6 Astonishing Cabriolet Cars to Drive This Summer

July 1st, 2012 | Cars | cabriolet, cars

Driving Porsche Cabriolet

Summertime is infamous for many bugs. During the warmer months it seems people get the moving bug, the single bug and most of all the buying a new car bug. This summer there are a lot of choices for those looking to purchase a new joy ride. Check out these top Cabriolet cars to drive this summer, especially if you feel the need for speed.1. Audi RS5 Cabriolet
The 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is one of the top contenders for this summer. It very much looks like their older coupe models, but this one is convertible and Audi smoothed out some of their rough edges, literally to make the body sleek and eye catching. Hosting a 4.2 liter, 8 cylinders under the hood, this is a great choice for a smaller versioned speed demon. The 450 HP driven engines will get up and go without pause and it has a 4,000 to 6,000 rpm ratio. What is not new is the speed setting as this one follows older models in its seven speed capabilities, duel clutch and all wheel drive.

2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

2. Ferrari 458 Italia Convertible
For those with exotic tastes, once again Ferrari takes its usual top spot among best cars and the 458 Italia is one of 2012-2013's top dogs. Naturally Ferrari is known for its speed and well handling on any road condition, but this model also takes the cake for best engine performance and is reasonably priced for what it is and competing models. The Cabriolet comes in both the coupe and spider models, both with 4.5 liters and 8 cylinders.

Ferrari 458 Italia Cabriolet

3. Mercedes Benz SLK 350 Convertible
The Mercedes Benz SLK 350 is a looker and will also perform quite well. The classy and sophisticated two seat sports car has a 3.5 liter, 6V engine that is direct injected and offers mucho horse power for car enthusiasts. They have amped up their stereo to a cool 8 speaker system with audio streaming and HD. What's even cooler is the estimated 20 MPG ability for city driving. This ditty has an added suspension system and goes from zero to sixty in 5.4 seconds. The only downfall to this new car is perhaps the price tag; they start at base model price of $54,800.

Mercedes Benz SLK350 Cabriolet

4. Fiat C 500 by Gucci
If great gas mileage and compact is what you're searching for considering the Fiat C500 by Gucci is a good option. This small but speedy Couture Cabriolet is still packed with power. The Italian specialty has the infamous green and red stripe that comes expected of this brand and the 1.4 liter is still the little engine that could. With an estimated 29 MPG you can't go wrong and the body style is boldly understated, but affords Gucci’s usual finesse. The price is right as well with base models costing a mere $23,500. Safety ratings were very good as well thanks to improved and added passenger and driver airbags and additional pelvic/thorax airbags.

Fiat C 500 by Gucci

5. BMW 650i Convertible
For a soft and sleek style the BMW 650i convertible is not only pleasing to the eye, it will also satisfy those who have a hunger for gadgets and details. The engine has a 4.4 liter which is double turbo (read fast!) and in safety rating tests the 20" wheels were solid. The 400 horse power, v8 engine performed well and there are plenty of driving type options to choose from such as normal, comfort and sport. Inside extras include voice active navigation, idrive navigation system and killer sound system. Base models start at $90,500.

BMW 650i Convertible

6. Volvo C70 Convertible
For a more affordable option but none the less still sporty and stylish the 2012 Volvo C70 offers luxury and performance with its 5 cylinder, 23 horse power engine. The new limited edition sports version (only 500 models available in the U.S.) has 18" Midir wheels and a deluxe chrome rimmed grill, making this one of the most attractive of 2012 available models. Volvo historically manufactures some of the safest vehicles each year and this model is no different with rollover and whiplash protection. Base models start at just over $40,000. For that price, luxury is an option.

Volvo C70 Convertible