Convertible Shopping Guide 2019

© Mazda North American Operations; FCA US LLC; © McLaren Automotive Limited; Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.Soak Up the Sun
What better way to take advantage of warm, sunny weather than dropping the top and hitting the road? Admit it . . . you’ve talked about it for years . . . “Next summer I’m getting a convertible.” Well, summer is right around the corner, and a wide array of open-top autos exists to engage your sun-induced pursuits, featuring nearly 40 models on the market and prices starting around $25,000. Whether the goal is performance, luxury or simply driving an attention-getter, there’s a convertible available that will fit the bill. Here’s a look at this year’s convertibles (listed in order by base MSRP), so get ready to start soaking up the sun.

© FCA US LLCFiat 124 Spider
Base MSRP: $24,995
The reincarnation of the Fiat 124 Spider hit U.S. shores a couple of years ago as a 2017 model, returning after a 30-year absence from the U.S. market. For 2019 a new performance exhaust is offered for 124 Spider Abarth called Record Monza Exhaust — a tribute to the speed record achieved by Carlo Abarth at the Monza circuit in Italy. Also added is the Veleno appearance group for Abarth, which includes red mirror caps, a red lip on the front fascia, a red tow hook, Abarth floors mats and a bright footrest. The result of a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda, the Fiat 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but with Italian styling and a Fiat drivetrain, suspension and tuning. Designed in Turin, Italy, the sporty Fiat features styling cues taken from the original 124 Spider, including a hexagonal upper grille, power domes on the hood and sharp horizontal taillights. The rear-wheel-drive 124 Spider is powered by Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower (164 in Abarth) and 184 lb-ft of torque, teamed with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. The convertible top is manually operated — easily put up or down from the driver’s seat.

© Mazda North American OperationsMazda MX-5 Miata
Base MSRP: $25,730
Since the launch of the first Miata in 1989, more than 1 million MX-5s have been sold worldwide. True to the original premise, the Miata is impressively lightweight, nimble and fun to drive. For 2019 Mazda offers the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition, finished in Racing Orange with forged aluminum wheels, Recaro seats, Bilstein dampers, a Bose audio system, orange brake calipers, orange interior accents and a numbered 30th-anniversary badge. The latest-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in summer 2015, and for 2019 updates include a revised SKYACTIV- G 2.0-liter engine producing 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 26 horsepower. A tilt/telescoping steering column is now standard, and the new GT-S package includes a limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers and a shock tower brace. In addition to the manual soft-top MX-5 the MX-5 RF (retractable fastback)offers a power-folding hardtop that can open or close in 13 seconds featuring a fastback coupe design that stays in place, even with the roof stowed.

© BMW USAMINI Cooper Convertible
Base MSRP: $27,400
The smallest 4-seat convertible on the market, the aptly-named MINI received a refresh for the 2018 model year. The update includes a new MINI logo, new alloy wheels, MINI logo projection from the driver’s side exterior mirror, new interior features such as wireless phone charging and rear LED lights with a Union Jack design. A rearview camera and park-distance control are standard across the MINI lineup. While the styling is updated, there’s still no mistaking that classic “bulldog” look, and the MINI retains it’s fun-to-drive characteristics. The MINI Cooper Convertible is available in three configurations ranging from the base level with a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine to the sporty John Cooper Works edition, drawing 228 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The soft-top is power operated and functional at speeds up to 18 mph. There’s also a “sunroof” mode that retracts the panel over the front passengers only.

© FCA US LLCJeep Wrangler
Base MSRP: $27,495
Jeep completely redesigned the iconic Wrangler for the 2018 model year — the off-roader’s first complete makeover in 10 years. While staying true to the Wrangler’s legendary off-road capability, the new model gets the latest in fuel-efficient powertrains, improved on-road dynamics as well as advanced safety and technology. Best of all, there are multiple open-top options, all of which are much easier to use than the previous generation. The Sunrider folding soft-top is standard and the rear window and rear side windows replace the zippers with a new retainer system that slides into a groove for easier removal and installation. The Freedom Top 3-piece removable hardtop is optional for all trim levels, as is the optional Sky One-Touch Power Top — a power-retractable full-length canvas top with removable rear quarter windows.

