November 20, 2013, 11:35 pm
Originally Posted by Dr. 328xi
Are they? That seems more like the values of a coupe, IMO.
My impression of top-down driving has always been more about summer, sunshine and wind in your hair... I also only seem to picture two types of drivers when I picture a convertible
- Older guys with hot young girls (midlife crisis car)
- Groups of sorority girls giggling while they cruise
I don't mean to alienate or offend the convertible guys around here. I have just never really thought of a convertible, with the reduced stiffness, as being the driver's choice. That said, I've never been into convertibles too much, so I'm probably biased.
Sounds like you've never spent adequate time in a good convertible. First of all, modern convertibles are plenty stiff, my old 05 Z4 was stiffer than an E46 coupe or wagon.
Some of the best driving cars ever have been roadsters (verts); they're stiff enough, light and feature a low center of gravity - think XKE's, Austin Healy, MG's, Triumphs, Lotus Elan, etc.
There's nothing quite like it - you have to own a good one to really appreciate the vibe. My ZHP vert is just about perfect - it's light enough at 3600lbs, just the right size and with its 6 speed manual, makes any warm (or warm-ish) drive, top down, day or night, a real pleasure - urban or country.
The exhaust note, the visibility, the connection with your environment ... all that plus a really low center of gravity makes a good vert unique and pleasurable.
You need to leave all that mid life stuff at the shrink's office; you have to enjoy cars like mine for what they are - great drivers' cars connected to their environment.