Maserati - GranCabrio
There might be quicker cars out there, but there are few that are as attractive. Roof up or down this car is a head-turning, jaw-dropping combination of elegance and brutish good looks.
The GranCabrio only scores low because of the desperately high company it keeps in its price bracket. It holds its own on a twisty road but sets no new standards.
The ride is a cosseting affair in the Maserati, but an unsupportive seat and a very upright steering wheel make it tricky to find the perfect driving position.
A couple of rattles might be expected in a cheaper convertible, but not really in one that costs close to £100,000. The wood in the cabin feels and looks shiny, and does not seem to fit with the price tag.
The GranCabrio might be marginally slower than many of its similarly priced supercars, but it is still plenty fast enough, with 62mph coming in just over five seconds. It is worth noting that none of its faster rivals can carry four in comfort.
You might be able to carry two couples in comfort, but you won't be heading off for a weekend as a foursome in the Maserati - the boot will not carry more than the results of a very light shopping trip.
You are unlikely to get a Maserati that is in anything other than the top tax band, and fuel consumption will hover below the 20mpg mark, so only the massive, 75 litre fuel tank means you will spend much time driving between fill ups.
You would expect plenty of toys for this price, and the GranCabrio provides them. Electric seats, sat nav and a generous supply of interior leather all come as standard.
The controls for the satnav are not exactly intuitive, and pressing the 'dark' button plunges the whole screen into darkness rather than dulling the colours on the map. The stereo provides a rich sound though and iPod and aux connections are a bonus.