Snapshot – Nearly a couple of decades ago, the San Storm was India’s first indigenously built convertible car that took wind-in-the-hair motoring to an all-new affordable level. Sadly, the San Storm was too early and too niche for its day, which meant that this tiny convertible died a quick death. Fast forward to now, and the Indian car market has no less than 15 convertibles that give car enthusiasts a taste of what the road feels like with the top down. Today, we take a look at each one of them.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is the least priced convertible that money can buy in today’s India. The car arrives into the country as a completely built unit, and this explains the 44.75 lakh rupee price tag for what is essentially an A3 minus the roof.
The car is powered by a 1.8 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 177 Bhp and 250 Nm on tap. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox handles torque transmission to the front wheels of the A3 cabriolet.
Audi R8 Spyder
On the other end of the spectrum in Audi India’s car range lies the R8 supercar, whose Spyder variant is the most expensive convertible that the German automaker sells. The R8 Spyder is priced at a hefty 2.2 crore rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
The car uses a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated, direct injection petrol engine with the cylinders arranged in a V bank. This motor makes 517 Bhp and 530 Nm, and uses a twin clutch automatic gearbox to transmit torque to all four wheels by means of a Quattro all wheel drive mechanism.
The BMW Z4 is the only convertible sold by the German automaker in the Indian market. The car uses a 3 liter, inline-6 cylinder petrol engine that’s naturally apirated to produce 300 Bhp of peak power and 406 Nm of peak torque.
A seven speed twin clutch automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels of the car. The Z4 is aimed at driving enthusiasts and is a much faster car than the Audi A3 Cabriolet. The BMW open top car also happens to be the second least priced convertible on the country, with prices starting from 74.90 lakh rupees.
Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet
For those who like relaxed motoring on a sunday morning, the Mercedes Benz E-Class E400 convertible is just the kind of car to pick. The car uses a 3.5 liter, V6 turbo petrol engine that puts out 333 Bhp of peak power and 480 Nm of peak torque.
A 7 speed single clutch automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels. Priced at 78.5 lakh rupees, the E400 Cabriolet is one of the more affordable luxury open toppers in the country. The car is based on the latest generation E-Class luxury sedan platform.
Mercedes Benz SLK E350/SLK55 AMG
In addition to the E400 Cabriolet, Mercedes Benz also sells two more convertibles in India, both with the SLK nameplate. Both cars are more compact and sportier than the E400. The E350 variant of the SLK is powered by a 3.5 liter, naturally aspirated, petrol V6 motor with 306 Bhp-370 Nm outputs. A 7 speed torque converter gearbox turns the rear wheels.
The car is also sold with a much more powerful, 5.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine with 421 Bhp and 540 Nm on offer. The more powerful version of the SLK is dubbed the AMG55 edition, and is priced at a hefty 1.26 crore rupees. The SLK350 variant is much cheaper though, at 76.18 lakh rupees.
The Porsche Boxster is an iconic roadster from the German sportscar marque. The Boxster’s latest generation is now in India. The car is available in two variants – S and GTS. The S variant is priced at 1.02 crore rupees while the GTS variant is more pricier, at 1.15 crore rupees.
The extra money gets you a 3.4 liter petrol engine and 330 Bhp and 370 Nm. The motor turns the rear wheels by means of a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The cheaper variant uses a 2.7 liter 6 cylinder motor with 315 Bhp-360 Nm. Both cars are twin seaters.
Jaguar F-Type V6/V8 S
The Jaguar F-Type badge plays host to high performance coupe and cabriolet cars. We’ll take a look at the cabriolet versions here. The F-Type in cabrio guise is available with two engine options, both of them supercharged. The smaller 3 liter V6 petrol motor makes 375 Bhp of peak power and 460 Nm of peak torque.
The larger, 5 liter V8 motor puts out 488 Bhp and 625 Nm. Both motors power the rear wheels of the F-Type through eight speed automatic gearboxes. The car equipped with the larger V8 motor nudges supercar territory so far as performance goes, and is priced at 1.8 crore rupees, while the smaller engined model comes 25 lakh rupees cheaper.
Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe
If you like to roll in bespoke opulence and have a few crore rupees to spare, the Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe is the car that you will be at home in. The Drophead Coupe’s name is deceptive, for it is a convertible we’re talking about here.
Priced at 4.01 crore rupees and with ample room for four adults, the Drophead Coupe uses a 6.75 liter V12 petrol engine that is as much peppy as it is a super smooth operator. This motor makes 460 Bhp-750 Nm, and powers the rear wheels of the car by means of a 6 speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
The V8 Vantage roadster is one of the more affordable Aston Martins sold in India. Affordable in this case means 2.4 crore rupees. The British sportscar marque known for engineering opulence on sporty sets of four wheels has given the Vantage Roadster a V8 petrol motor.
This twin seat car’s power and torque figures are relatively tame as far as Aston Martins go, with 313 Bhp and 370 Nm on tap. A six speed automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels of this car, which is also available in markets abroad with a much meaner GT twin.
Aston Martin DB9 Volante
The DB9 Volante is a big step up from Vantage V8 territory. Apart from being pricier and more powerful, this car is also a drop dead gorgeous looker. The DB9 Volante uses a 6 liter, V12 naturally aspirated petrol engine with outputs of 470 Bhp and 600 Nm.
As is the case on the Vantage, power and torque are put to the ground by means of a 6 speed automatic gearbox that powers the rear wheels. The Volante is also a twin seat convertible. Prices of this car start at 3 crore rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Bentley Continental GTC
If you think that the Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe is best suited for ceremonial parades and little else, the Bentley Continental GTC would be an option that you’d want to take a look at. Sharper looking than the Rolls Royce, the Bentley Continental has a youthful aura around it.
And then there are the multiple turbocharged petrol engine options that deliver more sprightly performance. The Continental GTC starts at 3.63 crore rupees, and goes all the way up to 4.42 crore rupees. The lower powered engine is a 4 liter V8 twin turbo unit with 500 Bhp and 660 Nm. The no-holds-barred, 6 liter-W12 twin turbo petrol motor powers the Speed edition of this car, and is rated at 567 Bhp and 700 Nm.
As its name suggests, the Maserati GranCabrio is a grand tourer, a car that is sporty yet relaxed enough for the open road. The GranCabrio is priced at 1.43 crore rupees in India. The car is powered by a 4.7 liter, naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine with 440 Bhp and 470 Nm.
A six speed automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels of the GranCabrio, which has room for 4 adults, in true grand tourer style.
Ferrari California T Convertible
The Ferrari California T will mark the legendary Italian supercar brand’s re-entry into India. The car will be positioned as the most affordable car wearing the Cavallino Rampante on its hood, with a price tag of 3.3 crore rupees.
The convertible Ferrari uses a 3.9 liter V8 turbo petrol engine with 560 Bhp of peak power and 755 Nm of peak torque. The California T, where T stands for turbo, is a rear wheel driven Ferrari, with a 7 speed automatic gearbox handling torque transmission.
Ferrari 458 Spider
The 458 Spider belongs to one of the most successful Ferrari supercar lines, and is a faster open top car than the California T. Powered by a 4.5 liter V8 naturally aspirated petrol engine, the 458 Spider reaches a top speed of 320 Kph, while the 0-100 Kph timing is dispatched in 3.2 seconds.
The car’s 4.5 liter petrol motor makes 562 Bhp of peak power and 540 Nm of peak torque. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox turns the rear wheels. The car also gets a F1 style paddle shifter mechanism for gear shifting duties. The car is priced at 4.07 crore rupees.
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is the fastest open top car in the country. It’s also the most expensive convertible in the country, retailing at a hefty 5.62 crore rupees. The hypercar is a drop top version of the regular Aventador.
A 6.5 liter V12, naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 700 Bhp of peak power and 690 Nm of peak torque powers this car. An all wheel drive system sends power and torque to all four wheels of this hypercar, which hits speeds in excess of 320 Kph.