Buy/Drive/Burn: Luxury Convertibles From 2010
Three luxurious convertibles of six-cylinder and rear-drive persuasion. Which one is worth over 40,000 of your hard-earned dollars?
Infiniti followed up its very popular third-generation G sedan and coupe with a fourth version in 2007. The car was larger, the engine was larger, and new corporate styling modernized its appearance over the old model. The two-style lineup was expanded for 2009, when Infiniti introduced its first convertible since the Leopard-based M30 of 1990. Convertible G37s were all prepared the same way in 2010: 3.7-liter VQ V6 up front, 325 horsepower to the rear wheels, and no all-wheel drive option. We forego the manual transmission today, opting instead for the seven-speed automatic. $44,350.
Mercedes introduced its SLK model in 1996, whereupon it was quickly ignored by most every car enthusiast. Things got sharper when the second generation debuted for 2004. It was larger, more serious, more safe, and sported a nose mimicking the AMG SLR supercar. The new SLK maintained its basic initial characteristics of being a two-seat, metal-roof cabriolet. For our money, we’re in the base model SLK300 in its last year of production. The 3.0-liter V6 produces 228 horsepower, transferred to the rear wheels through the seven-speed G-TRONIC. $46,900.
Lexus IS 350C
Lexus debuted its new sub-ES model as the IS back in 1998. A badge job on a Japanese-market Toyota Altezza, it found fans among tuners and stance bro types alike. Lexus fixed their delight in 2006 with a second generation that was not JDM in any way. Gone were the inline-six Supra engines and sports wagon options. In their place was a single sedan, with an inline-four or V6 mill. In 2010 Lexus expanded the lineup to include a convertible, with engine options of 2.5 or 3.5 liters of displacement. The more expensive 350C is today’s choice. With a Lexus-exclusive V6 (in North America), 306 horsepower travel to the rear via the six-speed automatic. $44,890.
Which tin top convertible gets your money?
[Images: Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti]
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