New Convertibles for 2011 0

By normal standards 2010 was a poor year for convertible fans, so what’s in store for convertible fans in 2011? The recession made it difficult for car manufactures to create budgets for the development of convertibles. Since then the car industry has recovered well and 2011 looks a lot more promising. As it’s the summer, we’ll take a look at a few interesting convertibles due for release this year.

BMW 1 Series Convertible

The new BMW 1 series convertible will have improved mechanical dynamics built within the car, resulting in improved economy. There are also newly designed headlights and the ES models will have stability control and 16 inch alloy wheels. The sport models will have bigger 17 inch alloy wheels with bucket sports seats and a sporty steering wheel. The SE models will contain more sophisticated features such as parking sensors, air conditioning and fog lights. The M Sport models come under a different category with different features. A sports suspension with differently styled wheels will feature for the M sport range. The highest specification of the M sport will have a more advanced suspension package with unique brakes and a body kit. The car will be available starting from a reported £24,245.

Lotus Elise

The new Elise planned for 2011 will be somewhat less powerful than the old Elise but actually quicker! For the entry level Elise a 1.6 litre engine will replace the old 1.8 litre. The car is quicker due to the fact that less gear changes are needed in order to reach 60mph, with the car having a 6 speed transmission rather than the old 5 gears. New LED headlights are included but extras will come at a price. The touring pack will cost an extra £2000 and air conditioning will cost an extra £1000 on top of the standard £27,450.

Porsche 918

The car’s specifications quote that the car can drive from 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds, carrying an extremely powerful 3.4 litre V8 engine. All of that whilst being very economical producing an astonishing 78mpg and emitting 70g of C02 per km. The weight of the car will be just 1,490 kilograms with an extra lightweight body, adding to the car’s performance. Demand for the car was high enough for Porsche to justify developing the car, with a reported 2000 motorists showing an interest.

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