© Mercedes-Benz USAsmart EQ fortwo cabrio
Base MSRP: $28,100
The Mercedes-Benz smart brand has made the bold move of selling only electric vehicles going forward, and that makes the fortwo the only electric convertible on the U.S. market. For 2019, the smart models adopt the EQ designation as the first series-production models of the Mercedes-Benz EQ line of electric vehicles. The tiny 2-seater is one of the smallest cars on the road, yet it remains relatively roomy for two passengers. Power comes from an 80-horsepower electric motor situated in the rear to drive the rear wheels. Estimated range is 70–80 miles, with a full charge only three hours away via a 240-volt charger. The power-operated soft-top can be retracted partially like a sunroof or retracted completely to fully enjoy the outdoors.

© General MotorsChevrolet Camaro Convertible
Base MSRP: $31,500
As it has been for decades, the Ford Mustang Convertible’s chief rival is the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. The Camaro receives exterior updates for 2019; however, it still carries elements reminiscent of the original 1967 design. New for 2019 is a revised front-end design with a new grille, hood, dual-element headlights, LED signature lights, front fascia, LED taillights and rear fascia. The 2019 Camaro convertible is available in a LT, SS and ZL1 trim levels. The LT is powered by either a turbocharged 275-horsepower 2.0-liter engine or a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. The Camaro SS features a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and the extreme ZL1 boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 generating 650 horsepower. A 1LE performance package is offered with the 2.0-liter engine, and the ZL1 1LE has an available 10-speed automatic transmission. The Camaro convertible features a multi-layer soft-top that mimics the shape of the coupe, with a hard tonneau that covers the roof when stowed. The fully-automatic electro-hydraulic power roof system can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph.

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Mustang Convertible
Base MSRP: $31,895
The legendary Mustang received a refresh for 2018, sporting a new, sleeker design as well as added technology and features. The pony car has a restyled hood and grille with new hood vents designed to give it a more aggressive look. All Mustangs now feature LED headlights and taillights as well as a new bumper and fascia. For 2019 the California Special returns as a limited-edition package for Mustang GT, with design cues that echo the original 1968 California Special including fading stripes that start at the 5.0 badges on the front fenders and end at the rear fender scoops, as well as a blacked-out grille. The California Special also includes an Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge on the trunk, 5-spoke painted machined wheels and black Miko suede-trimmed seats with GT/CS insignia and red accent stitching. The 2018 Mustang Convertible is available with two engine choices: a 2.3-liter 310-horsepower EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter V8 that now puts out an impressive 460 horsepower. Mustang also is available with the latest safety technology, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

© General MotorsBuick Cascada
Base MSRP: $32,495
Cascada is Buick’s 2+2 convertible that joined the lineup as a 2016 model. It had been 25 years since Buick offered a convertible, the last being the 1991 Reatta. This modern-day convertible features a power soft-top with thermal and acoustic insulation that can be lowered in 17 seconds at speed up to 31 mph. Standard equipment is plentiful on the Cascada, including leather seating, heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and HID articulated headlights. Powering the front-wheel-drive Cascada is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 200 horsepower.

© FCA US LLCJeep Gladiator
Base MSRP: $33,545
Following closely on the heels of the redesigned Jeep Wrangler, Jeep introduces the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, an all-new midsize truck based on the Jeep’s iconic off-roader. And like the Wrangler, Gladiator will be an open-top vehicle including the base level Gladiator Sport, which comes with a Sunrider folding soft-top as standard equipment. The Sunrider soft-top easily folds back; or customers can opt for the Freedom hardtop with three removable panels. For the ultimate outdoor experience, doors can be removed and the windshield folded down onto the hood. Gladiator even has a small box mounted in the rear seat, designed to hold all screws and bolts from top removal so reassembly is worry-free.

© Audi of AmericaAudi A3 Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $38,900
When the latest generation of the A3 was introduced a few years ago, Audi took the opportunity to add the open-top version to the U.S. market. Sporting a power-folding cloth top and available Audi quattro all-wheel drive, the A3 received a design update for 2017 with styling that fits nicely with the rest of the Audi lineup. Powering the front-wheel-drive A3 Cabriolet is a turbocharged 2.0 TFSI that produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, teamed with an S tronic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. When quattro all-wheel drive is added, engine output is increased to 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard equipment includes leather seating surfaces, Audi xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with available dynamic turn signals and dual-zone automatic climate control.

