I’M A CONVERT
litre V8, which costs $66,205, is six to nine months. If you can’t wait that long, the four-cylinder turbo ($54,990) will take about three to four months to arrive.
Despite the limited supply, it is outselling every other passenger car in the Blue Oval fleet this year.
BMW 2 SERIES
This works as a showboat or speedboat, depending on your engine choice. Prices start at $55,900 for the modestly powered 220i, hit $68,900 for the 228i and stretch to $86,215 for the M235i with a 100km/h sprint time of 5.0 seconds flat. Fit and finish are classy and it is more than capable of handling daily driving duties.
BMW Australia spokesman Adam Davis says almost 40 per cent of 2 Series buyers opt for the soft-top and he expects the interest to continue when updated models start arriving next month.
Porsche’s “cheaper” soft-top rounds out the list of regular convertible contenders. The German two-seater combines cabrio and sports car and the $113,900 price looks cheap against the supercars.
The 718 Boxster is quite happy trundling up cobblestone alleys with the adaptive suspension set to Comfort but comes into its own on country roads where you can really soak up the sunshine and smells — the noise is drowned out by the burble of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
You’ll need $143,400 to take possession of the Boxster S, with enough thrust to deliver a hair-raising 4.6-second run to 100km/h. THE top end of town has had a busy year for drop-tops. Vying for the headlines are the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder (above) for a lazy $470,800 and the Ferrari 488 Spider (left) at $526,888. The price isn’t the issue; the look is and these are very different beasts.
The Lambo is all angles and polygons; the Ferrari more moulded metal — the choice is yours. What they have in common is an undeniable on-road presence the extroverted can appreciate. That effect is accentuated with the top down and the mechanical symphony belting out to occupants and passers-by alike.
For those whose motoring exhibitionism runs to seven figures, there’s also a limited-edition run of La Ferrari droptops (officially due to be shown at October’s Paris motor show) but you’ll need to know someone who knows someone … the initial production run is already sold.