Great looking 2+2 convertibles?
I'm not saying that my wife is getting on my case about the fact that there's no room in the car for our two young sons...ok, well maybe I am. But I'm curious, how many 2+2 or 4-seater convertibles can even hold a candle to my Z8?
JoeA will yell, "DB9!!!" and I can't say that I disagree with him. But, at $190K its a little bit out of my range. Although its one handsome car. Funny how the design is so similar to our lovely little roadsters. ;)
But what else is there? The M6 Convertible makes me ill. Ferrari has no offering that I am aware of today (although it would be pretty cool to see a Scaglietti with a retractable top) and the old 2+2s seem to have all been coupes unless I'm mistaken.
What else is out there?
Maserati? Are they going to make that Quattroportte topless?
Man, this is a really looking like an underserved market.
Have at it, you've got $100K to spend, what do you buy to fit 2 adults and 2 smallish kids? New or used.
Re: Great looking 2+2 convertibles?
Interesting dilemma! Ferrari did make a drop-top version of a 4 seater called the Mondial Cabriolet. Mid-engine, V8 powered. Current prices in the $50k range. Haven't heard about a convertible Quatroporte yet but I believe Maserati will produce one given the success of the coupe. Jaguar's new XK is available as a convertible and does have rear seats, though they are rather limited in space and might not work for your boys. The previous XK was also available as a ragtop and I own one because we couldn't fit our dog in the Z8. Great car for cruising, active suspension, auto only, classic styling, smallish rear seats, XKR version supercharged to 400 HP. You might also consider a 911 Porsche since they are available as cabriolets and have rear seats that will actually accomodate small children. The current versions are really great driving cars. If you could double your budget, I think the DB9 convertible would have to be at the top of the list. If you wanted a bit more room so you could also take adults with you, the about-to-be-released Bentley Continental GT convertible is one sweet machine! But if it means giving up your Z8, I don't believe any car out there will be able to compare and you'll regret the decision. Good luck. Grease Monkey
Grease Monkey...the voice of reason
All good points. You have convinced me.
Re: DB9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
Bro, if I had a driveway like yours maybe I could afford a DB9.
are you going to sell the Z8 for this?
I know- but I thought you said
you have 100k to play with- more or less what a used Z8 would be worth (though Ive seen how you drive yours!!! lol) ;-)
How about a used CLK? Was that a no to MB or that they dont make anything in the price class.
If its for your wife, how about a 3 series cabrio? a 325 cabrio starts new at around 39k- imagine you can get one with a few miles on it for less.
or how about a M3 cabrio to go with the Z8?! 2 M division engines under the same roof- I don't know if I can take the excitement! ;-)
Wouldn't a '97 Targa be more fun?
...than an M3 Cabrio...not a Z8 of course!
I guess it all depeends on your sense of fun
If you are used to the rear engine weight bias of a Porsche, thats one thing, but I personally do not like the convertible ones- and I don't consider the targas convertibles- more like a T-top. A Porsche can become more of a handful for an unknowing driver more quickly than can a more evenly weight biased car like a M3- nearly 50/50. The awd system helps porsche not only by providing some traction from the front wheels but also adding some weight to the front, thereby reducing the rear- weight bias that can really make the car tricky. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who is just not really that inspired by Porsche- save for the C-GT! (btw- that is a very dangerous car in inexperienced hands!)
Just to confuse the issue a little more
The May 1, 2006 issue of Autoweek magazine has pictures of a soon-to-be-released 911 variant: a Targa!Grease Monkey