ROADSTER EDITION

 

In every issue, Turbine chooses a handful of cars in the same class to give brief information making aware of the choices available on the market. This time around, it is all about open-top roadsters. Keep reading to find out more.

Mazda MX5 (ND)

The Miata has always been one of the most preferred cars from enthusiasts wanting a sports car, with the feature to take the roof off since the NA chassis came out. Now that the fourth iteration is out, it still remains a fun, lightweight and fairly priced sports car. Having a tuner friendly platform and a small compact chassis as well, possibilities are endless when it comes to modifications.

1.5L Inline 4 petrol; 181hp

Honda S660

Coming in strong on the Kei car sector, the Honda S660 is a small, light mid-engine car where you can take the roof off and cruise along in style. A brilliant car from Honda, worthy for the streets of Dhaka for its small form factor.

660cc inline 3 turbo petrol; 63hp

Toyota MR2

Toyota’s take on small sporty roadsters, the MRS is a rather quirky looking car. Powered by a mid-engine 1ZZFE, it’s one of the older cars on the list. Some say that the MRS has a resemblance with a Porsche 996.2 911, might because of the way the headlights are designed but nonetheless, it’s a nice roadster.

1.8L inline-4 petrol; 130hp

Daihatsu Copen

Another Kei car on the list, slightly larger than the S660. Comes with a 650cc front-mounted engine, the Daihatsu Copen is a fun car in general and comes with many options from the factory, including a GR version too.

650cc inline-3 turbo; 67 hp

Honda S2000

The S2000 is one of the best roadsters to come out of Japan. With a 2.0L naturally aspirated engine with V-TEC, it revs up to almost 10k RPMs. The S2000 has also a huge tuner culture which makes an already good car even better. Since this is a Honda too, it’s unquestionably reliable.

2.0L inline-4 engine; 247hp

Abarth 124

The only Italian car on the list, the Abarth 124 is an upgraded Fiat 124, based on the Mazda MX5 chassis. Not to be confused with the MX5 as a whole, the setup is totally different starting from the engine to the suspension. Overall, the 124 is a nice roadster packing quite a punch from its 1.4l turbocharged engine.

1.4L inline-4 turbo; 160hp

Nissan 350Z Roadster

Although most popular as a coupe, the 350Z roadster remains as an underdog among the Z’s. But if you want the same VQ experience with a roadster version, the option is there. It doesn’t look bad either with the top down. Overall, having the option comes quite handy.

3.5L V6; 300hp

Porsche 718 Boxster

This is one of the expensive options, the 718 is an amazing roadster with a perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution. Since this is a Porsche, expect luxury and driving experience being a top priority. It could be said, the 718 Boxster is one of the best 4 cylinder roadsters out there. But that comes for a price too.

2.0L inline-4; 300hp

BMW Z4

The newest Z4 is quite a unit. Many people address it as the new Supra where the top could be opened or vice versa. The Z4 is a significant blend of sportiness and luxury; having interior features borrowed from a 7 series and, a sturdier suspension setup.

2.0L Inline-4; 255hp/3L inline-6 turbo; 382 HP