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Mr b00st
There hasn't been a lot of activity in this forum lately, so here's a fun question:

For 70k or so, you can get your hands on a handful of really powerful 4-seat convertibles. What's your preference?

BMW M3 Convertible

MSRP: $68,750 ($71,895 with destination & gas guzzler tax). Prices go up to $84,095 with all the options. LOL.
Engine: 4.0L 32v V8, 414bhp, 295lb-ft.
Transmission: 6-speed manual standard, 7-speed DCT optional
Performance claims: 5.1 seconds 0-60 (probably conservative), 155mph top end, 13/20 city/highway MPG
Pros: folding hard-top, probably the sharpest chassis, 8400rpm, DCT is quite good
Cons: 4,100lb M3, seriously expensive, less than half the torque of the Shelby, heinous MPG's for the speed.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 Convertible

MSRP: $60,445 (package pricing not available yet)
Engine: 6.2L "LSA" V8, 1.9L Eaton TVS supercharger, air-to-water intercooler. Pushrod 16v, dry-sump lubrication. 580bhp, 551lb-ft torque
Transmission: 6-speed Tremec TR6060 standard, 6-speed Hydramatic 6L90 automatic optional
Performance claims: 4.0s 0-60, 184mph, 14/19 city/highway MPG
Pros: Independent rear suspension, reasonable gearing, tons of mid-range punch, Magna-ride suspension
Cons: 4300lbs curb weight, visibility, heat soak

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

MSRP: $59,995 ($68,720 with all the goodies, perf. package, recaros, nav, Shaker 1000, etc)
Engine: 5.8L V8, 2.3L Eaton TVS supercharger and air-to-water intercooler, DOHC 32v with Ti-VCT. 662bhp, 631lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed Tremec TR6060 (no auto available)
Performance claims: 3.7 0-60, 155mph, 15/24 city/highway MPG
Pros: Hello? 662 horsepower? Epic thrust. Epic, epic, terrifying thrust. You'll shit bricks.
Cons: horse-cart rear suspension, airplane gearing, have to pay extra for all the stuff you'll want, kinda brash

Audi S5 Cabriolet

MSRP: $59,300 base, $65,950 for Prestige, $75,750 with all options (sports diff, active suspension, B&N stereo, blah blah)
Engine: 3.0L V6, DOHC 24v, Direct Injection. Supercharged and intercooled, 333bhp and 325lb-ft torque
Transmission: 7-speed DCT (no manual available) AWD
Performance Claims: 5.3s 0-60, 155mph, 18/28 city/highway MPG
Pros: More torque than M3, best MPG of all, Quattro grip, active diff and suspension
Cons: Pricey, slower than all the rest, who cares about MPG in a 70k sports convertible? All the good stuff is optional. No RS5 Cabrio
clarkma5
So hard to convince myself to like any 4-seat convertible...

A Carrera is easily $100k with a few options and really can't be called a 4 seater without snickering. My favorite might actually be the Audi S5, probably because it feels less like it's trying to be a performance car and kinda failing and more like it's trying to be a GT and kinda succeeding.
Mr b00st
I forgot about the S5, I'll add that - but it's a good bit slower than the others!
dukenukem
Since you can't really use the rear seats in any of those cars, I will skip all of them and get a Boxster.
clarkma5
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Aug 6 2012, 12:16 PM) *
Since you can't really use the rear seats in any of those cars, I will skip all of them and get a Boxster.


That was exactly what I was thinking.
Razor
Thirded. The new Boxster is hot as hell.
shandyman5
GT500 convertible, it will destroy every car in the category on the track or the street.
dukenukem
QUOTE(shandyman5 @ Aug 6 2012, 04:30 PM) *
GT500 convertible, it will destroy every car in the category on the track or the street.


Does it come with a prescription for Cialis?
shandyman5
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Aug 7 2012, 05:30 PM) *
Does it come with a prescription for Cialis?


huh?
fiber optic
QUOTE(shandyman5 @ Aug 7 2012, 05:02 PM) *
huh?


It's a car for middle-aged dudes with ED. Or so the stereotype goes.
Bjorn
I would say it's a car for people who were the captain of the football team, and just had a killer year in insurance sales.

I know all the arguments for the GT500...just none of them really appeal to me. Although I used to say the same thing about the C6 Z06, and now I would trade a ball for one of those.
Mr b00st
QUOTE(Bjorn @ Aug 8 2012, 10:23 PM) *
I would say it's a car for people who were the captain of the football team, and just had a killer year in insurance sales.

I know all the arguments for the GT500...just none of them really appeal to me. Although I used to say the same thing about the C6 Z06, and now I would trade a ball for one of those.


The demographics are similar, but the cars aren't.

Hard to imagine, but the Z06 is a scalpel compared to the GT500's Thor's Hammer approach.
clarkma5
Gotta say the Z06 has a lot of pedigree from the C6R, which is a good place to have pedigree from. The GT500's impressive but I really won't mention them in the same breath. One's a sports car and one's a muscle car, even if the sports car is muscley and the muscle car is sporty.
HKYStormFront
count me in for a boxter S as well
RallyCat909
I have never liked convertibles. None of these cars changes that for me.

The BMW looks like something a grocery store owner would drive to pull young tail.

The Camaro is the best looking to me, but still makes me think of car salesmen with coke habits...

The Mustang is really the most ungainly to me. I hate the goofy looking overhang and overall boxyness of it, plus Mustangs always make me think of watching a Jell-O mold slosh around in slow motion. Bleh.

And when it comes to Audis, I want a roof, a cage, a co-driver, and 20 miles of twisty gravel ahead of me, not................that thing.
porsche944
im kinda partial to the Beemer i guess
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