5 Drop-Tops That Are Better Than The Coupés

5 Drop-Tops That Are Better Than The Coupés

Making a car a convertible can be make or break for its name. It could be the difference between creating a future classic or an abomination – Peugeot 206 CC, anyone? Here are five of some of the best drop-tops – the ones outclassing their coupé roots.

1. Citroen C1 Airscape

citroen c1 airscape

In its normal form, the Citroen C1 is a fairly humdrum little city box, with a buzzy engine, lightly gaudy interior and trim options, and a front end that looks like it’s had a good working over from an angry ogre wielding the world’s largest ugly stick. Add the full-length folding fabric convertible roof and suddenly the C1 Airscape (yes, it’s really called that) is the essence of European city car. You’ll be driving up ‘shared space’ areas, parking outside coffee shops and tossing baguettes through the open roof into the back seat before you know it.

2. BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Despite being £5,000 more expensive than its coupé counterpart, the drop-top version of this already-incredible car provides even more driving pleasure. And who doesn’t love lowering the roof with the touch of a button?

3. Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder

Take it from us – that roaring V10 sounds even more ungodly with the roof down, and even though we’ve absolutely nothing against the hard top, the Spyder takes the cake here.

4. Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster

SLS Roadster

All the noise and brute force of the SLS minus the gull wings, which some claim makes you look like a show-off. The roadster’s ‘normal’ doors give it more class and it looks more like a road car than before.

5. Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

4C Spider 2

What’s not to love about the 4C? Even if you couldn’t fit in the original, with the Spider you can just take the roof off and then even Peter Crouch can enjoy the nippy little motor. Remember, though, there’s no power steering, so trying to show off by creeping through the town centre will work up a sweat.

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