» Buyers Guide » Four-Wheel-Drive Convertibles
The number of four wheel drive convertibles available is quite surprising. The breakdown is mostly related to Volkswagen Group’s commitment to the technology with its use in their Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini cars. The number of convertible cars that are true off-roaders is considerably smaller. While Jeep vehicles traditionally had minimal bodywork and no roof their current line of SUVs are more civilised and only the Wrangler 4×4 has a convertible top.
The first four-wheel-drive system was patented by English engineer Bramah Diplock in 1893 for use on traction engines and the technology was developed for a convertible car in 1900 by Lohner-Porsche. This was also the world’s first hybrid powered car. The first four-wheel-drive car with an internal combustion engine (again a convertible) was the Spyker 60HP was unveiled in 1903.
In the 1980s the AMC Eagle range included the first convertible car to the FF (Formula Ferguson) system of full-time all-wheel-drive (Jensen did not build a convertible version of their Interceptor FF). Although a clever design the AMC Eagle Convertible had a limited market and only lasted two years production.
Select from these four-wheel-drive convertibles for more information:
- Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Quattro
- Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI quattro
- Audi R8 Spyder V10
- Audi RS5 Cabriolet
- Audi S3 Cabriolet
- Audi S5 Cabriolet
- Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TDI quattro
- Audi TT RS Roadster
- Bentley Continental GTC V8
- Bentley Continental GTC V8 S
- Bentley Continental GTC W12
- Bentley Supersports Convertible
- Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
- Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
- Jeep Wrangler 2.8 CRD
- Jeep Wrangler 3.6
- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD
- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6
- Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
- Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
- Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
- Porsche 911 Targa 4
- Porsche 911 Targa 4S
- Porsche 918 Spyder
- Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI quattro (2001-2009)
- Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.2 FSI quattro (2001-2009)
- Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.2 FSI Quattro (2009-2011)
- Audi RS4 Cabriolet (2006-2009)
- Audi S4 Cabriolet (2004-2009)
- Audi TT Roadster 3.2 V6 quattro (2007-2009)
- Audi TT Roadster mk1 1.8T quattro (1999-2006)
- Audi TT Roadster mk1 3.2 quattro (1999-2006)
- Bentley Continental GTC (2006-2010)
- Bentley Continental GTC Speed (2009-2010)
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder (2006-2014)
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante (2012-2014)
- Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster (2009-2010)
- Lamborghini Reventón Roadster (2010)
- Land Rover Defender SVX (2009)
- Mercedes G-Class Cabriolet (1979-2013)
Lexus are keen to get the public’s attention for their Lexus LF-C2 four-seat convertible car concept with a teaser campaign and now a Los Angeles Auto Show debut. This premium sports convertible looks perfect for the West Coast market.
The wealthy motoring connoisseurs are left speechless when the huge Youabian Puma convertible parks up alongside their priceless classic cars. Those wanting something unique to stand out from the crowd may look no further.
The latest high performance 4 seat convertible from BMW will be called the BMW M4 Convertible but don’t worry, it couldn’t be more M3 if it tried. The 4-Series is still based on the platform of the 3-Series car but the name is used tho separate the more sporting coupe and convertible models.