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Best Convertibles in 2021

The Best New & Used Luxury Convertibles

There are clear downsides to owning a convertible. A fixed roof holds a car’s structure together, making its body more rigid for a superior driving experience. To make up for the missing roof, convertibles need extra bracing under the skin, driving up weight and cost alike. Plus, with a shrinking supply of convertibles on the market, you might have trouble finding the perfect one for you.

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But when you put down the top on a beautiful day, or even a just-OK one, convertibles provide an experience like little else. It’s an intimacy with your surroundings that everyone should get a chance to try out.

And while the list of available convertibles has shrunk, especially among affordable vehicles, this article highlights the breadth and diversity of the segment today. You can get anything from a little Mini Cooper or Mazda Miata for under $30,000 to any number of ridiculously fast or ridiculously luxurious (or both) convertibles for as much as 10 times that amount.

There are two more convertibles we didn’t include in this article, and that’s because they’re so wildly different from the rest: the Jeep Wrangler SUV and Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. They’re not built to go fast or cruise relaxedly. They’re built to tackle punishing off-road conditions. But not only can you take off their roofs, but you can also remove their doors and fold down their front windshields for the most wind you can get in any vehicle but a motorcycle.

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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

2021 Chevrolet Corvette / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

1. 2021 Chevrolet Corvette

  • Base MSRP: $66,400
  • Horsepower: 490-495
  • Torque: 465-470 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

The Corvette has spent decades as the high-end performance car with the most bang for the buck, squeezing a mighty V8 engine under a plastic hood. But recent generations have edged toward increasing handling polish and interior luxury, and the latest model, introduced for 2020, goes the farthest yet.

No longer does that engine live merely under the hood. The Corvette has gone all-out exotic, moving the engine just behind the seats for superior handling and additional design flair. That gives the latest Corvette the equivalent design and performance to a supercar priced well into the six figures, but for a fraction of the cost. You can’t remove as much of the roof as you could on past Corvette convertibles, though, some enthusiasts will pine for the loss of a manual transmission option.

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The Corvette was completely redesigned for 2020, and used 2020 models can still sell at a premium to their original sticker prices. Older versions won’t look as current, but they could save you a substantial amount of money.

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2020 Porsche Boxster / Photo Credit: Porsche

2021 Porsche Boxster / Photo Credit: Porsche

2. 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

  • Base MSRP: $62,000
  • Horsepower: 300-414
  • Torque: 280-309 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

By the numbers, a 300-horsepower Boxster can’t compete with a similarly priced 490-horsepower Corvette. But the Porsche’s more delicate flavor also has a lot to love. This is a sprightly little car, smaller and lighter than the Corvette, delivering a less brash driving experience.

Plus, you can still make a Boxster incredibly quick by swapping the base 4-cylinder engine for a classic 6-cylinder. And some drivers will feel there’s a point at which additional power becomes overkill. The Boxster may not be the fastest car for the money, but it’s a beautiful piece of automotive engineering that’s great fun to drive.

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Boxsters from 2017 to 2021 have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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2020 BMW Z4 / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW Z4 / Photo Credit: BMW

3. 2021 BMW Z4

  • Base MSRP: $49,700
  • Horsepower: 255-382
  • Torque: 294-368 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

A BMW convertible is never going to be exactly a budget-friendly automobile, but the Z4 is available for more than $10,000 less than competing Porsches and Jaguars. A big part of that is that it has much less standard horsepower, bringing a mere 255-horsepower 4-cylinder to this segment.

Still, if you want open-top style with a side of performance, even this base Z4 is far from slow. And you can upgrade to a 382-horsepower 6-cylinder, too. A well-executed infotainment system and high-grade interior materials round out this relatively affordable luxury sports car.

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Boxsters from 2019 to 2021 have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider / Photo Credit: Alfa Romeo

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider / Photo Credit: Alfa Romeo

4. 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C

  • Base MSRP: $67,150
  • Horsepower: 237
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Some exotic cars are expensive because of their performance capabilities, and nothing more. Their creature comforts extend no further than federal regulations and basic human decency will allow. That’s the experience you’ll get for much less money in the Alfa Romeo 4C.

