Review: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible — Elegance Meets V8 Brutality

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible’s refined, luxury sensibilities mixed with brutal V8 theatrics, made for a great all-around experience.

By Peter Nelson | November 19, 2020
WR TV: 2015 BMW 228i Convertible

This week we’re behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 BMW 228i Convertible. With BMW promising more cargo space, greater fuel efficiency and better performance than its 128i predecessor, our expectations are running high for this new sporty ragtop.

By Bradley Iger | February 11, 2015
Driven: 2014 BMW 435i Convertible

While we were out in the Nevada desert putting the M235i through the ringer at Las Vegas Speedway, BMW also gave us a chance to get behind the wheel of their newest drop-top coupe, the 4-series hard top convertible. In 435i configuration and equipped with an 8-speed automatic, one might expect this 4-series to provide a fairly similar experience to that of the M235i, which comes boasting essentially the same drivetrain. But in practice, the 435i exhibits a significantly different character that in turn gives this substantial two door a fundamentally different mission.

By Bradley Iger | January 21, 2014
Quick Drive: 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i

At just under 3300 pounds, the Z4 doesn’t seem like a lightweight car, but for the purposes of the luxury roadster segment, it actually fares quite well on that front.

By Seyth Miersma | August 15, 2012
Winding Road Video: 2012 BMW 650i xDrive Convertible – Quick Drive

In this week’s video, we take out BMW’s stunning 650i Convertible.

By Chris Amos | June 29, 2012
My Thanksgiving: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Despite being a pretty bad long weekend for convertible driving—Michigan offered up a very par-for-the-course November compliment of damp, cold, cloudy days—my Thanksgiving drive did serve as a fine counterpoint experience in the 650i convertible. When I drove the car for the first go-round, it was nothing but top-down and sunny-weather driving through the balmy Mexican countryside. That’s nice and all, but it certainly didn’t give me much of a frame of reference for cold-weather driving in the new 6er, nor really for a lot of top-up stuff.

By Seyth Miersma | November 29, 2011
First Look: 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Details and images have emerged on the softtop version of Porsche’s latest 911. The 911 Cabriolet will be available in the same variations as the hardtop, namely the base Carrera trim, and the 400-horsepower Carrera S trim. Transmissions choices will also be the same as the hardtop, with a seven-speed manual as standard or an optional PDK dual-clutch seven-speed automatic.

By Brandon Turkus | November 22, 2011
First Look: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

Jaguar has announced the fastest droptop it has ever made, the very-limited-production XKR-S Convertible. How fast is that? 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 186 miles per hour.

By John Beltz Snyder | November 16, 2011
Driven: 2012 Shelby GT350 Convertible 624HP

Fleet manager Brandon Turkus was the lucky duck that got the first Winding Road ride in the Shelby GT350 this time around. He drove down to Ford HQ in Dearborn, Michigan to pick the monster convertible up, and returned to Ypsilanti with a face-bursting smile on his mug.

By Seyth Miersma | September 08, 2011
First Look: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley has released the full specifications on its second-generation Continental GTC ahead of its debut in Frankfurt next month. The 2012 model features more power, updated driving dynamics, and an improved interior, among other new ingredients.

By John Beltz Snyder | August 24, 2011
List: Ten Cars That Would Make Great Convertibles

It’s no secret that there is near-universal love for convertibles here in the Winding Road offices (with the notable exception of cabriolet-hater John Beltz Snyder). In fact, we have an unwritten rule here at WR HQ, that unless it is raining, the top must be down, regardless of other weather conditions. The problem is, convertibles are, for the most part, a precious commodity.

By Peter Nelson | August 16, 2011
Driven: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

According to convention, convertibles are coupe-based. That’s fine; we love a brisk drive in a sporty little thing, and being able to lose the top and enjoy the elements on a nice day is an adventure we seek out whenever possible. But what happens when we actually need to use the car? If we were to pack the bags for a summer weekend Up North, we’re usually stuck either leaving the top up to make room in the trunk, or we forego the convertible altogether. And that, friends, is a crying shame.

By John Beltz Snyder | March 21, 2011


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