Head In The Clouds And Feet On The Ground: Top 10 Convertibles

There are many reasons to fall in love with the lid of an outdoor car. Whether it's the visceral connection to nature, the natural feeling of wind in your hair or the powerful open night – it's something enthralling about driving the car with the roof down. We have compiled a list of 10 hot convertibles. Nothing puts more sizzle in your step and a big smile on your face than driving in a sexy open car and breathing in the air.

Mercedes-Benz SL Class

It is very common for German engineers to put their passion into technology. As such, 2007 SL is no exception. The great grandchild from the iconic 300SL Gullwing, from 1954, contains many groundbreaking innovations, but most of all, the myocardial appearance returns during the inflated Elvis period of the mid-1990s.

Of the many attributes from 2007 SL, the most overlooked is the acrobatic disappearance of the metallic roof. As an illuminated water fountain outside a Vegas casino, this modern museum on wheels opens its roof to a dazzling wizard in just 16 seconds.

MSRP for 2007 SL ranges from $ 94,800 to $ 186,000 for AMG. Other cars in this price range include the BMW 6 Series convertible, the new Jaguar XK convertible, the Porsche 911 Turbo convertible and the Aston Martin V8. The fuel economy is average around 16/24 mpg for 2007 SL, but fluctuates on how difficult you drive.

The graceful, proportional lines from the 2007 SL will close the dignified legacy of the original 300 SL Gullwing.

Porsche Boxster

It's quite natural for your wife or girlfriend to be jealous of the other girl – the 2007 Porsche Boxster. A modern resolution of the 60s Porsche 356B, the second-generation Boxster takes a popular icon and makes it better. Both 2.7 liters at 245 horsepower and 3.4 liter Boxster S at 295 horsepower were completely revived in 2005. In addition, the new rivets make the car a lot, much harder. It really feels like you can take 90 degree laps without worrying.

But the real reason why Porsche enthusiasts continue to buy Boxster, and why BMW drivers easily convert is not 0-60 times, not even the badge appeal, but the external worldly handling of the mid-engine car. Boxster is fast, obviously when adjacent to the motorway for 5.8 seconds (in 2.7); and 5.2 sec for S. But the real joy is to maneuver the car on a narrow, curvy road.

Originally criticized as an introductory level Porsche, Boxster has grown up. It now shares much in common with the higher prices 911. Seats, steering wheel and dashboards are the same. But in contrast to 911, Boxster is significantly lighter at 2,877 lbs. (for 2.7 liters) and 2,987 lbs (for S). With the engine just behind the ears you also hear the melodic squatting on the water-cooled engine better than in 911.

MSRP for 2007 Boxster ranges from $ 45,600 to $ 55,500 with a respectable 20/29 mpg. Porsche is currently developing a dual-sequence gearbox, so future automated Tiptronic transmissions will have even more precise shifts. In addition, there is a hybrid version for Cayenne in the works. It is easy to see why people expect good things from Porsche.

BMW M3

If you want to be kissed, you must also be kissbar. Beauty is surely in the eye of the one who sees it, but it is difficult to watch the 2007 BMW M3 and not smile. This charming, 400-horsepower, convertible beauty, blends beauty and brains with the DSG (dual sequential gearbox) that delivers the ultimate escape from the stress of life. For 2007, M3 has been given a full face lift. The lines are sharper, the nasal hole wider and the chin more muscular. This is not a soft, nice car out for a milkshake at night. The 2007 M3 symbols soften Chris Bangles design school, and unlike the controversial BMW 5 series, looks like a BMW should.

The car is scheduled for sale in the spring of 2007 and should be negotiated during the first half of the year. Scorching performance, a fantastic body, and detailed cabin work are all part of the 56,400 – $ 67,000 prize pool. 2007 BMW M3 is the great embodiment of what the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG tag line stands for.

The BMW 6 Series

If you sold your soul to Satan for unlimited licenses, the BMW 6 Series convertible rocket ship would surely be one of the cars on your wish list before the act was up. The Bas 6 Series features the 4.8-liter 32-valve dual VANOS-equipped engine that powers out 360 horsepower. If that wasn't enough, there's a groundbreaking 5.0-liter V-10 500-horsepower upgrade. Released from the gates of hell in 2006, the car received mixed reviews because the Chris Bangle lines were not mutually asserted by anyone. Loyalists preferred the more classic lines from the previous version, and the new money brand converters prefer the new version's bashful look. Thrill viewers can choose between a six-speed manual, SMG or automatic gearbox. Make sure the ink agreement includes protection from traffic cops and speed cards. MSRP is estimated at $ 73,295 to $ 106,195 and fuel efficiency of around 17/25 mpg.

While the car offers a lot of torque, tension and fun in the sun other cars in this price range include the Maserati Spyder, Mercedes-Benz CLK Class and the Porsche 911 Convertible. Perhaps heaven's gates are not the green after all?

Mercedes-Benz SLK class

Fabelhaft is the German word for amazing; an exclusion that goes well with the Mercedes-Benz SLK class in the second generation 2007. Although SLK 2007 is in its third year of production, it still looks like fresh as ever. However, pictures do not do it justice. It really is one of the amazing creations of extra metal plate design that requires closer inspection. SLK is a discreet car, with some brilliant cut. The bulbous nose has an integrated hood ornament to appease the anti-branding design pundits that want to place the vehicle into a younger demographic. This is definitely an extrovert car. The car is also styled to resemble the more expensive SLR McLaren.

