Best convertibles: seven of our favorite performance models

The sun begins to Shine, the more often and the days are getting longer. Spring is almost upon us.

This means it is almost time to have the roof off. But which machine is best for the enjoyment of the open air to enjoy the required amount of thrills on the open road?

Here are our suggestions for the best performance convertibles.

Mazda MX-5

Ignore the hairdresser-related jibes from the uneducated – the MX-5 is a real sports car. Mazda has proven that you don’t need big power, and pleasure tech, a comfortable ride, you only need a decent version of the lightweight, mechanically interactive, rear-wheel-drive formula, which is proven since the 1960s.

The current model starts at less than £19k, and the high-revving 1.5-Liter engine is our choice for the best experience. If you want a bit more style and have a few pounds extra, take a look at the Abarth 124 Spider, based on the same platform.

Porsche 718 Boxster

At some point Porsche will fall to safe the ball with the Boxster now has been awarded for 20 years. But not yet. The newly renamed 718 Boxster is a further development of the 981-generation, introduced in 2012, and it is one of the most beautiful sports cars that you can buy; sharper than ever, and the chassis is sublime matched, even for the bumpiest of British B-roads.

The old, dearly beloved six-cylinder engines can now be replaced with four-cylinder units, but it is still 345bhp in the 2.5 S model, and it is still capable of huge speeds.

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

“It’s good to be bad”, said a large number of British actors in the Jaguar-promotional material. But the F-Type is far from bad. In fact, it is actually pretty good.

The convertible version comes in a variety of flavors, everything sounds brilliant and provides the driver with an experience somewhere between the Porsche Boxster and the 911 in the entry-level V6 and positive pound furiously on the door of the Stuttgart s-Symbol with the top-end supercharged V8 engine.

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet

The sound alone is reason enough to purchase the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet with the roof down, the sound from the exquisite fettled sports exhaust system the best of modern cars.

But it is also delightfully fast, thanks to 503bhp from its 4.0-Liter twin-Turbo V8 and a solid, rigid chassis, excellent handling, but still wafting along in comfort, if necessary. This car is on a decent road, in good weather (and a few tunnels) is very, very close to car nirvana drive.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

This is the ultimate vantage point is another machine that justifies much of its considerable price tag with its exhaust noise, but the V12 S is a machine that has also brought the fastest roofless street car Aston has ever seen.

Its large bonnet vents leave no doubt as to its performance intentions, and upgrades, which adds anywhere on the standard Vantage mean it is treated in such a way that its 565bhp, 12-cylinder engine. Subtle it is not. Fun, it is absolutely.

Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley certainly has an advantage when it comes to luxury, but his GTC is no slouch when it comes to performance, especially if it comes with a V8, where the W12 has sat in the past.

The smaller Motor kicks out 500bhp but unfortunately, provides a wealth, pokey experience on the Gas. It hits 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and tickles all the right senses through the curves, despite its abundant bulk, while all around you is in some of the finest leather and wood, which is known to mankind.

McLaren 675LT Spider

“Special” was to admire the first word of our road-testers after driving McLaren’s latest convertible, and with good reason. The track-focused, spiced up 650S is just as good with the roof as the coupe, and-what is crucial-it is committed away from the border as well. Useful in a car with a suitably Satanic 666bhp.

Unfortunately, all the 500 Cabrio 675LTs have already been sold. But unless you get very lucky in the classifieds, you might find consolation in your disappointment, you should check out the Ferrari 488 Spider.

Of course, there are more cars that could make the cut, depending on your preferences. Maybe you are more of a fan of the BMW M4 convertibleor a Mini convertible John Cooper Works. Perhaps you are indignant that the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder is not presented here.

What do you think should be on the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Phill Tromans