Here is a body style that has many names and variations, such as roadster, cabriolet, spyder, or more commonly, convertible. Usually sold as a two-door with a retractable hard or soft roof, a convertible may also come with a manual or motorized top depending on the model.
The convertible's driver engagement is its key selling point for most buyers. The feeling of the open-air flowing can be exhilarating if being in a low-slung vehicle wasn’t exciting enough. Expect a low seating position as well as engaging handling characteristics depending on which model you get.
More often than not, the platforms that most convertibles are based on coming from the coupe body style. Some nameplates are built from the ground up to have no roof. When a convertible is offered alongside a coupe counterpart, several compromises have to be made in order to allow the vehicle to still be stiff enough without the presence of a roof. Roadsters usually don’t come with coupe versions, but the usual characteristics at play in this sub-category are the long hood with the short boot while being only a two-seater.
Several brands carry convertibles in the Philippines. Mainstream brands such as Ford sell their Mustang in a convertible form factor, while Mazda sells the MX-5 roadster in either a soft or hardtop. Premium brands that offer convertibles include Abarth, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes, Mini, Morgan, and Rolls Royce. In 2019, notable launches included the BMW Z4 roadster.