With summer rapidly approaching, we asked you the reader to pick your favourite vehicle for summer. Put the top down and feel the wind in your hair...It's summer in South Africa and its time to drop your top and feel the wind in your hair. The feeling of driving to your favorite beach, or shopping mall, with your roof down and the sun kissing your skin is something to behold. It's wonderful.
Slap some power under the bonnet and the experience quickly becomes more exciting and thrilling. In the spirit of summer and good vibes, we asked you what your favorite summer convertible is. We picked four very attractive options for you to mull over and you responded. Your choice of the best summer convertibles included the Audi S3 Cabriolet, BMW M235i Convertible, Mercedes-Benz SLK200 AMG Sports and the Porsche Boxster.
Let's take a look at your favorite summer convertibles that will make your heart skip a beat and put a massive smile on your face. Let the good summer times roll...
Favorite Convertibles for Summer
1. Mercedes-Benz SLK200 AMG Sports - 42% of the total vote
Even though the SLK200 AMG Sports convertible is almost three years old, it remains a firm favourite as a summer convertible in South Africa with a whopping 42% of the total vote. With a starting price of R648 778, the SLK200 AMG Sports offers a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 135 kW and 300 Nm of torque. Performance is decent with a 0-100kph sprint time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 240kph. Fuel consumption is decent too with a combined figure of 6.5L/100km. Interested in the SLK200 AMG Sports? No sweat, click here to buy your Mercedes-Benz SLK200 AMG Sports!
2. BMW M235i Convertible - 35% of the total vote
Hot on the heels of the SLK200 AMG Sports is this BMW M235i Convertible with a well deserved 35% of the total vote. The M235i boasts more power with a healthy 240 kW and 450 Nm of torque generated from its 3.0-litre turbo engine. Performance is impressive too with 0-100kph done and dusted in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 250kph. Fuel consumption sits at 8.5L/100km. in terms of pricing, you are looking at no less than R651 605 for the M235i Convertible which is actually quite competitive when compared to the SLK200 AMG Sports. Buy your BMW M235i Convertible here!
Also check out this comparison between the Audi S3 Convertible and the BMw M235i Convertible!
3. Porsche Boxster - 19% of the total vote
The Porsche Boxster earns third place on this list with 19% of the total vote. The Porsche Boxster has much to offer in terms of style and performance and with its 2.7-litre Boxer engine, the Boxster kicks out 195 kW and 280 Nm of torque. That will see you achieve 5.8 seconds in the 0-100kph sprint before topping out at 264kph. Fuel consumption for the Boxster is rated at 8.4L/100km on the combined cycle and in terms of price you are looking at no less than R780 000 to drive off into the sunset. You can buy your very own Porsche Boxster here!
4. Audi S3 Cabriolet - 4% of the total vote
The Audi S3 Cabriolet, although pretty, didn't fare too well and only managed to swing 4% of the total vote. Nonetheless, the Audi S3 Cabriolet impresses with its 2.0-litre turbo engine that produces 206 kW and 380 Nm of torque. Perfromance is decent too with 0-100kph completed in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 250kph. Fuel consumption is managable at 7.1L/100km. The best news however is that this S3 Cabriolet is the cheapest offering on this list at only R641 500. Convinced? Buy your Audi S3 Cabriolet here!