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This is the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa, which has landed at 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It looks like a 911 Targa, which is a change from the sliding glass roof models that have been badged as targas for the last couple of decades.
The 2014 Citroen DS3 Cabrio gets large-extensive chrome accents, upper lid and friction tires, give the elegant look for the outside. Dark tinted rear windows add more stylish touch to this model.
At the rear, the 2014 DS3 Cabrio gets an eye-catching three-dimensional LED light signature. It also gets all-new 3D LED tail-light technology. A chrome-finished DS logo, in an embossed black DS setting is also incorporated into the design for this model.
The new car model – 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible arrives fast after its fixed-roof sibling, and for those who are looking to have the wind blow through their hair in the 3 Series-based convertible, the German automaker has pricing details. The new BMW 4 Series Convertible will wear a $49,675 price tag (including destination) when it arrives at dealerships at the beginning of next year.
That price goes for the 2014 BMW 428i Convertible, which, like the Coupe, is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 240 hp and 255 lb-ft. For more power, the 435i Convertible starts at $55,825, and benefits from a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
The skunkworks team in Affalterbach knows how to make AMG-branded Benzes the most-intimidating-sounding cars on the planet in particular, the sounds of its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 and naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 are exalted hymns in the church of car enthusiasm. But with the introduction of the 2014 SLS AMG Electric Drive, Mercedes-Benz AMG has introduced its first truly stealth supercar.
Not only is the electric supercar AMG’s quietest model by a long way, but it’s also the brand’s most powerful. Electrification provides the SLS with 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, with all the twist available from a standstill. The electricity is generated by four contact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors that spin to 13,000 rpm and through a so-called axially arranged transmission. In comparison, the new-for-2013 petroleum-powered SLS AMG GT churns out 583 hp and 489 lb-ft. Benz claims the electrified SLS will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds before topping out at an electronically limited 155.
Power is routed through what Mercedes is calling AMG Torque Dynamics; this provides the car with selective all-wheel drive and allows each wheel to be independently powered or braked to assist in handling maneuvers. The system can be switched among comfort, sport, and sport plus modes. The motors aren’t located in the hubs, saving unsprung weight, but each corner does feature carbon-ceramic brake discs measuring 15.8 inches in front and 14.2 inches in the rear. Power is stored in a liquid-cooled 60-kWh, 1208-pound lithium-ion battery pack developed by Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains of Brixworth in the U.K. these are the people responsible for Mercedes’ kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) in Formula 1.
The battery pack consists of 12 modules, each made up of 72 lithium-ion cells that’s 864 cells in total, if you’re keeping score at home that, like all hybrids, receive a charge under deceleration. When static, the SLS Electric Drive can be charged in three hours via an optional 22-kW quick-charge station; plugging it straight into an unmodified wall outlet, a full charge takes 20 hours. Once the electric SLS is full of juice, Mercedes claims a maximum range of 155 miles, although honking on the thing no doubt rapidly decreases that number.
Although the Electric Drive SLS will be the stealthiest AMG ever built, it won’t quite be silent. The car’s engineers developed various sounds to accommodate the electric supercar. A startup noise accompanies the push of the power button, a “dynamic” sound is audible under hard acceleration, and a subdued tone plays while cruising. The sounds and the cancellation of unwanted background noises are provided by the car’s 11-speaker audio system.
The electric SLS AMG features a carbon-fiber monocoque, which is bonded to an aluminum space frame and houses the car’s battery. An independent multilink suspension with horizontally mounted pushrod shocks is employed at the front; the conventional car’s vertically arranged struts were tossed to make way for the additional drive shafts.
For a supercar that’s seemingly from another planet once you pop the hood, the SLS Electric Drive largely looks the same as any internal-combustion-powered SLS. The grille gets “bionic honeycomb-shaped” openings, and it and the adjacent air intakes receive body-matching paint. Paint aside, these openings are functional, feeding air to various cooling bits. Exterior colors are limited to the chromatic blue you see in the photos, an exclusive matte neon yellow called electricbeam, and four others. A new gauge cluster features in the electric SLS, and it replaces a tachometer with a display providing information on power requirements, regeneration status, transmission modes, and battery charge.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Electric Drive starts at €416,500 in Germany (that’s roughly $435,000 when you subtract VAT, although the price isn’t likely to directly translate). Deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year. At more than double the price and far less than half the sound of its gas-fired sibling, we know which SLS we’d choose to own. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to take the other one for a very quick, nearly silent spin.
With a time of 7:56.234 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive recorded the fastest lap ever by an electric car. In fact, it’s the first to complete the loop in under 8 minutes, something the Audi R8 e-tron failed to do…