon Denali and Yukon AT4 models up close. This is the first model year where GMC has sold an AT4 variant of the model. The new Yukon is expected to go on sale later this year.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

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Chevrolet is bringing back the Silverado Realtree Edition for the 2021 model year. The special edition is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss and comes with a lift, on- and off-road tires, a Realtree graphics package, and more. It's slated to go on sale this summer.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

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Toyota introduced a redesigned Highlander for 2020. In 2021, the Highlander will be offered in a new XSE trim. Toyota has made the XSE a sportiest model with equipment designed to make it a more athletic drive. The 2021 Highlander will go on sale later this year.

2021 Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G80

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Genesis has redesigned the G80 sedan to have many of the same design attributes as its big brother, the G90. The new sedan is more luxurious than many of its rivals, delivering a luxury level ride for a premium price. Genesis expects the G80 to go on sale later this year.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The model year 2021 brings a totally redesigned Santa Fe to the Hyundai lineup, with bold styling cues front, rear, and inside. Three powertrains are offered for now – a base 2.5-liter, 191-horsepower four, a 2.5-liter turbo four with 277 horsepower, and a turbo 1.6-liter paired with a hybrid electric motor. A plug-in hybrid is expected soon.

2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo

2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo

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The 2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo is the fastest and most dynamic 911 to date. It has a host of specialty equipment under its hood, front, and rear, to make it athletic on the road and track. The previous iteration of the Porsche 911 Turbo S started at $190,700. The 2021 model is likely to be priced similarly.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Mercedes-Benz has refreshed the E-Class for the 2021 model year and chosen to send both the sedan and wagon to the U.S. market. It has a revised exterior and interior, electric hybrid system, and the new Mercedes dual-screen/single planel infotainment screen setup. It will go on sale later this year.

2021 Jaguar XF

2021 Jaguar XF: Exterior Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Jaguar has completely redesigned their XF midsized sedan, building much of the car out of lightweight recycled aluminum for better fuel efficiency and performance. The new styling is dominated by a handsome grille flanked with quad LED headlamps – with a signature "Double J Blade" making clear that J is for Jaguar. The upscale interior has attractive aluminum and open-pore wood accents, as well as an 11.4-inch central infotainment screen.

2021 Lexus LS

2021 Lexus LS The Lexus LS is getting a revision for the 2021 model year. Photo courtesy of Lexus

The Lexus LS has long been a pinnacle of affordable luxury sedans, and the 2021 refresh adds scads of refinement. New engine mounts go a long way to isolating any drivetrain vibrations from reaching the cabin, and active noise control has been employed to minimize the sound reaching the occupants. Subtle tweaks front and rear will further distinguish the LS, while a new adaptive high-beam headlamp system has been brought over from the RX crossover.

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Bentley Bentayga

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Every single exterior panel of Bentley's Bentayga has been tweaked to bring the styling more in line with the Continental GT and Flying Spur stablemates. New elliptical headlamps have a crystal design that appears to sparkle even when not lit. New powertrain options are coming – both a plug-in hybrid option, and a Bentayga Speed model with a six-liter W12 engine.

2021 BMW 4 Series

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Photo by Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW has revealed a new 4-Series coupe that is longer, lower, and wider than the model it replaces. There will be no mistaking this for the older model – nor for any other car on the road – as the company's trademark twin kidney grilles have been enlarged to almost comical proportions. The 4-Series has two engines – either a turbocharged four cylinder, or a twin-turbo six cylinder with a mild hybrid system.

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

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The return of the Bronco nameplate has been one of the most hyped product reveals in the automotive sphere in years. Ford is targeting Jeep's evergreen Wrangler with the two and four-door Bronco – with seven different trim packages that vary with the customer's intended use. Two engines are available – a 270hp turbo four that can be paired with a 10-speed automatic or seven-speed manual, and a 310hp turbo V6 mated to the automatic only.

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Genesis G70 Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis has refreshed their popular G70 entry-level luxury sports sedan with styling that resembles their larger G90 – especially with the signature crest-style grille dominating the fascia, flanked by striking new headlamps. The infotainment has been upgraded with a new 10.25-inch screen. Powertrain options remain much the same as before – either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo V6, both in either rear or all-wheel drive. Sadly, the manual transmission option has been cancelled.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

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Volkswagen's first electric SUV is the ID.4, built in Tennessee. The styling is unusually plain and unadorned for an EV – which might do wonders for those turned off by other electric cars that seem to visually shout with their styling. The initial offering is an 82kWh rear-wheel drive model, producing 201 horsepower and giving a 250 mile range. DC fast charging can give the ID.4 an 80 percent charge in about 38 minutes.

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda's Ridgeline has long been referred to as the Accord of trucks – in both good and bad ways. The Ridgeline, riding on a unibody chassis versus the traditional body-on-frame construction of all other midsize trucks, has better on-road manners than most – but the styling too closely resembled a crossover. The refreshed 2021 Ridgeline answers the critics of the styling – it's much more butch than any Ridgeline before.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

Hyundai Elantra N Line Photo courtesy of Hyundai North America

Hyundai's N Line treatment is seemingly coming to the entire lineup – the entry-level N Line model will be this Elantra, which was revealed earlier this year. The N Line trim will add sporty highlights, a stiffer suspension, and a 201 horsepower turbocharged engine to make the go match the show.

2021 Kia Rio

2021 Kia Rio sedan hatchback Kia Rio Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The subcompact Kia Rio has been refreshed with new styling that looks more like the larger K5 and Cadenza sedans. Notably, it might see a new mild-hybrid powertrain pairing a one-liter engine with a 48 volt battery – Europe is definitely getting this powertrain, but we aren't sure whether it's coming to the US.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid

2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Photo courtesy of Maserati

The words "hybrid" and "Maserati" appearing in the same sentence is a bit jarring, to be certain – but every automaker will be getting on board the green train at some point. The Ghibli Hybrid uses a two-liter turbocharged four paired with a 48-volt battery to produce 330 total system horsepower. While those aren't exotic car numbers, it's a start.

