September 2, 2011 3:13 PM |
Posted By: Freddie Auton
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“Yes please!” But I can’t believe I’m saying it.
This sounds like complete lunacy: I always thought of the customers who chose an M3 with no roof or a lidless 911 over the scuttle free, hard-top version as a slightly odd bunch.
There must be a good reason then for my sudden shift from hardcore tin-toper to fun loving raga-muffin?
For me the GTS cabriolet is best left with its roof down in Porsche Speedster style. This removes some of the unwanted poser factor - she’s not one minute trying to be a tin-top, the next a convertible - she’s permanently roofless, and that’s cool.
With the flat six perched just 59cms from my ear - and the sports exhaust switched to boisterous – each and every decibel is clawed from the engine for your aural delight. The engine is liberated over its insulated sibling and it all adds to the excitement. The music every time you prod the accelerator is intoxicating and completely addictive. In short, it manages to sound like I’ve kidnapped a banshee and forced her to sub let the boot through Foxtons.
The smile is widened to Cheshire cat proportions with every twist of the key. The gruff sounding flat six comes alive and I’m instantly released from the mundane. England’s thermostat could be stuck on zero degrees but with the heater turned to cosmos levels - ski hat turned up even further - I feel like I’m skimming alongside the Cote d'Azure. All the sights, smells and sounds transmit the senses into outer space whilst I try my best to concentrate on the twisty’s. This cars sole purpose is to entertain and turn the fun up to supreme levels.
A word to try and help explain my transformation has to be ‘event.’ Wanting to make the most out of each and every drive has led me to the cabriolet where the occasion is turned up to maximum. I’ve even been informed of a special button to control the roof mechanism – probably best to leave that one to the posers.
Has anyone else had a change of heart on cabrio’s? And what cars do we think are EVO enough in rag-top form? Perhaps a few are even better to drive than their coupé versions?