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It’s a cold damp day. Hard to believe that Sunday marks the beginning of British Summer Time.
So, in defiance of this weekend’s weather forecast [Bright spells, blustery with heavy showers… in other words, a typical Easter bank holiday!] we’re going to cast our eyes beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow, and muse over the halcyon days of summer.
So, let’s imagine it’s gonna be a scorcher… the perfect summer for getting the roof down and feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.
But to make this dream a reality, what convertible should you be ordering now in time for delivery by summer?
Here’s a selection of our favourite drop-tops…
It’s an iconic vehicle that epitomises the American dream. And it’s now officially available in the UK – complete with the steering wheel on the right. Designed as a convertible from the ground up, the new Mustang Convertible features unique rear wings and a flatter bootlid, resulting in a seamless bootline which enhances its sleek and muscular profile.
Comparing the BMW M4 Convertible to the Ford Mustang Convertible is likes comparing Munich to Michigan. The BMW M4 is more restrained than the muscle car, and some would say better built. From the pin-sharp handling and the beautifully engineered folding metal roof, to the straight-six turbos under the bonnet, this is a true performance car which delivers 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds. It’s got a sporty snarl, too… a controlled and tuneful exhalation from its quartet of huge exhaust pipes. Just magnificent!
It was only a matter of time until Citroen followed Fiat and MINI by bringing out a cabriolet version of its popular hatchback, and this fashion car has been a favourite ever since it was released. It’s got oodles of fun-to-drive personality, with a folding fabric roof reminiscent of the ‘sardine-can’ affair on the old Citroen 2CV. Unlike the Mini, Citroen are not trying to reincarnate an icon of days gone by. The D3 Cabriolet therefore has a far more modern design. There’s reasonable room in the back and even the boot is a good size. And with that punchy powerplant under the bonnet, the DS 3 sounds great, too.
The Evoque convertible’s got ‘it-car’ written all over it! Positioned at the premium end of the Evoque range, the new drop-top has a firmer suspension and beefed up dampers, springs and anti-roll bars to add rigidity, so it’s not the smoothest of rides. Nor is it the roomiest. The roof mechanism behind the rear seats has effectively halved the luggage area and rear passengers will find it a tight squeeze to accommodate the added bracing across the middle section. But, it’s still a Range Rover and it can still handle itself like a Range Rover. Oh, and what is more, it looks good, too.
From hairdressers to hard nuts, this car has got max appeal right across the board and has become the best-selling roadster of all time. The UK Car of the Year is quite simply the best cheap sports car out there (you can pick one up for around £21,000). The Transformer-like roof folds in 12 seconds on the move (well, at the rate of a pedestrian walking at 6mph). It comes in a 1.5-litre engine with 129bhp – the purest expression of the MX-5 – and a 2.0-litre with 158bhp, which feels meatier and comes with sharper suspension that makes a real difference through the bends.
All of these show-stoppers are available on finance from Allied Vehicle Contracts.
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