2021 Mazda Mazda3 2.5 Turbo

2021 Mazda Mazda3 2.5 Turbo

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Many enthusiasts miss the hot, turbocharged Mazdaspeed 3 of yesteryear. This is not a replacement for that – but Mazda has infused the handsome compact with more power. The 2.5-liter turbo four (producing 250 horsepower) is now available – but cannot be paired with a manual transmission.

2021 MINI Countryman

2021 Mini Countryman

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The MINI Countryman remains an incredibly popular compact-crossover version of the venerable compact hatchback, with a raised ride height, four doors, and plenty of interior space in a charming package. For 2021, the Countryman has been refreshed with new LED headlamps and a more boldly-styled grille and bumper combo. Beyond the usual gasoline powerplant options, the Cooper SE Countryman is a plug-in hybrid with 17 miles of all-electric range.

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue

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The Nissan Rogue is all new for the 2021 model year, with evolutionary styling changes over a full redesign beneath. The Rogue has a nine-inch infotainment screen – the largest in the class. Further, available three-zone climate control is also exclusive to the class – driver, passenger, and rear seat occupants can each select the appropriate temperature for their needs. No matter front or rear, Rogue occupants will be coddled by Nissan's excellent Zero Gravity seats.

2021 Toyota Venza

2021 Toyota Venza

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The Toyota Venza nameplate has returned for 2021 – this time affixed to a midsized crossover that is mechanically similar to the RAV4 Hybrid. Yes, every Venza is a hybrid, achieving an estimated 39mpg combined. Toyota has taken the compact crossover upscale, with an available Star Gaze panoramic glass roof that can switch, with a touch of a button, from transparent glass to frosted to reduce sun glare.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon

2021 Volkswagen Arteon Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG​

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon has a lightly refreshed exterior and interior design, with a long, wide hood making the entire car look longer and wider, with a new character line running front to rear to visually lower the look of the car. The interior has been upgraded, with better materials throughout and a sleeker-looking dashboard.

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The Jeep Wrangler is able to conquer some of the toughest terrain passable by motor vehicle.
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modern-day ElvaAs spring weather arrives around the country — and available daylight increases as summer approaches — thoughts shift to outdoor activities, and for many automotive-oriented sun seekers this means open-top motoring.

Whether you have aspirations about top-down driving or already own a convertible, there's no better time to take a look at what's new in the segment. A wide variety of drop-tops are available, and with nearly 40 models on the market and prices starting around $25,000 there's likely a drop-top available that fits the bill. Take a quick look at this convertible shopping guide for 2021 and get ready to soak up the sun.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Base MSRP: $26,830
Although the MX-5 is a thoroughly modern two-seat roadster, it summons a time when sports cars were more about being light and nimble rather than having voluminous power. Since its launch in 1989, more than 1 million MX-5s have been sold worldwide, making it the most successful two-seater of all time according to Guinness World Records.

The latest-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in summer 2015, and for 2019 received a revised SKYACTIV- G 2.0-liter engine producing 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque — an increase of 26 horsepower.

In addition to the manual soft-top MX-5, Mazda sells the MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) which has a power-folding hardtop that can open or close in 13 seconds.

Last year the MX-5 added available Polymetal Gray paint, Red Nappa leather and a Gray cloth soft-top. For 2021 MX-5 Miata is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. MX-5 Miata Club includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Smart City Brake Support and LED headlights and taillights. MX-5 Miata Club adds a Bose nine-speaker audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels and black front air dam and rear lip spoiler. The top-level Grand Touring features heated leather-trimmed seats, adaptive front lighting system and wireless Apple CarPlay.

A convertible that remains loyal to its origins, the MX-5 Miata continues to be impressively lightweight, nimble and fun to drive.

​MINI Cooper Convertible

Mini Cooper Convertible

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Base MSRP: $27,400
The smallest 4-seat convertible on the market, the aptly-named MINI received a refresh for the 2018 model year, including a new logo, rear LED lights, new alloy wheels and additional interior features such as wireless phone charging. While the styling has been updated, there's no mistaking the classic MINI "bulldog" look that exemplifies the diminutive car's fun-to-drive characteristics.

The MINI Cooper Convertible is available in three configurations: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works, ranging from the base level with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine to the sporty John Cooper Works edition, drawing 228 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The soft-top is power operated and functional at speeds up to 18 mph.

For 2021 the MINI Sidewalk Edition returns, paying homage to a previous special edition that launched in 2007. Based on the MINI Cooper S Convertible, the Sidewalk Edition is available in either Deep Laguna Metallic or MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic with an Anthracite Sidewalk soft-top roof and Sidewalk badges in contrasting colors.

Inside, the Sidewalk Edition features MINI Yours Leather Lounge Sidewalk Anthracite with a Sidewalk Sport Leather Steering Wheel, Sidewalk Edition floormats and interior surfaces with special Sidewalk illumination.

​Jeep Wrangler

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Base MSRP: $32,075
Jeep completely redesigned the iconic Wrangler for the 2018 model year — the off-roader's first complete makeover in 10 years. While staying true to Wrangler's legendary capabilities, the new model received the latest fuel-efficient powertrains, improved on-road dynamics as well as advanced safety and technology.

For 2020 Jeep added the new top-of-the-line Wrangler High Altitude with luxury materials, premium content and technology. High Altitude features quilted Nappa leather seats; a leather-trimmed dashboard, center console and door panels; an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Alpine premium audio; and 20-inch painted gloss black aluminum wheels.

Best of all, the Jeep Wrangler has multiple open-top options that are much easier to use than the previous generation. The Sunrider folding soft-top is standard equipment. The Freedom Top 3-piece removable hardtop is optional for all trim levels, as is the optional Sky One-Touch Power Top — a power-retractable full-length canvas top with removable rear quarter windows.

For 2021, Wrangler adds two new variations at opposite ends of the spectrum: Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Wrangler 4xe. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 is powered by a 470-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, and the Wrangler 4xe is a plug-in hybrid rated at 49 MPGe with an all-electric range of 21 miles.

​Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

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Base MSRP: $32,655
The legendary Mustang received a refresh for 2018 sporting a new, sleeker design as well as additional technology and features. The pony car has a restyled grille and hood with new vents designed to give it a more aggressive look. All Mustangs now feature LED headlights and taillights as well as a new bumper and fascia.