This little convertible is shrink-wrapped around its two seats, where occupants are treated to every decibel of the mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine and feel every little bump on the road. It makes up for its modest horsepower rating by keeping its weight down, which meant stripping out soundproofing, cabin amenities, and other pesky ounces and pounds wherever possible. There’s little luxury to be found, but there’s no other experience like it at this price. The 4C has been discontinued following the 2020 model year.

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4Cs from 2015 to 2020 have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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2020 Jaguar F-Type / Photo Credit: Jaguar

2021 Jaguar F-Type / Photo Credit: Jaguar

5. 2021 Jaguar F-Type

  • Base MSRP: $64,700
  • Horsepower: 296-575
  • Torque: 295-516 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

The F-Type is the opposite of the Alfa Romeo 4C, at least in the context of 2-seat convertibles. Rather than prioritizing maximum performance, the F-Type provides elegance and grace — you get the thrills from tackling a mountain road with the wind in your hair, not going all-out at a racetrack.

That doesn’t mean the F-Type isn’t still a performance car. It’s seriously quick, especially if you choose its optional 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. And it’s agile, even if its poise won’t challenge a Porsche’s. Comfortable, stylish, and still fun to drive, it’s a well-rounded convertible, just not one that can match the world’s best performance machines.

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Aside from a new front-end design and some other updates that debuted this year, 2014 to 2021 F-Types have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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2020 Audi TT / Photo Credit: Audi

2021 Audi TT / Photo Credit: Audi

6. 2021 Audi TT

  • Base MSRP: $53,900
  • Horsepower: 228
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

The TT isn’t much like most of its fellow luxury 2-seat convertibles. To most buyers, and to our ranking methodology, the differences aren’t to its advantage. This Audi comes only with a 228-horsepower 4-cylinder engine (larger engines available on the TT coupe aren’t available with the roadster), and it uses a front-wheel-drive-based platform (with standard all-wheel drive) rather than performance-focused rear-wheel drive.

Still, to the right buyer, the TT can be a refreshing change from its competitors. Like the Jaguar F-Type, it’s more comfortable than most 2-seaters, while the Audi also brings an extra dose of well-executed technology to its beautifully finished cabin. And the TT costs less than most luxury 2-seat convertibles. Generally, if you want decent driving fun without raw performance, you buy something more practical than a 2-seat roadster — but if this is the flavor you like, the TT is an endearing option.

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TT convertibles from 2016 to 2021 have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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Best Luxury 4-Seat Convertibles

2020 BMW 2 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 2 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

1. 2021 BMW 2 Series

  • Base MSRP: $41,850
  • Horsepower: 248-335
  • Torque: 258-368 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The BMW 2 Series is the smallest luxury convertible available that squeezes in a rear seat. That makes it the best bargain in this segment by far. And while you don’t get as much space to spread out to the sides as in a larger convertible like BMW’s own 4 Series, you get equivalent legroom and headroom and a lot more driving fun — for less money.

The 2 Series delivers the driving experience that BMWs were once famous for, with supremely alert and precise steering, agile handling, and a firm but comfortable ride. It also brings a well-finished interior and a choice between a peppy 4-cylinder engine and a ferocious inline 6-cylinder. A small car like the 2 Series may not have as much road presence as a larger convertible, but you’ll appreciate it when you take a tight turn at a high speed and when you make your monthly payment.

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2 Series convertibles from 2014 to 2021 have nearly identical styling and similar features; you could save money by considering an older model year.

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2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2. 2021 BMW 4 Series

  • Base MSRP: $53,100
  • Horsepower: 255-382
  • Torque: 294-364 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The 4 Series is a size larger than its 2 Series sibling and has a wider cabin, richer interior materials, and a quieter ride. It also makes a more dramatic styling statement, thanks to its wider body and plus-sized grille. And while it has similar powertrain choices to the 2 Series, the 4 Series’ 4- and 6-cylinder engines are more powerful.

