While a number of well-known names remain available in the convertible sector, a batch of exciting newcomers are set to enter the fold during 2013, delivering a greater standard in luxury or power or even in both categories.
The size and the standard of competition in the UK convertible market is set to rise even higher this year, so quickly in fact it could be hard for consumers to keep up with it all. So here to make your choices clear for the next summer, is our guide to the best convertibles for 2013.
The entries include all-new models which are set to be released later in the year, as well as established convertibles which still remain amongst the best to choose.
The first full-sized convertible car from Vauxhall in over 70 years, the Cascada is an all-new and excitedly stylish creation from the British brand for 2013.
Vauxhall is targeting the Cascada at buyers of premium convertible cars. With a starting price of £23,995 the Cascada will be considerably cheaper than its immediate rivals like the Audi A5 Cabriolet.
For the money you’ll get a two-door and four-seater cruiser, with a soft fabric roof that can be automatically closed in just 17 seconds while travelling at speed of up to 30mph.
The Cascada will also utilise a broad range of powerful engines including a 1.4-litre 138bhp unit and a 1.6-litre Turbo 168bhp amongst the petrol engine line-up.
Vauxhall will launch the Cascada for Britain’s motorists starting from April 2013. It will be available from the network of Perrys Vauxhall Dealerships.
Citroen DS3 Cabriolet
The popular Citroen DS3 will get an extra lease of life in 2013 with the arrival of this stunning new specification, the Cabrio.
The new model takes the colourful style of the standard DS3 hatchback, plus the solid engine range but swaps the standard metal roof for a soft-top coloured in Infinite Blue as standard, or in two seperate colours depending on your preference.[YouTube:778rGMps0RU:BlockCentre]
This new roof can be fully closed up in just sixteen seconds and it is operational even at speeds of up to 74mph.
Three petrol engines will be sold with the DS3 Cabrio, with the selection including an 82bhp 1.4-litre VTi, a 120bhp 1.6-litre VTi and a 1.6-litre THP with 155bhp.
The DS3 Cabrio is bound to attract many UK customers, and it goes on sale in Britain from 1 March 2013, starting at £15,045. Those interested will be able to get their hands on the DS3 Cabrio from Perrys Citroen Dealerships.
The much-hyped Jaguar F-Type roadster will finally reach UK showrooms from around May 2013, starting from £58,500.
The initial single bodystyle specification of the all-new F-Type features a soft-top roof which can be deployed in just 12 seconds.[YouTube:CtdiEKbDlJ8:BlockCentre]
Three petrol engine options will be sold with the F-Type range, starting with a 3.0-litre V6 delivering an output of either 335bhp or 375bhp.
Sitting top of the range is a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 488bhp. The V8 gives the F-Type a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 186mph, making it one of the fastest Jaguar production cars ever.
Over 2,000 pre-orders have already been made for the in-demand Jaguar F-Type which will go on sale at Perrys Jaguar Dealership found in Huddersfield later this year.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
The loud and proud Camaro muscle car range is still available in the UK market in a canvas-roofed convertible specification.
Starting from £39,995, the Chevrolet Camaro convertible is well equipped and armed with a mighty 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine that’ll produce 432bhp. This will let the very sporty convertible cover the 0-60mph sprint in 5.6 seconds and it a limited top speed of 155mph.
The iconic Camaro also includes a stiff suspension package, special performance seats and a head-up-display which projects both speed and stereo information onto the cars windscreen to stop the driver from taking their eyes off the road.
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One of the more affordable options in the new convertible car market, the Fiat 500C is a highly customisable option based on the iconic retro-styled city car.
Now the Fiat 500C is even cheaper at Perrys Fiat Dealerships, were the price of the convertible has been cut by as much as £1,200.
This makes the Fiat 500C available for less than £12,000 when visiting your local Perrys Fiat Dealership.
The main highlight of the 500C is unquestionably the canvas roof which not only keeps the rain and snow out in winter but can be lowered in the summer to enjoy the warmer weather. The roof can also be lowered at speeds of up to 37mph, but there’s still 185 litres on offer from the car’s boot.
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The Mazda MX-5 is a true veteran of the UK convertible car market, a status it has rightfully earned thanks to being one of the most affordable and fun sports cars on the market.
The MX-5 is available with either the choice of a soft fabric or metal folding convertible roof, while prices start from just over £18,000.[YouTube:Mc6SppyEsN4:BlockCentre]
The Mazda MX-5 has been continuously updated through its long history, with more upgrades due to arrive in 2013. The 2013 MX-5 will be available from Perrys Mazda Dealerships, featuring updated styling and enhanced driving features.
One of the main new features for the 2013 MX-5 is an ‘acceleration management program’. This improves the car’s control under acceleration while further systems are also in place to improve control under braking.
The updated MX-5 also features a more aggressive-looking front end, new fog lamp bezels and a new spoiler for extra aerodynamic performance. Overall the MX-5 is getting even better than it already was before this year.
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The 370Z is a more recent addition to Perrys network of showrooms, and it’s available in a soft-top convertible form, priced from £32,080.
The engine found under the 370Z’s bonnet is a mouth-watering 323bhp 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, which can be connected to either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
With either transmission option the top speed of the 370Z is limited to 155mph, while the manual model will cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds in manual and soft-top form.
The Nissan 370Z can be found now at Perrys Nissan Dealership in Blackburn.
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