Ahhh, Arizona. Where year-round sunshine means that almost any day is a good day to drop your top. Nearly every convertible is bound to turn heads and elicit envious stares, but we think these six are the sexiest of the bunch.
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2014 Audi R8 Spyder ($128,400 to $173,800) – It’s the vehicle of choice for Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) and Christian Grey. This sexy drop top burns up the road with a 430-horsepower V-8 engine or a 525-horsepower V-10 that flies from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. With looks that will make your heart melt and performance that will make it pound, R8 is Iron Man and Fifty Shades all rolled into one.
2013 Mercedes Benz SL Class Roadster ($105,500 to $212,240) – A truly transcendental driving experience. With a minimum of 429 horsepower and every comfort and convenience feature imaginable (and some you never knew you desired until now), the SL is the cream of the convertible crop. Exquisite good looks? Check. Breathtaking performance? Check. The only thing not standard is the restraint you’ll need to stay within the bounds of the speed limit.
2014 Jaguar F-Type ($69,000 to $92,000) – So, Jaguar doesn’t have the best reputation for dependability. But as with anything this good looking, we’re willing to overlook its faults, just to be seen with it. Always a guilty pleasure, it asks, “How fast do you want to go?” with models that range from 340 to 495 horsepower. Not to be outshined by the lookers in this category, F-Type was awarded 2013 World Car Design of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.
2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible ($56,995) – Designed from the beginning as an open-top car, meticulous attention was paid to making this generation Corvette live up to the venerable Stingray moniker. With a V-8 that produces 450-horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, it shares all of the performance capabilities of the coupe – but with a top that retracts remotely using the key fob or at speeds up to 30 mph.
2013 Porsche Boxster ($50,400) – A classic that was completely redesigned for 2013, the Boxster belongs on almost any list of luxury sports cars. It has a revamped chassis and a more lightweight body design, improving upon its already stellar driving dynamics. Hot looks and hot performance for top-down pleasure on a hot day.
2013 Lexus IS C F Sport ($42,610 to $46,890) – A hardtop hot rod available with either 204 or 306 horsepower, the Lexus IS C is refined, yet exhilarating to drive. The advantages of the fixed lie mostly in top-up driving, when the driving experience quiet, with none of the shake and wind noise common with cloth-top counterparts. The IS C has all of the luxury you’d expect from Lexus, and the F Sport package makes it a performance machine.