Despite our appalling weather, fewer countries in Europe buy more convertibles than us Brits. We love a drop top and with summer fast approaching many people will be on the lookout for a new set of wheels. Here Ape runs through the best options for every budget.
It may be the cheapest car in this list but the Mazda is one of the best drop-top sports cars you can buy at any price point. The little Japanese roadster has been around for decades and the recipe has largely remained unchanged: lightweight, simplicity and affordability. The angular origami bodywork of the latest model looks brilliant and it doesn’t disappoint behind the wheel either.
The peppy 2.0-litre engine may only have 184bhp but the MX-5 is so light it doesn’t need anymore grunt. A snappy six-speed manual gearbox adds a layer of driver involvement most sports cars lack these days, too – you’ll struggle to find a more entertaining car for less.
The Z4 is a rare beast – a car designed specifically to be a roadster. There is no fixed-roof alternative, so this car really has been designed for top down driving.
Like any great sportscar it’s rear wheel drive and can be had with a thumping 340bhp six-cylinder engine – but you will have to spend a little more to get that.
Audi A5 Cabriolet
The Audi A5 cabriolet is a car that puts sophistication above sportiness. The folding fabric roof can be raised or lowered in as little as 15 seconds – handy for when the British weather takes a turn for the worst. And when it’s up, there’s little telling it apart from the coupe – it’s so well insulated making it a quiet and refined cruiser at all times.
Porsche 911 Targa
The beauty of a 911 is its versatility; part sports car and part grand tourer, it is one of the most recognisable and lauded cars on sale. You can have a coupe, a regular convertible or, what is our pick, the Targa. It uses a complex, but beautiful, folding metal roof that gives it a silhouette like no other car on the road.
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Ferrari 812 GTS
For maximum open-top thrills you can’t look beyond the stunning Ferrari 812 GTS. Under that enormous bonnet Ferrari has stuffed a 789bhp 6.5-litre V12 engine – the most powerful V12 ever seen in a Ferrari road car. And as for wind in your hair thrills, how does 211mph sound?