At the end of the pandemic, there are those who dream of a spider. Absurd? It can be. how to dance on the Titanic after meeting the iceberg? Likely. But lightness also plays its part. So let’s talk about cars that could give a unique flavor to the 2020 holidays that are announced on the road. And the discoveries are the antithesis of the awkward SUVs, the denial of the rational two volumes and five doors and are far from the banal Californian electric super-salons in the shape of an iron-iron-without-handle.
Convertible, the magnificent four
And then traveling discovered brings nature closer: you can feel the sun and live immersed in the landscape. For convertibles and spiders they are less and less loved: in 2019 Italian motorists went on the concrete and registered only 9,124 which are equivalent to 0.5% of the market: as much as the electric ones. Furthermore, many houses have abandoned this niche especially in the medium-low part. Thus, we focus on convertibles (the central part of the roof opens) such as the Fiat 500 C (from € 18,050) or the Abarth 595 C (from € 28,400) which, together with the Mini Convertible (from € 24,500), represent the entry level in the category, or the 30 thousand euros is the minimum amount to put on the plate.
For those who want an authentic spiderthe Mazda MX-5 in two versions is fun: the free-range roadster (from 33,500 euros) with the roof that can be opened manually or the more polite RF (from 38,600 euros) with the hood (electrically operated) in foldable sheet metal. The RF is a kind of Targa or only the sky above the passenger compartment is discovered: fewer vortices of air while traveling and a little more comfort. In this range (and even a little below) there are two stimulating German convertibles. The convertible version of the Audi A3 (from € 37,450) and the four-seater SUV (like all convertibles) Volkswagen T-Roc (from € 29,900). If you exceed the 40 thousand euros, then the landscape opens definitively. To remember the Mercedes that offers from the C-Class Cabrio (from 53,443 euros) and the expensive S (from 158,707) and the BMW with the fascinating Z4 (from 43,800 euros). Audi offers a wide range (from 53,800 euros for the A5) and then Ford with the Mustang (from 47,500 euros) to dream of Florida while traveling on the A14. A curiosity. If you love the skinny spider, all mechanical and not very electronic here is the Caterham Seven S3 275, from 38,394 euros, drive it a blast. In addition, you enter the empyrean of Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and other over the top brands. One hundred thousand euros is just enough to start dreaming …
What if you want low-cost discovery? All that remains is to turn to the second-hand market. In this period there are good opportunities on the Fiat 124 Spider. Little sister of the Mazda Mx-5 (it came out of the same factories) can be purchased for less than 20,000 euros. And finally, if you want to try for a day then there is a rental. The majors in the sector (Avis, Sixt, Hertz etc.) offer different types of convertibles, but as we write it seems difficult to book a car for July …. maybe later. Those who have prestige convertibles and spiders ready for Prime Rent. An example: a BMW Z4 costs 150 euros per day (in July) (400 for a Porsche 911).
June 29, 2020 (change June 29, 2020 | 12:01)
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