There seems to be two kind of folks out there: convertible lovers, and those who, after a drive, can remember which side of their head their hair is parted on. Going even further, we can split those convertible folks into the soft top/hard top branches. The former of those enjoying the ease, lighter weight, and greater room afforded by a fabric top, while the latter appreciates the greater security, quietness, and panache of the metal roof.
So many cars have gone the hardtop route – heck, even the MX-5 offers one as an option – that one wonders if soft tops are on the way out. These days BMW has gone hard for both the Z4 and 3 series, leaving only the 6 to solider on as a softie. Mercedes has also gone hard for all but one of theirs, and even Ferrari has thrown that last modicum of performance enhancing weight savings out the window by making the California a tin can with a pop top.
Oh sure, there are still plenty of soft tops available today – Porsche probably not able to find room in the 911 cabriolet for a metal folding roof, and both the Mustang and Camaro coming with fabric for their fun in the sun. But do you think those are the last vestiges of an obsolete form factor? Are perhaps higher theft rates and lower quietness standards of fabric roofs dooming them the annals of topless history? What do you think, are hardtop convertibles making the fabric roof obsolete?
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