The 2021 Mustang Convertible is available with two standard engine choices: a 2.3-liter 310-horsepower EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter V8 that generates an impressive 460 horsepower. In addition, the new EcoBoost High Performance Package adds a 2.3-liter EcoBoost derived from the Focus RS that produces 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

The EcoBoost High Performance Package gives Mustang a performance-oriented look with a large black front splitter, black belly pan, brake cooling ducts from the Mustang GT, a black grille with an offset tri-bar Mustang emblem, 2.3L High Performance Package fender badges, magnetic gray mirrors, a raised blade rear spoiler and metallic gray hood stripes. Mustang also is available with the latest safety technology, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

Four new Mustang colors are offered for 2021:Antimatter Blue Metallic, Carbonized Gray Metallic, Fighter Jet Gray and Grabber Yellow.

​Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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Base MSRP: $32,695
As it has been for decades, the Ford Mustang Convertible's chief rival is the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. Still carrying elements reminiscent of the original 1967 design, Camaro received a revised design for 2019 including a new grille, hood, dual-element headlights, LED signature lights, front fascia, LED taillights and rear fascia.

The Camaro convertible features a multi-layer soft-top that mimics the shape of the coupe, with a hard tonneau that covers the roof when stowed. The fully automatic electro-hydraulic power roof system can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph.

Now with a front-end look based on the design of the Camaro Shock show car, the 2021 Camaro convertible is available in a LT, LT1, SS and ZL1 trim levels. The LT is powered by either a turbocharged 275-horsepower 2.0-liter engine or a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and the new LT1 combines the style and features of the LT with the V8 engine from the SS. The Camaro SS features a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and the extreme ZL1 boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 generating 650 horsepower. A 1LE performance package is offered with either the 2.0-liter engine or the 3.6 V6, and the ZL1 1LE has an available 10-speed automatic transmission.

​Jeep Gladiator

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Base MSRP: $33,715
Following closely on the heels of the redesigned Jeep Wrangler, Jeep introduced the Jeep Gladiator last year — an all-new midsize truck based on a combination of Jeep's iconic off-roader and the Ram 1500. And like the Wrangler, Gladiator is an open-top vehicle including the base-level Gladiator Sport, which comes with a Sunrider folding soft-top as standard equipment.

The Sunrider soft-top easily folds back; or customers can opt for the Freedom hardtop with three removable panels. For the ultimate outdoor experience, the Jeep Gladiator's doors can be removed and the windshield folded down onto the hood (Gladiator has a handy box for storing hardware of the removed items).

Later in 2020 Jeep added the new top-of-the-line Gladiator High Altitude with luxury materials, premium content and technology. High Altitude features quilted Nappa leather seats; leather-trimmed dashboard, center console and door panels; an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Alpine premium audio; a body-color hardtop, mirrors, bumpers and door handles; and 20-inch painted gloss black aluminum wheels.

Jeep also added the Gladiator Mojave, designed and equipped for high-speed, off-road capability and performance in tough desert conditions. The Mojave design achieves higher speeds while in low range to keep momentum while attacking sand dunes and other desert challenges.

​BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW 2 Series Convertible

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Base MSRP: $41,850
Available as either the 230i or the more powerful M240i, the 2 Series convertible features a power-operated soft-top that provides coupelike quietness when in place and is completely hidden beneath the rear deck when open. The roof can be opened at speeds up to 30 mph.

BMW's entry-level 2 Series convertible received a refresh for the 2018 model year that included updated front-end styling with LED headlights, new interior materials and new double-spoke bi-color wheels.

Additional updates for 2020 included darker taillights; a high-gloss-black kidney frame for the 230i; Cerium Gray kidney frame, badges and front/side air inserts for M240i; and high-gloss black mirror caps on M240i.

The 230i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 248 horsepower, while the sportier M240i gets an M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower. Both the 230i and M240i are available with a standard eight-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, available xDrive all-wheel drive and an available six-speed manual with rear-wheel drive.

BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4

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Base MSRP: $49,700
The German automaker's newest two-seat soft-top roadster, the all-new Z4 went on sale as a 2019 model. Easily recognizable as a BMW — from the signature kidney grille to the long clamshell hood stretched over bold wheel arches and the short trunk lid — this new Z4 has all the lines of a classic BMW roadster.

The production Z4 debuted in August 2018 at Pebble Beach when BMW unveiled the Z4 M40i First Edition, finished in Frozen Orange Metallic with an anthracite textile soft-top. The 2019 Z4 sDrive30i Roadster went on sale in spring 2019 and the Z4 M40i Roadster joined later in the year as a 2020 model.

The sculpted hood, air vents behind the front wheels and dual exhaust add to the BMW Z4's sporting look. The Z4 sDrive30i gets motivation from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine producing 255 horsepower and peak torque of 295 pound-feet at 1550 to 4400 rpm, while the Z4 M40i features a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine producing 382 horsepower and peak torque of 369 pound-feet from 1600 to 4500 rpm. Both engines are mated with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with paddle shifting.

​Audi A5 Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $50,400
Audi's four-seat convertible, the A5, was updated for 2020 with a wider, flatter Singleframe grille; ventilation slots above the grille similar to the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984; a blade across the lower front facia with larger air inlets; and standard LED headlight and taillights; and trapezoidal exhaust outlets. The A5 Cabriolet features an acoustic cloth soft-top can be lowered in 15 seconds at speed up to 31 mph with a new one-touch opening function. When opened, the top folds into three layers and stows beneath the trunk space with little effect on cargo capacity.

Inside, the A5 Cabriolet offers the same advanced infotainment systems introduced in the coupe and sportback, including a 10.1-inch touchscreen and Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system and available second-generation Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display and three display modes: Classic, Sport and Dynamic. Known officially as the A5 Cabriolet 45 TFSI quattro, the A5 Cabriolet is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.

