If you haven’t been outside lately, it is getting toasty. Here in the Sunshine State, we are not allowed to experience Spring or Autumn. The forecast called for 94 degrees today, so it’s time to get the drop-tops ready for summer. If you have never owned a convertible, perhaps you should reward yourself with one of these. Here are our picks for the best 2018 convertibles, spiders, spyders, and even roadsters. Sorry Mazda fans, the Miata did not make the cut this year….
Ferrari 488 Spider
The latest convertible to wear a Scuderia Shield has a folding hard top. Powered by a twin turbo 3.9 liter V8, it offers 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. Only 110 lbs heavier than the 488 GTB Coupe, it offers 50% more downforce than the 458 Spider.
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Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Retracting hard tops are pretty to watch, but Lamborghini takes a more conventional approach. The Huracan Spyder is a V10-powered raging bull with a cloth top. The well-engineered system is insulated and automated. It was first used by the Audi R8 Spyder, and it was a flawless design from day 1. It is the only car on this list offered in 4 styles. Your Huracan Spyder can be 580 horsepower with rear wheel drive, 640 horsepower with All Wheel Drive, or the wild Performante Spyder. It will reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
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McLaren 570S Spider
Rule Britania! The only carbon fiber chassis on this list belongs to the McLaren 570S Spider. It is has mid-mounted 3.8 liter V8 with twin turbos. It has a cockpit from the future along with 562 horsepower & 443 lb-ft of torque. It is the only convertible in their Sports Series, and it has more technology and engineering than cars twice its price.
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Porsche 911 Targa 4S
If you haven’t seen the disappearing roof on the latest Porsche 911 Targa, you are truly missing out. The rear glass raises to allow the roof to perform acrobatics.
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Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
When advanced aerodynamics meets handbuilt quality, you have Aston Martin’s flagship. The body panels are hand-laid carbon fiber, with weaves meeting at right at right angles. The 6.0 liter V12 sends 595 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque to a rear-mounted 8-speed automatic. You will be a 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on your way to a top speed of 201 mph.
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The Dawn is not a convertible Wraith. They share similar lines, but the manufacturer wants everyone to know that a 80% of the parts are specific to this stunning model. The largest car on this list also has technology not found anywhere else. The tranmission cues from GPS, downshifting just before you hit the twisties. For the ultimate version, the Black Label edition has carbon fiber wheels and 593 horsepower/620 lb-ft of torque.
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Bentley Continental GTC
As the arch-rival to the Dawn, Bentley’s Continental GTC can be had in V8 or W12 power levels. Every example is All Wheel Drive. Porsche and Audi contributed to the design, as the suspension is a hevily reinforced version of the Panamera. With the roof down you are limited to 189 mph, but it will go 195 with the top in place. The twin-turbo 6.0 liter W12 makes 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, but if you are thrifty the V8 offers 26 mpg.
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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster
The recently announced AMG GT S rounds out the trio of drop-top AMG GT models. The top model is the AMG GT C, and it offers 550 horsepower from a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8. It leaps to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph. Rear wheel steering and active suspension are as close as you can get to a convertible AMG GT R
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Did we forget your favorite drop top? Tell us what you think of these in the comments below.