Summer is synonymous with vacations, colourful sceneries and long drives to take it all in. What better vantage point to experience the marvels of nature than a comfortable car that goes from breezy open-top to a closed air-conditioned cabin at the flick of a button — because summer also means heat. That is why convertibles are always the best choice for car-owners who look for adaptability and performance at every turn. Convertibles today are not just great performers, but also handsome looking vehicles. Each carmaker tries to out-do competition by making their vehicles look different and stylish, which sets them up to be the perfect prop in your Instagram stories.
Since they come in so many sizes and are offered by brands of high repute, picking the right convertible for your summer adventures could get confusing. To help you appreciate each car’s nuances and strengths we have handpicked four of the choicest convertibles that are scorching the Indian roads with their head-turning abilities and adaptability to our roads.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster
It takes a lot to fashion a Mercedes into an aggressive roadster and still maintain its sanctimonious façade. The Mercedes AMG GT Roadster achieves this with incredible ease. The imposing AMG Panamericana grille upfront gives it its character, while the elongated bonnet shows off the car’s potential. The top of the GT Roadster is made of fabric, which adds to its lightweight configuration and contributes to the car’s agility. Mercedes has ensured that the cockpit retains familiar aspects like analog instrument cluster elements and a simply fashioned steering wheel, but where they have flexed is the performance. The Roadster flaunts 476hp in power with up to 630 Nm torque to rear axle. The company’s Intelligent Drive recognises the scenario you are driving through, be it rush-hour traffic or a summer cruise through the Western Ghats, the car adjusts itself to keep you as comfortable as possible. With power, style and comfort, this open-top pretty much sums up everything you could wish for on a relaxing drive.
Edgy, comfortable and future-ready, the BMW Z4 is the first convertible that comes to mind. With a soft top that folds down in just ten seconds (if you’re at speeds under 50kmph), you can be sure that no moment of a picturesque drive escapes uncaptured. BMW has amped up the technology that powers the car with a splurge of digital features for the driver and co-passenger, while also ensuring fantastic entertainment over the company’s iDrive Infotainment system. So, you can sit snug in your M Sport Seats, complete with Alcantara upholstery, and enjoy a summer cruise through stunning landscapes while grooving to your favourite summer tunes. The Z4 delivers performance with a 2,998cc inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine and 340hp to keep you ahead of the rest. What impresses us the most about the BMW Z4 is how it can effectively conquer endless straights and sharp turns as well as annoying city speed bumps.
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder
Lamborghinis bring with them an air of accomplishment that rubs off easily on those who saddle up in the raging bull’s cockpit. The affirmative stance that each of their vehicles brings exudes astounding amounts of flair. Their open-top variant, the Huracan Evo Spyder is very popular across India. While Lamborghinis aren’t as frequently spotted on Indian roads — let alone the open-top variant — there is ample scope for them to catch on and become commonplace benchmarks of accomplishment here. xThe Spyder is available in brilliant, bright summer colours and delivers power with a V10 engine.
The sporty interiors are distinguishable with colour accents at every significant juncture while the blend of aluminium and carbon fibre (within the cabin) is what adds the solidity and exquisite touch. It takes 17 seconds for the top to drop and a whiff of warm summer wind hits you as you the Spyder goes from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.1 seconds. Brace yourself for sheer exhilaration.
Porsche 911 Carrera S
In a world of stunning cabriolets is the Porsche 911 Carrera S that brings with it a lineage that few can match. The 992 is an impressive upgrade from the erstwhile 991 variants, as it has amped up the acceleration, especially when driven with the Sport Chrono muscle added to the mix. As soon as you retract the top, the wind mesh deflector nestles over the rear seats and manages the turbulence that arises when wind crosses back from the front seats. Driving the Carrera S will be blissful, even on Indian roads, thanks to the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. With acceleration from 0-100kmph in just 4.4 seconds (and 4.2 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package), you can set off to the horizon, aspiring to reach the top speed of over 290kmph, should the roads permit.