Ferrari confirms retractable hard top for the new 458 Spider

In a world first for a mid-engined sports car, the 458 Spider is equipped with a Ferrari patented fully retractable hard top, but where most hard top convertibles gain significant weight during such a transition, Ferrari’s 458 Spider made entirely from aluminium is 25 kg lighter than a traditional folding soft-top weighing in at around 50kg more than the 458 Italia.

The new BMW M5. And you could test drive it… (w/video)

BMW has released further insights into the new F10 M5 on their popular user blog, m-power.com. Adopting more of a narrative style, the article looks at some of the key technical features being introduced on BMW’s fastest performance model.

BMW’s New M5 – The official details

BMW has just released UK specific information on its new F10 M5 and there are some rather nice surprises when we dig into the details. Firstly the price, which at £73,040 on-the-road undercuts the X5 M and X6 M by £7,755 and £9,150 respectively, but perhaps more importantly pitches the M5 some £400 below the less powerful 517 bhp Mercedes E63.

Yes, this is the new BMW M5.. (w/pictures)

You know the drill. The monthly magazines are provided with an early scoop on a new launch, so that they can prepare their front-page layouts and ensure the car maker’s promised-child appears prominently in their next issue. Then in fear of being gazumped by another magazine, the said monthly decides to leak a few images on the interweb, thus earning them oodles of backlinks and saving at least £10k in search marketing costs.

Mercedes unveils its 3rd generation SLK Roadster

You may remember the headlines when a video of the new Mercedes SLK leaked onto the internet last month, well now we have the official unveiling of Mercedes’ 3rd generation SLK which will be launched in the UK in June, 2011.

The sense we gain from Mercedes’ press brief is that they’ve tried to secure the class-lead in every aspect of this compact roadster segment, now that BMW’s Z4 has emulated the SLK’s folding-hardtop format the Stuttgart car maker is intent on establishing some clear advantages which will differentiate the SLK in the eyes of the customer.

Mercedes’ New SLK gets leaked ahead of launch (incl. VIDEO)

It was due to be launched in January 2011, but a video of the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK leaked onto YouTube last night before being taken down shortly after. The lengthy promotional film shows the folding-hardtop SLK in detail, highlighting some of its new features including the NECK-PRO head restraint, adaptive lighting and ECO stop/start system.