There's no getting around it: convertibles are inherently compromised compared to their hardtop siblings. But if you weren't out to set a blistering lap time, and were instead looking for some enjoyment, sunshine, and fresh air, you can't beat a convertible. Here are some cars that would be just great without a roof.
Lexus actually already built a concept version of a convertible LC500, but it has yet to confirm it for production. Considering the car's grand touring attitude, it seems like a no-brainer. Plus, drivers will be able to hear that V-8 much better.
Like the LC, the Speedtail was designed as a GT car, meaning owners will be taking them on comfortable long-distance drives. So it makes sense to offer a convertible version so the three people inside can enjoy cruising to the fullest.
There's a serious lack of convertible trucks on the market right now. Currently, your only option is the new Jeep Gladiator. We think Toyota has a perfect opportunity to take advantage of this gap and introduce a droptop Tacoma.
It's sort of strange Bugatti has yet to offer a Chiron with a removable top. One of the Veyron's most popular variants was the targa-top Grand Sport. The closest thing you can get to a convertible Chiron right now is a pair of "Sky View" glass panels.
The Toyobaru twins have been out for awhile now, and while we've heard rumors a convertible trim may be in the works, it seems it's not going to happen. If it existed, it'd be the ultimate Miata competitor.
The Ford GT is purpose-built track car with a single performance intent, but we still think it'd be cool if Ford offered a version with at least a targa top. All that performance the open air flowing through the cabin at high speeds? Sign us up.
The current GT-R has been around for over a decade, and that whole time Nissan never offered a drop-top version, and that's a shame. A removable roof would've surely made the car heavier and more complex, but the the GT-R is already heavy and complex, it it wouldn't have been a big deal. There's still time, Nissan...
The last-gen Phantom had a coupe and a droptop version, but Rolls-Royce has already said it wouldn't be bringing back the convertible variant for this latest generation. That makes us sad. What else would we use to cruise through the Hamptons three weekends every summer?
We've heard rumors Alfa Romeo is developing a two-door coupe version of the Giulia, which means a convertible could be on the horizon. We have a feeling the Quadrifoglio would look great without a roof, and make the experience from that Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 even better.
McLaren only recently unveiled the GT, so there's no telling if it's planning a convertible version in the future. Seeing as how this car's predecessor, the 570GT, didn't get a droptop variant, it might not. Only time will tell.
The G-wagen has been around since 1979, and was completely redone for 2019. It's an icon. Up until 2013, it was offered with a folding roof. Though the convertible is down, it's not out: that the German automaker wants to revive it at some point in the future. Imagine a G65 AMG Cabriolet.
For long and straight roads, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is your friend. And if you had a top you could fold down, then you'd not only get to feel an even bigger rush of wind, you'd also get to hear the engine and the supercharger whine that much better. You'd also be able to breathe in all that sweet, sweet tire smoke.
The Jeep Renegade comes with an optional targa top, but what if Jeep just made the whole thing a convertible? It would occupy the lower end of the tiny-SUV-convertible segment of the market (the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the top end of that segment). It's a segment that we think needs expanding.
During the Civic Coupe's reveal, we were extremely impressed with the trim and sporty proportions that the new car had. We felt that Honda was finally returning to when Hondas were cool and fun to drive. We haven't driven the Coupe yet, but we imagine it will be a damn fun little car, especially if it didn't have a roof.
The NSX's direct competitors from Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, and McLaren all have Spider versions of their cars. To stay competitive, the NSX definitely needs and answer to those mid-engined rivals.