It’s almost magical: for many, the word “cabriolet” alone evokes feelings of automotive freedom and light-heartedness. The hectic pace and stress? Blown away by the wind! Day-to-day life? Remains in the shade.
Anyone who has ever been on the road in an open-top cabriolet can probably immediately name three things that make a journey in a convertible car special: Firstly, the wind that caresses the driver and occupants in a unique way. Secondly, the warmth of the sun, which can be felt and never appears too hot when on the open road. And thirdly, of course, the looks of the other drivers.
In 2019, Volkswagen can look back on 70 years of experience in the construction of cabriolets – and the first open-top vehicle was of course a Beetle! Beginning in the spring of 1949, Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, in Osnabrück, built the Volkswagen Karmann Beetle Cabriolet, in which four occupants could enjoy a seat in the sun. And not uncommon, there were often more than two sitting on the rear seats.
Audi opens roofs and hearts
Audi offers cabriolets across four vehicle classes. The Volkswagen brand thus offers a large and versatile selection of open-top vehicles – and they all come with a fully automatic roof. The Ingolstadt-based company’s portfolio includes the A3 Cabriolet1 and the sportier S32 variant, both of which compete in the compact class. The A5 Cabriolet3 and the S5 Cabriolet4 are the premium mid-range convertibles.
The Audi TT is one of the icons, redefining sports car design at Audi in 1998 – with the Roadster having a strong worldwide fan base since its launch. In 2019 you can choose between the TT Roadster5, the TTS Roadster6, and the extremely sporty TT RS Roadster7 with 400 PS!
If that’s not enough for you, you don’t have to switch to another Volkswagen brand: the Audi R8 Spyder8 has 570 PS, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro9 620 PS. But beware: at a maximum speed of 329 km/h you shouldn’t raise your head behind the windshield – the wind rushes by at more than hurricane force.
Porsche: I’ll take the freedom
Porsche offers a total of eleven open-top vehicles across two model series, promising: each model from the Zuffenhausen company conveys an unbelievable driving feeling, regardless of whether the roof is open or closed.
There are five open variants to choose from in the 718 series. The entry-level variants – in terms of performance – are the 718 Boxster10 with 220 kW/300 PS and the equally powerful 718 Boxster T11. The T stands for Touring, and the 718 Boxster T transfers the purist concept of the 1968 911 T to the two-seater sports car series; it is therefore more sporty. The light mid-engine sports car looks correspondingly more self-confident.
The 718 Boxster S12 starts with 257 kW/350 PS, followed by the 718 Boxster GTS13 with 269 kW/365 PS. The top model in the 718 series is the very unusual 718 Spyder14: it starts with a different roof concept and 309 kW/420 PS.
In the 911 series, customers have the choice between six open-air variants, if the Targa is added to the equation.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet15 and the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet16 are available with rear-wheel drive. The latter, GTS, stands for Gran Turismo Sport, i.e. the sportier version. Fitted with all-wheel-drive come the, the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet17, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet18 and the 911 Targa 4 GTS19. These five models are powered by the 331 kW / 450 PS 3.0-litre 6-cylinder-biturbo-engine – and of course every journey is accompanied by the legendary engine sound, which is even more directly noticeable in the convertible versions.
The new 911 Speedster20 starts with 375 kW / 510 PS. This concept embodies Porsche’s primal virtues of purism, lightweight construction, efficiency and unmistakable driving pleasure. It is limited to 1,948 units.
Lamborghini: Open air free riding
At Lamborghini, open driving in a total of six models becomes an adrenaline-driven experience!
The Lamborghini Huracán is available in three roofless models, all powered by the rumbling 10-cylinder engine: The Huracán Evo Spyder21 with all-wheel drive and 470kW/ 640 PS, the Huracán RWD Spyder22 with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 426 kW / 580 PS and the Huracán Performante Spyder23. The latter offers the best weight/performance ratio of the Huracán Spyder model range.
The two open-top models of the Aventador family bear the name Spyder, both are powered by huge V12 engines. The Aventador S Roadster24 is an icon of open-top vehicles. And Lamborghini promises: “Nothing will satisfy your ego and expand your senses as much as the Aventador S Roadster.” With just 800 units produced, the Aventador SVJ Roadster25 also has a rarity value. The name suffix SVJ also indicates that this is a very special super sports car: SV historically stands for Superveloce (super fast), and it also has the suffix “Jota,” which at Lamborghini traditionally stands for top performance and special track suitability.
Only the Centenario Roadster26, the latest Few-Off creation by the Italians, outdo the vehicles of the Huracán and Aventador series in their exclusivity. In this model, the monocoque and the body are made mainly of carbon fiber. The car accelerates from 0-to-100 km/h in an incredible 2.9 seconds. The short braking distance is also impressive: from 100-0 km/h in just 31 meters.
