Cool Convertibles for Summer Seen at Topless in Miami by Autobytel® Editors
Annual Events Brings Together Cool Cars
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
As the summer months begin to heat up, consumers want to cool down with
the top down in a new
convertible. Need help finding the perfect convertible to keep you
cool? Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping
dealers and car buyers connect online, and its editors have some
recommendations for you. While some of the most popular convertibles can
be found on Autobytel's Top
Ten Convertible list which includes the Audi R8, Volkswagen Eos,
Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volvo C70, Mercedes SLK, Mercedes E, Chevrolet Camaro,
Ford Mustang, Mercedes SL and the Nissan 370Z, our editors share their
thoughts on the coolest cars from the recent Topless in Miami
Autobytel® editors participated in the second annual Topless
in Miami event hosted by the Southern Automotive Media Association
(SAMA) in search of the coolest convertibles. The event featured new
convertibles that competed for five awards from SAMA in the following
categories: small convertible, family convertible, luxury convertible,
sports car convertible and the overall Convertible of the Year award.
While their choices would definitely keep you cool, with the opportunity
to test drive so many unique convertibles in one location, Autobytel
editors decided to choose their favorites from the show. According to
our editors, "From six-figure sports cars to some of the most iconic
drop-tops ever produced, these cars were definitely the cool
convertibles of Topless in Miami."
#9 - 2012
Fiat 500 Cabio by Gucci
For the 2012 event, Fiat
brought the decked out 500 Cabrio by Gucci to Key Biscayne which adds a
little more fashion and glamour to this subcompact's already-impressive
styling. The most unique element of the Fiat 500C by Gucci is the red
and green stripes on the sliding convertible top and the passenger seats.
#8 - 2012
Audi TT Roadster
Like many of the other small roadsters at
this event, the Audi TT Roadster is definitely a cool convertible thanks
to its incredible power-to-weight ratio that makes it fun to drive in a
straight line or through twisting corners.
#7 - 2012
MINI Cooper S Roadster
The only car to attend the Topless
in Miami event with a manual top was the 2012 MINI Cooper S Roadster,
but that didn't make this car any less of a cool convertible. Ditching
the rear seat and adding a slightly cooler styling, the MINI Cooper S
Roadster was probably one of the most fun-to-drive cars at the 2012
Topless in Miami event.
#6 - 2013
Ford Mustang Convertible
The 2013 Ford Mustang we drove was
in the new Gotta Have It Green exterior color which may have lost a few
cool points with some of the drivers, but the base car's 305 horsepower
and the aggressive new styling keep the Mustang as a really cool
#5 - 2012
Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition
The Mazda MX-5
Miata has made a reputation for being one of the most fun-to drive cars
ever built, and the all-new Special Edition model helps this cool little
convertible become even a little bit cooler. Only 450 of these Special
Edition cars are being sold in the U.S., and they are all easily
distinguishable thanks to limited colors (red and white) and a
blacked-out treatment on the wheels, roof and door mirrors.
#4 - 2012
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The feeling you get when
driving a Wrangler with the top and all four doors off makes it one of
the coolest convertibles available. The recent addition of the lauded
Pentastar V-6 gives the Jeep Wrangler more power and better fuel
economy, and an upgraded interior makes for a better cabin experience.
#3 - 2012
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Roadster was definitely the favorite vehicle of the Topless in Miami
event bringing home the top trophy for 2012 Convertible of the Year, but
on the cool convertible scale, it came in at just number three. Aside
from the lightning-fast acceleration, the SLS Roadster just looks
awesome in motion with its long hood and smoothly rounded rear end.
#2 - 2012
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz showed up in force at
this year's Topless in Miami with a trio of cool convertibles, but our
favorite, by far, was the small rocket ship otherwise known as the
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. Like the car itself, the SLK55's roof is pretty
quick closing in just 18 seconds, and when it's up, drivers with the
optional Magic Sky Control panoramic roof can seamlessly switch between
a transparent and opaque roof at the push of a button.
#1 — 2012
Jaguar XKR-S Convertible
When it comes to cool
convertibles, what isn't to love about the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S
Convertible? Limited production, awesome performance and killer
styling... yes, this car has it all. This growling Jaguar also brings
plenty of performance to the table with a supercharged V-8 producing 550
horsepower which is good enough to propel the car to 60 miles per hour
from a dead stop in just 4.2 seconds up to an eventual top speed of 186
For a complete recap of the Topless in Miami event and more insight from
Autobytel editors on their convertible choices, visit at www.Autobytel.com.
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