These 16 Cars Need a Convertible Version Right Now

Sometimes a lap time isn't the most important thing.


There's no getting around it: convertibles are inherently compromised compared to their hardtop brothers and sisters. 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, according to you.

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Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

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.

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Richard Pardon
Ford GT

The new 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.

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Brian Silvestro
Lotus Evora

Lotus has given us several high-power Evoras with better looks, but never an open-top version. If the Elise and Exige could pull it off, we don't see why the Evora wouldn't be able to as well.

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Chris Cantle
Nissan GT-R

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...

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Rolls-Royce Phantom

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?

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Alex Bernstein
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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 V6 even better.

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McLaren 720S

We already know McLaren is working on a hardcore "Long Tail" 720S, but we haven't heard much about a convertible version. Considering its predecessor, the 650S, had a spider variant, we wouldn't be surprised if McLaren decided to add a folding hardtop to its lineup.

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BMW already makes a convertible version of the 2-Series, but it has yet to chop the top on the M2. Sure, the soft-roof version would be less capable, but for those who want an M car without a roof, the cheapest model available is the M4.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

The G-wagen has been around since 1979, and has just been completely redone for 2019. It's an icon. Up until 2013, it was offered with a folding roof. However, 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.

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Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

This is a great coupe that would also be great as a convertible. It's designed to compete with the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5, both of which offer drop top versions. So why shouldn't the Cadillac ATS-V?

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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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.

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Jeep Renegade

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.

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Lexus RC

The Lexus RC Coupe is a handsome car, as most recent Lexuses have been. It has a decently wide and aggressive stance and a low roofline that's just begging to be retracted. And if you wanted to get really zany, you could have a convertible version of the 467-hp RC F.

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Lincoln Continental

The excellent styling of the new Lincoln Continental has stayed largely the same as the concept's. And it's the perfect candidate for another potential luxury four-door convertible. We would simply love to see something big and American come and claim the title.

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Kristen Lee
Honda Civic Coupe

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.

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Evan Klein
Acura NSX

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.

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