​BMW 4 Series Convertible

2022 BMW 4 Series Cabriolet Photo courtesy of BMW

Base MSRP: $53,100
BMW introduced the 4 Series four-seat convertible in 2014, replacing the 3 Series Convertible ,and the all-new second-generation 4 Series debuts as a 2021 model. The new 4 Series features a soft-top design replacing the retractable hardtop of the previous generation. Like the 4 Series Coupe that debuted first, the new 4 Series Convertible design gets dominated by a large, vertical dual-kidney grille first seen on the Concept 4 at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 4 Series Convertible is offered in four trim levels: 430i and M440i, with xDrive all-wheel-drive versions of each.

The 430i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from 1500 to 4400 rpm. The M440i receives a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder producing 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from 1800 to 5000 rpm. Both engines get mated to 8-speed sport automatic transmissions delivering power to the rear wheels.

The available xDrive all-wheel-drive system uses an electronically controlled multiplate clutch in the transfer case to distribute torque between the front and rear wheels, with all power delivered to the rear wheels when all-wheel drive is not needed.

​Audi TT Roadster

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Base MSRP: $53,900
The sporty Audi TT Roadster received fresh new styling a few years ago, including a new fascia with a broader, flatter Singleframe grille and standard LED headlights that tie it closer to its larger sibling, the R8. The TT uses an acoustic soft-top that retracts at the touch of a button. The roof can be raised or lowered in a mere 10 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Powering the TT Roadster is a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard, as is Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system.

​Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $54,700
The C-Class Cabriolet joined the Mercedes-Benz lineup as a 2017 model — the first time an open-top C-Class had ever been offered — and was updated for the 2019 model year. The revised 2020 C-Class Cabriolet features new front-end treatment (grille, bumper, LED lights). Inside, C-Class Cabriolet receives a larger standard 10.25-inch multimedia display and available fully-digital instrument cluster.

The C-Class Cabriolet design follows that of the Coupe, and the power acoustic cloth soft-top can be lowered in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The tightly-stretched soft-top includes a glass rear window and stows in the trunk with an integrated cover for a clean finish when lowered.

The 2021 C-Class Cabriolet is offered in five versions: C 300, C 300 4MATIC, AMG C 43 4MATIC, AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S. The C 300 is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, and the AMG C 43 derives power from an AMG 3.0-liter V6 generating 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The AMG C 63 receives an AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo creating 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, with power bumped up to 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque for the C 63 S.

Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and AIRCAP to reduce air turbulence when the top is down.

​Audi S5 Cabriolet

2021 Audi S5 Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $60,600
The high-performance version of Audi's A5 Cabriolet, the S5 Cabriolet received the same updates as the A5 for 2020, including a wider, flatter Singleframe grille; ventilation slots above the grille similar to the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984; a blade across the lower front facia with larger air inlets; and standard LED headlight and taillights. New side sills are added, and at the rear is a new diffuser insert and trapezoidal exhaust outlets.

Inside the S5 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system and second-generation Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display.

The 2021 Audi S5 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI twin-scroll turbocharged V6 that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Teamed with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the S5 jumps to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The standard Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system includes a self-locking center differential, basic 40:60 front/rear torque split and wheel-selective torque control. Optional dynamic steering adjusts the variable steering ratio based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting.

​Porsche 718 Boxster

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Base MSRP: $62,600
German automaker Porsche has a rich history in sports car racing — in 1950s and '60s the company campaigned the legendary 718 lightweight mid-engine sports car. In the spirit of that original, Porsche introduced the 718 Boxster name when the mid-engine, two-seat roadster was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

This updated roadster was initially offered as the 718 Boxster or 718 Boxster S; in 2019 the 718 Boxster GTS joined the lineup and last year Porsche added the 718 Boxster T and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0.

A newly developed 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine produces 300 horsepower in the 718 Boxster, and the S upgrades to a 2.5-liter turbo producing 350 horsepower. The 718 Boxster GTS is also powered by a 2.5-liter turbo producing 365 horsepower. All three version are available with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

The 718 Boxster T is powered by the standard Boxster engine and adds PASM Sport Suspension, shorter springs, retuned adaptive dampers, lower ride height, mechanical limited-slip differential and 20-inch 911 Carrera S wheels painted in a special Titanium Grey finish. The 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine producing 394 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed manual transmission and sport exhaust.

​Jaguar F-Type Convertible

\u200bJaguar F-Type Convertible

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Base MSRP: $64,700
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type receives new styling with a more sculpted shape, a slightly larger grille, a new hood, a new front bumper design and slim LED headlights with signature J daytime running lights. At the rear, slender LED taillights receive the "Chicane" signature that debuted on the Jaguar I-Pace. The 2021 F-Type is offered in four versions: P300, First Edition P300, R-Dynamic P380 and F-Type R.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type P300 and First Edition P300 are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The R-Dynamic P380 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, and the F-Type R receives a more powerful supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both the R-Dynamic P380 and the F-Type R combine an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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Base MSRP: $68,495
The all-new, eighth generation Corvette debuted in 2019 — the first ever mid-engine Corvette, followed by the new Corvette Convertible — the first Corvette to feature a retractable hardtop. While other powertrain options are expected, the new Corvette is currently offered with a new LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. No manual transmission is available— instead, the engine gets teamed with a quick-shifting dual-clutch eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine and eight-speed gearbox combination in the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette allows the Stingray to jump to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds — the fastest time ever for an entry-level Corvette. With a strong, stiff yet lightweight structure, the new mid-engine design offers ride and handling upgrades. The new convertible design was engineered to store the hardtop within the body and retain the same storage capacity as the Corvette Coupe.

​Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $71,950
New for the 2018 model year and updated for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has a refreshed exterior design, electrified engine, next-generation driver-assistance systems and MBUX infotainment system with Voice Control.

The 2021 E-Class Cabriolet is offered in three versions: E 450, E 450 4Matic and AMG E 53. Utilizing a classic soft-top, the E-Class Cabriolet's multilayered, insulated top keeps the interior quiet even at high speeds. The top can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, and with the top raised the cabriolet has a similar silhouette to the E-Class Coupe. The E-Class Cabriolet features the Aircap electric wind-deflector and Airscarf neck-level heating system for top-down driving comfort.

