Ask any car enthusiast what is the car that is the most fun to drive and more than likely they will name a small two-seater roadster. Every manufacturer has made a roadster at some point in time but some roadsters offer an unforgettable experience.
Here’s our list of the top 5 best roadsters of all time. Keep reading to see if your favorite roadster made the cut.
1. The Mazda Miata MX-5
You can’t have a list of the best affordable roasters without mentioning the Mazda Miata. The Mazda Miata MX-5 is the world’s bestselling roadsters in history. It is manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant and first aired at the Chicago Auto show in 1989.
It is famous for its small, lightweight frame and its technological advances for a car of that time. It is well balanced and minimalist. Often called the successor of British sports cars of the 50s and 60s, the Miata was a landmark design.
Best of all, you can still buy a Miata today and Miata parts are widely available for older models.
2. The BMW Z3
BMW produced numerous convertibles but the BMW Z3 was their first roadster. It is a modern car however it will soon become one of the best classic roadsters.
The BMW Z3 was created with the same rear suspension out of an E30 model. To finish it off BMW gave it a sexy open-top body, two seats, and a six-cylinder engine. This roadster is lightweight and handles like a dream.
It is significantly more expensive than a Mazda Miata but also faster and more luxurious.
3. Porsche Boxster
This modern descendant of classic roadsters like the 550 Spyder, the Boxster was well received by the public. The Boxster’s first appeared as a 2.5-liter water-cooled model in 1997 that had just over 200 horsepower. These days the current Boxster S is a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that produces 315 horsepower.
Porsche has also made many improvements to help improve the gas mileage on the Boxster and many other of its vehicles. V8 roadsters of today are much greener than the roadsters of the past decade.
4. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
This classic roadster was the personification of luxury. In its day it was a symbol of wealth and success. No other roadster has quite expressed the same sentiment.
Despite having a large price tag Mercedes Benz sold 237,287 of them vastly outnumbering any of the previous roadsters. These vehicles represent Mercedes at the height of its post-war engineering power.
5. Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 packs a mighty punch of nearly 100 horsepower per liter. Its sleek two-seater is stylish and fully functional. With a six-speed transmission, this car was made to be driven and promises a lively driving experience for any roadster lover.
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This wraps up our list of the best roadsters. Whether you own a roadster of the past like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class or a roadster of today like the Porsche Boxster, these cars will always turn heads and are lots of fun to drive. Don’t take our word for it. Get out and drive one for yourself!
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