The TT, radically redesigned for 2008, has its convertible version shown off at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Like its hardtop sibling, the TT has a retractable spoiler that automatically comes out at 75mph. The TT Roadster comes in a Quattro version with a 3.2-liter engine or with a turbocharged 2-liter engine.
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The TT Roadster makes room for luxury tech appointments, such as Audi's Multimedia Interface for controlling navigation and the stereo. The 3.2-liter version comes with a six-speed manual, while the 2.0-liter comes with Audi's S tronic automated manual transmission.
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Audi's big SUV gets to be an ambassador for diesel to the United States. Audi and parent company Volkswagen are pushing low-emission Bluetec TDI engines in a variety of models. The Q7 is a natural for the 3-liter turbo-diesel engine, with its low-end torque. The Audi Q7 3.0 TDI will be available in late 2008.
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The massive Infiniti QX56 gets restyled for the 2008 model year, with cosmetic changes to the front and rear. This big SUV gets 20-inch chrome wheels and a very necessary rearview camera, not to mention parking sensors. It's powered by a 5.6-liter V-8.
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A number of nice tech options are available for the QX56, most notably navigation with live traffic via XM and a 9.5GB music storage system. The stereo also includes a CompactFlash slot for loading MP3 files, the first time we've seen this media used for in-car music storage.
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Cadillac continues to rebuild its brand, offering this latest version of the CTS. The headlamps have been redesigned to use xenon lamps that swivel with the steering and a border of LEDs to provide a unique look. The car is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 employing direct injection to get around 300 horsepower.
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The new CTS gets a Bose 5.1 stereo system and has a USB jack in the center console. You can plug in an MP3 player and control through the car's stereo controls. The CTS is available with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
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While it hasn't been a secret that Rolls-Royce has been working on a convertible, nobody could have predicted the final product. Based on the Phantom platform, Rolls-Royce designed a whole new body for this extravagant coupe convertible. A brushed-steel hood makes a nice two-tone effect, and it covers a BMW-sourced 6.7-liter V-12 engine.
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Rolls-Royce used coach-style doors to allow easy egress from the rear seats. Teak decking covers over the convertible top when it's stowed, giving the car a very unique look. The top itself is made of five layers of material for excellent sound insulation.
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Although the dashboard appears classic, it hides all sorts of gadgets. The clock panel folds over to reveal an LCD, which shows navigation or the car's split-view front camera. All wood surfaces are cut from the same tree to make sure the grain matches.
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Porsche offers the first update to its SUV, with redesigned exteriors and new engines for its Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne Turbo. The base model gets a direct-injection, 3.6-liter V-6 and the S model a direct-injection 4.8-liter V-8, while the Turbo model adds twin turbochargers to the latter engine.
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The base model gets a six-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a six-speed automatic. The automatic is standard on the S and Turbo models. All models have a Sport button in the cabin, which lets you make the engine more responsive.
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BMW showed off the convertible version of its already impressive 335i. The car uses twin turbochargers to enhance the power of its inline six-cylinder engine. The convertible version has a three-piece steel retractable top, which folds down in 22 seconds.
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Lexus continues to shake off its image as a stodgy luxury carmaker, unveiling a sport-tuned version of its IS model with a new F sport designation. The IS-F is lowered and features a massive air intake below the bumper.
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The rear spoiler is raised, and stacked pipes exhaust the 5-liter V-8 under the hood. This engine puts out more than 400 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque. Lexus claims a zero-to-60mph time of less than 4.9 seconds.
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When the new 2006 IS 350 came out, it was criticized for lacking a manual transmission option. Lexus keeps to its guns with the IS-F, giving this one an eight-speed automatic with a manual shift mode.
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