Motivation for E 450 versions comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with EQ Boost and 48-volt technology that produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Integrated Starter Generator can add up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for short periods of time. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine powers the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet, along with EQ Boost and an electric auxiliary compressor to produce 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, combined with an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive.

BMW M4 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

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Base MSRP: $77,650
The high-performance version of the 4 Series, the M4 Convertible joined BMW's U.S. lineup in 2015. Although the new 4 Series and M4 Competition Coupes have debuted, the M4 Convertible is still offered based on the previous generation. The M4 Convertible is powered by a BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces a plentiful 425 horsepower with 406 pound-feet of torque from 1850–5500 rpm. Power gets sent to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch gearbox.

The aggressive design features aluminum front fenders and hood for weight savings.

The BMW M4 Convertible shares the folding hardtop of the previous-gen 4 Series Convertible. The M4 features Adaptive M Suspension, and the Active M Differential uses data from the stability control, pedal position, wheel rotation, and yaw rate to vary the power distribution between wheels for improved agility and control.

The M4 Competition Package increases power to 444 horses and adds the Active M Differential and Star-Spoke forged wheels.

​Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster

2017 Mercedes SL Roadster

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Base MSRP: $91,000
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL is offered in two trim levels: SL 450 and SL 550. The SL450 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo that produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the SL 550 receives a 4.7-liter V8 Biturbo with 449 horsepower and 526 pound-feet of torque. The SL features a power hardtop that can operate at speeds up to 25 mph. Unique to the SL is a panoramic glass top that can be electronically lightened or darkened with the touch of a button.

One of the most iconic convertibles of all time, the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster has a rich history dating back to the 300 SL of the 1950s. Mercedes-Benz updated the SL for 2017 with a revised front end, more powerful engines, a new nine-speed automatic transmission and available Active Body Control with curve tilting function. The new design features a unique diamond grille that extends downward, large lower air inlets and standard LED headlights.

​2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Photo courtesy of Lexus

Base MSRP: $93,050
For 2021 Lexus adds the LC 500 Convertible alongside the flagship LC 500 Coupe. From the front, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible looks identical to the coupe, but the roofline and rear decklid design are unique to the open-top version. The 4-layer soft-top has been designed so the supporting frame is not visible through the fabric material.

Although the LC 500 Convertible retains the look of a coupe with the top up, the roofline is not as fast as the coupe, and the rear deck profile is taller and longer. Also, the center brake light migrates to the trunk lid. The roof can be opened in 15 second (or closed in 16 seconds) at speeds up to 31 mph.

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is powered by the same 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine as the coupe, producing 471 horsepower at 7100 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. To ensure LC 500 Convertible occupants remain comfortable — whatever the weather conditions — Lexus adds neck heaters and a new feature dubbed Lexus Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating, which automatically manages the occupant experience during open-top driving. The cabin designed reduces wind noise with a polycarbonate wind deflector behind the rear seats, as well as an available windscreen to reduce wind buffeting at higher speeds.

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is scheduled to go on sale this summer.

BMW 8 Series Convertible

BMW 8 series

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Base MSRP: $94,400
After an absence of more than 20 years, the BMW 8 Series returned to the lineup in 2019, including for the first time an 8 Series Convertible alongside the coupe. The 8 Series Convertible first arrived as the M850i xDrive Convertible, followed by the 840i and 840i xDrive.

The M850i xDrive is powered by the latest version of the BMW 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine producing 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, with power sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.

For 2020 BMW added the 840i and 840i xDrive Convertibles, both powered by a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.

With seating for four, the 8 Series Convertible features a fully-electric soft-top that can open or close in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. The top is fully insulated with multiple fabric layers designed to keep the cabin quiet; the top's light weight also lowers the center of gravity, thus improving ride and handling. A standard wind deflector keeps breezes down in the front seat, and optional neck warmers are welcome on a cold day.

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $114,000
One of the most iconic automotive silhouettes of all time, the Porsche 911 debuted in 1963 and continues today as a benchmark among sports cars. The 911 Cabriolet has been offered every year since 1983, and the current-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet arrived at U.S. dealers in late summer 2019 as 2020 models, followed by the Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera 4 Cabriolet in early 2020. The new Carrera features design cues such as defined wheel arches, a recess in the front luggage compartment lid similar to classic 911 models, and a full-width LED light strip across the rear.

The Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera 4 Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine producing 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, combined with an eight-speed PDK transmission. The Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo flat six producing 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six producing 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, combined with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six producing 572 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque that also gets combined with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

​Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

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Base MSRP: $127,900
The AMG GT is the flagship sports car of the Mercedes-AMG lineup, and the brand added a roadster to the mix alongside the coupe. For 2019 the AMG GT received styling updates to tie it closer to the new AMG GT 4-door.

Three variants are offered — the AMG GT Roadster gets a 4.0- liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the more potent AMG GT C Roadster receives a new version of the 4.0-liter liter biturbo V8 that generates 550 horsepower. For 2020 the AMG GT R Roadster was added and only 750 units will be built, powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

All AMG GT Roadsters utilize the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to optimize performance. The AMG GT Roadster accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the AMG GT C Roadster makes the trip in 3.7 seconds. AMG Sport Suspension is standard, and the AMG GT C includes AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension with adaptive, adjustable damping.

The fabric soft-top can be opened or closed automatically in around 11 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

The AMG GT R Roadster adds adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering, active aerodynamics and wider rear fenders.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

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Base MSRP: $140,000
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet arrived in the U.S. as a 2017 with all the technology of other S-Class models, as well as a complete system for top-down warmth and wind control. The S-Class Sedan is new for 2021 and the new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are expected to follow.

The sleek, elegant design has a coupe-like profile with the soft-top closed. The three-layer acoustic fabric soft-top is available in four colors and has a high-quality lining in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber. Inside the new S-Class Cab, technological creature comforts include an enhanced automatic wind protection system called Aircap, the Airscarf neck-level heating system, heated armrests and heated front and rear seats.

For 2021 the S Class Cabriolet is offered in S 560 and S 63 versions, and the Premium Package is now standard including Active Multicontour front seats with massage, front variable heated seats Plus and a Surround View system.

