For a century the Morgan Motor Company has insisted on doing things a little differently — ever since they started building three-wheeled runabouts in the prewar era. But one thing they haven't done differently throughout their history is change their characteristic aesthetic, most obvious in the long sweeping hood and short rear end. The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster sticks with that look, but adds in a completely modern drivetrain (a 4.8-liter BMW V8 producing 367 horsepower through a six speed manual or automatic transmission) that pushes the car to 60 in just over four seconds. Plenty of options let you customize the car to your liking, including an available roof, roll bars, and a number of wheels.
We all know the advantages of a droptop — the style, the feeling of the breeze in your hair — but they're also not without their drawbacks. Convertibles tend to sacrifice rigidity when they lose their roof, and all too often they make up for that with weight-adding structural support. But the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible doesn't, thanks to its uncompromising commitment to lightness and its incredibly-sound aluminum frame. It still retains everything you love about the Z06 (a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing over 600 horsepower and pound-feet of torque with a seven-speed manual) and gains so little additional weight that you'd barely notice. It's everything you want in a convertible, without sacrificing a single thing you like about a coupe.
Fifth in a series of six special editions celebrating the carmaker's past, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess Edition pays homage to the pre-war Type 18, known at that point as the fastest road-legal car — its five-liter four-cylinder engine producing 1000 hp for a top speed of 100 mph. While underneath the hood the Black Bess retains the same power plant as an ordinary Veyron Vitesse, the exterior and interior get plenty of special attention for this edition limited to just three models. It sports a black-painted carbon fiber exterior with 24-carat gold details and gold-paint accents throughout. Visible through its open top, the Black Ness sports illustrations of the Type 18, solid gold inlays, red stitching and a red steering wheel, all finished in some of the finest leather.
Speed and horsepower are one thing just on their own — but when you add in a drop-top that can fold up in under 20 seconds, then you really have something worthwhile. Retaining the same glorious power plant that its hard-topped predecessor had (a three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six), the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible has the added benefit of letting in some of that sun you've been craving all winter. Available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, it pushes all that power through its rear wheels, helped by an active differential, adaptive suspension, and more. And though it's a bit heavier than its non-convertible sibling, we're willing to bet you'll hardly notice with all that wind going through your hair.
For the third generation 2015 Audi TT, the styling is more an evolution than it is a total revamp, getting its inspiration from the first-generation TT and the recent Audi Quattro Concept. With a front grill that resembles the recent concept, and hindquarters with the same rounded lines of the original, it features three available drivetrains — the base, a two-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and the most performant with 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. And with an available manual transmission, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive variants, there's not much this sporty two-seater can't handle.