I’M A CONVERT

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

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 BOXSTER

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.

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