There are countless ways to take advantage of the mild Arizona winters, but for those with a need for speed, ditch the hiking trail for winding roads in a convertible. Perhaps it’s the sensation of the wind through your hair, or the roar of the motor, but nothing beats a drop-top in dazzling weather. Though the Arizona landscape is sensational, to find road-trip nirvana you’ve got to be in the right ride. We’ve put together a list of the best drop-tops, convertibles and top-less cars for your driving pleasure.
For the Speedster: 2016 Jaguar F-Type, $68,100
If you’re the kind of driver who sees the open road as a racetrack, and you’d like to get to point B a little faster, let me introduce you to the Jaguar F-Type. There aren’t enough good things I can say about this car, but the sound of the 340-horsepower VS supercharged engine speaks for itself. It’s the ultimate roadster: a two-seater with ninja-like handling and a deviant engine roar.
Available at Jaguar North Scottsdale, 18100 N. Scottsdale Rd., Phoenix, 480-538-4200, jaguarnorthscottsdale.com
For the Family: 2015 Ford Mustang, $41,895
Somewhere in the idealist perception of the all-American road trip, there’s a Ford Mustang. With an approachable price tag and four seats, there’s no beating the Mustang for the family who wants a roof-less road adventure. With at least 300-horsepower, the Mustang isn’t too shabby in gas consumption, as it gets an estimated 24 miles per gallon.
To locate your nearest dealer, visit ford.com
For the City-Dweller: 2015 Volkswagen EOS, $31,995
If you’ve got to navigate the tight spaces and parallel parking of an urban setting, then the sleek and petite Volkswagen EOS is for you. This hardtop convertible does have a backseat, but don’t be mistaken: it’s unforgiving to anything larger than a pup or purse. Even when the top is up, you’ll be getting rays from the sunroof. Though it’s pocket-size, the EOS delivers a serious punch with a supercharged 200-horsepower engine.
To locate your nearest dealer, visit volkswagen.com
The Ultimate Tourer: 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, $500,800
I doubt whomever said “The best things in life are free” ever drove a Rolls-Royce. Once you drive the Droptop Phantom, you fully understand why it costs so much; it’s like manning a cloud-like yacht, filled with the most exquisite interior detailing. It is truly an unparalleled experience. Though it weighs nearly as much as a Suburban, the massive V12 453-horsepower engine thrusts this beast from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
Available at Rolls-Royce Motorcars Scottsdale, 7111 E. Chauncey Ln., Phoenix, 480-538-4500, scottsdalerollsroyce.com
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