What the 4 Series lacks is the 2 Series’ playful, eager character. If you’re looking for a zippy, fun convertible, save your money and enjoy the 2 Series. But if you want something more relaxed and comfortable, the 4 Series might be worth the extra money.

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The 4 Series was completely redesigned for 2021. Older versions won’t look as current, but they could save you a substantial amount of money.

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2020 Audi A5

2021 Audi A5 / Photo Credit: Audi

3. 2021 Audi A5

  • Base MSRP: $50,400
  • Horsepower: 261-349
  • Torque: 273-369 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The A5 is Audi’s entry-level convertible, sized and priced equivalently to the BMW 4 Series. The two models are similar on paper, each with a standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an available 6-cylinder (which Audi calls the S5 instead of A5).

Between the two, the 4 Series has stronger engines than the equivalent Audi A5/S5 models, along with a slightly roomier interior. But the Audi costs a little less, and some customers will prefer its understated exterior design to the more polarizing BMW’s.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

4. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Base MSRP: $54,700
  • Horsepower: 255-503
  • Torque: 273-516 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The C-Class is less sporty than its similarly sized competitors: the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series. It’s more about a serenely smooth ride and lavishly finished interior than about corner-carving handling, even by their less-than-hardcore standards. If that’s what you’re looking for, the C-Class convertible can deliver.

Also, as long as you’re willing to spend big bucks, there’s no shortage of raw power. Its four available engines range from a mild-mannered 4-cylinder to a twin-turbocharged V8.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

5. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Base MSRP: $71,950
  • Horsepower: 362-429
  • Torque: 369-384 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

If you’d like to carry four people in a convertible for under $100,000, you want an E-Class. The only midsize convertible in its segment, it’s the only way to get room for more than the driver the passenger.

Even if you won’t use the back seat, you’ll find the E-Class’s serenity to be second to none. Smooth, quiet, and effortlessly powerful, it’s also more agile than you might expect for a big, cushy luxury car like this. Is it a track toy? Nah. Is it cheap? Nope. But it’s a rare vehicle that’s perfectly suited to certain customers, even if its specs can’t justify its price tag in our ranking.

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E-Class convertibles from 2018 to 2021 have largely identical styling and similar features, though the 2021 model received a series of styling and mechanical updates. You could save money by considering an older model year.

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Best 2-Seat Exotic Convertibles

2021 Maserati MC20 / Photo Credit: Maserati

2022 Maserati MC20 / Photo Credit: Maserati

1. 2022 Maserati MC20

  • Base MSRP: $195,000 (estimated)
  • Horsepower: 621
  • Torque: 538 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

You can’t buy this car yet. (And let’s be honest, that’s probably not going to change even after it arrives in dealerships.) But if it lives up to its promise, Maserati is launching a fierce competitor to established Italian exotics from Lamborghini and Ferrari.

With well over 600 horsepower and an estimated base price below $200,000, this is a spec-sheet monster. It’s a looker, too, striking a fetching balance between graceful and aggressive. Maserati still makes us guess what the convertible version will look like, showing only photos of the coupe so far. But if you have the means, this should be a droptop worth waiting for.

2021 McLaren 570S / Photo Credit: McLaren

2021 McLaren 570S / Photo Credit: McLaren

2. 2021 McLaren 570S

  • Base MSRP: $210,000
  • Horsepower: 562
  • Torque: 443 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Does an exotic car have to be from a top brand? Can you turn heads in a McLaren the way you can in a Ferrari?

We’d love a chance to find out. But in the meantime, we can report that the McLaren 570S delivers exotic-grade performance at a slightly more palatable price. This mid-engine 2-seater is built around a carbon-fiber tub called the MonoCell, a single lightweight piece with space for the driver and passenger to climb inside. It’s one of many tricks that keep this car’s weight at a lithe 3,314 pounds, making the most of the V8 engine’s 562 horsepower and improving the car’s agility. And even if passersby won’t recognize the brand, they should know they’re seeing something special when you open the upward-swinging doors.

