The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible’s refined, luxury sensibilities mixed with brutal V8 theatrics, made for a great all-around experience.
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.
In this week’s video, we take out BMW’s stunning 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, our spy photographer sent over these shots of the BMW 6-Series convertible, wearing mostly red paint, and a little bit of camo.
Apparently the weather was nice in Munich, because we have fresh spy shots of the next BMW 6-Series with the top down. The swirly BMW camouflage does a good job, as usual, of obscuring the majority of the new 6er’s body details, but a few things can be observed from our photos.
If we could choose only one car to represent the epitome of Winding Road’s philosophy, well, it wouldn’t be the Miata. But you can bet your driving gloves and designer sunglasses that the little Mazda would be in the top five, maybe even in the top three. Few cars in the past 20 years have captured the essence of basic, undiluted driving enjoyment as well as the Miata, and it should come as no surprise that this outstanding little machine isn’t just a Keeper, but an icon among motoring purists around the world.
On the heels of recent spy photos of the upcoming Porsche 911, we now have these images of the 911 Convertible in cold-weather testing.
Bentley’s 6.0-liter W-12-powered Continental Supersports is now available in the form of the world’s fastest four-seat convertible.
BMW gave up details (including a new engine for the 335i) and photos on the updated 3-Series Coupe and Convertible, which will go on sale this spring.