THE BEST Convertibles

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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.

2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible

2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible

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.

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Ferrari 812 GTS

Ferrari 812 GTS

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.

2020 BMW M8

2020 BMW M8

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.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R

A drop-top variant of AMG’s powerful 2-seater. Like the coupe, it packs a 4.0L biturbo V8 with 577 hp and 516 lb-ft. of torque, along with enhanced aerodynamics to improve downforce, and lightweight components to help launch it to 60 mph in just 3.5 sec.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept

Lexus LC Convertible Concept

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 720S Spider

McLaren 720S Spider

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).

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The new BMW 8-series drops its top with its M850i xDrive convertible variant, packing a V8 engine that makes an impressive 523hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque. It does 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, while wowing you with its luxurious and high tech cabin.

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

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.

2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition

2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition

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.

2018 Ferrari Portofino

2018 Ferrari Portofino

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.

Driven: FIAT 124 Spider

Driven: FIAT 124 Spider

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.

Driven: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Driven: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

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.

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2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

The new Mustang convertible gets all the same cool enhancements as the fastback version, and looks particularly brilliant in Ingot Silver with its top dropped. We can only imagine how good it sounds with that more powerful new 5.0L V8 and active exhaust.

Up Close: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Up Close: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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.

2017 Audi TT RS

2017 Audi TT RS

The top-of-the-line TT gets a new aluminum 5-cylinder engine which pushes out 400 hp, launching the Coupe to 62mph in 3.7s and the Roadster in 3.9s. All-wheel drive and a fixed rear wing are standard, and adaptive dampers and carbon ceramic brakes are available.

2016 Audi TT Roadster

2016 Audi TT Roadster

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.

2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

A drop-top version of AMG’s powerful, yet sophisticated S65 Coupe. It rocks a 630 hp bi-turbo V12 capable of launching it to 62 mph in just 4.1s, and has heated seats, armrests, and neck vents to keep you toasty even with the top down on cool days.

McLaren 675LT Spider

McLaren 675LT Spider

The drop-top variant of McLaren’s already bonkers 675LT packs a 675hp twin-turbo V8, and manages to do 0 to 62mph in 2.9s and 0 to 124mph in 8.1, just a hair of a second slower than the coupe. Top speed is 203 mph, so gentlemen, hold onto your hats.

2017 FIAT 124 Spyder

2017 FIAT 124 Spyder

Sharing its bones with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 124 Spyder pays homage to FIAT’s roadster heritage. The Miata drives great, and FIAT’s styling looks great, so we have no complaints here. An added bonus: its 1.4L turbo 4 makes 24% more torque than Mazda’s engine.

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Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari 488 Spider

The drop-top variant of the 488GTB gets the same 661hp, 3.9L turbo V8 as its roofed brother. It can do 0-to-62mph in just 3.0s, and 0 to 124 mph in 8.7. Top speed is 203 mph, and it sounds spectacular getting there.

2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster

2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster

The updated Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster now has a 7-speed gearbox with paddle shifters, and its 572hp V12 gets it to a top speed of 201mph – though at that speed, the hair might rip out of your skull. More on 95octane.

MINI Superleggera Vision

MINI Superleggera Vision

MINI and coachbuilder Touring Superleggera knocked it out of the park with their collaborative concept roadster, blending the best of British and Italian automotive design. The tailfin and Union Jack tail lights are priceless. More on 95octane.

McLaren 650S Spider

McLaren 650S Spider

Leave it to the wizards at McLaren to build a convertible with virtually the same specs as its hard-top brother. The 650S Spider still goes 0-to-60 in 3.0 secs, and only weighs 88lbs. more. Though top speed is “only” 204mph, not 207.

2014 Lexus IS 350 C F Sport

2014 Lexus IS 350 C F Sport

The cabriolet hasn’t had the visual overhaul of its sedan brethren, but it has the advantage that it can drop its hardshell top in warmer climes. Powered by 3.5L 306hp V6, it hits 60 in a respectable 5.8 secs, and gets 27mpg (hwy).

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