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2021 Lamborghini Huracan / Photo Credit: Lamborghini

2021 Lamborghini Huracan / Photo Credit: Lamborghini

3. 2021 Lamborghini Huracan

  • Base MSRP: $229,428
  • Horsepower: 602-631
  • Torque: 413-443 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Here we have a familiar name. Lamborghini has long been the stuff of childhood aspirations. You can win the lottery and know you want a Lamborghini without needing to Google for the best convertibles. McLare-what?

Since you are here doing your research, the good news is that the 2021 Huracan isn’t just about a flashy design and familiar name. It has a seriously fast, seriously loud V10 engine, and while it’s not the easiest vehicle in the world to drive to the store, it’s able to handle daily use. There’s even available all-wheel drive, providing better traction whether you need to stomp the gas or commute on a rainy day. It’s not a roomy convertible, though, so taller folks should try before they buy — the lottery winnings (we hope) aren’t going anywhere that fast.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

4. 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

  • Base MSRP: $130,700
  • Horsepower: 469-577
  • Torque: 465-590 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Forget the car that costs as much as a house. Here we have something more in the range of a suburban condo. The AMG GT doesn’t have the mega-performance of pricier supercars, but it will still shove you nicely into your seat without beating you up all day long. And if you like the classic proportions of a long hood, you might prefer the AMG GT over its mid-engined rivals.

Another AMG GT advantage is that it’s a Mercedes. That means you get this company’s full complement of luxury and technology features, rather than the infotainment system that a specialty supercar-maker was able to cobble together. And don’t worry about it being “just” a Mercedes, either; it’s clearly something special and distinct from the brand’s sedans and SUVs.

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2021 Aston Martin Vantage / Photo Credit: Aston Martin

2021 Aston Martin Vantage / Photo Credit: Aston Martin

5. 2021 Aston Martin Vantage

  • Base MSRP: $147,000
  • Horsepower: 503
  • Torque: 461 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Aston Martin has often been considered the genteel supercar, more relaxed, refined, and elegant than a snarling Italian performance beast. But the British brand’s entry-level model is still exciting to drive, even if its classy looks don’t scream it.

Keeping costs down, Aston Martin has borrowed the Vantage’s twin-turbo V8 engine from Mercedes-Benz. Fortunately, it’s a good one, even if the Vantage convertible loses the coupe model’s available manual transmission. And whether you want to go fast or slow, the well-sorted suspension will deliver the driving experience you desire — as long as you don’t desire to win a drag race against a more powerful, more expensive exotic.

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The Vantage convertible was completely redesigned for 2021. Older versions won’t look as current, but they could save you a substantial amount of money.

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2021 Audi R8 / Photo Credit: Audi

2021 Audi R8 / Photo Credit: Audi

6. 2021 Audi R8

  • Base MSRP: $154,900
  • Horsepower: 532-602
  • Torque: 398-413 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Hiding under the R8’s body is the soul of a Lamborghini Huracan. It’s just distilled into a more comfortable, quieter, less expensive, and more everyday-agreeable version of its more exotic mechanical cousin.

In our rankings, the higher-performance Lambo stomps the well-mannered Audi. But if you want your fast 6-figure convertible to also have a beautifully finished interior and top-notch infotainment system, it’s probably worth sacrificing a few horsepower to reach that goal. Let’s be honest: Everything in this segment has a few horses to spare.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

7. 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • Base MSRP: $91,000
  • Horsepower: 362-449
  • Torque: 369-516 lb-ft
  • Seats: 2

Most 6-figure 2-seat convertibles are performance-focused vehicles, designed to go fast first and coddle the driver second. The SL-Class stands apart for taking the opposite approach. It’s not so different from some of the 4-seat models we’ll discuss later — most of which have unusable rear seats anyway — but it’s unlike the other cars in the 2-seater category.

