Convertibles aren’t that highly rated by petrolheads. The major reason is that the lack of a proper roof usually means the body style is less rigid than their coupe counterparts. In recent years, though, the majority of high-performance automakers have found a way around this, modifying an open-top’s chassis to provide the same amount of rigidity as hard-top offerings and performance is practically identical between the two.
This is highly subjective, as a vehicle may look good to some, but not others. Still, these five are a good start to converting someone that’s only into coupes into an open-top lover.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible
The Jaguar F-Type is a gorgeous sports car that has the right amount of curves, swoops, and hard edges. The design’s not as pretty as the classic E-Type, but it’s pretty close. And it’s a great try on a modern take on what none other than Enzo Ferrari proclaimed the prettiest car ever made.
But this isn’t about the E-Type, it’s about the F-Type Convertible. While with the soft-top in place the convertible doesn’t look very good, putting the top down turns the F-Type into a proper poster car. The body line that runs from the front fascia, through the headlights, and to the middle of the rear taillight really stands out in this configuration. Plus, getting a convertible means you’ll be able to appreciate the intoxicating exhaust note of either the supercharged V6 or supercharged V8.
Porsche 718 Boxster
While we think the iconic 911 looks better as a coupe, the new 718 Boxster actually looks better than the 718 Cayman.
Both the 718 Cayman and Boxster now have a more resolved design. Like the previous generation, the Boxster removes the bulbous roof and leaves a nice clean beltline. It works. It works really well.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Supercars are supposed to be pure driving machines, but in reality models like the Huracan Spyder look pretty enticing. The Gallardo Spyder was also good-looking, but the open-top Huracan is just breathtaking.
The Hurcan Spyder has a wedge shape, like many other supercars, that bodes well for a badass look with the roof chopped off. The targa-like configuration and the way the tonneau cover lines up with the windshield show that the designers really thought this one out. When journalists are saying they’d rather have the convertible, you know you’ve done something right.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
The Huayra Roadster had such large shoes to fill after the wonder kid that was the Zonda. The Huayra’s not as pretty, but it’s special in its own way.
There’s nothing wrong with the regular Huayra; Italians know how to make supercars look incredible. But the roadster adds that extra touch of being more special. In that regard, if you look closely at the Huarya Roadster’s windshield, you’ll notice this little triangular piece that looks out of place. We’re sure it has something to do with the way the detachable hard top fits, but it’s the little details that make the roadster more of an occasion than the hardtop. Plus, Pagani worked together with Dainese to create a new soft top design just for that model.
Mercedes-AMG GT C
The Mercedes-AMG GT C is the perfect child in Merc’s sports car lineup. It borrows some parts from the track-hardened AMG GT R and is more powerful than the AMG GT S. The AMG GT C is a handsome car, but the wide fenders, hips, and front fender just look better as a roadster, as the long hood and stubby rear end play right into the convertible’s design.
So, do you think these five cars really look better than their hardtop counterparts? Have your say in the Comments right below.