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    LA Auto Show: RWD Gallardo Spyder, hardcore Porsche Panamera, new Corvette racer ...

    For Lamborghini enthusiasts the Gallardo is a gift that keeps on giving. The latest addition to the seemingly endless line-up of versions is the Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder. Fortunately this is far from just another trim spec but it is the first drop-top version of the V10-engined sports car equipped with rear wheel drive only. The only other two-wheel drive (hence LP550-2) Gallardo was the limited edition Valentino Balboni model built to honour the long serving test driver by the same name. Like the coupe version, the new Spyder comes with a 550 hp variant of the V10. Another high performance convertible launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the Jaguar XKR-S. Capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, it shares the same five-litre supercharged V8 with its fixed-head counterpart that debuted at Geneva earlier in the year. Also released today in LA is the Porsche Panamera GTS. Mooted as a hardcore version of the German manufacturer's four-door sedan, it sports a more powerful version of the naturally aspirated V8 and a stiffened and lowered chassis. The GTS can be distinguished from the other Panamera variants by the larger air-intakes and the lettering on the tail.
    At the Daytona Speedway, Corvette Racing launched an ambitious new Daytona Prototype program for 2012. In conjunction with long-time partners Pratt & Miller a bespoke Corvette DP racer has been developed. It is the first car built to the new-for-2012 regulations that are aimed to improve the visual appeal of the Daytona Prototypes. Using a narrower windshield compared to the existing racers and including cues from the road cars, the Corvette DP can certainly claim to be the best looking Dayonta Prototype yet. Scheduled to debut at the 50th edition of the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2012, the new 'Corvette' will be campaigned by four teams.

    Enjoy the links:

    2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder - Images, Specifications and Information

    2012 Porsche Panamera GTS - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Subaru BRZ Concept-STI - Images, Specifications and Information

    2012 Chevrolet Corvette DP - Images, Specifications and Information

    2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - Images, Specifications and Information

    2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible - Images, Specifications and Information

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    I don't understand the fixation with four wheel drive in the Germans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    I don't understand the fixation with four wheel drive in the Germans.
    hardly ever snowing in Catalunya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    hardly ever snowing in Catalunya?
    Indeed.
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