In recent years, car manufacturers have unveiled a variety of roadsters which offer motorists a combination of power and elegance. Surrounded by this myriad of choice, it can often be difficult to decide which roadster best suits your vehicular needs. Listed below are ten of the most luxurious and competent roadsters on the market, perfect for the modern motorist…
10- 2014 MINI Cooper Roadster
MINI’s new Cooper Roadster promises rapid acceleration and responsive handling thanks to its TwinPower Turbo version of its predecessor’s 1.6 litre four cylinder engine. Subsequently, this roadster boasts capabilities of an impressive 181bhp and 177 pound feet of torque. This roadster hosts fully variable valve control facilitating Valvetronic technology in order to simultaneously maximize fuel economy and sharpen engine response. This heightened engine response enables the Roadster to reach 60mph in 6.7 seconds as well as a top speed of 141mph. Moreover, its simultaneous fuel economy offers 26mpg city and 35mpg highway. As well as its functioning capabilities, the MINI Cooper Roadster offers a wide range of style customization. Drivers will be able to choose from a comprehensive variety of colours, trim and upholstery. Highlights include piped sport seas, a Chrome Line package as well as over five Colour Lines. The British Mini Cooper is a common sight on UK roads.
9- 2014 Jaguar F-Type Roadster
The 2011 Jaguar C-X16 concept finally makes its debut in this new F-Type. This Roadster will possess a formidable supercharged 3.0litre v-6 engine, capable of 380bhp, as well as at least one turbocharged 2.0 litre four cylinder. Both engines will be mated to eight speed automatics with start stop technology and luxury lightweight aluminium body. Definitely one to watch!
8- 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL550
The SL550 offers an immensely powerful yet effortlessly smooth V-8 Bi-turbo engine, providing a surprisingly quiet and immensely comfortable drive. The SL550 offers an excellent luxury roadster with a wealth of technological additional features, including a myriad of multimedia infotainment sources as well as premium audio systems.
7- Kia Roadster 2014
Kia has progressed significantly within the market recently, and hopes to further consolidate this ever-improving reputation with the new Kia Roadster. This model will weigh no more than 2200 lbs and will be equipped with a rear wheel drive system. They have not released engine specifications as yet, but predictions suggest capabilities in the region of 200bhp from a turbo petrol engine.
6 – 2014 McLaren MP4-12C Roadster
McLaren intend to release this supreme roadster later in 2014. It will offer a folding hardtop of either aluminium or carbon-fibre construction as opposed to a soft-top. Its powerful 592bhp twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine has generated estimated performance figures of 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, a quarter of a mile in 10.9 seconds and a top speed in the staggering heights of 205mph. McLaren’s motoring prestige offers credibility to these impressive statistics, hinting towards a promising future for this intriguing roadster. The price tag is a little steep at $250,000, those less affluent make seek a more affordable car.
5 – 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster
This newly renovated model offers pure open air motoring coupled with dynamic performance, stunning design, innovative technological advancements and surprising value. It is available in two hardtop models and features a standard 332bhp 3.7litre DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control. Moreover, it offers a choice of seven speed automatic transmission or close ratio six speed manual. The extras don’t stop here. The Nissan 370Z Roadster also offers high back net seats, added structural body reinforcements and a stylish convertible top. Throw in a revised front fascia with LED daytime running lights and the Nissan offers you a dynamic motor which you can personalize to perfectly suit your motoring prowess and style preferences.
4 – Mazda MX-5 Roadster
The Mazda MX-5 marks a radical transformation in roadsters, featuring a hard top which takes merely 12 seconds to raise or lower. This innovation distinguishes the MX-5 as the roadster with the fastest convertible roof available on the market. The Mazda MX-5 Roadster boasts an impressive 2-litre engine with a slick six-speed gearbox enabling it to accelerate to 62mph from rest in just 8.2 seconds (increase this time to 8.9 seconds for the five-speed 2-litre model, or 9.6 seconds for the 1.8 engine) as well as reaching a maximum speed of 129mph. The MX-5 capitalizes upon of Mazda’s exclusive range of Skyactiv technologies, returning around 35mpg. Moreover, the lightweight Skyactiv chassis and 17 inch alloys, as well as luxurious climate control, bright xenon headlights and heated leather seats, consolidate the MX-5’s ability to harmonise efficiency with elegance. The MX-5 Roadster is the most comfortable, reliable and luxuriously refined edition to date. Its timeless style, impressive speed and brilliantly balanced chassis provides unlimited driving entertainment.
3- Porsche Boxster
The Porsche Boxster promises power, with dynamic credentials such as a flat-six S version engine capable of 310bhp , going from 0 to 60mph in merely 5.3 seconds and a capability of reaching heights of 170mph. This raw power is accompanied by nimble and progressive handling, offering a powerful yet controlled drive.
2 – BMW Z4
This latest model provides improved comfort to its predecessors, offering a softer ride to accompany the Z4’s classic elegance. Its low slung driving position and long bonnet, combined with a new turbocharged 242bhp sDrive 28i engine encapsulate BMW’s trademark partnership of luxury and power.
1 – 2014 Audi TTS Roadster
A remodel of a timeless classic, the Audi TT comes in a huge range of petrol and diesel engines offering drivers a wealth of choice. Options are tailored to suit your vehicular preferences; whether you desire an efficient 2.0 litre TDI or a staggeringly fast TT-RS. Other additions include Quattro four wheel drive systems, providing your vehicle with effective handling irrespective of terrain. Luxuriously modern exterior and interior design coexist with the practicality of a 250 litre boot, offering efficiency as well as excellent driving control.