If you were to ask anybody what luxury motoring was all about, I expect most people would make some reference to feeling the wind in your hair as you race along the world’s greatest roads, feeling the sun on your skin and all the exhilaration that only velocity can bring. Essentially, they’d conjure up images of sleek and stylish cars with their tops down – sporty, sexy and a hell of a lot of fun to drive.
The simple fact of the matter is that we all lust after high end convertible cars: they’re cars for sunny days, for cruising and attracting envious stares. Nothing could be finer than taking a trip out into the countryside, with nothing blocking your panoramic view of nature’s wonders as you speed your way through them. However, for the truly elite members of society, engine size, horsepower and top speeds are limitations always waiting to be broken and outdone, resulting in a set of topless supercars that push the boundaries of possibility. Here are some of our favourite high speed convertibles, for those who like to see the world go by in a blur.
The Koenigsegg Agera R
If you managed to get your hands on one of these sleek and magnificent beasts, you’re among a very lucky and very select few! The Swedish supercar manufacturer brought out just eighteen of these stunning vehicles, and it’s a car which not only looks incredible – with its kevlar and aluminium body, removable roof and black and red detailing – it is also capable of hitting a blistering top speed of 273 mph. This marvel of engineering looks more like a fighter jet than your average convertible sports car, and with the ability of reaching 0-200 mph in 18 seconds, driving it will make you feel as though you’re about to take off!
The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
Something of a cult icon, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is the ultimate millionaire’s plaything. It boasts a 1,451 horsepower engine and a twin turbo 7.0 litre V8 – the kind of engine that can hit a top speed of 265 mph and outstrip almost every other vehicle on the road. With its dangerous curves, beautifully designed body and low-slung, speed-racer style, this $1.3 million car is the stuff dreams are made of.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
This Bugatti really is legendary. Not only because of its engine; an 8.0 litre, 16 cylinder, 4 turbo beast which throbs with 1200 BHP, and not only because of its beautiful bodywork, graceful shape and luxurious interior. It has also gained a mythic status due to the fact that only 150 were ever made, and all were sold to various car-collecting Sheikhs in the Middle East.