Convertibles continue to offer a fun-in-the-sun motoring experience no other vehicles can. Drop the top on a beautiful day, begin driving, and let all your troubles fade away. The convertible segment is one that always seems to be shrinking, but for 2017, a few notable new entries have arrived at various price and performance points.
What’s New in Convertibles for 2017?
The Porsche Boxster is all-new for 2017, and although it may look pretty much the same, Porsche says that nearly every body panel has been changed. The more important change, however, is given away by its new name: Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. Those three numbers indicate that the popular mid-engine convertible is now powered by a turbocharged boxer four-cylinder. Not to worry, though, because the 718s are still some of the best sports cars you can buy, with a balanced, responsive chassis and enough power to keep enthusiasts entertained.
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The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is also new this year. As the Italian cousin of the popular Mazda MX-5 Miata that it shares a platform with, the Fiat convertible is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder. It’s not really the more powerful Miata people have been asking for, but it has a distinctly Italian flair and everything that makes the Miata fun carries over to this new droptop.
Speaking of Mazda, its beautiful MX-5 Miata RF is new for 2017, brining along a retractable fastback/hardtop design that makes the fun roadster more practical. Best of all, Mazda promises the additional weight won’t affect the convertible’s performance.
As one of the weirder cars to go on sale for 2017, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is certainly controversial, but it promises to offer the same off-road prowess as its hardtop sibling.
The Ford Mustang convertible was slightly refreshed for 2017, and the new Mercedes-AMG S63 Convertible along with the Audi R8 Spyder have proven to be the ultimate droptop luxury missiles. Mercedes-Benz’s SL roadster has also been refreshed, but it was a bit of a disappointment. On a more affordable note, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio is all new for 2017, getting updates that make it much easier to live with.
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is now available as a rear-drive model for 2017. It gets slight cosmetic tweaks compared to its AWD sibling and remapped performance algorithms to accommodate the new configuration. The Rolls-Royce Dawn is also new for this year, giving the well-heeled the most opulent top-down driving experience in the industry.
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What’s Next in Convertibles?
Tesla keeps teasing a new roadster, and Aston Martin is said to be working on a redesign of its Vantage convertible. Audi’s popular A5, S5 and RS5 convertible should debut sometime in 2017, a new Jeep Wrangler is coming (hey, it’s a convertible too!), and a refreshed Jaguar F-Type is expected as well. An all-new BMW Z5 to replace the Z4 convertible and even a Pagani Huayra Roadster should also debut in 2017.