The 13 New Dream Convertibles for Summer 2016
Top-down driving with full-on luxury.
Convertibles are weird things. They’re not huge moneymakers for car companies (in fact, sales have declined 51 percent from their peak in 2004), and they’re almost always sold in smaller, more limited versions than their hardtop siblings. Sometimes it seems as if automakers use them just to test new design ideas, as some sort of sick challenge to the engineering department, or as bones thrown to niche groups of enthusiasts who clamor for them with no regard to whether the world really needs another rag-top.
All of which is why we love them. They’re flippant and outré and impractical, and, in most localities, only seasonal pleasures. But oh, the personality!
For every McLaren 675LT Spider supercar with bare inches of ground clearance and enough horsepower to propel a jet, there is a MINI John Cooperworks with tiny, rally car-style handling and a front face as endearing as a puppy dog.
Now’s the time to start your research (and place a pre-order), as new model deliveries for summer won’t start for a month or two. But you can’t go wrong with any of the models below.
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
2017 Audi R8 Spyder
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
2017 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
2017 McLaren 675LT Spider
2017 Bentley GT V8 S Convertible
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback
2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible
2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible