The Roadster has evolved from a small two-seater to a large and equally powerful one. These days, even the top-spec models from the brand have convertible versions, which brings us to today’s showdown on the tarmac.
What we have here are four European convertibles in that part of the world, courtesy of Carwow. These cars have three things in common: two-seater, convertible roof, and powerful engines that prioritize open-top exhilarating fun. If you want a breeze on the high-speed highway, these cars should be on your short list.
But which one is the fastest? This drag race should provide a final score.
First, the statistics. The Mercedes-AMG SL 55, introduced last year, is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. It is a detuned version of the SL 63, weighing 4,299 pounds (1,950 kilograms).
The 992-generation Porsche 911 GTS stands out as the only rear-wheel drive competitor in the group. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six produces 473 hp (353 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque, used to tow 3,560 lbs (1,615 kg) – its lightest weight.
Meanwhile, the BMW M850i is the heaviest competitor with a weight of 4,685 lbs (2,125 kg). It used a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that developed 523 hp (390 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
The Jaguar F-Type R is the only supercharged model here, with a 5.0-liter V8 making up to 567 hp (423 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It’s slightly heavier than the Porsche but still light at 3,946 lbs (1,790 kg).
With all those numbers, which do you think wins the quarter mile sprint? How about a rolling start? The race above should give you the answer but as a hint, it’s not what you’d expect.