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8 of the Best Convertible Cars for Summer

By Ryan Wegman
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8 of the Best Convertible Cars for Summer

There’s nothing quite like putting the top down and taking a cruise on some winding roads in your convertible. The way two-seaters handle curves and accelerate with a punch gets your blood pumping and makes you feel alive. Here are the eight of the best convertible cars to make sure you get the most out of your summer.


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1. McLaren 570S Spider

Critics are agog about this slick speedster. With its twin-turbo, 562-horsepower engine, the Spider can cover a ¼ mile in 11 seconds and go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. There are two models-a topless version and the sportier model—but both offer an excellent engine growl and will attract glances wherever you go. The Spider has surprising roominess, too.  It’s comfortable enough for a fun cross-country trip, but it still maintains a vise-like grip and takes curves with the precision of a figure skater.

2. Jaguar F Type SVR

Jaguar calls its all-weather F-Type SVR a “supercar” for its extra burst of horsepower and clever all-wheel-drive system. This speedy supercar can hit 200 mph if you have space in front of you to really open it up. The SVR has a more neutral chassis balance than its predecessor, the Jaguar F-Type R because Jaguar shifted the torque slightly rearward. The real strength of the SVR is its intense, supercharged V8 engine. To keep your Jag looking pristine, protect it with the best car covers.

If you’re going to keep your Jaguar in the garage or out in the driveway, it’s wise to invest in a Basic Shield Car Cover that protects your convertible against dirt, pollen, and dust. This cover is breathable, so you won’t have to worry about mold growth, and it’s incredibly lightweight, making it easy to work with and store. For maximum longevity and durability, the cover does not feature mirror pockets but accommodates your Jaguar’s mirrors within the body of the cover.

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3. Porsche 718 Boxster

This classic roadster is the epitome of a sporty convertible and has maintained its immense popularity for decades. With the 718 Boxster, Porsche swapped out their flat-six for a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, adding to the acceleration punch this model packs. It sounds different, too, less like a tuneful harmony and more like a turbo-charged growl. The suped-up model has a 2-liter engine with 300 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission.


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4. Mazda MX5 RF

With its rounded corners and subtle styling, the Mazda MX5 is a sweet throwback to the classic 60s Stingray. The Mazda 2-seater has some of the best fuel mileage out of many sports cars, offering 42.3 miles to the gallon. “RF” stands for the retractable fastback—a panel that pulls into the car’s body to make it a convertible. However, the rear pillars stay in place, making it feel much sturdier.

5. Mercedes-Benz SLC Class

For a long time, the SLC class from Mercedes was sports car royalty. In 2017, the car company upped the ante by outfitting these sporty cars with twin-turbocharged V6 engines and a retractable hardtop. If you still want a convertible feeling without all the wind, the SLC class offers a clear roof made of glass that allows you to alter its opacity by simply flicking a switch. Along with a futuristic roof, the SLC class has loads of user-friendly technology like rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated power-folding side mirrors.

6. Ferrari 488 Spider

Many sports car companies have rethought the convertible roof. Instead of outfitting models with soft tops, some companies like Ferrari use advanced technology to create retractable hardtops for more rigidity. Beyond that, what the Ferrari 488 Spider brings to the table is power. With a twin-turbocharged engine providing 661 horsepower, you can zip from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and top out at 203 mph if you so desire.

7. BMW Z4

You have two choices if you want to slip behind the wheel of the newest addition to the BMW family, the Z4; you can either get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the twin-turbo inline-six, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds on the test track. The Z4 is also fuel-efficient and roomy—a perfect fit for anyone who wants to cruise the winding back roads with the top down.

8. Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder

The Spyder is James Bond’s preferred make, but today this two-seater is a far cry from the one the famed spy cruised around in. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder looks more like a craft from the future. The car company only makes 1,000 of these each year, and each one is customizable.

With a sassy exhaust, explosive acceleration, and an extraordinary gearbox that maintains tight control on curves, the 4C Spyder has a 237-horsepower engine with four cylinders. At such an affordable price point, you can customize this zippy sportster however you like, but don’t forget to put aside some finances for car maintenance.  


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The Last Lap

If you’re looking for a new zippy sports car to tool around in with the top down, you can’t do much better than these eight convertibles from brands like Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. If you want to feel the wind in your hair this summer, think about investing in one of these glamorous and exciting convertibles. When you finally take the plunge and put your top down, ensure the car’s longevity and protection with a car cover from

May 13, 2021
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