© Nissan North AmericaNissan 370Z Roadster
Base MSRP: $41,820
The Nissan 370Z Roadster is the open-top version of Nissan’s 2-seat sports car, designed to create a sleek silhouette that matches the styling of the 370Z coupe, whether the top is up or down. For 2018 Nissan made some updates to the convertible, including the addition of dark headlight treatments, dark tinted rear combination lights, new blackout rear lower fascia and new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs. For 2019 two new exterior colors are added to the palette. Motivating the 370Z Roadster is a 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine combined with a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Downshift Rev Matching..

© BMW of North AmericaBMW 2 Series Convertible
Base MSRP: $41,100
BMW’s entry-level 2 Series convertible received a refresh for the 2018 model year that included updated front-end styling with LED headlights, new interior materials and new double-spoke bi-color wheels. Available as either the 230i or the more powerful M240i, the 2 Series convertible features a power-operated soft-top that provides coupelike quietness when in place and is completely hidden beneath the rear deck when open. The roof can be opened at speeds up to 30 mph. The 230i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 248 horsepower, while the sportier M240i gets an M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower. Both the 230i and M240i are available with a standard 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, available xDrive all-wheel drive and an available 6-speed manual with rear-wheel drive.

© Audi of AmericaAudi TT Roadster
Base MSRP: $48,400
The sporty Audi TT Roadster received fresh new styling a few years ago, including a new fascia with a broader, flatter Singleframe grille and standard LED headlights that tie it closer to its larger sibling, the R8. Powering the TT Roadster is a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard, as is Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. The TT uses an acoustic soft-top that retracts at the touch of a button. The roof can be raised or lowered in a mere 10 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz SLC Roadster
Base MSRP: $48,400
Mercedes-Benz has announced 2020 will be the final year for the SLC Roadster with the SLC 300 Final Edition and the AMG SLC 43 Final Edition, scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in 2020. The SLC originally debuted in 1986 as the SLK and was renamed when it was updated for 2016. The original SLK was the first of a new generation of roadsters for Mercedes-Benz with its power-folding metal hardtop that offered open-air driving with the comfort of a coupe in poor weather conditions. The original launch color for SLK was Yellowstone, and the AMG SLC 43 Final Edition will be available exclusively with Sun Yellow paint and high-gloss black trim. The SLC 300 Final Edition with be finished in Selenite Grey and will feature AMG Styling bumpers, sport suspension, larger brakes and 5-spoke AMG 18-inch wheels with a high-gloss black finish. Like its predecessor, the SLC features an electrohydraulic retractable hardtop that can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph. The SLC 300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 241 horsepower, while the sportier SLC43 gets an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo that generates 385 horsepower —enough to move this little 2-seater to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

© Audi of AmericaAudi A5 Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $51,200
Audi’s 4-seat convertible, the A5 received a refresh for 2018 with a wider, flatter Singleframe grille; a lower, longer hood line and a more pronounced wave design shoulder line. The A5 Cabriolet features an acoustic cloth soft-top can be lowered in 15 seconds at speed up to 31 mph with a new one-touch opening function. When opened, the top folds into three layers and stows beneath the trunk space with little effect on cargo capacity. Inside, the A5 Cabriolet offers the same advanced infotainment systems introduced in the coupe and sportback, including the Audi virtual cockpit. Powering the A5 is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.