The S560 is powered by a Biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine producing 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, combined with a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The S 63 draws power from a handcrafted AMG Biturbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, combined with an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic+ permanent all-wheel drive with fully variable torque split.

BMW M8 Convertible

2021 BMW M8 Convertible

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Base MSRP: $142,500
Following the debut of the first-ever 8-Series Convertible in 2019, BMW adds even more performance with the addition of the new BMW M flagship, the M8. Offered in Couope and Convertible versions, the M8 is powered by a 4.4-liter S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine making 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The twin turbochargers are positioned within the V of the engine to improve thermal efficiency and responsiveness.

The M8 Convertible's powertrain consists of the TwinPower Turbo V8 engine combined with an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive all-wheel drive. The rear biased all-wheel drive uses an electronically controlled multiplate clutch to distribute power between the front and rear axles. and the Active M differential splits the power between the rear wheels.

The M8 Competition adds 17 additional horsepower, Full Merino Leather / Alcantara seats, door panel stitching, an M Sport exhaust, 20-inch forged M Star bi-color wheels and M safety belts.

Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi R8 V10 Spyder

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Base MSRP: $182,100
Audi updated the R8 for 2020 as the next generation of the automaker's 2-seat mid-engine performance car with revised exterior styling and more powerful engines.

The new Audi R8 Spyder features an updated front bumper, new honeycomb grille with R8 badge, darkened headlights, new front spoiler lip and lateral air intakes. At the rear, the updated R8 Spyder receives a new bumper with honeycomb air outlets, oval exhaust outlets and new rear diffuser.

Forged 19-inch 5-double-spoke wheels with an Anthracite bi-color finish are standard with 20-inch 10-spoke Y-design forged wheels in high-gloss Anthracite optional.

The R8 V10 Spyder features a cloth top that can be opened in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. This sleek machine is powered by a normally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque — an increase of 30 horsepower from the previous model. The R8 V10 performance Spyder is also powered by a 5.2-liter V10 producing a prodigious 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and have Audi's race-proven quattro all-wheel drive.

Ferrari Portofino

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Base MSRP: $214,533
The all-new Portofino replaced the aging California T, slotting in as the entry-level model in the Ferrari lineup. The Portofino sports the same turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the California T; however, the engine has been updated to produce close to 600 horsepower — an increase of almost 50 ponies.

The Portofino's performance is at a level appropriate for a Ferrari — a sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3.5 seconds, while top speed is documented as approaching 200 mph. The Portofino employs a retractable hardtop that not only adds stiffness and security, when closed it creates a sleek fastback style. Ferrari's new Portofino convertible seats four; however, rear-seat use should probably be limited to short trips.

​Aston Martin DB11 Volante

\u200bAston Martin DB11 Volante

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Base MSRP: $216,495
The DB11 Volante was all new for the 2018 model year — the latest in a long line of convertible GT sports cars from the British marque. Powering the DB11 Volante is an AMG-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. The intake, exhaust and ECU are all built by Aston Martin, which changes the dynamics as well as the sound from a comparable Mercedes-AMG model.

The DB11 comes with an impressive array of standard equipment. Some features that can be found on every DB11 Volante include full leather trim, an Alcantara headliner, heated power front seats, a 360-degree surround-view camera, dual-zone climate control and 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Also standard is an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio streaming, a navigation system and iPhone integration.

​Bentley Continental GT Convertible

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Base MSRP: $236,100
Following the debut of the Continental GT Coupe, Bentley added the Continental GT Convertible in 2019 with elegant, flowing exterior styling and a beautiful profile with the top up or down. The new Continental GT Convertible's larger grille is flanked by larger LED Matrix headlights that seem to flow into lines in the hood and fenders.

Bentley's EXP 10 Speed 6 concept inspired many design cues on this new drop-top including the elliptically shaped taillights. The convertible's fabric top can be raised or lowered in 19 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Seven top colors are available, including a tweed look. The top provides enough sound deadening that the new convertible is as quiet inside as the previous-generation coupe.

The new Continental GT Convertible is powered by Bentley's 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The Continental GT V8 Convertible draws power from a twin-turbocharged V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner offers owners even more possibilities to customize Continental GT to personal specifications. Continental GT Mulliner introduces a new Double Diamond grille and Mulliner branded side vents that share a silver-on-black diamond pattern. New 22-inch 10-spoke painted and polished wheels have floating center badges that remain upright when the wheel is turning. The interior offers eight custom three-color combinations with a unique Mulliner color split.

​Ferrari F8 Spider

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Base MSRP: $274,280
The Ferrari F8 Spider is the open-top version of the F8 Tributo, the latest iteration of Ferrari's V8-powered mid-engine 2-seat sports car that replaced the 488 GTB in the Ferrari lineup. Since the debut of the 308 GTB in the 1970s, Ferrari has offered a mid-engine V8 sports car and an open-top version since the targa-top 308 GTS. The F8 Spider continues that tradition, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine that produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The Spider's power-retractable hardtop operates in 14 seconds, two panels of which stow behind the seats. The electric glass rear window can be placed in three positions with the top up or down. The F8 Spider accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and reaches 124 mph in 8.2 seconds, with a top speed of more than 200 mph. Driving dynamics get enhanced by F1-Trac traction control, an E-Diff 3 electronic differential, SSC2 side-slip angle control and Magnetorheological suspension control.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

Lamborghini Hurac\u00e1n EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

Base MSRP: $287,400
Lamborghini introduced the Huracan EVO Spyder at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, following the coupe that was introduced earlier that year. The Spyder carries over the advanced aerodynamics and next-generation vehicle dynamics control that were introduced on the hardtop. The Spyder also features an electrohydraulic, lightweight soft-top that opens with the push of a button and fully retracts in 17 seconds. As the top lowers, two fins deploy behind the seats to enhance the overall look and help reduce turbulence during high-speed open-air motoring.

Power for the Huracan EVO Spyder comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine based on the powerplant found in the high-performance Huracan Performante, producing 640 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This results in thrilling speed specs: 62 mph comes up in 3.1 seconds, 124 mph in 9.3 seconds and top speed is rated at a bit over 200 mph.