Our rankings slam the SL for providing merely 362 horsepower at nearly $100,000, but this Benz has the stretch-out space and hushed ride quality that you won’t get from the other 2-seat exotics. It also has the additional solidity of a power-retractable hardtop roof instead of a soft top. The current-generation SL has reached the end of its life cycle, though, and it uses an older version of Mercedes’s infotainment system.

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Best 4-Seat Exotic Convertibles

2020 Porsche 911 Targa / Photo Credit: Porsche

2021 Porsche 911 Targa / Photo Credit: Porsche

1. 2021 Porsche 911

  • Base MSRP: $112,000
  • Horsepower: 379-640
  • Torque: 331-590 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The 911 is such a familiar vehicle that it’s sometimes hard to consider it an exotic. It has been popular for generations, and Porsche hasn’t changed the exterior design much in 15 years.

But there’s a good reason so many people love the 911. It’s light without being cramped (at least in the front seats), and its weight savings, intricate suspension design, and outstanding rear-mounted engines make it delightful to drive. The latest generation also brings a posh, high-tech cabin. Convertible buyers can choose between a soft top and a partially retractable hardtop model called the Targa.

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2021 Lexus LC / Photo Credit: Lexus

2021 Lexus LC / Photo Credit: Lexus

2. 2021 Lexus LC

  • Base MSRP: $101,100
  • Horsepower: 471
  • Torque: 398 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

A Porsche 911 is a corner-carving performance machine that can also handle daily use better than you’d expect. In contrast, a Lexus LC is a smooth, quiet luxury car that also goes faster than you might have thought.

It begins under the long hood, where you get a 471-horsepower V8 engine as standard equipment. That’s unusually generous for this segment, especially since the LC is priced at the low end for a relative exotic. (The LC coupe is also available with a more economical hybrid engine, but the convertible only gets the V8.) The LC also has agreeable handling, even if this big convertible is too heavy to be a track star — it’s 1,000 pounds more than a 911. One recurring issue with Lexus models is a fussy infotainment system, which makes this stylish cruiser less relaxing to drive.

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2021 Aston Martin DB11 / Photo Credit: Aston Martin

2021 Aston Martin DB11 / Photo Credit: Aston Martin

3. 2021 Aston Martin DB11

  • Base MSRP: $220,900
  • Horsepower: 503
  • Torque: 513 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

The 2-seat Aston Martin Vantage is a beautiful and fun-to-drive vehicle, and it offers a lot of British charm for the money. But for the complete James Bond experience, this DB11 is a more classic interpretation of the brand’s character. A little like the Lexus LC, this is a smooth-riding, great-looking convertible that can also get up to some mischief. A key difference is that Aston has decades of heritage to build on, along with about 400 fewer pounds to lug around. The DB11 is also twice as expensive.

Like the Vantage, the DB11 convertible uses a Mercedes-built turbocharged V8 engine. The DB11 coupe is also available with a more exotic 12-cylinder, but the convertible is limited to the V8.

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2020 BMW i8 Roadster / Photo Credit: BMW

2020 BMW i8 Roadster / Photo Credit: BMW

4. 2020 BMW i8

  • Base MSRP: $163,300
  • Horsepower: 369
  • Torque: 420 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

Most exotic convertibles have similar basic ingredients: power, handling, and style, in roughly equal parts. The i8, perhaps at its own peril, tweaks that formula.

It doesn’t have a 12-cylinder engine. It doesn’t have a V8. It doesn’t have 6 cylinders, or even 4. Just 3, almost unheard of for any luxury car, much less a 6-figure convertible. But it does have two electric motors that boost its total output to less-embarrassing numbers. It’s a plug-in hybrid, meaning you can charge up its big battery using the electric grid, and can always fill the gas tank to avoid being stranded. The combination of improved efficiency and torquey electric motors is intriguing, and BMW styled the i8 to make a strong statement about its efficiency. The end result is a quirky, moderately economical vehicle that looks like nothing else — and that doesn’t really perform like a supercar. The i8 isn’t returning for 2021, but a new generation may appear in the future.