© BMW of North AmericaBMW Z4
Base MSRP: $49,700
The 2019 Z4 is the German automaker’s newest 2-seat soft-top roadster, but it is easily recognizable as a BMW. From the classic kidney grille to the long clamshell hood stretched over bold wheel arches to the short trunk lid, this new Z4 has all the lines of a classic BMW roadster. The sculpted hood, air vents behind the wheels and dual exhaust add to the sporting new look. The Z4 sDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine producing 255 horsepower and peak torque of 295 lb-ft at 1550 to 4400 rpm, while the Z4 M40i features a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine producing 382 horsepower at a peak torque of 369 lb-ft from 1600 to 4500 rpm. Both engines are mated with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles. The production Z4 debuted last August at Pebble Beach when BMW unveiled the Z4 M40i First Edition, finished in Frozen Orange Metallic with an anthracite textile soft-top. The 2019 Z4 sDrive30i Roadster went on sale in spring 2019, and will be followed by the 2020 Z4 M40i Roadster later in the year.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $51,850
The C-Class Cabriolet joined the lineup as a 2017 model, the first time an open-top C-Class had ever been offered, and has been updated for the 2019 model year with revised styling, more powerful engines and interior enhancements. The 2019 C-Class Cabriolet features new front bumpers, standard diamond grille, standard revised LED headlights, revised LED taillights and standard two-pipe exhaust. Inside C-Class Cabriolet receives a larger standard 10.25-inch multi-media display and available fully-digital instrument cluster. The 2019 C-Class Cabriolet is offered in five versions: C 300, C 300 4MATIC, AMG C 43 4MATIC, AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S. The C 300 is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and the AMG C 43 derives power from an AMG 3.0-liter V6 generating 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. The AMG C 63 receives an AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo creating 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, with power bumped up to 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque for the C 63 S. The C-Class Cabriolet design follows that of the Coupe and the power acoustic cloth soft-top mimics the profile of the coupe and can be lowered in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The tightly-stretched soft-top includes a glass rear window and stows in the trunk with an integrated cover for a clean finish when lowered.

© BMW of North AmericaBMW 4 Series Convertible
Base MSRP: $53,100
BMW introduced the 4 Series 4-seat convertible in 2014, replacing the 3 Series Convertible. The 4 Series has a wider stance than the 3 Series, as well as a longer wheelbase and a 3-piece retractable hardtop. The 4 Series was updated for the 2018 model year, featuring standard bi-LED headlights with optional adaptive full-LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED taillights, a new lower front air intake, a new rear apron and new wheel designs. The 430i Convertible is powered by the TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 248 horsepower, while the 440i Convertible gets a 320-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder unit. Both offer a standard 8-speed sport automatic transmission, and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive is optional.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaPorsche 718 Boxster
Base MSRP: $59,000
The German automaker has a rich history of sports car racing — in 1950s and ‘60s the company campaigned the legendary 718 lightweight mid-engine sports car. In the spirit of that original, Porsche introduced the 718 Boxster name when the mid-engine, 2-seat roadster was redesigned for the 2017 model year. This updated roadster was initially offered as the 718 Boxster or 718 Boxster S; last year the 718 Boxster GTS joined the lineup. A newly-developed 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine produces 300 horsepower in the 718 Boxster, and the S upgrades to a 2.5-liter turbo producing 350 horsepower. The 718 Boxster GTS is also powered by a 2.5 liter turbo producing 365 horsepower. All three version are available with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The variants feature new chassis tuning and stronger brakes, which should provide great fun on road or track. The Boxster debuted as a 1997 model at a lower price than the rear-engine 911, also powered by a horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine.

© General MotorsChevrolet Corvette Convertible
Base MSRP: $61,495
The flagship sports car of the Chevrolet line, the Corvette moved into its 7th generation a few years ago, coinciding with the return of the classic Stingray name. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible is available with a variety of powertrains ranging from a standard 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 to the extreme-performance Z06 that offers a supercharged V8 pumping out 650 horsepower. With the optional Z07 package, the ‘Vette can reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. A new 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission is available for all versions including the Z06, and is designed to improve both performance and efficiency. For 2019 the Corvette ZR1 Convertible joins the lineup — the first drop-top ZR1 since the original 1970 model — powered by the same 755-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine as the ZR1 coupe.

© Audi of AmericaAudi S5 Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $65,100
The high-performance version of Audi’s A5 Cabriolet, the S5 Cabriolet boosts power with a reengineered 3.0-liter TFSI twin-scroll turbocharged V6 that produces 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the S5 jumps to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The standard Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system includes a self-locking center differential, basic 40:60 front/rear torque split and wheel-selective torque control. Optional dynamic steering adjusts the variable steering ratio based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting. The available Audi virtual cockpit features a 12.3-inch display that delivers vibrant color with NVIDIA quad core processing power via three display modes: Classic, Infotainment and Sport.

