Every once in a while you run across something so over the top that "blinged out" doesn't even cover it. And so it is with the Chrome Audi R8 Spyder ($TBA). Created to be auctioned off in a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, these shiny speeders are arguably unsafe to drive on sunny days, but otherwise sport all the terrific performance and electronic niceties of their normally-clad counterparts. Unfortunately, both examples have been spoken for.
The official car of summer has arrived. Based heavily on its hard-topped sibling, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster ($TBA) sets a new standard for Mercedes convertibles. Thanks to its 6.3-liter V8 AMG front-mid engine and seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission, the Roadster boasts 563 hp, a zero-60 time of just 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 197 mph — electronically limited, of course. Other features include a compact fabric top that can open or close in just eleven seconds, a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end sound system, Active AMG Sport Suspension, an AMG Performance Media system, and an AMG Drive Unit. Sunny weather and happily deserted roads not included.
Based on the Jaguar E-Type of the 1960s, the Eagle Jaguar E-Type Speedster ($TBA) is a custom, all-new design that celebrates the classic while updating it for modern times. Features include an all-aluminum body, adapted from the original, custom windshield glass, custom-designed aluminum rimmed wheels with 3-eared wheel spinners for good measure, a "waterfall" console, and plenty of power, provided by an Eagle 4.7 liter engine and a five-speed gearbox. It's just the thing to jazz up your sunny, summertime Sunday drives.