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Convertible Sports Cars: Fun in the Sun

© Ford Motor Company, © Jaguar Land Rover, © Ferrari North America, © Porsche Cars North AmericaConvertible Sports Cars
The summer of 2020 won’t be soon forgotten as people try to enjoy some beautiful weather while staying socially distant during these days of COVID-19. Perhaps one of the best ways to do both is from behind the wheel of a convertible. And for those who enjoy the drive even more than the destination, adding performance to that open-top experience is the ultimate way to travel. Journey through this selection of convertible sports cars available in America, beginning with the affordable and accelerating toward the exorbitant. And if only for a bit of surprise, we’ve included the price per horsepower to showcase the best power values in this exclusive group of convertible sports cars — the winner might be surprising.

© FCA US2020 Fiat 124 Spider
MSRP: $25,390
Engine: 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 160
Price per Horse: $158.69
The result of a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda, the Fiat 124 Spider returned to the market for the 2017 model year after a 30-year absence, bringing Italian styling and a Fiat drivetrain, suspension and tuning.

© Mazda North American Operations2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP: $26,580
Engine: 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 181
Price per Horse: $146.85
Now in its fourth generation, the MX-5 Miata is a thoroughly modern 2-seat roadster, recalling a time when sports cars were more about being light and nimble rather than having voluminous power.

© BMW USA2021 MINI Cooper Convertible
MSRP: $27,400
Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged 3 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 134
Price per Horse: $204.48
With go kart-like handling and iconic styling, the MINI Cooper Convertible is the lowest priced sporty convertible that seats up to four occupants.

© General Motors2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT Convertible
MSRP: $31,500
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 275
Price per Horse: $114.55
With styling reminiscent of classic Camaros, the current convertible features the first turbocharged engine ever bolted in a production Camaro.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible
MSRP: $32,170
Engine: 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 310
Price per Horse: $103.77
One of the most iconic vehicles on this list, the Mustang has been a fixture on American roads since its introduction more than 50 years ago.

© Ford Motor Company2020 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
MSRP: $45,380
Engine: 5.0-liter V8
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 460
Price per Horse: $98.65
Even with turbochargers becoming more common, Ford still offers the Mustang with a normally aspirated V8 engine. The Mustang GT Convertible wins with the lowest price per horsepower in this list of convertible sports cars.

© Audi AG2020 Audi TT Roadster
MSRP: $49,000
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 228
Price per Horse: $214.91
Introduced almost 20 years ago, the TT is currently in its third generation, featuring a sleek design styled to evoke its R8 sibling while keeping the basic shape of the original car.

© BMW USA2020 BMW Z4 sDrive 30i
MSRP: $49,700
Engine: 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 254
Price per Horse: $195.67
This year BMW brought back the Z4, which now shares a platform with the Toyota Supra; the classic roadster is a welcome addition to the BMW lineup.

© BMW USA2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive Convertible
MSRP: $50,950
Engine: 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 335
Price per Horse: $152.09
The 2 Series is the entry-level model of the BMW lineup, but as the M240i this small convertible elevates it to sports car status.

© Porsche Cars North America2020 Porsche 718 Boxster
MSRP: $62,000
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 300
Price per Horse: $206.67
The 718 Boxster may be the least expensive of the convertible sports cars in the Porsche lineup, but a few minutes behind the wheel proves it is pure Porsche.

© Audi AG2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet
MSRP: $60,200
Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 349
Price per Horse: $172.49
With full-time quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi S5 delivers great performance to any season.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43
MSRP: $64,650
Engine: 3.0-liter biturbo V6
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 385
Price per Horse: $167.92
The 2020 model year is the last chance to enjoy this powerful hardtop convertible — Mercedes-Benz has announced that this will be the last year for the SLC.

© Jaguar Land Rover2021 Jaguar F-TYPE P300 Convertible
MSRP: $64,700
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 296
Price per Horse: $218.58
The sexy F-TYPE convertible gets a fresh look for the 2021 model year, but — sadly — the manual transmission has been discontinued.

© General Motors2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
MSRP: $66,400
Engine: 6.2-liter V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 495
Price per Horse: $134.14
The introduction of the all-new 2020 Corvette marks the first time this legendary sports car has a mid-engine configuration — as well as the first retractable hardtop.

© FCA US2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
MSRP: $67,150
Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 237
Price per Horse: $283.33
With a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque and engine mountings of lightweight aluminum, the 4C is a perfect example of why power is not the ultimate factor in creating a good sports car.

© General Motors2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
MSRP: $69,000
Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V8
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 650
Price per Horse: $106.15
The ZL1 boasts the highest level of performance in the Camaro lineup — able to launch to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds.

© BMW AG2020 BMW M4 Convertible
MSRP: $77,650
Engine: 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Available
Horsepower: 425
Price per Horse: $182.71
The highest performance version of BMW’s 4 Series, the M4 stands out with aggressive styling to match its powerful motor.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet
MSRP: $84,900
Engine: AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 503
Price per Horse: $168.79
In typical AMG fashion, the tuner managed to shoehorn a powerful V8 engine into this entry-level convertible with entertaining results.

© Jaguar Land Rover2021 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible
MSRP: $105,900
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 575
Price per Horse: $184.17
Residing at the top of the F-TYPE lineup, the F-TYPE R’s supercharged V8 engine will put a 186-mph wind through any hair.

