The best winter-ready roadsters


If you’re in the market for a convertible, winter is the time to buy. A rise in demand during the summer months pushes prices up, meaning that while the weather outside is frightful you may be able to bag yourself a real bargain.


First look: Audi’s R8 impresses on track


What is it? This is the latest iteration of Audi’s R8 supercar. You might be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed – after all, the styling changes are pretty subtle, but make no mistake, there are more changes here than just the visual.


First drive: The all-new BMW Z4 showcases the brand’s roadster-building expertise


What is it? The convertible market usually takes one of three directions. First there’s the half-baked chopped-up hatchback or saloon, then there’s the super-sporty soft-top, and finally there’s the comfortable and glitzy cruiser.It’s these latter two that BMW needs to blend together in this – the latest Z4. Buyers of cars such as this one won’t tolerate a rough ride or spartan interior, but at the same time BMW has a reputation to maintain, and giving it the title of ‘the ultimate driving machine’ won’t go unchallenged.So, with a new platform, upgraded interior and divisive new styling, can the latest Z4 take the fight to talented rivals such as the Porsche Boxster and Jaguar F-Type?


Porsche crashes into tree after coming off North-east road


A Porsche has crashed into a tree after a collision on a North-east road. The incident happened on the B9013 near Burghead at around 2.50pm. A grey Porsche 911 and grey Land Rover Discovery were involved in the crash. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said there were no serious injuries.