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Marlen Bedoya is a world-renowned automotive
journalist who has driven just about every car under
the sun — usually before they are released to the
masses. Although she will never disclose her favorite
car brand, she admits she likes the extra pampering
luxury vehicles offer. To read more of her reviews, visit
BrickellMag.com. Audi R8 Spyder
Losing the new Audi R8’s top didn’t hurt its supercar status. If
anything, it opens up the interior and provides for an improved
experience. One of the neater high-tech features is a microphone
built into the seatbelt that works wonderfully with the hands-free
Bluetooth setup, even at cruising speeds with the top down. If you
want to feel like a racecar driver, pick the pricier R tronic 6-speed
automated manual. If all this sounds interesting, you might want
to act fast, because Audi is only sending around 200 units this
As soon as the Italian automaker unleashed their world-renowned
premium compact, the Fiat 500, on the U.S. market, they decided
to add an even cuter city car to the mix with the 500 Convertible.
The 500C’s cloth top is less like a conventional canvas unit that
disappears into a trunk space-consuming compartment. In fact, it
is more like the old Golde California-style ragtops that bring back
nostalgic dreams of road trips of yore. The ragtop costs nearly $4K
more than an equally equipped hatchback, which doesn’t sound
like a crazy figure for such a luxury; Fiat.com.
The buzz has already started
about hot new drives due to be
released for 2012. From super-
efficient ultra-compacts to lean,
mean road muscle machines,
check out some of the most
Next year, the U.S. will get a
taste of the Scion iQ, a tweaked
version of Toyata’s popular model.
The 90-hp non-hybrid engine
promises up to 50 mpg fuel
efficiency. Just think of how easy
finding a parking space will be!
Get ready to eat dust once
the Camaro ZL1 hits the road.
Chevrolet is speculating the
new Camaro will pack around
550 hp with a 6-speed manual
transmission second to none. Plus,
the body design is totally cool!
The 2012 Shelby GT350 Convertible
won’t last long — only 350
examples of this retro classic
are scheduled to be constructed.
And don’t forget the powerful
525 horses under the hood in the