Huracan EVO features the latest version of Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata to control and enhance the overall driving dynamics. The LDVI can affect the rear-wheel steering, four-wheel torque-vectoring system and enhanced all-wheel-drive system to predict the best driving setup for the current situation.

​McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren 720S

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Base MSRP: $315,000
Four years ago McLaren introduced the all-new 720S, followed two years later by the open-top 720S Spider joined the lineup. The retractable carbon fiber roof raises or lowers in 11 seconds. The entire top mechanism only adds 108 pounds, conforming to McLaren's dedication to lightweight performance vehicles. With the same handling and performance as the coupe, the 720S Spider offers both open-top motoring as well as the all-weather durability with the retractable hardtop.

The 720S Spider's 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Performance figures are on a par with the coupe — the sprint to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds and 124 mph comes up in a hair under 8 seconds. Top speed is 212 mph; however, with the top open the driver would have to settle for a mere 202 mph.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Base MSRP: $346,300
Dawn is a super-luxury four-seat convertible that joined the Rolls-Royce lineup as the seventh-generation Phantom was phased out. Dawn is offered as a single model without set trim levels, since nearly every car gets built to individual customer specifications that include tens of thousands of dollars in options.

For 2020, Rolls-Royce added the Dawn, Silver Bullet Collection, said to be inspired by the glamorous roadsters of the 1920s.

Limited to just 50 cars worldwide, the Silver Bullet Collection features dark exterior details, dark headlight, partially polished wheels and an Aero Cowling with silver in the center which brings the exterior color into the interior.

The Dawn shares mechanical underpinnings with the Wraith Coupe but is more than simply a convertible Wraith; 80 percent of the body panels are unique.

Inside, the lowered soft-top gets stowed beneath a wooden deck that flows down between the rear seats and throughout the cabin. Dawn is powered by Rolls-Royce's twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque at 1500 rpm—already Rolls-Royce's most powerful full four-seat drophead offered to date.

The Dawn Black Badge takes luxury a step further with its Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament trimmed in high-gloss black chrome — the same treatment given to other chrome surfaces around the grille, exhaust pipes, boot lid finisher and the Double R badge.

​Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

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Base MSRP: $350,000
Ferrari debuted the new 488 Pista Spider during Monterey Car Week in August 2018 — a new Special Series model that sets a new benchmark for Ferrari spider performance with a powerful twin-turbo V8 engine and emphasis on weight reduction. Derived from the 488 Pista Coupe, both models draw from the racing experience of the Ferrari 488 Challenge and 488 GTE race cars.

The 488 Pista Spider's racing-derived aerodynamic and performance advantages include an S-Duct at the front, new diffusers and a new rear spoiler, resulting in a 25 percent increase in downforce compared to the standard 488 Spider. The 488 Pista Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed F1 gearbox.

Ferrari 812 GTS

Ferrari 812 GTS

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Base MSRP: $350,000 (est.)
Ferrari debuted the 812 GTS in September 2019 — 50 years after the debut of the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS/4, known as the Daytona Spider, and the last series production Ferrari spider with a front-mounted V12 engine. The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, with a power-retractable hardtop that opens in 14 seconds. The electric rear window can be raised to block the wind when the top is down, but can also be lowered when the top is up.

The 812 GTS is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 789 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque with a rev limit of 8,900 rpm. Power is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ferrari has not announced on sale date or pricing, but the 812 Superfast coupe starts at $335,000 so expect it to start beyond $350,000.

​Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster

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Base MSRP: $460,247
Lamborghini debuted its latest extreme open-top car — the Aventador S Roadster — at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and added the Aventador SVJ Roadster in 2019, pushing the performance envelope even further. A futuristic design that has creases and angles in myriad directions, the S Roadster clearly makes a bold statement.

Residing behind the passenger compartment is a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 740 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Power gets delivered to all four wheels via a "robotized" seven-speed gearbox that performs gear changes as quickly as 50 milliseconds. With the quick transmission and powerful engine, the Aventador S will achieve 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere three seconds. In six more seconds 124 mph will flash by. With the driver's right foot planted on the floor, this Aventador will eventually reach 217 mph.

​Ferrari SF90 Spider

Ferrari SF90 Spider Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Base MSRP: $550,000 (est.)
One of the newest sports cars from Maranello has an impressive claim to fame — the most powerful production Ferrari ever. For some added excitement, late last year the SF90 Spider joined the family, featuring a retractable hardtop. The SF90 uses the company's first plug-in hybrid system that combines a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine with three electric motors — two on the front axle and one located between the engine and gearbox. Total output is 986 horsepower with 664 pound-feet of torque. The new Spider has an eight-speed Formula One-style dual-clutch gearbox, and the car sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaches 124 mph in seven seconds, and eventually attains a claimed top speed of 211 mph.

The SF90 Spider's lap time around Ferrari's famous Fiorano racetrack is 79 seconds — about the same as the LaFerrari — the Italian marque's first foray into hybrid powertrains for production road cars.

Conversely, it is possible to drive the SF90 on electric power alone for up to 15 miles. Not only do the electric motors provide more power and efficiency, the two units up front improve the SF90's overall driving dynamics. The RAC-e motors can operate individually, creating a torque-vectoring system that will vary the speed and power between the inside and outside wheels during cornering for better performance and easier handling.

​Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

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Base MSRP: $573,966
In 2018 the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ coupe completed a lap of Germany's famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack in 6:44.97 minutes, setting the record for a street-legal production car. Now it's possible to have that same level of performance in an open-top car with the Aventador SVJ Roadster. Top speed exceeds 217 mph — an unforgettable experience with the top down.

The roof is composed of carbon fiber and can be removed via quick-release levers for stowage under the hood.

Like the coupe, the SVJ Roadster is powered by a normally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 770 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. With power delivered to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox, the SVJ Roadster can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 8.8 seconds.

Only 800 Aventador SVJ Roadsters will be produced.