SLK's only fault is that it is not as small as a sports car should be. Weighing of 3.210 lbs. means that a quick list of alternatives makes the car even heavier and justifies the need for a heavier engine with more horses. In addition, the trap roof brings the storage capacity of the luggage. The MSRP of the SLK ranges from $ 43,350 to $ 62,500 and averages 18/27 mpg for both 280 and 350 and 16/22 mpg in the SLK 55.

Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette's raspy grum will make you think it's a full moon rising every time you call it over 3,500 rpm. There is something visceral about the 2007 Corvette. Historically, the corvette has always been known for its sound. For example, during the 1967 movie "The Graduate", where Dustin Hoffman expires in an Alfa Romeo Spyder, the sound of Alfa was dubbed with that of a 1967 Violent Vette. Running today's more refined interpretation of the modern corvette, you still hear the incredible sound of the engine when it is the standard 6.0-liter V8 400 horsepower engine or 505 horsepower in the Z06 LZ2 range. GM engineers claim that Z06 is the fastest car they have ever produced, and tests show that this car does 0-60 in well over 4 seconds! It was faster than it took you to read this sentence.

Introduced in 2006, the new Corvette silhouette echoes a more Roman look than earlier Vettes of the past. For 2007, the car is available in 7 trimmer and includes a warm new metallic orange color as an option. With an MSRP of $ 44,995 for LT1 to $ 69,950 for the Z06, it's probably the cheapest 505 horsepower on the planet! Estimated fuel economy rates 16/26 mpg.

Other 500-horsepower cars include the BMW M5, the Ferrari 599 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR.

Nissan 350Z

If you are a proud parent of the 2006 Nissan 350Z, there is a good chance that you will give yourself some exercise every weekend on a dry, safe, curvy asphalt near you. 2006 The Nissan 350Z captures the uncompromising feel of a tight suspension and impressive performance from the 300 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood. The only drawback is the weight of the car. The base version 350Z weighs 3 340 kg and the roadster is even heavier due to reinforced steel on the sides. MSRP at $ 27,900 – $ 42,000 offers value in its class, but there's a lot of competition from the new Audi TT roadster, Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4.

The 2007 350Z, which is scheduled for sale in January, will feature a new VQ35HR performance with better fuel efficiency than before. It is previously averaged 19 / 25mpg. The 2007 model also promises advanced security features, an easier convertible intake mechanism, a completely new cabin and a range of new colors. Something that makes the loyal 350Z enthusiasts proud!

Dodge Viper

Just like hard core metal, the Dodge Viper 2007 revolver parts that other cars cannot reach. A glorified rock star, with three beats singles, Viper rolls down the boulevard with people screaming in awe: "Oh my Gawwd, it's a VIP!" The first three switches are all you really need to run 2007 Viper in most situations. In our test drive, we encountered many people who wanted us to drive the car hard and shake things up. It is easy to reach the upper limit of the speed limit within seconds because of the 8.3-liter pushrod V-10 which now has 510 horsepower, but it may not always be necessary. Step on the accelerator, the massive amount of torque pushes you every time on the back of your seat.

For 2007, the car has a new suspension with new lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, the engine has been made lighter with magnesium parts and the inside of the cabin is completely revitalized covered with leather / chrome accents. With an MSRP ranging from $ 82,785 to $ 83,995, adrenaline junkies will surely get their fix with the new Viper.

BMW Z4

Extreme machines make you feel uncomfortable listening to the radio while driving. This is because the car gives you so much feedback, from the steering wheel, the gear to the muffler, that you fear to turn the knob. To get the most out of the 2007 BMW Z4, you really need to keep your eyes on the road and the foot of the accelerator pedal.

Introduced as a late 2006 model, the 2007 BMW Z4 captures the breath of the outbound M3 by allowing you to transplant its 330 hp engine into this lightweight vehicle. Unlike many cars in its price range, the 2007 BMW Z4 is either slow or excessively priced.

With an MSRP of $ 36,795 to $ 51,795, you have three engine options: 3.0-liter in-line 215-horsepower, 3.0-inline six-stroke 255-horsepower and 3.2-liter in-line 330-horsepower. On average, the 2007 BMW Z4 achieves 20/30 mpg. Look at the exciting lines of the 2007 Z4, it's easy to see how BMW continues to live Karl Rapp's ideals by continuously reinventing the wheel and achieving the impossible.

Pontiac Solstice

Do you believe in the power of hypnosis? The clear curves from 2007 Solstice regain the time when open top cars were hand-built. These historic cars were not as good at handling or as fuel efficient as this new model. 2007 Solstice achieves 20/28 mpg from the 177 hp engine (a turbocharged 260 hp engine is also available in 2007.).

The curvy shape is reminiscent of the 1967 Ferrari Dino with smooth curves and line lines. The body and chassis rails are made of hydroformed steel, a process that enables more robust shapes that are impossible to achieve with traditional stamping. The resulting shape seems to lack straight lines. The sensual, curvy look highlights Solstice's curve appeal. The car we tested was red in color, further accentuating the Italian, sporty feel. We are proud that GM had the courage to make this car and to price it fairly.

Running the new Solstice will experience the rubber ball you expect from a more expensive Italian roadster. In addition, the car's precise steering, strong brakes, smooth steering wheel, and excellent exhaust fence give it an ever more palatable price range of $ 20,995- $ 25,996 than both Mazda Miata and Honda S2000. Bob Lutz's experiment, Solstice 2007, is not perfect; But as a clean, satisfying roadster, it's really seductive.