© Jaguar Land Rover North AmericaJaguar F-TYPE Convertible
Base MSRP: $64,700
Jaguar’s sleek and sexy convertible, the F-TYPE received exterior updates for 2018 including new full-LED headlights, a new front bumper and new air intakes. Also new for the 2018 model year, for the first time, the F-TYPE was offered with a 4-cylinder engine: a 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter teamed with the 8-speed Quickshift transmission. Peak torque is produced as low as 1500 rpm, helping the 4-cylinder F-TYPE reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The F-TYPE continues to be available with supercharged V6 and V8 engine options, including the 575-horsepower F-TYPE SVR.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $67,300
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet was new for the 2018 model year and is now offered in three versions: E 450, E 450 4MATIC and AMG E 53 . Motivation for E 450 versions comes from a powerful yet efficient 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission. For the first time the E-Class Cabriolet is available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine powers the new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet, along with EQ Boost and an electric auxiliary compressor to produce 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, combined with an AMG Speedshift 9-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. Utilizing a classic soft-top rather than a heavier, more expensive hardtop, the new E-Class Cabriolet’s multilayered, insulated top keeps the interior quiet even when driving at high speeds. The top can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, and with the top raised the cabriolet has a similar silhouette to the E-Class Coupe. The E-Class also features the signature Mercedes-Benz AIRSCARF, which circulates warm air near the neck when ambient temperatures drop.

© BMW of North AmericaBMW M4 Convertible
Base MSRP: $77,650
The high-performance version of the 4 Series, the M4 Convertible joined BMW’s U.S. lineup in 2015. The M4 is powered by a BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces a plentiful 425 horsepower with 406 lb-ft of torque from 1850–5500 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch gearbox. The aggressive design features aluminum front fenders and hood for weight savings, and the M4 Convertible shares the folding hardtop with the 4 Series Convertible. The M4 features Adaptive M Suspension as well as the Active M Differential uses data from the stability control, pedal position, wheel rotation, and yaw rate to vary the power distribution between wheels for improved agility and control. The M4 Competition Package increases power to 444 horsepower and adds Active M Differential and Star-Spoke forged wheels.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz SL Roadster
Base MSRP: $89,150
One of the most iconic convertibles of all time, the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster has a rich history dating back to the 300 SL of the 1950s. Mercedes-Benz updated the SL for 2017 with a revised front end, more powerful engines, a new 9-speed automatic transmission and available Active Body Control with curve tilting function. The new design features a unique diamond grille that extends downward, large lower air inlets and standard LED headlights. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL is offered in three trim levels: SL 450, SL 550 and AMG SL 63. The SL450 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo that produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the SL 550 receives a 4.7-liter V9 Biturbo with 449 horsepower and 526 lb-ft of torque. The AMG SL 63 features a hand-built AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo producing 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The SL features a power hardtop that can operate at speeds up to 25 mph. Unique to the SL is a panoramic glass top that can be electronically lightened or darkened with the touch of a button.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaPorsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $103,400
One of the most iconic automotive silhouettes of all time, the Porsche 911 debuted in 1963 and continues today as a benchmark among sports cars. The 911 Cabriolet has been offered every year since 1983 and the next-generation 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet debuted in January and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers in late summer 2019. The current model was redesigned for the 2017 model year with a wider front track and new features such as a new rear axle design, new electro-mechanical power steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and enhanced Porsche Active Suspension Management. The current 911 Cabriolet is offered in eight trim levels ranging from the standard Carrera with a 370-horsepower motor to the Turbo S that receives a 580-horsepower version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter engine. With full-time all-wheel drive, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet can sprint to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph.

© BMW of North AmericaBMW 8 Series Convertible
Base MSRP: $121,400
BMW hasn’t sold an 8 Series in more than 20 years, and with the return of the 8 Series Coupe, BMW is also offering a first-ever 8 Series Convertible. The 2019 8 Series Convertible is now on sale as the M850i xDrive Convertible, powered by the latest version of the BMW 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. With 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque on tap, the 8 Series Convertible can sprint to 60 mph in a mere 3.8 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 155 mph. With seating for four, the 8 Series convertible features a fully-electric soft-top that can open or close in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. The top is fully insulated with multiple fabric layers designed to keep the cabin quiet; the top’s light weight also lowers the center of gravity, thus improving ride and handling. A standard wind deflector keeps breezes down in the front seat, and optional neck warmers are welcome on a cold day.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-AMG GT Roadster
Base MSRP: $124,400
The AMG GT is the flagship sportscar of the Mercedes-AMG lineup, and two years ago the brand added a roadster to the mix. For 2019 the AMG GT receives styling updates to tie it closer to the new AMG GT 4-door with LED high-performance headlights that feature an arched light that functions as daytime running lights as well as turn signals, an updated rear bumper with a contrasting black diffuser, and updated LED taillights that appear even deeper set within a dark background. Two variants are offered — the AMG GT Roadster gets a 4.0- liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 469 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, while the more potent AMG GT C Roadster receives a new version of the 4.0-liter liter biturbo V8 that generates 550 horsepower. For 2019 a limited run of 750 AMG GT R Roadsters will be produced with 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. All AMG GT Roadsters utilize the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to optimize performance. The AMG GT Roadster accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the AMG GT C Roadster makes the sprint in just 3.7 seconds. AMG Sport Suspension is standard, and the AMG GT C includes AMG RIDE CONTROL Sport Suspension with adaptive, adjustable damping. The fabric soft-top can be opened or closed automatically in around 11 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