McLaren Elva

McLaren Elva

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Base MSRP: $1,690,000
Named for and inspired by the McLaren Elva M1A race car designed by Bruce McLaren, the modern-day Elva is the lightest road car McLaren Automotive has ever produced. The open-cockpit two-seater features a bespoke carbon fiber chassis, body and seats. The Elva has no roof, windshield or side windows to provide a "true connection to the elements." But it is possible to drive the Elva without helmet or goggles; McLaren has created an Active Air Management System that channels air through the nose of the Elva and directs it at high speed in front of and over the occupants, creating what McLaren calls "a relative bubble of calm."

While the cabin may be a bubble of calm, there's nothing calm emerging from the Elva's engine bay. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant delivers 804 horsepower, which can move this open-top sports car to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds — even quicker than the mighty Senna.

Production of the Elva will be limited to 249 copies.

​Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2

Ferrari Icona Series \u2014 Monza SP1/SP2 Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Base MSRP: $1,700,000
Unlike previous special editions from the iconic Italian automaker, the Icona series will feature models inspired by the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s, but they will be decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new.

The first models in this new Icona series will be the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 — both of which were unveiled in Paris a few years ago. The Monza SP1 and SP2 are intended to honor Ferrari racing barchettas such as the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta —meaning "little boat" in Italian — as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza.

Designed as a single-seat road car, the Monza SP1 offers a totally unique Ferrari experience for the street. The tonneau cover over the passenger area is reminiscent of similarly equipped Ferrari race cars from the 1950s, which used the cover to improve aerodynamics when the passenger seat was unoccupied.

The Monza SP2 has the same basic styling as the SP1. However, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen, this car is a two-seater.

Both are motivated by the most powerful V12 engine ever from Ferrari: a 6.5-liter V12 monster that produces almost 800 horsepower.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

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Base MSRP: $2,000,000
Bentley and exclusivity go hand in hand, but the legendary British marque takes things to new heights with the Mulliner Bacalar. The oldest coachbuilding company in the world, Mulliner has been creating bespoke versions of Bentleys for decades.

Named for a beautiful lake on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the Bacalar is a 2-seat open-air luxury grand tourer featuring styling cues from the EXP 100GT concept car. Bacalar is designed with extensive use of sustainable materials; the paint contains ash from rice husks for a metallic finish, interior materials include natural British wool, and the wraparound dashboard is cut from Riverwood — fallen trees preserved 5,000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers.

This elegant GT offers plenty of performance, thanks to its enhanced version of Bentley's 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 650 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque. Handling gets enhanced by the advanced Active All-Wheel Drive System that emphasizes torque to the rear wheels for an optimal driving experience.

Bentley plans to build 12 Bacalars, and each will be designed, engineered and handcrafted to the buyer's wishes.

​Lamborghini Sian Roadster

2021 Lamborghini Si\u00e1n Roadster Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

Base MSRP: $3,297,632
At the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Lamborghini debuted the very sexy Sian limited-edition exotic sports car. Now a lucky few will have the opportunity to enjoy this extreme high-performance machine with the wind in their hair — as the Lamborghini Sian Roadster. The Sian coupe and roadster represent Lamborghini's first foray into electrification, so the car is aptly named — Sian means flash or lightning in Bolognese dialect.

This open-top exotic sits low with an integrated carbon fiber splitter as well as familiar Y-shaped headlights. While it matches the futuristic look of the coupe, the Sian roadster's roofless design provides those lucky enough to drive it with an unfettered connection to the roar of its V12 engine.

The Sian Roadster derives power from a 6.5-liter V12 engine, upgraded with titanium intake valves, that produces 785 horses — the most power ever derived from a Lamborghini engine. The V12 gets supplemental grunt from a 48-volt electric motor delivering 34 horsepower for a total output of 819 horses.

Engineers integrated the electric motor within the gearbox for instant response; the motor is also used for low-speed operation when backing or parking. The roadster uses a supercapacitor to store energy, rather than more common lithium-ion batteries.

The Sian Roadster will rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds, making it the quickest open-top Lambo ever. The Italian automaker says top speed is in excess of 217 mph — likely a life-changing experience with no roof overhead.

​Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

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Base MSRP: $3,500,000
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most extreme, exclusive vehicles on the road, and the Roadster BC promises another level of performance. Named to honor Pagani's first customer, Benny Caiola, the Huayra Roadster BC is built using new composite technologies based on carbon fiber and carbon titanium, which increase torsional rigidity by 12 percent over the standard roadster while keeping the weight around 2,750 pounds. With this stiff, lightweight design combined with the bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, the Huayra Roadster BC can achieve up to almost two Gs in lateral acceleration.

Lighter and stiffer than the coupe, the Huayra Roadster BC exhibits the same incredible performance thanks to its new Mercedes-AMG V12 engine tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm — considerable thrust for a vehicle that weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Special Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide the necessary stopping power with 6-piston calipers at the front, 4-piston at the rear. The 6-outlet titanium exhaust system ensures that anyone within earshot will know something special is coming.

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New technology is embedded into the brake caliper.

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Brembo is celebrating 60 years of brand braking history with the debut of a bit of its future. The New G Sessanta Concept is a peek at what the company sees as the future of mobility. It was inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, an innovation in 1972.

The company says that the core of the concept is LED technology, which is applied directly to the body of the caliper, a feature that is adaptable to every type of caliper they craft. Brembo sees the tech as being able to enhance the caliper's form and function serving as both an interface and an aesthetic. It will be able to "communicate directly with the user" and "adapt to the user's tastes and preferences". A new video released by Brembo shows the LED color changing via a smartphone app.

 New G Sessanta Concept The New G Sessanta Concept features interactive tech.Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is often known for using bright, flashy colors on its calipers and the new light plays on that. The New G Sessanta is designed to be customizable via wireless technology. When a vehicle equipped with the caliper is stopped, the user can control the desired shade of light to express mood, enhance the style of the bike, or adapt it to the surroundings.

Additionally, the LEDs could use color and light to relay data and information regarding the conditions of the vehicle and caliper itself, or even help localize a parked vehicle by emitting a courtesy light.

Watch the video below to see the vision of the New G Sessanta come to life.

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY www.youtube.com

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