Bentley: Performance plus comfort & freedom
In spring 2019, Bentley presented the brand-new Bentley Continental not only as a coupé, but also as a cabriolet – in two versions.
Firstly, the Continental GT V8 Convertible27, powered by a four-litre V8 with 404 kW / 550 PS. Alongside it, the Continental GT W12 Convertible28 with a twelve-cylinder engine (467kW/ 650 PS), which accelerates the luxury convertible from 0-to-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds – and brings it up to a top speed of 333 km/h. However, Bentley attaches even more importance to the high-quality equipment of the vehicles than to their performance. The interior, for example, features the finest hand-made materials.
Volkswagen launches first SUV convertible in 2020
Soon there will be a Volkswagen convertible once again! Volkswagen is launching its first SUV cabriolet29 onto the market based on the compact SUV T-Roc. With the new cabriolet, the brand will further strengthen its presence in the compact SUV segment – already one of the most popular segments in the automotive industry.
The motto of the closed T-Roc is: Make a sporty statement and leave a lasting impression right from the start. The T-Roc cabriolet will also remain true to this motto.
And then there is the ID. Buggy30, which Volkswagen fans are very much hoping for. The ID. Buggy is a fun vehicle – and driving the concept car “pins a smile to your face,” says Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer of the Volkswagen brand.
1 Audi A3 Cabriolet (140 kW / 190 PS) fuel consumption combined: 6,6 l/100 km; CO₂- Emissions combined: 151 g/km; Efficiency class: C
2 Audi S3 Cabriolet (221 kW / 300 PS) fuel consumption combined: 7,3–7,1 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissions combined*: 165–162 g/km; Efficiency class: C
3 Audi A5 Cabriolet: Several motorizations can be ordered
4 Audi S5 Cabriolet (260 kW / 354 PS) fuel consumption combined: 8,0-7,9 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissions combined: 181-179 g/km; Efficiency class: C
5 Audi TT Roadster Several motorizations can be ordered
6 Audi TTS Roadster (225 kW /306 PS) fuel consumption combined: 7,3–7,2 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 166–165 g/km, Efficiency class: D
7 Audi TT RS Roadster (294 kW / 400 PS) fuel consumption combined: 8,1–8,0 l/100 km CO₂-Emissions combined: 183–182 g/km, Efficiency class: E
8 Audi R8 Spyder (419 kW / 570 PS fuel consumption combined: 13,0 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissions combined: 297 g/km; Efficiency class: G
9 Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro (456 kW / 620 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 13,3 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 302-301 g/km; Efficiency class: G
10 Porsche 718 Boxster (220 kW/ 300 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 8,1 – 7,9 l/100 km CO₂-Emissions combined 186 – 180 g/km, Efficiency class: F
11 Porsche 718 Boxster T (220 kW/ 300 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 8,2 – 7,9 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 187 – 181 g/km, Efficiency class: F
12 Porsche 718 Boxster S (257 kW/350 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,2 – 8,5 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissions combined 210 – 194 g/km, Efficiency class: G/F
13 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS (269 kW/365 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,2 – 8,5 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 210 – 194 g/km, Efficiency class: G/F
14 Porsche 718 Spyder (420 PS / 309 kW) Fuel consumption combined: 10,9 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 249 g/km, Efficiency class: G
15 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabrio (331 kW / 450 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,1l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 208 g/km, Efficiency class: F
16 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet16 (331 kW / 450 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 8,8l /100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 202 g/km, Efficiency class: F
17 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabrio17 (331 kW / 450 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,0l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 207 g/km, Efficiency class: F
18 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (331 kW / 450 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,1l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 207 g/km, Efficiency class: F
19 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS (331 kW / 450 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 9,1 l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 207 g/km, Efficiency class: F
20 Porsche 911 Speedster (375 kW / 510 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 13,8 l/100 km CO₂-Emissions combined: 317 g/km, Efficiency class: G
21 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder (470 kW / 640 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 14,2l/100km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 338 g/km (WLTP)
22 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder (426 kW / 580 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 14,8l/100km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 342 g/km
23 Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder (470 kW / 640 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 15l/100km; CO₂-Emissions combined: 348 g/km
24 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster (544 kW / 740 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 20,1l/100km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 464 g/km
25 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster (566 kW / 770 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 17,9l/100km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 486 g/km (WLTP)
26 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster (566 kW / 770 PS) Fuel consumption combined: 16l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 370 g/km
27 Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible The vehicle is not offered for sale in Germany.
28 Bentley Continental GT W12 Convertible (467 kW / 635 PS), Fuel consumption combined: 12.3l/100 km, CO₂-Emissions combined: 336 g/km
29 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: Study
30 Volkswagen ID. Buggy: Study