© Mercedes-Benz USAMercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
Base MSRP: $134,300
The first open-top 4-seat S-Class since 1971, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet features all the technology of other S-Class models, as well as a complete system for top-down warmth and wind control. The sleek, elegant design makes for one of the most exclusive S-Class models ever, with a coupe-like profile when the soft-top is closed. The top can be lowered in 20 seconds at speeds up to 35 mph. Inside the new S-Class Cab, technological creature comforts include an enhanced automatic wind protection system called AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, heated armrests and heated front and rear seats. Models range from the S560 with its 463-horsepower V8 to the powerful AMG S63 and S65, the latter of which boasts a 621-horsepower turbocharged V12 engine. The three-layer acoustic fabric soft-top is available in four colors and has a high-quality lining in Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber.

© MaseratiMaserati GranTurismo Convertible
Base MSRP: $150,980
One of the sexiest drop-tops on the road, the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible entered the U.S. market in 2010. Available in Sport or MC trim, both are powered by a Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 454 horsepower as well as one of the best exhaust notes on the road. For 2018 the GranTurismo was lightly refreshed with a new grille, updated bumpers and new air ducts that help reduce aerodynamic drag. Inside is seating for four on Poltrona Frau leather seats with integrated armrests. Also new for 2018 was the high-resolution 8.4-inch touchscreen display as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a Harman Kardon Premium Sound system. The GranTurismo Cabriolet also features a revised Skyhook active-suspension system and an upgraded brake package.

© BMW of North AmericaBMW i8 Roadster
Base MSRP: $163,300
For 2019 BMW adds the i8 Roadster alongside the i8 Coupe, offering an open-top version of BMW’s unique performance hybrid sports car. The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is powered by an electric motor combined with a TwinPower Turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine for a total combined output of 369 horsepower. For 2019 the gasoline engine gets a new sportier sound, the electric-only range has improved to 18 miles and the i8 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Equipped with an all-season fabric soft-top, the i8 Roadster can go from closed to open in 16 seconds while travelling at speeds up to 31 mph. As the roof opens, a rear window automatically rises to reduce wind turbulence in the cabin; however, the window can be lowered if more airflow is desired.

© Audi of AmericaAudi R8 V10 Spyder
Base MSRP: $182,100
The 2020 Audi R8 is the next generation of Audi’s 2-seat mid-engine performance car with revised exterior styling and more powerful engines. The new Audi R8 Spyder features an updated front bumper, new honeycomb grille with R8 badge, darkened headlights, new front spoiler lip and lateral air intakes. At the rear the 2020 R8 Spyder receives an updated bumper with honeycomb air outlets, oval exhaust outlets and new rear diffuser. Forged 19-inch 5-double-spoke wheels with an anthracite bi-color finish are standard with 20-inch 10-spoke Y-design forged wheels in high gloss anthracite optional. The 2020 R8 V10 Spyder is powered by a normally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 30 horsepower from the previous model. The R8 V10 performance Spyder is also powered by a 5.2-liter V10 producing 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The R8 V10 Spyder features a cloth top that can be opened in 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

© McLaren Automotive LimitedMcLaren 570S Spider
Base MSRP: $208,800
The McLaren 570S Spider is newest model of the McLaren Sports Series, joining the 570S and 570GT. With a retractable hardtop, the 570S Spider is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo McLaren-built V8 engine, producing 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 3,300 pounds, the 570S Spider has enough power to leap to 60 mph in a hair over 3 seconds, and blast to a top speed exceeding 200 mph. According to McLaren, the 570S Spider will “only” hit 196 mph with the top down. The luxurious interior has surfaces covered in either leather, Alcantara or carbon fiber. While most would prefer the sound of that V8 exhaust, the 12-speaker 1280-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system is more than enough for the small cabin.

