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.
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
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’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
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
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
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
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