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.
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 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.
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 V6 even better.
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.
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?
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.