Warmer temperatures got you hankering for a top-down drive; here are some fast, fun convertibles to consider. If you’re in the market, these hottest convertibles of summer can get you to the beach in style.
Chevrolet Camaro SS (MSRP: $38,330; Invoice: $36,797; 16/24 mpg)
The 2012 Camaro SS convertible has the kind of power that will knock most cars back on their heels. A 6.2-liter V8 engine growls with potential while idling, and roars through every step of its short throwing, six-speed manual transmission. Taut independent suspension, tight steering and outstanding brakes enable the driver to put all 426 horses of power through their paces without sacrificing handling.
Audi S5 Cabriolet (MSRP: $59,300; Invoice: $55,150)
An elegant way to experience the classic wind-in-your-face feeling, the 2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet is a convertible that knows how to handle the road. With either a 3-liter supercharged V6 or 4.2-liter direct injection V8 under the hood, the S5 mixes ample power with optimal performance – and it’s more than roomy enough for four.
BMW 650i Convertible (MSRP: $90,500; Invoice: $83,440; 15/22 mpg)
The 2012 BMW 650i drop-top offers sports-tuned suspension and a six-speed manual transmission (or eight-speed automatic) that can help you hug those mountain curves like a pro. Speaking of mountains, the 650i powers its way to the top with a 400 hp, 4.4-liter V8 engine. The driver has access to a host of tech options, including adaptive cruise control and nifty night vision.
Porsche Boxster (MSRP: $48,100 to $65,200;19/27 mpg)
A high-class, mid-engine roadster starting at under $50,000? Just say Porsche – but say it properly, with two syllables (“Por-sheh” or “Por-sha,” not “Porsh”). The base-level 2.9-liter, flat six-cylinder engine won’t correct your pronunciation, but it will punch past traffic with 255 hp. A 310 hp, 3.4-liter flat six is available in the Boxter S model. The PDK automatic transmission and light vehicle weight mean your summer road trips will be nice and easy.
2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Luxury Edition Convertible (MSRP: $211,160; 13/20 mpg)
For those among you who are willing to spare no expense in search of the hottest convertibles of summer, consider the timeless elegance of the 2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Luxury Edition Convertible. The open road will be your oyster. Small touches like a crystal key fob and every single vehicular luxury feature imaginable cannot be underestimated, and neither can this Aston Martin’s performance. A 6-liter V12 throws down 470 hp, producing 443 pound-feet of torque and a 0 to 60 time of well below five seconds. All the while, you’ll enjoy audiophile quality from a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound stereo system. Summertime never sounded so nice.
Convertible land speed record – on ice
Porsche Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porche#Pronunciation_of_.22Porsche.22