With the summers around a lot of things change along with the weather; more than anything it’s more of a change in mood. With the days getting longer and sunshiny skies over the head, it makes people take out their legs off their pants, their hands off their shirts and more than anything it wants them to shed the tops of their cars. This is the reason why the prominence of convertibles has grown so much in the recent past, and the increasing sales figures for the convertibles in the market is clear evidence of the fact in our saying. The first convertibles that we can remember off were the horse-drawn carriages having folding hoods. The modern-day convertibles, on the other hand, are the drop-tops, but somehow are inspired by those very first convertibles launched in the market. The modern-day drop-top convertibles are a lot more advanced and sophisticated with their motorized, enunciating tops, which folds back under their trunk with a mere touch of a button. But with so many stunning convertibles in the market, it’s really hard to find out which is the best one for you. And to make it easy for you to find the best convertibles in the market here we have listed some of the finest convertibles currently available in the market delivering maximum top-down satisfaction.
Topping the chart for the best convertibles for summer 2011 is the Abarth Roadster offering a turbulent ride. The rumors for the car started back in 2008 and initially, the car was said to be based on the Smart Roadster, which itself was a superb roadster beleaguered with reports of leaks and a slow gearbox. But since then the Fiat owned marque seemed to have considered the Lotus and KTM based chassis’ for the development of the car, however, the car is expected to be based on the Fiat Panda/500 chassis to minimize the cost for the car.
The hood for the Abarth Roadster is expected to have a tuned variant of Fiat’s 1.4 ltr MultiAir turbocharged engine which will be paired with a dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox and will be positioned behind the driver. The car is expected to enter the car by 2012, though.
BMW 1 Series Convertible
The second entry in our list is the BMW 1 Series Convertible, which comes with its renewed and updated model, which considering the fact that it is a variant of the BMW 1 Series, which debuted a few years back is rather impressive. The BMW 1 Series Convertible is expected to hit the streets by March and is also expected to have significant enhancements in the emissions and economy together with new lights rear and front and an updated interior.
The 1 series convertible will be powered by 3.0 ltr inline-6 engine powering the car with its maximum power of 230 bhp and maximum torque of 200 lb-ft. The 128i BMW Convertible will be having magnesium/aluminum construction-core basics of BMW’s EfficientDynamics and BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology.
BMW 6 Series Convertible
The second entry in our list is also from BMW, and it’s the BMW 6 Series Convertible which is the convertible version of the brand new BMW 6 Series, and we will say that it’s rather impressive. The new car comes with enhancements and upgrades all across the board, and we will say that the car is a lot more impressive than what we’ve seen till now. The new BMW 6 Series Convertible is also a lot more spacious now and also delivers respectable levels of fuel efficiency despite having huge engines. The car also features a plethora of luxuries and to compliment it the car will be delivering the performance that won’t be disappointing many of the speed fanatics in the market. With the 6 Series convertibles, you will be having engine choices of six, eight or ten cylinders.
Chevrolet Cruze coupe-cabriolet
Now, this is one car that till now is only considered only a rumor, and even that rumor trail for this ferocious 4 seater hardtop convertible has gone down. But we still think that the car has a chance. General Motors has made a huge investment for developing the 4 doors Cruze and it surely will make sense for diversifying the platform as much as possible.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Another car that has had a tough time is the Chevrolet Camaro. Especially during the recession, there was a strong chance that the car will be scrapped. For a while, it clearly was touch and go. Although thankfully it didn’t happen and the Chevrolet Camaro sold really well, as a matter of fact, the Camaro outnumbered the Ford Mustang coupe in 2010.
The Chevrolet Camaro survived the recession (thankfully), unlike the cars like the Dodge Challenger Convertible. And for the model year, we will be having the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible which will be rubbing shoulders in the muscle car ring with the Mustang Convertible.
Chrysler 200 Convertible
The Chrysler 200 Convertible will enter the market as a gap-filler for the gap created by the outgoing Chrysler Sebring Convertible. This four-seat Chrysler 200 Convertible by now has been spotted going through the final testing and we expect the car to enter the market at the New York Auto Show. The car that we spotted undergoing testing had a fabric roof, but we expect that the car actually will be having a folding hardtop in disguise, or at least the customers will be given a choice of roofs for the car, just as we’ve seen with the Sebring.
Donkervoort D8 GTO
The Donkervoort definitely is not a prominent carmaker, but this Dutch automaker definitely can build impressive cars powered by Audi engine just as we’ve seen in the Lotus Seven. The problem for the carmakers like this has always been to build a correspondingly utilitarian, enjoyable to drive a car for the modern 21st-century customers. The Donkervoort D8 GTO will be the latest attempt of the automaker, so you can expect a lot of carbon fiber chassis and at the same time a lot of power.
Ferrari 458 Spider
The Ferrari 458 Spider is one gem of the car from Italian auto marque Ferrari, and with this car, they have outdone themselves. The performance of the car is everything that you expect from a car from Ferrari. Performance of the Ferrari 458 Spider has overpowered the performance of the car having even higher price tags, even the cars from Ferrari itself. In general, a convertible model follows the mid-engined range of Ferrari, but there hasn’t been any information as if now from the Ferrari factory. It would be strange if we don’t see a 458 Spider model launched in 2011 although, there’s a strong chance that the car won’t be available until 2012.
Lamborghini Reventón Roadster
The Lamborghini Reventón flaunting an exotic design was a huge hit at different car shows all over the world, and still has its charisma by being a strictly limited edition. But the good news here is that now around 20 more customers will be able to get the car with 20 more Roadster variants being made. The weight of the car has also been kept low using the carbon fiber components and body panels. Also with the 6.5 ltr 12-cylinder engine under the hood, you could be assured of ultimate performance for the car.
Lotus is making a huge impact on the global auto market with its brand new range of cars carving a brand new position for them and making an attempt to bring the sports car manufacturer back on track and into profitability. The all-new Lotus Elise comes with a subtly revamped body shape having an all-in-one integrated headlights counting LED direction indicators and LED daylight running lights. These might be minor changes at first, but surely are the indicators of something huge making its way into the market.
So if you are thinking of buying a convertible this weekend, these are the fifteen finest convertibles currently available in the market, all these models will offer everything that you expect from a fun, performing and stunning convertible in market.