Top 5: These Sports Cars Work Better As A Convertible Than As A Coupe

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

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

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

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

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 

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

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.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Cayman over a Boxster for me.

    • Autoexperte

      the name Boxster works better than the stupid name Cayman, in Germany mockers say Porsche Gayman

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Hmmm, I like your debating skills.
        Clearly I can now see that a Boxster is a far better car than the Cayman…

  • NOPE, THEY ALL LOOK BETTER AS COUPES.

    • Bash

      True that.

  • kachuks

    Only two cars I can think of were meant to be convertibles. Chrysler LeBaron and huge, pink vintage Caddy’s.

  • LeStori

    Males, as they grow older, look more and more stupid driving around in a convertable. Balding pate reddening in the sun, hair-over fluttering in the breeze, IQ dropping Cap sitting sitting awkwardly . None makes you look “cool”, “chill”, or anything else other than mutton dressed up as lamb.

    • Belthronding

      Damn, cool down man,you words like extra bitter chocolate.

      • paulgdeaton

        I love extra-bitter chocolate… and convertibles. The all look great with the top down

        • Belthronding

          You and me.. both on the different path.
          For me no bitter chocolate no cry.
          By the way, sure all look good top down but i find it all out spoiled while top up.

    • eb110americana

      Or you know, maybe drive whatever you want instead of worrying what other people think.

    • Mr. Crankypants

      When you become literate LeStori, your opinion may be worth something but I highly doubt it.

  • roy

    Not the amg gt. Looks better as a coupe

  • Marshall Boyce

    McLaren 570s might look a little nicer than the coupe

  • baofe

    miata and BMW Z’s are the exception, everything else is better as a coupe

  • Ary Wisesa

    Driving a convertible is truly wonderful, especially if you do it on the beautiful mountain road with spectacular vista, or just drive it on the beach road in the sunset time in Bali. I still have my childhood dream of owning a Mercedes R129 SL convertible. But in reality, a convertible is not that “romantic”, at least not in developing country like mine, which is plagued with high rate of crime. If you buy a convertible, you must opt the hard-top convertible like SLK, SL, or Z4. Forget canvas top, because it’s the perfect invitation for robbers and thieves. But, what’s the point of having a convertible if you can’t drive it with its top down? And also, driving convertible in big cities like Jakarta only gives you respiratory diseases, since the air quality is not good either. So for know, I’d choose the much more sensible & realistic option: the coupe (traditional or “four-door” coupe).

    But still, I’d love to own one beautiful convertible like Mercedes R129 or R107. (Yes, I know that they are not sport cars, more like very comfortable cruiser. 🙂 )

    • paulgdeaton

      When my son was 16 years old, I bought him a Fiat 124 Spider as his first car. I also give him a rule to follow: “Never lock the doors. We can replace a stereo easily; a top is another cost.”

      He followed it, and we never had to replace the top. A couple of cheap radios… yes…

      • Ary Wisesa

        It’s very fortunate that the thieve only stole the radio. Had it happened in Jakarta, for sure the whole car would be long gone. 🙂

        Btw, Fiat 124 Spider is nice car. Your son is very lucky! 🙂

    • SOUNDS WONDERFUL. I DON’T LIVE ANYWHERE NEAR MOUNTAINS OR BEACH ROADS, IF I DID I CERTAINLY WOULD CONSIDER A CONVERTIBLE. AN SL PERHAPS…IF I’M GONNA DREAM I MAY AS WELL GO BIG.

      • Ary Wisesa

        Go for it! If you work hard and smart enough, perhaps someday you could buy your dream car. I wish you very good luck! 🙂

        • THE CAR IS LESS OF A PROBLEM THAT THE FACT THAT I LIVE IN NYC. WE DON’T HAVE MOUNTAINS OR BEACH ROADS HERE. BUT THANKS FOR THE POSITIVE THOUGHTS.

  • eb110americana

    I would prefer the coupe of all of those, with the possible exception of the GT-C. Both the GT-C and Cayman (and GT 86/BRZ) have those lame kick-up rear-quarter windows which spoil the tension of the shoulder line. That shape works on longer cars, but on these, there’s not enough side glass to pull it off. The GT-C with the top down has excellent proportions.

    My nomination would be the 458 Italia and 488 GTB Spyder hardtop convertibles. I really don’t care for the wispy, layered C-pillar on the fixed-roof versions, while the more substantial, blocky C-pillar with the hardtop top raised, gives the car a muscular look. And it still looks good with the roof dropped.

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  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This is OBVIOUSLY subjective. But nice try.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Targa top is also nice. 🙂

    The idea is having some fresh air flowing on you hair and the entire sky as your top. It makes you feel free and loosen yourself.

    Have a nice driving pal! Just don’t forget to apply sunblock. 🙂