posted 6 years ago

New Cabriolets For 2013

Citroën DS3 Cabrio DSport Plus and Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0i V8 S

This year's new cabriolets are more thrilling than winning the lottery. The Citroën DS3 Cabrio DSport Plus, for starters, is popular thanks to its tremendous lines, chrome logo, and LED lights. These help it stand out and that is important in its fashion conscious sector. Furthermore its canvas roof - that operates at up to 75mph - opens or closes in a fair sixteen seconds. It can also move to an intermediate position to partially cover the cabin. This top of the range trim has a 1.6-litre petrol engine that propels 155bhp through six-speed transmission to the front wheels. It therefore hits 62mph in 8.2 seconds so this lifestyle statement is fast too. This complements its rock-solid handling that inspires confidence. All from only £19,675, so there is no need to win the lottery to pay for it. The Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0i V8 S, in contrast, costs £79,950 so you might need a few lucky numbers. This top-end trim is legendary even before its launch as it is the spiritual successor to the E-TYPE. It also produces 500bhp, hits 62mph in 4.3 seconds, and is capable of 186mph. Excellent. This iconic plaything also has purposeful styling which include features such as the fold-flat exterior handles. The cabin feels fantastic too thanks to its quality construction, sporty look, and the view over the bulging bonnet.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 50s 1.4 TSI and BMW Z4 sDrive 118i

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 50s 1.4 TSI is available too. This Special Edition – which pays homage to the fifties via its funky colouring - has black paint and a black fabric roof. These complement the black leather seats and the dark alloy wheels. This fashion statement produces 160PS which propels it to 62mph in 8.6 seconds. Pretty fast then. Plus it is a Volkswagen. The Beetle Cabriolet 50s therefore feels beautifully screwed together, has confident handling, and a better than average badge. All from £24,655. The BMW Z4 sDrive118i is also making its presence felt. This new entry-level trim has a 2.0-litre turbocharged 154bhp petrol engine and hits 62mph in 7.9 seconds. This complements the sure-footed handling, standard six-speed manual transmission, and the rock-solid build quality. It is easily worth its £27,610 price tag. Furthermore, the Z4 range as a whole has evolved this year. Highlights include the new headlights and the more pleasing range of alloy wheels. Audi is preparing the A1 Cabriolet so this should hit the market soon too (rumours suggest). This will of course be a fashion statement, although no release date has been given yet, the A1 Cabriolet is likely to have engaging handling, elegant looks, modest running costs, and reasonable specification. Prices are estimated to be between £16,000 and £20,000. What a nice thing to buy with lottery money.

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