© Porsche Cars North America2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
MSRP: $112,000
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo boxer 6 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 379
Price per Horse: $295.51
With one of the most iconic shapes on the automotive landscape, the Porsche 911 debuted in 1963 and continues today as a benchmark among sports cars.

© BMW of North America2020 BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive Convertible
MSRP: $121,400
Engine: 4.4-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 523
Price per Horse: $232.12
Returning after a 20-year hiatus, the 8 Series is the new flagship performance coupe / convertible of the BMW line.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster
MSRP: $127,900
Engine: AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 469
Price per Horse: $272.71
Although AMG is typically responsible for high-performance versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the powerful AMG GT is a standalone model with no corresponding Mercedes-Benz version.

© BMW of North America2020 BMW M8 Competition Convertible
MSRP: $155,500
Engine: 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 617
Price per Horse: $252.03
BMW M variants represent the highest performance iterations from the German car company, and the M8 sits at the top of the M lineup.

© BMW of North America2020 BMW i8 Roadster
MSRP: $163,300
Engine: AC Synchronous Electric Motor/ 1.5 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 3 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 369
Price per Horse: $441.73
One of the most futuristic cars on the road in terms of styling and performance, the i8 Roadster can travel up to 18 miles on electric power alone.

Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro2020 Audi R8 Spyder
MSRP: $182,100
Engine: 5.2-liter V10
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 562
Price per Horse: $324.02
As eye-catching today as when it came to market more than 10 years ago, the R8 Spyder is one of the few sports cars housing a V10 powerplant.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet
MSRP: $183,500
Engine: AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 603
Price per Horse: $304.31
The high-performance version of the luxurious S-Class Cabriolet lineup, the S63 carries a range of technological creature comforts that include an enhanced automatic wind protection system called AIRCAP, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, heated armrests and heated front and rear seats.

© McLaren2020 McLaren 570S Spider
MSRP: $208,800
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 562
Price per Horse: $371.53
Weighing in at 3,300 pounds, the 570S Spider has enough power to leap to 60 mph in a hair over 3 seconds, and blast to a top speed exceeding 200 mph; however, with the top down it will “only” reach 196 mph.

© Ferrari S.p.A2020 Ferrari Portofino
MSRP: $214,533
Engine: 3.9-liter turbocharged V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 591
Price per Horse: $363.79
The Portofino is the “entry level” model in the Ferrari lineup that replaces the aging California T. The Portofino employs a retractable hardtop that not only adds stiffness and security, when closed it creates a sleek fastback style.

© Porsche Cars North America2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
MSRP: $216,300
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo boxer 6 cylinder
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 640
Price per Horse: $337.97
Porsche introduced the latest generation 911 last year, and since then the Teutonic automaker has been rolling out the full range; the latest is the powerful 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, which will sprint to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds once it arrives later this year.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante
MSRP: $220,900
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 503
Price per Horse: $439.17
Aston Martin built its reputation creating vehicles that comingle a blend of elegant styling with sports car performance — the DB11 Volante is a perfect example.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
MSRP: $240,800
Engine: 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 626
Price per Horse: $384.66
Last year Bentley introduced an all-new Continental GT Convertible with fresh styling, a higher level of luxury and improved performance.

© McLaren Automotive Limited2020 McLaren 600LT Spider
MSRP: $256,500
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 592
Price per Horse: $433.28
The 600LT Spider is the fifth model to wear the Longtail name, following a McLaren formula of increased power, reduced weight, optimized aerodynamics, driver engagement, track-focused dynamics and limited availability.

© Ferrari S.p.A2020 Ferrari F8 Spider
MSRP: $274,280
Engine: 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 710
Price per Horse: $385.77
Ferrari has offered a mid-engine V8 sports car and an open-top version since the 1970s — the F8 Spider is the latest member to join that exclusive group.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder
MSRP: $287,400
Engine: 5.2-liter V10
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 640
Price per Horse: $449.06
The Lamborghini Huracan EVO is designed to be bold in both styling and performance, accomplishing both with ease.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2020 McLaren 720S Spider
MSRP: $315,000
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 710
Price per Horse: $443.66
With the highest performance of the convertible sports cars in the McLaren lineup, the 720S Spider features a carbon fiber roof that retracts in 11 seconds. It takes about 3 seconds less to reach 124 mph.

© Aston Martin2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
MSRP: $329,100
Engine: 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 715
Price per Horse: $460.28
With a top speed of 210 mph, the DBS Superleggera Volante is the fastest convertible the carmaker has ever produced.

© Ferrari North America2020 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
MSRP: $350,000
Engine: 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 710
Price per Horse: $492.96
The Pista is part of a new Special Series from Ferrari that sets a new benchmark for spider performance thanks to its powerful engine and emphasis on aerodynamics and weight reduction.

© Ferrari Cars North America2020 Ferrari 812 GTS
MSRP: $380,000 (est.)
Engine: 6.5-liter V12
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 789
Price per Horse: $480.62
The 812 GTS is the first Ferrari spider with a front-mounted V12 engine since the 1969 Daytona Spider.

© Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
MSRP: $573,966
Engine: 6.5-liter V12
Manual Transmission: Not Available
Horsepower: 770
Price per Horse: $745.41
With a time of 6:44.97, the Aventador SVJ is the fastest production car around the famed Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany.

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