Convertibles: Put the top down
When you think about warmer temperatures, chances are one image that comes into your head is that of a car driving down the road, top down and riders’ hair blowing in the wind. Yes, the convertible just screams summer.
If you’re in the market for a new car and are thinking about buying a convertible, there are lots of models to choose from at all different price points. In 2013, there are also several new or revamped convertible models. Here are just a few of the most eye-catching ones.
Read more in-depth reviews of these cars or other 2013 convertibles online. Some websites to check out are Consumer Reports, Edmunds.com and Cars.com.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
If no price is too high for your convertible experience, check out Bentley’s new Continental GT Speed Convertible, which it touts as the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, clocking in at a high speed of 202 miles per hour. The 625 PS twin-turbocharged, 48-valve W12 engine allows the car to go from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. Fuel economy has been improved from previous versions; the GT Speed gets 12 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The hardtop VW Beetle got a facelift a couple of years ago from its late ‘90s design. This year, the company has introduced its new Beetle Convertible. The convertible comes in 11 colors and starts at $24,995. The 2.5L version gets up to 27 mpg on the highway, while the TDI version gets up to 41 mpg on the highway.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
For drivers who want their convertible to pack a punch, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 coupe will do the trick. The 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine has 580 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds. The Camaro comes in nine colors. It starts at $59,545.
The two-seater F-Type will be available this summer. Of the F-Type’s design, Jaguar says that two bold strokes, which are called “heartlines,” define the car’s signature look. The car’s three-layer convertible top is available in four colors, and it is insulated with Thinsulate. The car can go from 0 to 60 in as little as 4.2 seconds and can reach top speeds of 186 mph. The F-Type is available in three models that start at $69,000.