Summer Drives

Nothing beats the summer heat better than rolling down the windows or putting the top down and having the wind blow through your hair in our hottest cars for your fastest summer ever.

By Danielle Kaplan
Photography Supplied by Various Automotive Dealers

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2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i
$49,525 — BMW of Austin / 7011 McNeil Drive Austin / Bmwofaustin.com / 512.343.3500

One of the first BMW’s to sport the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, the Z4 sDrive28i is fully charged to be the most exciting and surely the sassiest car on the market this summer. With a little more flair and a louder Purr, the sounds this car makes will definitely turn heads, but then again so will you when you drive in this kind of style.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
$44,000 – Land Rover San Antonio / 13660 West Interstate 10  San Antonio / Landroversanantonio.com / 210.561.4900

Inspired by the upscale urban drivers who have sought over the Range Rover Sport for years, the Evoque is the perfect substitute for the loftier price tag. With a sporty look, a choice between three or five doors and an engine from Ford’s new family of EcoBoost four-cylinders, the Evoque will evoke a sense of pride amongst drivers and jealousy amongst neighbors.

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
$80,000 – Porsche of San Antonio / 9455 IH-10 West  San Antonio  / Porscheofsanantonio.com / 210.775.1016

Whiz by all other cars, with an experience unparalleled in the world of convertibles. Not very different from the hardtop version, Porsche innovators created a new triple-lined soft-top for the Cabriolet. With a wind deflector that pops up with the touch of a button as well upgraded rollover protection, there’s nothing to worry about except missing your exit with the world whizzing by.

2012 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible

$200,000 — John Eagle European / 12989 Research Boulevard  Austin / Johneagleeuropean.com / 512.401.BOND

With a longer body and a wider body, this car haass a more muscular and masculine appearance per cubic inch than previous models. With a striking interior and plenty of options to decide just how you want it, the GTC has raised the bar on its models. Upgrade to the massage function and a neck warmer to make your car literally the hottest one around.

2012 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Series II

$390,000 — John Eagle European / 12989 Research Boulevard Austin / Johneagleeuropean.com / 512.401.BOND

An upgrade from the usual Phantom figures, this Rolls Royce model has received a number of exciting changes. With a redesigned bumper and LED lights, a satellite navigation and infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen, and a new 8-speed automatic transmission that gives better gas mileage, everyone will be waiting at the dealerships before this car disappears.

2012 Fisker Karma Sunset Convertible

$120,000 — Barrett Motor Cars San Antonio / 15423 West Interstate 10 San Antonio / Barrettmotorcars.com / 210.341.2800

Known as a convertible version of the Karm series-hybrid sedan, this two-door hardtop-convertible has the same roots as a green car. With an aluminum space-frame platform and an engine that fires up as soon as batteries run out, this convertible is the hottest ticket for eco-friendly, yet chic, buyers everywhere. Being able to feel the sun beat down on your shoulders while you also help save the world is the ultimate summer experience.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

$138,875  — Barrett Motor Cars San Antonio / 15423 West Interstate 10 San Antonio / Barrettmotorcars.com / 210.341.2800

The ultimate of luxury convertibles complete with a folding cloth roof that can change from shade to sun in just 18 seconds. With a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 rated at 550 horsepower engine that goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds. Known as the most powerful and fastest open-topped GT Jaguar has ever built, this convertible has a top speed of 186 mph for the fastest summer drive ever.

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

$64,515 Batchelor Cadillac 11001 W Interstate 10  San Antonio Kenbatchelorcadillac-sanantonio.com 210.690.0700 /Canvender Cadillac, 801 Broadway Street San Antonio Cavendercadillac.com 210.226.7221

Jaw-droppingly cool and uncompromising performance join together with stunning lines in this hot handling machine. The car’s dual-mode Magnetic Ride Control suspension system will have you feeling like you are floating on air. Then, go 0-60 MPH in 3.9 seconds as you zoom into style this summer at your favorite pool parties.