© Ferrari North AmericaFerrari Portofino
Base MSRP: $214,533
The all-new Portofino replaced the aging California T, slotting in as the entry-level model in the Ferrari lineup. The Portofino sports the same turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the California T; however, the engine has been updated to produce close to 600 horsepower — an increase of almost 50 ponies. Performance is at a level appropriate for a Ferrari — a sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3.5 seconds, while top speed is documented as approaching 200 mph. The Portofino employs a retractable hardtop that not only adds stiffness and security, when closed it creates a sleek fastback style. Ferrari’s new Portofino convertible seats four; however, rear-seat use should probably be limited to short trips.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceAston Martin DB11 Volante
Base MSRP: $216,495
The DB11 Volante was all new for the 2018 model year, the latest in a long line of convertible sports GT cars from the British marque. Powering the DB11 Volante is an AMG-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. The intake, exhaust and ECU are all built by Aston Martin, which changes the dynamics as well as the sound from a comparable Mercedes-AMG model. The DB11 comes with an impressive array of standard equipment. Some features that can be found on every DB11 Volante include full leather trim, an Alcantara headliner, heated power front seats, a 360-degree surround-view camera, dual-zone climate control and 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. Also standard is an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio streaming, navigation system and iPhone integration.

© Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Base MSRP: $219,780
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is a version of the Huracan with a lightweight soft-top for open-air driving. Four variants of the Spyder are available — the rear-wheel drive 580-2, the all-wheel drive 610-4, Performante and EVO. All four are powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine; however, output matches the names 580 and 610, respectively, while Huracan Performante and EVO both receive 640 horsepower. Power for the Spyder is delivered through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the 610-4, Performante and EVO feature a new electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system. The cloth top opens in 17 seconds, and with the top stowed, two fins start behind the seats and run toward the rear of the car to continue the roofline, maintaining the sleek shape and optimizing airflow through the engine compartment.

© Bentley MotorsBentley Continental GT Convertible
Base MSRP: $236,100
Following the debut of the third generation Bentley Continental GT Coupe, the 2019 Continental GT Convertible features elegant, flowing exterior styling and a beautiful profile with the top up or down. With all-new styling, updated features and an improved powertrain, this Continental GT Convertible is a big step from the original that debuted more than a decade ago. The 2019 Continental GT Convertible’s larger grille is flanked by larger LED Matrix headlights that seem to flow into lines in the hood and fenders. If these elements look familiar, it’s because the look premiered on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, which has inspired many design cues on this new Bentley drop-top including the elliptically-shaped taillights. The fabric convertible top can be raised or lowered in 19 seconds, and it can be performed at speeds up to 30 mph. Seven different top colors are available, including a tweed look for the first time. The top provides enough sound deadening that the new convertible is as quiet inside as the previous-generation coupe. The new Continental GT Convertible is powered by Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The Continental GT V8 Convertible is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.

© Ferrari S.p.AFerrari 488 Spider
Base MSRP: $272,700
The Ferrari 488 Spider is the open-top version of the 488 GTB. Although Ferrari debuted the F8 Tributo at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as the latest iteration of Ferrari’s V8-powered mid-engine 2-seat sports car to replace the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider continues. Since the debut of the 308 GTB in the 1970s, Ferrari has offered a mid-engine V8 sports car and an open-top version since the targa-top 308 GTS. The 488 Spider continues that tradition, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine that produces 660 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The Spider’s power-retractable hardtop operates in 14 seconds, with two panels stowed behind the seats. The electric glass rear window can be placed in three positions with the top up or down. The 488 accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3 seconds and reaches 124 mph in 8.7 seconds with a top speed over 200 mph. Driving dynamics get enhanced by F1-Trac traction control, an E-Diff 3 electronic differential, SSC2 side-slip angle control and Magnetorheological suspension control.

