Porsche, Fiat, BMW, Mazda, and Lamborghini all feature on our list of the best convertibles of 2021, but there are some surprises too.
Perhaps more so than any other time in history, people are anxious to get out of the house and go on the road. For so many who have resisted the temptation towards selfishness over the past year and have stayed home out of concern for others, the call of the open road can’t be answered any better than in the driver’s seat of a convertible.
While many drop tops of old were all but wholly impractical, today’s are a different story. Not only do most convertibles come with ample storage space for things, but some of them even come with four seats. Still, not all are created the same. Many are little more than a normal car that happens to open its roof to the heavens. To that end, we’ve distilled down to eight of the best convertibles available on the market today so that you don’t have to do the research yourself. Each and every one of these sports cars are unique, special, and will allow their owners to fully indulge in the open road.
There are more comfortable convertibles than the 2021 BMW Z4. The same can be said for faster ones, less expensive ones, and prettier ones. What can’t be said is that any of them are as well balanced as the Z4. Yes, that means some compromises, but it pays off for a niche of the market in a big way. Unlike many of the options here, it has a great deal of configurability to best suit drivers. It’s also not wildly expensive with a starting price of $49,000. It’s got a bit of an X-Factor since it’s the only way to sort of have a convertible Toyota Supra too, in a roundabout way.
It might be a bit of a cheat, but for 2022, every single Jaguar F-Type will come with a virulent V8. But of course, you can still get that in a high-end F-Type convertible for 2021, and that’s the one to have. There’s really only one convertible on the market that sounds better and it costs 5 times as much. In addition, the F-Type is closely related to the Aston Martin DB11, which is incredible in its own right, but also costs considerably more. The F-Type has stylish looks that we think will age gracefully and hearing this Jaguar growl at full throttle is a welcome reminder that this luxurious lavishing of lechery is still wild at heart.
If the Jag is a bit of overkill, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the exact opposite. For a long time, it’s been considered the ultimate sports car for nearly anyone, because it’s far better than its pedestrian price tag will have most believe. It’s comfortable and reliable enough to drive every day. It’s so good around the bends that most drivers find that their skills, not the Miata itself, are the limiting factor when it comes to lap times. It might not cost six figures, but to get the most out of it, drivers need to have six-figure-like driving skills. If there’s one convertible here that doesn’t require us to overthink it, it’s the Miata.
If there’s an ever more pure convertible experience, it has to be the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster. While Mazda gets flack for not putting the Miata on steroids, this Porsche has clearly pumped some iron. The base model makes 300 horsepower and for those who want to spend more it’s easy to get one with more than 400. Combine that will excellent resale values, incredible balance, ultra-high quality materials, and above-average reliability making it easy to see why this is such a popular car and one of the best convertibles.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 is one of the most innovative motors here. That innovative theme continues in the cabin where buyers will find a 64-color LED ambient lighting system, heated and ventilated seats, and a special feature called the AirScarf that actively warms the neck of passengers through in-seat venting as they trundle down the road. The comfort doesn’t stop there though, thanks to a feature called AirCap that actually uses a speed-sensitive airfoil to eliminate in-cabin wind noise. One more thing that makes the C63 special is that, according to Mercedes-Benz, this is the last of the C63s to come with this potent engine.
Sticking within the same theme, it’s impossible to say for sure, but there seems to be a good chance that the 2021 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster will be the very last naturally aspirated V12 convertible supercar to ever come from the house of the raging bull. While the hefty $573,000+ price tag is out of the range of 99% of those of us reading this, as far as the best convertibles go, the Aventador S Roadster is as ultimate as it gets. We all love the open-air experience of a convertible, and nothing else on this list can match the unholy savagery sounding from the Aventador’s exhaust that seems to take umbrage at its driver’s unwillingness to go even faster. Why not something like the Rolls Royce Dawn? Our next entry answers that all by itself.
Buyers of the ultra-luxe 2021 BMW M850 will get much of the same experience as Rolls Royce Dawn owners, but they’ll save enough to buy a Bentley Continental GT Convertible with cash leftover if they’re unsatisfied. They won’t be though, because the M850 is a brilliant spiritual successor to the original 8-Series that’s still so well-beloved today. Under the hood is a 617 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 that makes more power than the seemingly lazy V12 mill under the hood of the Rolls. In addition, we’re here to say that if blindfolded, it would be nearly impossible to tell the difference in seating and ride comfort between the two. What’s great about the BMW is that when you want it to behave a bit more athletically, it can, and it’ll leave the Rolls Royce in the dust.
But wait, isn’t the Fiat 124 Spider built on the same chassis as the Miata? Yes it is, but beyond the bones, these cars have dramatically different DNA. The engines are totally different and line them up next to one another makes that fact becomes obvious. In fact, this might be the best-sounding 4-cylinder available on this list. It also doesn’t hurt that the 124 looks fabulous and shares much of the Miata’s athletic handling. Unlike the rest of the company’s lineup, it’s also known for being reliable. Finally, it also happens to be the least expensive convertible on the market. It sure doesn’t look like it’s that affordable.