Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It's Convertible Season!
Get a tan while driving, what an exciting prospect!
Whether or not the weather is good, your kids are moving on to college this year, or you just want to get out and enjoy the thrill of a roadster, we've got what you're looking for.
Here at LeSueur's we have a diverse and exciting inventory, and we pick and choose our cars carefully to get the best cars at very good prices. Whatever you're looking for, chances are we probably have it.
Starting off the top-down lineup is a 2007 Volkswagen Eos. Not necessarily a Roadster, the Eos is a little more refined and spacious. It shares many components with it's cousin the Audi A4, including the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine and the groundbreaking DSG (dual clutch) transmission. The engine shifts so smoothly that you hardly notice it, and neither will your three friends who are along for the ride.
When conditions don't allow for the top down, the car transforms with the push of a button and produces a hardtop seemingly from nowhere. If you don't want the top down but prefer extra sunlight, the large panoramic moonroof is there for you when you need it.
Next up is our 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5. Famous for it's "zoom-zoom" capabilities, the Miata is a favorite among car testers and reviewers. Like a true roadster, the Miata is rear wheel driven, powered by a peppy 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. It's go-cart like handling is possibly the best characteristic of this loveable car. If you love twisty roads and carefree pleasure, this is the car for you!
But if power is your thing, consider the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire. Don't let the manufacturer fool you; this bad boy is a Mercedes wolf hiding in sheep's clothing. Its 3.2 liter V6 puts out 215 horsepower and nearly 240 ft/lbs of torque, enough to get those rear tires nice and smoky.
Being built hand in hand by Chrysler and Mercedes, the Crossfire (funny, almost sounded like cross-bred in my head) is a fun and exciting roadster sure to put a grin on anyone's face. At speed, a spoiler rises from the rear end of the car, giving the car additional downforce which sticks it to the road and improves handling. In a straight line, the Crossfire will outrun both the Eos and the Miata, but if pure performance is what you're after, check out our last contender: the 2006 Honda S2000.
The S2000 is the only car of the bunch that comes with one transmission option: the 6-speed manual. This car is for the purest, the thrill seeker, the wild one. You feel it in the first push of the ignition button, colored Red for good reason, as if asking "Are you sure you want to push me?" It's 2.2 liter four cylinder engine produces the highest output per liter than any production car. At nearly 240 horsepower, giddy-up is an understatement.
Though tight on interior space, the S2000 is excessive in it's performance. It has been heralded as one of the best performing roadsters of all time, acheiving remarkable balance and stunning track times that few in it's class come close to matching. The engine revs to an astronomical 9000 rpm, singing sweet exhaust notes more enthralling than the Sirens in ancient Greek mythology. Can track ready and street legal really coexist? You bet. You getting excited yet? You should be.
The S2000 launched in the year 2000 and has been relatively unchanged since then, proving that perfection cannot be perfected. With 2009 being the last year of production, you should grab yours before it's too late. With a price tag of $35,000 new, you might hesitate. Let someone else pay for the depreciation: buy used.
All of these fantastic cars have low miles and manufacturer warranties to accompany them. If your desire is to experience them, then get over here before they're gone. Like I said, it's convertible season! Time to get that golden brown tan from your aviator sunglasses as you cruise around. Thanks for reading!