2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante - Yep, this one gets to be first. Of all the convertibles set to be ready for Spring 2011, Aston’s tasty Virage Volante is undoubtedly the most drool-worthy. These days, getting 490 horsepower from 6.0 liters of displacement is actually kind of behind the curve, and we don’t expect Ferrari-level dynamics, either. Still, this one’s in the running for World’s Sexiest Car—consider our inner Bond channeled.
2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Fine, so the chopped version of Nissan’s Murano crossover may not be the most, ah, straightforward convertible launch of the spring, but it doesn’t seem to be without its charms, either. Especially in a climate like ours here in Michigan, having a bit of go-anywhere, AWD ability isn’t a bad trait to find in your convertible, not when the weather can change from sunny to sucky in the blink of an eye. We’re guessing that the CrossCab will look a lot better in any of the non-seafoam-green colors it’s being offered in, too.
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK - Mercedes’ smallest convertible is all new for 2012, complete with a facelift that brings it into line with the rest of the M-B range. The last-gen SLK was a tidy handler, so we expect nothing less of the 2012 car. Of course the signature piece of tech for this car, the so-called Magic Sky Control roof that allows one to select desired opacity at the touch of a button, is reason enough to want to try it out. Top down is preferred, naturally, but if the Spring showers do their thing, it’ll be nice to know the folding hardtop has a new party trick.
2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible - Not as exciting a whip as the Virage, we’ll grant you, but Chrysler’s 200 vert has a lot to recommend it, still. We expect nothing less than comfortable and quick (thanks to the happily ubiquitous Pentstar V-6) touring for four here, with major gains in refinement, cabin quality, and wind control compared to the outgoing Sebring convertible. Also, this is the one member of our list that real people can conceivably afford. Also, this is the one Eminem would choose (he loves Detroit).
2012 Porsche 911 Speedster - While Matt Davis got an early drive in the Speedster a while back, we haven’t yet had the pleasure of testing the bustle-bum 911 for ourselves yet. When we do, we have high hopes that the heritage-style good looks will marinate quite nicely with the 911 package we’ve come to love.