Top Down Top Speed: The 5 Fastest Convertibles Ever Built
It’s summer, which means it is the perfect time to enjoy a convertible. However, some people really have a need for speed. So, it only makes sense that they would own the fastest convertible that they can afford. While many convertible cars are inherently sporty, like the Mazda Miata or Porsche Boxster, some vehicles take it to the next level. While most of them certainly aren’t affordable, they’re fun to look at! In the spirit of that concept, here are the top five fastest convertibles ever to exist.
Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae Roadster
We’re getting straight into expensive territory right off the bat. That’s to be expected, right?
The Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster comes in as the fifth-fastest convertible ever built, according to Top Gear. With its signature 750 horsepower V12 engine roaring right behind your ears, the Aventador SV Roadster will put up to 220 miles per hour worth of wind in your hair!
That’s right, folks. The slowest offering on this list has a top speed of 220 miles per hour. Strap in!
McLaren Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss
This one is a bit of a cheat because calling it a convertible is a bit of a stretch. The SLR Stirling Moss not only has no roof to retract, but it also doesn’t even have a windshield. Still, it is indeed a production car built in honor of the legendary racing driver, so it’s worth counting!
With a supercharged V8 engine putting down a whopping 650 horsepower, the Stirling Moss has a top speed of 220 miles per hour. That’s an insane amount of speed for something that has no windshield!
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
If you thought a Bugatti was going to sit atop this list, you’ve got another thing coming. In fact, you’ve got two more things coming.
However, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse certainly is a wildly fast convertible. Its 16-cylinder w-shaped engine needs no introduction. With four turbochargers and more radiators than some junkyards on board, the 1,200 horsepower Grand Sport Vitesse can achieve a top speed of 254 miles per hour.
Undoubtedly, that cements it as one of the fastest convertibles ever made. Shockingly not the fastest, though.
Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is another car that stirs a bit of controversy with these types of lists. It is indeed a production car. However, some folks don’t quite see it that way.
At any rate, they’d also struggle to see the details of one if it went by them at full speed. The Venom GT Spyder twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter LS powerplant is good for nearly 1,300 horsepower. All in, the Venom GT Spyder will scream its way to a proven top speed of 265.6 miles per hour.
Top Gear’s fastest convertibles list simply put “all the Koenigseggs” in slot number three. That’s a bit unfair, considering the Jesko’s insane top speed.
The Jesko is indeed a convertible with a removable roof. So, its theoretical top speed of 310 miles per hour undoubtedly anchors its number one spot on this list.
However, even crazier is the fact that Koenigsegg is working on an even faster version. The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is set to be the fastest car the legendary Swedish powerhouse has ever built. Supposedly, it’ll have a top speed of over 330 miles per hour.
These are the fastest convertibles money can buy!
Now, if anyone ever happens to ask what the fastest convertible vehicle on the planet is, you’ve got an answer.
Surely, as time rolls on, more and more companies are going to continue to raise the bar when it comes to the top speeds of production vehicles. Alongside that ever-pushed envelope is sure to come convertible variants. So, don’t get too attached to this list. It’s subject to change!