I got out and soaked up the scene until she insisted we move on. However, the 3-series has a folding rear seat and a 16-inch-wide trunk pass through to accommodate the must-have set of golf clubs under the folded roof. In D mode and set at level 1, upshifts are smooth and early. For example, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet a fancy word for convertible has a fabric roof. Another amazing structure is on the other side of town became our lunch spot. Shortages were being reported and I wanted to take no chances. © Steve Purdy, Shunpiker Productions, All Rights Reserved.
Cedar Creek Road turned to dirt just a few miles before intersecting Bat Cave Road, but the navigation system made no distinction between the pavement and the dirt. Still, especially large drivers should probably look elsewhere. That also compares favorably with the Volvo C70's 13 cubic feet top-up and 6 top-down. Although a four-cylinder engine was available in the Solara coupe, a quiet, powerful V6 came standard in the convertible. The French Broad River geologist think it may be the third oldest river in the world runs by the edge of town. Best known, of course, is the Biltmore estate - the largest single family dwelling in the country - built by the Vanderbilt family in the 1890s. And it will tend to keep the lesser skilled folks from getting into trouble.
During downshifts in levels 4 and 5, it blips the throttle explosively and addictively. This entire tank was spent winding up and down through these endless mountain roads. Most reviewers recommended finding a V6 model with a stick shift to have the most fun. At the other extreme in manual mode and set to level 5, you actually get shift shock, as this harnesses the rotational inertia of the engine as it sheds revs, propelling you forward and helping make a 0-62-mph time of 5. Trouble is the Convertible weighs 510 pounds more than the Coupe, and so with the same transmission gives away a half second in the 0-to-62 sprint. The extra heft slightly dulls the edge of this very sporty car.
I was also nearly knocked off my feet by the wind and worried what might be flying through the air at me. Its name signifies exactly what it is: a Toyota Camry with a two-door convertible body that lets you soak up the sun. However, the Volvo has a nifty loading feature that electronically motors the roof panels out of the way for easier access to the trunk space with the top down. It has elegance, power, luxury, presence and pedigree. The Targa 4 is, of course, a variant of one of the best sports cars ever — the Porsche 911. One thing that often gets overlooked in convertibles is the sound system when the roof is down. Drop the roof to enjoy the noise.
Just then we spotted a gas station with a lighted sign below us off the freeway. Made of finely ground pig liver and a few other pig parts snouts and spleen according the package at the grocery store we found later mixed with a coarse corn meal and fried crisp, this crisp little rectangle looked like a dark-brown hunk of Spam but it had the distinct flavor of liver and the discernable grittiness of the corn meal. The good news is that this is the least expensive brand-new Ferrari. One of the locals had recommended it as a local icon. It gets great gas mileage, and both base and Cooper S models have enough power to make things interesting. The further north we went the less the wind intruded and the more the rain came. It has a real back seat with room for grown-ups.
The wiggle-free structure, however, will impress drivers of the previous 3-series cabrio and will amaze owners of the second-generation model. In the 3-series' case, the top itself adds 300 pounds, while the extra chassis reinforcements pack on another 150, so expect a 335i convertible to weigh about 4000 pounds. Either way, the Mustang feels light on its feet and carves corners more enthusiastically than most muscle cars. When we turned north onto I-75 at Knoxville I noticed were getting over 29-mpg. The sky was overcast as we left the condo and we could see dense cloudiness on the mountaintops.
The 63 has a turbocharged 5. He was very competent and was pressed into service by the federal government to go to France with Ben Franklin on some kind of mission. We left just after dawn and arrived just before dusk. The performance tires gripped well. The navigation system was reasonably accurate and easy to follow throughout the route.
I had noticed there was a mighty wind in the trees along the road but we felt no buffeting in the car so I thought little of it. The roof also has a glass section that switches between transparent and opaque. The V6 is quick enough, but some reviewers found it sounded coarse and generated too much vibration. But really, who cares about them? Read about that road trip and travel adventure here at TheAutoChannel: An amazing amount of stuff fit in the trunk, at least with the top up. However, the back seats are a good place for extra luggage, since trunk space is extremely limited. The 1-Series came with the same two six-cylinder engine choices: the standard version in the 128i and a turbocharged six in the 135i.