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2021 BMW 8 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 8 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

5. 2021 BMW 8 Series

  • Base MSRP: $97,400
  • Horsepower: 335-523
  • Torque: 368-553 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

Don’t confuse the BMW 8 Series with the BMW i8. The names may be similar, and you can get both of these luxury vehicles with a convertible roof, but they provide different approaches to this segment.

While the i8 has futuristic styling and electric motors, the 8 Series is a more conventional take on the big luxury droptop. It’s sleek and powerful, quiet and well-finished, making it a natural rival to the Lexus LC. But if you want to go fast, the 8 Series falls behind the Lexus, coming with a 6-cylinder engine at the price of the LC’s mighty V8. So while even the base 8 Series is quick, it doesn’t deliver the otherworldly thrills that better justify a 6-figure price tag. Nor does it have the “look at me!” styling of the LC or the i8. But sometimes that’s a good thing, and anyone could have a good time behind the wheel of the 8 Series.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

6. 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • Base MSRP: $140,000
  • Horsepower: 463-603
  • Torque: 513-664 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

For maximum open-top comfort, opulence, and overall luxury, nothing beats a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley. But when your budget slips below $200,000, nothing beats a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Though it’s hardly cheap, it’s the rare convertible that can carry adults in the backseat. Sure, you could also consider the Mercedes E-Class at half the price. But the S-Class is the next level of luxury convertibles, pairing almost ridiculous size and power with a beautifully composed suspension and a stunning interior.

It’s a shrinking niche, though, and the S-Class convertible may be in its final year. When you want an effortless driving experience with the wind in your hair — and the hair of the two adults sitting comfortably behind you — you’ll be sorry to see this one go. But if you want more exhilarating performance, a lower price, or a more exclusive badge, you’ll continue to have plenty of options.

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2021 Bentley Continental GT / Photo Credit: Bentley

2021 Bentley Continental GT / Photo Credit: Bentley

7. 2021 Bentley Continental

  • Base MSRP: $222,700
  • Horsepower: 542-626
  • Torque: 568-664 lb-ft
  • Seats: 4

Sometimes, a mere Mercedes won’t do. You need to stand out on the streets of Dubai or Davos. Or you demand the solid feel of a convertible that, at more than 5,300 pounds, weighs as much as a Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV. That’s when it’s time to open your wallet for a Bentley Continental. This is a vehicle that’s almost without compromises, except for things like fuel economy and price, which are matters for the proletariat to worry about.

On paper, the Continental isn’t a winner. Its hefty weight counteracts the advantage of its big engine, and its high price pushes it down further. But it provides an experience like little else, at least until you spend another $150,000 or so to get a Rolls-Royce Dawn.

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The Most Expensive Convertibles

We didn’t rank exotic convertibles priced over $250,000. You’re not choosing those vehicles based on the spec sheet. But if the most power makes the best convertible to you, the winner is the upcoming 986-horsepower Ferrari SF90 Spider, which will cost an estimated $555,000. If you’re willing to settle for horsepower in the 700s, options include the Ferrari F8 Spider, McLaren 720S, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Ferrari 488 Pista, Ferrari 812, and Lamborghini Aventador; their starting prices range from $302,500 for the F8 to $463,917 for the Lamborghini. If that’s too steep, the Ferrari Portofino M and McLaren 600LT have around 600 horsepower for close to $250,000. For an alternative flavor, the Rolls-Royce Dawn ($368,850) combines cushy comfort with 563-horsepower performance.

Best Used Convertibles

You could save money by considering a used convertible. Some of these models haven’t changed much in the past few years, meaning you could get a gently used convertible with nearly identical styling at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

The links below each vehicle will take you to Carfax’s Used Car Listings. Every car in Carfax’s Used Car Listings comes with a free Carfax Vehicle History Report.

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