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Four Generations of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Evolution of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

It’s said that driving a slow car fast is one of the greatest automotive thrills, especially when it’s a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a rigid chassis, slick manual transmission, phenomenal balance and perfectly-weighted steering — a car like the Mazda Miata. With the latest generation just released, it’s about time we explored the past, present and future of the world’s most popular roadster.

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252 made. Get one if you can.

Octane Icon: BMW 507

Trace some of the best modern cars back to their origins and you’ll be surprised how much design language and heritage have been passed forward, in some cases for decades. BMW is no exception. The pioneering Z3, the unique Z8, today’s Z4 — the BMW 507 is the granddaddy of them all. It’s only fitting to look back to the origins of the BMW convertible and pay our respects to the iconic 507, a car that nearly bankrupted BMW, but provided an immense wealth of legacy.

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Hell's convertible

Brabus 800 Roadster

If Ferrari Spiders and Lamborghinis Spyders seem like commonplace cabriolets to you, and “Overkill” also happens to be your middle name, you’ll want to get in touch with the folks at upscale tuner Brabus for their latest birthing from the fifth circle of hell, the 800 Roadster. What started out as an “ordinary” Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG with a 621 hp V12 is surgically enhanced both inside and out, transforming it into the world’s most powerful roadster.

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Batten down the hairpieces

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

The Lamborghini Aventador is unquestionably a land rocket. Trust us. We’ve driven it, and we’re still trying to massage our organs back into alignment. Now that Lamborghini has pulled the curtains back on their roofless V12-powered Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster (~$381,000), we’re prepared to search for our scalps after a quick jaunt around the block….

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The one, the only

Mazda MX-5 Super20

The MX-5 is the quintessential roadster. Balanced, tractable and compliant, it’s a true driving purist’s car. And Mazda churns out special editions of their venerable little roadster like the Alien Mother pops out face huggers. Perhaps the most significant permutation of the MX-5 is the Mazda MX-5 Super20, a one-of-a-kind version that first bowed at…

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Lamborghini Aventador J

If you like crazy fast exotic automobiles and you also happen to be fan of getting hit in the face with bug guts, asphalt chunks and other airborne particulate matter, then the Lamborghini Aventador J is your kind of car. Introduced at the Geneva Auto Show and just sold to a clandestine owner for a…

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Here's to the Forgotten Roadster

Patina: 1956 Austin Healey 100-Four (Photo Essay)

When you think of the classic British sports cars of the 1950s and ‘60s, MG, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Triumph tend to come to mind first. But arguably the most beautiful of the genre was the series of roadsters made by Austin Healey during the company’s short run, with their long sweeping haunches, short rear…

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Cirbin V13r 3-Wheeled Roadster

[click on image to enlarge] We’re not sure where to start with this thing. It conjures up nostalgic hot rod feelings, mixes them up with a pinch of superbike then mashes that with one major dallop of WTF. We suppose that’s what you get when you mix a fiberglass body molded into a retro shape…