© Ferrari S.p.AFerrari 488 Pista Spider
Ferrari debuted the new 488 Pista Spider during Monterey Car Week last August — a new Special Series model that sets a new benchmark for Ferrari spider performance with a powerful twin-turbo V8 engine and emphasis on weight reduction. Derived from the 488 Pista Coupe, both models draw from the racing experience of the Ferrari 488 Challenge and 488 GTE race cars to incorporate aerodynamic and performance advantages that include an S-Duct at the front, new diffusers and a new rear spoiler, resulting in a 25 percent increase in downforce compared to the standard 488 Spider. The 488 Pista Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a 7-speed F1 gearbox, which Ferrari says makes it the most powerful series production spider in the brand’s storied history.

© Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder
Base MSRP: $287,400
Lamborghini introduced the Huracan EVO Spyder at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, following the coupe that was introduced earlier this year and the Spyder carries over the advanced aerodynamics and next-generation vehicle dynamics control that were introduced on the hardtop. The Spyder features an electrohydraulic, lightweight soft-top that opens with the push of a button and fully retracts in 17 seconds. As the top lowers, two fins deploy behind the seats to enhance the overall look and help reduce air turbulence during high-speed open-air motoring. Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine based on the powerplant found in the high-performance Huracan Performante, producing 640 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This results in thrilling speed specs: 62 mph comes up in 3.1 seconds, 124 mph in 9.3 seconds and top speed is rated at a bit over 200 mph. Huracan EVO features the latest version of Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata to control and enhance the overall driving dynamics. The LDVI can affect the rear-wheel steering, 4-wheel torque-vectoring system and enhanced all-wheel-drive system to predict the best driving setup for the current situation.

© McLaren Automotive LimitedMcLaren 720S Spider
Base MSRP: $315,000
Two years ago McLaren introduced the all-new 720S and this year the open-top 720S Spider joins the lineup. The retractable carbon fiber roof raises or lowers in 11 seconds. The entire top mechanism only adds 108 pounds, conforming to McLaren’s dedication to lightweight performance vehicles. The 720S Spider’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Performance figures are on a par with the coupe — the sprint to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds and 124 mph comes up in a hair under 8 seconds. Top speed is 212 mph; however, with the top open the driver would have to settle for a mere 202 mph. With the same handling and performance as the coupe as well as the all-weather durability of the retractable hardtop, the spider will likely become more favorable than the coupe.

© Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLCRolls-Royce Dawn
Base MSRP: $346,300
Dawn is a super-luxury 4-seat convertible that joined the Rolls-Royce lineup as the seventh-generation Phantom was phased out. Dawn is offered as a single model without set trim levels, since nearly every car gets built to individual customer specifications that include tens of thousands of dollars in options. Dawn shares mechanical underpinnings with the Wraith Coupe but is more than just a convertible Wraith; 80 percent of the body panels are unique. The lowered soft-top gets stowed beneath a wooden deck that flows down between the rear seats and throughout the cabin. Powered by Rolls-Royce’s twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm, Dawn is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful full 4-seat drophead offered to date. Inside, the Rolls-Royce Dawn offers an environment of exquisite materials meticulously handcrafted to create an unmatched luxury experience.

© Automobili LamborghiniLamborghini Aventador S Roadster
Base MSRP: $460,247
Lamborghini debuted its latest extreme open-top car, the Aventador S Roadster at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and this year added the Aventador SVJ Roadster, pushing the performance envelope even further. A futuristic design that has creases and angles in myriad directions, the S Roadster clearly makes a bold statement. Residing behind the passenger compartment is a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a “robotized” 7-speed gearbox that performs gear changes as quickly as 50 milliseconds. With the quick transmission and powerful engine, the Aventador S will achieve 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 3 seconds. In 6 more seconds 124 mph will flash by. With the driver’s right foot planted on the floor, this Aventador will eventually reach 217 mph.

© Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
Base MSRP: $573,966
Last year the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ coupe completed a lap of the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:44.97 minutes, setting the record for a street-legal production car. Now it’s possible to have that same level of performance in an open-top car with the Aventador SVJ Roadster. Like the coupe, the SVJ Roadster is powered by a normally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. With power delivered to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox, the SVJ Roadster can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 8.8 seconds. Top speed exceeds 217 mph — certain to be an unforgettable experience with the top down. The roof is composed of carbon fiber and can be removed via quick-release levers for stowage under the front hood. Only 800 Aventador SVJ Roadsters will be produced.

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