An open-top drive in a cabriolet at sunset is one of life’s greatest joys. Nothing beats the scent of sea salt as you drive along the shore, or the petrichor of a forest that has just been washed by rain. Driving with the top down also provides a more sensual experience. The driver can hear the engine and exhaust more clearly, and the smell of heated brakes and tyres from a thrilling drive heightens the feelings.
You may really feel the stress melt away and a grin bloom on your face if you’re lucky enough to be driving an open cabriolet on these occasions. However, it has been claimed that the most successful individuals create their own luck. So, to prepare you for these scenarios, here are the most recent cabriolets that will brighten your day.
Maserati MC-20 Cielo
The Maserati MC-20 Cielo is the most recent addition to this lineup. The Cielo, which follows the coupé that debuted last year, is more of a targa than an outright convertible. Instead of a foldable fabric or metal roof, this Maserati has a cutting-edge electrochromic glass roof panel. The top may be changed from clear to opaque with the push of a button on the center screen. Best-in-class thermal insulation promises to keep the Sun’s heat at bay, while electronically removing the top takes just a push of a button and 12 seconds.
The MC-20 Cielo is just 65kg heavier than the coupe, which is trivial compared to the groundbreaking Nettuno twin-turbo V6 engine. With 630hp at the driver’s disposal, the MC-20 Cielo can reach over 320km/h and takes only three seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h. It’s a good thing, therefore, that among the several drive modes available to maximize the car’s handling capabilities, WET Mode is also available for comforting control when the skies open up.
Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible
An engine that sings is the ideal complement to a cabriolet. A high-revving V8, which can be found beneath the hood of the Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible, is one of the best-sounding engines money can buy. Its 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine generates a distinctive V8 burble through its beautiful quad exhaust pipes, while also providing improved economy for a Touring range of over 800km. All in unrivaled comfort for easily traveling large distances.
While the Bentley Drive Dynamics selection provides the complete range of performance, from class-leading refinement and comfort to focused handling in Sport mode, with a peak speed of 318km/h and the capacity to reach 100km/h from a standstill in four seconds. Furthermore, the Active All-Wheel Drive System allows rear-wheel drive to be used as often as possible during normal driving for maximum efficiency and dynamic performance.
BMW M4 Competition Convertible with M xDrive
BMW M is another manufacturer that is expanding the availability of all-wheel drive in its model lineup. BMW’s performance division is recognized for producing some of the most demanding performance vehicles of all time. The M4 has lately been available in convertible form.
The BMW M4 Competition Convertible with M xDrive, as it is officially known, breaks new ground for the M sub-brand when combined with all-wheel drive. It’s a good thing, too, because its 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder in-line twin-turbocharged engine produces 510hp. Returning to a fabric folding roof after a long absence also includes the convenience of opening and shutting the roof while driving at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance RWD
The Audi R8 has evolved into a “thinking man’s” supercar. It is well-executed; attractive, handles wonderfully, and has a track record of dependability that many exotic brands envy. It also comes with considerable pedigree. Through the Lamborghini Huracan, with whom it shares its chassis and that fantastic V10 engine!
Furthermore, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance RWD provides a higher level of purity with a rear wheel drive arrangement that reduces weight while putting the driver firmly in charge. Tremendous power comes with great responsibility.
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
No list of open-top sports cars would be complete without the Porsche 911. In this scenario, the current 992-generation devices are so comprehensive that even the ‘entry’ model readily delivers all of the usable performance someone could possible want. Look higher up the price list, and the Stuttgart automaker is more than eager to comply with even more powerful variants of its legendary sports car.
The 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s 385hp output perfectly fits the Porsche Intelligent Performance concept. In practice, having stratospheric power outputs means spending more time braking for the next bend. The driver of this 911 Carrera, on the other hand, would have more time to enjoy the intricacies of the power band and the unique engine sounds that come with each increase of rpm. It’s even better that this is done from the top down…
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black Convertible
When it comes to clever performance, one of the most gorgeous vehicles in its category is also the most efficient. It develops maximum torque at 1,500rpm and is powered by a 300hp, 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine. All while delivering the anticipated sports car performance from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a peak speed of 250km/h.
The Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black variations take the purity and presence of its sports car ethos to a new level. For starters, the ‘Style 5039’ 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels are not offered on any other model in the lineup. More excellent details can be seen on the inside, giving this automobile the appearance and feel of classically British craftsmanship, adding a feeling of elegance and sportiness.