Roadsters have evolved from small two-seaters to huge ones that are equally powerful. These days, even the top-spec models from brands have a convertible version, which brings us to today's matchup on the tarmac.
What we have here are four European convertibles or cabriolets in that part of the world, courtesy of Carwow. These cars have three things in common: two seats, convertible roofs, and powerful engines that bring emphasis to exhilarating, open-top fun. If you want wind-in-your-hair plight on high-speed thoroughfares, these cars should be on your shortlist.
But which one is the quickest? This drag race should give settle the score.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG SL 2022
First, the stats. The Mercedes-AMG SL 55, which was introduced last year, is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that makes 469 bhp (350 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-metres) of torque. It's the detuned version of the SL 63, tipping the scales at a porky 1,950 kilograms (4,299 pounds).
The 992-generation Porsche 911 GTS stands out as the only rear-wheel-drive contender of the group. Its twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six produces 473 bhp (353 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of twists, used to pull its 1,615 kg (3,560 lbs) of weight – the lightest of the bunch.
Meanwhile, the BMW M850i is the heaviest contender, rated at 2,125 kg (4,685 lbs). It makes use of a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 that puts out 523 bhp (390 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
The Jaguar F-Type R is the only supercharged model here, with the 5.0-litre V8 churning out up to 567 bhp (423 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It's a bit heavier than the Porsche but still on the light side at 1,790 kg (3,946 lbs).
With all those numbers laid out, which do you think won the quarter-mile standing sprint? How about the rolling start? The race above should give you the answer.