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Cabriolet Rentals are Not Just for Summer Sun!

Feb 27, 2017

There’s something about driving a cabriolet that adds another dimension to driving. It’s like the difference between attending a live football match or watching it on TV. Instead of looking at the beautiful scenery as you glide by in your glass-and metal bubble, a cabrio allows you to participate and interact with your surroundings.

If you have ever wanted to rent a cabrio, but have been stymied by thoughts of chilly temperatures or inclement weather, think again. Cabrios are not just for sunny destinations and summer road trips. There’s nothing cosier than driving through the snow-capped Alps in winter with the top-down, windows up and the heater on. It creates a cosy insular glow of wrap-around comfort as you do something ridiculous…and discover it’s FUN!

If you’re taking a road trip in spring or fall and are worried about showers, don’t let that stop you for a minute. The difference between raindrops and dry cover is less than 20 seconds in most modern cabrios, and you can even raise the hood while driving at slow speed on most models. What’s more, if you hit a light passing shower, the raindrops generally deflect right over the top of the car, leaving you grinning while other drivers stare at you aghast. Hey, let’s face it – cabrios are not for the dull and humdrum! They are designed for those who want to kick over the traces, rebel against the status quo and embrace life to the full!

Feel the wind in your hair with top-down motoring | Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Cabrios Add Another Dimension

Most luxury hire cars deliver super-comfortable seats that adjust to support you perfectly. Minimal roof pillars and high driving positions provide great all-round visibility (especially with backup cameras and blind-spot mirrors). When it comes to sound, you can enjoy the latest high fidelity audio sound systems and minimal road noise while smooth rounded gear knobs and soft-touch buttons pander to the sense of touch. But when you drive top-down, you get more.

Cabrios have the advantage of totally unobstructed 360-degree visibility, but that’s not all. The rush of air breezing through your hair at 50 mph and the sensation of being at one with your surroundings are hard to imagine – unless you’ve driven a luxury cabriolet. Top-down, you can work on your sun tan, stargaze at night, or give a cheery wave to boaters and barge masters on a nearby canal.

Then your olfactory senses come into play. Smell the seashore, a waft of woodsmoke on the gentle breeze, pine-scented forests, new-mown hay, Provencal lavender fields or perhaps the scent of night jasmine as you reach your journey’s end. There are a thousand smells you miss as you sail along in air-conditioned coolness in a typical saloon or SUV.

So, here are six of the most in-demand cabrios available for rental in Europe – take your pick and go have fun!

Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari 488 Spider in classy Ferrari blue | photo courtesy of Ferrari.com

Cabrios don’t come meatier than the twin-turbo Ferrari 488 Spider. The best of it is that you can really appreciate the powerful v8, 661 hp engine with the top down. Racing from 0-60 in 3 seconds, this is a car to have fun in and the retractable hardtop raises or lowers at speed of up to 25 mph.

Mercedes E Class Cabriolet

The ultimate Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet | Photo Courtesy of mbusa.com

While other cabrios focus on performance, the Mercedes E-class Cabriolet delivers stately opulence. This comfortable 4-seater convertible seems to have been designed in a wind tunnel so the rear wind deflector really does “do what it says on the tin”. It also has a unique AirCap deflector that eliminates turbulence at high speed. For winter driving, the heated seats coupled with the heater contain you in a tropical bubble, so even wimps can enjoy driving with the top down!

Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa offers a different take on open-top driving | Photo Courtesy of porsche.com

Convertibles don’t necessarily mean retractable metal panels or folding fabric roofs. Targas are a great compromise as they have a removable roof section and a partially retractable roof. Being a Porsche, the 911 Targa has stellar road handling and delivers perfect-pitch engine noises that can be enjoyed all the more without the hindrance of a hard top. With an impeccable build quality, spacious seats for two and front and rear luggage space, the Porsche 911 Targa is understandably a top cabrio car hire choice.

Maserati GranCabrio

Maserati GranCabrio MC in bold red | Photo Courtesy of maserati.com

Designed as a two-door coupe for four, this aerodynamic GranCabrio is the ultimate in luxury. State of the art technology naturally extends to the soft top, which opens and closes without a murmur. And it goes without saying that this convertible comes with all the usual comfort and performance that Maserati is known for.

Audi R8 Spyder

The sleek and sporty Audi R8 Spyder | Photo Courtesy of porsche.com

This top-of-the-range Audi truly knows how to impress, not least with its World Performance Car Award 2016. Luscious to look at, this sporty cabrio is marvellous to drive, and the interior includes WiFi hotspot capability for staying in touch.

Ford Mustang

Fifth generation Ford Mustang convertible | Photo Courtesy of ford.com

Combine sleek Mustang shapeliness with a power-operated soft top and this pony will comfortably canter along with its throaty performance and head-turning physique. This 2+2 has plenty of pep and top-down motoring is delivered at the touch of a button.

Next time you need to take a road trip, give in to the daredevil in you and opt for a cabrio. It turns the ordinary into the extraordinary at the simple touch of a button!

 

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Luxuria is an exclusive gateway to the world’s most desirable products and services. Bringing news and reviews of the affluent lifestyle, including luxury automobiles, watches, yachts, fine dining and travel, Luxuria magazine is the essential luxury resource for the discerning traveller and connoisseurs of taste and style.

 

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