Sometimes you just need to go topless. Convertibles seem to be very polarizing to enthusiasts, you either love them or hate them. Sanctioning bodies have all but eliminated them from competition, and Federal crash standards require windshield frames to be made of unobtanium for rollover safety. But a few manufacturers are still willing to build the cars we demand, so let’s take a look at the most powerful production convertibles on the market in 2017.
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
As the long awaited replacement for the Drophead Coupe, the Dawn is not simply a convertible Wraith. It is from the same family as the Ghost, but engineered to be a convertible from tires to the top. Only 20% of components are shared between Wraith and Dawn. The well-insulated top can be raised or lowered at up to 31 mph. Every moving part from the power closing doors to the top itself operates in a silent and graceful manner.
• Engine: 6.6 liter Twin Turbo V12
• Horsepower: 563
• Torque: 605 lb-ft
• 0-60: 4.3 seconds
2017 Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster
As the state of the art in V12 powered composite supercars, the Aventador SV Roadster is more of a targa top than a true convertible. It allows for open air motoring once the roof panels are stored in the front compartment. It has full-time AWD with a single clutch automatic transmission. It has 49 more horsepower than the base model, along with improved aerodynamics. The one-piece monocoque chassis is made of carbon fiber, and it is visible throughout the interior.
• Engine: 6.5 liters V12
• Horsepower: 740
• Torque: 509 lb-ft
• 0-60: 2.8 seconds