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TOP DOWN, IT’S SPRING

 There’s something about Spring, for open top driving enthusiast

The best part about Spring is the weather, the feeling of having the wind through your hair, either it be on a road trip or a cruise down the beach front. Convertibles are not really the best thing since sliced bread because dating back from 1890’s every car was open, when I say open I mean no doors, no roof, no windscreen, or side glass. Fast forward more than 100 years later we’re in an era  where one is spoilt for choice with a variety of convertibles so I’ve decided to give a list of convertibles from a bang for your buck drop to the most expensive.

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Fiat 500C Pop Star from R240 000

Coming in at under a quarter of a million, the Fiat 500C Pop Star  has to be the cutest ,most  fun, open top car you can buy right now. It’s not 100% cabriolet to be technical, but the top can be folded away out of sight. Since its launch in 2009, the 500C has recently had a facelift with new revised lighting and bumpers. The top comes in three colours red, black and ivory (I love the red top, especially when the car is finished in white). With a 62kW two-cylinder, 875cc TwinAir engine, it’s not exactly a ‘super car’ but the performance is enough for an enjoyable ride.

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Mazda MX-5 Roadster from R441 700

The Mazda MX-5 is the bestselling two-seat convertible ever built. Yep, Mazda has sold over one million MX-5s and with such a staggering number sold,  it comes with good reason. Some might argue about the new front, but I personally love it. The MX-5 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0L 4-cylinder engine producing 118kW. Being super light, it’s enough power to offer a fun and involved driving experience. When it comes to practicality, the MX-5s weakest point is its 130 liter boot capacity and though it is a little snug the MX-5, makes up for it in reliability and safety.

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Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI S Tronic from R689 000

I put this particular model on the list because it tends to be the underdog when being compared to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertibles and BMW 4 Series convertibles. I love its desirable sleek design and build quality which is second to none. The A5 offers a quiet ride with the top up or down and won’t break your bank balance with a hefty fuel bill since it comes with an economical engine. It does have a few weaknesses, though Audi offers the A5 Cabriolet with Adaptive Comfort Suspension missing a roof means demanding high speed cornering roads might cause the body to shake and shimmy, but none the less it’s a great all-round packaged car.

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Jaguar F-Type Convertible R 1,081,500

The British know how to build beautiful, desirable, high-performance convertibles (e.g. Jaguar E-Type roadster) and the F-Type Convertible is no exception. The exterior matches the interior, the cabin of the F-Type is sublime with high-quality materials, seats that are perfect for long distance drives which shows its proper build quality. Powered by a supercharged  3.0L V6, it comes with sports suspension and provides one of the best sounding exhaust notes in history. One would probably want to drive this baby topless all day every day.

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Rolls-Royce Dawn R10.5m

This is probably the pinnacle when it comes to open top motoring. With this model, you get what you paid for   – and that’s perfection. A true 2+2 seater convertible (trust me you won’t be bumping elbows with the persons next to you nor complaining about leg room) the Rolls-Royce Dawn is a 5.3 meter, 2560 kg object of sheer exquisiteness. Rolls-Royce says “Passengers are cosseted by the world’s finest grade leather”.  The Rolls Royce Dawn is fully customizable having 44,000 exterior and interior colours to choose from, making it truly bespoke. The Dawn cruises along with a potent yet quite surprisingly fuel efficient 6,6-litre, V12, bi-turbo-petrol engine producing 420 kW the Dawn is quiet until summoned upon by your right foot of course. This is by far the most elegant way to transport people with the roof down in a motor vehicle.

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