8 new convertibles that will make you want to drop the top
What better way to enjoy the sunshine than hitting the road with the top down and seeing what your car can really do? If you haven’t placed an order for one of these incredible new convertibles to hit the market, we’re certain that you’ll soon want to.
Aston Martin, DB11 Volante
The next evolution of Aston Martin’s two-seater driving experience gets the grand tourer treatment, combining the DB11’s bonded aluminium structure with a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for a convertible that is responsive, adaptive and unerringly elegant. The new construction echoes that of the coupé, with a single-piece aluminium bonnet, ultra-slim tail lights and ‘curlicue’ aerodynamic feature in the fender uniting to cut an athletic figure. The roof lowers in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Choose a driving style to suit the conditions with three-stage powertrain and chassis modes, and enjoy open-air motoring all year round with a heated steering wheel.
Starting price: AU$398,495, excluding on-road costs.
The latest V8 grand tourer from the Prancing Horse has received an enthusiastic reception across the world, with waiting lists in Australia already stretching into 2020. The car embodies the style of its namesake, a destination synonymous with Mediterranean elegance, while its turbo engine is capable of producing 441 kW, nearly 30 kW more than its predecessor, the California T. The Portofino gallops from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.5 seconds, and Variable Boost Management adjusts torque delivery to the selected gear.
Starting price: AU$398,888 excluding on-road costs.
Bentley, Continental GT Convertible
On the eve of Bentley’s centenary year, the team from Crewe is rolling out the third generation of its four-seater open-top grand tourer in a longer, more sculptural form. The marque’s legendary power comes from a 6.0-litre W12 engine, producing 467 kW and 900 Nm of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Inside, you’re cosseted in quilted leather, rare wood veneers and heated everything – steering wheel, seats, armrests and even a neckwarmer – to ensure open-air driving comfort in all seasons.
Starting price: AU$462,240.50 (excluding Stamp Duty).
Porsche, 911 Speedster
The 911 Speedster condenses the brand’s 70-year history into one 373 kW package. The open-top, two-seater ‘Heritage’ version features the silver and white paintwork of Porsche’s early GT racing cars; a 1950s-style fuel tank cap in the centre of the bonnet; and opaque headlights with a transparent cross, in a nod to the early practice of taping lights before a race to prevent stone chipping. The concept will go into production in early 2019 as a limited edition of just 1,948 units, a number that honours the very first Porsche 356 to receive an operating permit in 1948.
Starting price: Not yet confirmed.
Pagani, Huayra Roadster
Horacio Pagani and his team are not known as ambitious perfectionists for nothing. Case in point: the open-top Huayra Roadster. Powered by a 12-cylinder Mercedes-AMG M158 engine, the 1,280-kilogram car produces up to 570 kW at 5,500 rpm. The seven-speed Huayra is fitted with both a light carbon hard-top with glass for an al fresco feel and a fabric and carbon cover. If only there were more than 100 of these roadsters to go around.
Starting price: €2,280,000 + VAT.
Lamborghini, Aventador S Roadster
How do you make one of the most thrilling supercars even more exciting? Remove its hard-top roof panels, of course. Lamborghini has created its roadster from the latest incarnation of the Aventador, the S coupé, unleashing the glory of its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 for open-air driving pleasure. The rear has had an aerodynamic, roadster makeover, accentuating the chiselled exterior. Producing 544 kW, the engine accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in three seconds, maxing out at 350 kilometres per hour, equal to the coupé.
Starting price: AU$825,914 (GST and LCT included, on-road costs excluded).
BMW, i8 Roadster
One of the most elegant hybrid supercars on the market, the i8 has been a landmark of next-generation automotive engineering since its arrival in 2014. The long-awaited two-seater roadster version harnesses the latest iteration of the drive system to produce 275 kW, and an all-electric speed of up to 105 kilometres per hour (or 120 if eDrive mode is engaged). In concert with its electric motor, the roadster accelerates from standstill to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.6 seconds. The futuristic performance is underscored by sleek design, and the soft-top roof opens in 15 seconds at up to 50 kilometres per hour.
Starting price: AU$348,900 (MRLP including GST and LCT).
Audi, R8 Spyder V10 Quattro
The marque’s supercar gets a more aggressive makeover in 2019. The Spyder versions will share the coupé’s racing heritage: this road-ready R8 will share 50 per cent of its components with the track-only R8 LMS GT3 and 60 per cent with the R8 LMS GT4. Underscoring the performance of its naturally aspirated V10 is a sharper look, from the flattened radiator grille to the subtle flat bonnet slits that nods to the Audi Sport Quattro logo. The Spyder version has a soft-top roof, and reaches a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour.
Starting price: AU$388,211 (MLP excluding dealer delivery and government statutory charges).