As charming and cute as classic Volkswagen Beetles are, there’s no getting around the fact that they’re not especially sleek, nor are fast. At all. That is with the exception of this, the Memminger Roadster 2.7. It’s a custom Bug built by a German restoration shop called Memminger. It’s low, it has extremely wide, pumped up fenders, and has been turned into a two-seat roadster. It almost looks like a Porsche 356, but bigger. And check out those sweet plaid seats.
To conclude a long week of news pegged to the 54th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we pass along the special salutation above.
And in case you missed it, here’s a rundown of this week’s Mustang items (and a couple from the days before). It was a busy birthday week.
The weather must be getting nice in Germany, because BMW is testing Z4 prototypes at the Nürburgring with the top down. And we’re not sure if it’s the nice weather or something else, but BMW has also become more lax with interior camouflage. This particular prototype hardly had anything covered, allowing us to see the production-ready interior.
The Ford Mustang turns 54 today. Despite being well into middle age, passion for the Mustang and all its variants and offshoots has never been stronger. Sure, the sales figures can tell you a lot. Ford sold 125,809 last year, more than any other sports coupe in the world. But that number doesn’t say it all. Really, it takes just one visit to your local cars and coffee or a snowy celebration at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, to see what I mean.
The upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder has been spied testing on the Nürburgring. The last time we posted spy shots of the Spyder was in January, a cold time of the year to flaunt its new bikini top above the shapely engine cover. This time around, the Spyder’s lapping the famous German race track, looking very production ready.
A couple years back we wrote about KTM’s intent to sell the mad, mad X-Bow trackday special as a complete vehicle in the United States. The X-Bow has been available in the U.S. since 2011, but buying them has been a two-part affair: first you’d buy the car, and then the engine, and you’d have to combine them yourself instead of KTM handing them over together as a functioning car. That arrangement was there because the X-Bow hasn’t met federal crash standards. Finally that step can be skipped, bu
Using a video game as a feeder racing series is nothing new. Sony and Nissan have run the GT Academy for years now, rewarding the best Gran Turismo players with the chance to drive a real car. It seems Mazda wants a piece of the action. This year, it will host an iRacing Hot Lap Challenge, giving the best players a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two fastest drivers will race head-to-head, with the winner earning a test drive in a Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup car.
One of these things is not like the others. And we don’t mean that one is a Chevy while the rest are all from Ford. No, what we’re looking at here are a bunch of performance cars, with one lone economy car thrown in for good measure.
McLaren’s MSO custom division seems to stay quite busy. Every few months they seem to have a new special configuration to offer buyers. Sometimes they’re a bit silly or unimpressive, but other times they create something really unique and cool. This McLaren 570S Spider falls into the latter category. It’s called the Canada Commission, and the company will build just five of them exclusively for our northern neighbors.
Toyota’s FJ Cruiser SUV ticked off most of the boxes the original FJ40 Land Cruiser did. It had two-door styling (thanks to hidden half-doors) and plenty of off-road capability from a traditional four-wheel-drive system and good ground clearance. But unlike the FJ40, the Cruiser never had a convertible option. At least one person decided that was necessary and had one converted to a convertible sometime in its life, and now it could be yours.