Porsche’s famed retractable-roof model now gets the sleek new front and rear seen in the latest 911 coupes. The Targa 4 gets a 380 hp 3.0-liter flat-6 that zooms to 60 mph in 4.0s, while the Targa 4S gets 444 hp and a 0-to-60 time of just 3.4s. Every car packs Porsche’s excellent AWD system, and the 4S can be equipped with a 7-speed manual.
THE BEST Convertibles
Lexus presents a drop-top version of its sexy and powerful LC 500 Coupe. It’s still got concept car looks and that growly 471 hp V8, but now you can enjoy the exhaust note with the wind in you hair. Limited to 100 units, the Inspiration Series gets Structural Blue paint, a beautiful white leather interior, and chrome/black 21-inch wheels.
The mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray will also be getting a drop-top variant. While it loses the see-through engine compartment for its powerful V8, it gains a retractable hardtop that seamlessly hides at speeds up to 30mph. Plus, it weighs just 77 lb more than the coupe, and still has enough space to travel with two sets of golf clubs.
Hot on the heels of the F8 Spider comes a very different convertible from the prancing horse. The Ferrari 812 GTS packs a front-mounted 6.5L V12 that cranks out 789hp and 529 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production convertible on the market. Does 0-to-62 in less than 3 seconds, and sounds phenomenal doing it.
The most potent of BMW’s 8-series looks fantastic in either coupe or convertible form, and Competition models that rev higher and get M Sport exhaust. The M8 gets a 600 hp twin-turbo V8, while the M8 Competition bumps that to 617 hp for a 0-to-60 time of just 3.0 seconds, and a 189 mph top speed.
We’ve driven the Lexus LC 500 before, and it’s a truly amazing vehicle. Now, Lexus is showing off a concept version that lets the wind blow through your hair as its powerful V8 launches you down the road in the lap of luxury. Let’s hope Lexus puts it into production just like this.
McLaren’s potent yet composed 710 hp road and track beast now offers a variant that can open its top in 11 seconds, letting you feel the breeze from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and tangling your hair on its way to a face-melting top speed of 212 mph (202 with the top down).
The drop-top variant of Ferrari’s insanely powerful V8 twin-turbo 488 Pista. Like the coupe, this lightweight Italian stallion makes 710 hp, hits 62 mph in 2.85 sec, and handles impeccably, all while the wind blows through your hair on the way to its 211 mph top speed.
Sharing a platform with the upcoming Toyota Supra, BMW’s new roadster is a bit more subdued than the concept that inspired it, but it still looks great, with aggressive styling, perfect 50:50 weight balance, and a 3.0L inline-6 that launches it from 0-to-60 in 4.4 sec.
This tourer from the prancing horse replaces the California T. It packs a 591 hp 3.9L turbo V8 that launches the car from 0-to-62 mph in 3.5 s, and a retractable hardtop which gives it coupe looks when the wind isn’t blowing through your hair on the way up to its 199 mph top speed.
We recently spent a week behind the wheel of FIAT’s latest roadster – which simultaneously pays tribute to the classic 124 Spider and shares bones with the excellent ND MX-5 Miata. Find out what we thought of this Japanese-Italian love child in our full review on 95octane.
We had the opportunity to take the new retractable fastback version of the MX-5 Miata for a spin through the hills of Southern Cali. The MX-5 RF is every bit as fun as the roadster, looks amazing, and offers added shelter from the elements. Full review on 95octane.
We spent a few days behind the wheel of Alfa Romeo’s out-of-this-world 2-seat droptop, a beast of a sports car in a tiny package. Its 1.7L turbo 4 makes 237 hp, launching the lightweight car to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, and it sounds great doing it. Read our review on 95octane.
The new TT looks and drives better than ever, with impressive grip and cornering, a zippy 220 hp turbo 4 with 258 lb-ft. of torque, and a luxuriously appointed interior. Its cool 12.3″ “virtual cockpit” combines an instrument panel, infotainment and navigation displays in one.
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