Top 5 Pre-owned Drop-Tops under R2 million
When considering a drop-top for the summer, perhaps looking at the used market has been something you’ve considered. And indeed, thanks to the beauty of depreciation, many a gem can be found in the second-hand market for under R2 million. Be it Ferrari’s, Bentleys, Aston Martins, or Porsches, you can effectively have your pick of the bunch for luxury and performance convertibles in this price bracket. We will be looking at 5 of the best, based on the following criteria:
1.Aston Martin DB9 Volante Carbon Edition – For Sale at BMW SMG Umhlanga
If you want to feel like James Bond and like a million bucks (or more accurately, 2 million bucks), then a 2015 DB9 Volante can be had with around 20,000kms, for under R2 million. The perfect Super-GT, the DB9 (and the Vantage), were key to bringing Aston into the 21st century in the early 2000s. And, the run-out model Volante pays homage to the legend.
- Price: R1 999 999
- Performance: A 6-Litre Naturally Aspirated V12 powers this beautiful Aston, sending 380kW and 620NM via a 6-speed automatic gearbox (good luck finding a manual) to the rear wheels. This sends the Aston from 0 to 1000 km/h in 4.6 seconds, on to a top speed of 295 km/h.
- Technology: Astons of this vintage are known for having dodgy infotainment systems at best, although the infotainment system does offer Bluetooth connectivity for your cell phone, satellite navigation, as well as USB connectivity. Your best bet though is playing music with your right foot through the sonorous exhaust system.
- Luxury: If you’re looking for a luxurious interior, look no further. The DB9 was built to cross continents with ease, so the interior is sumptuous, with seats that leave you feeling refreshed at your destination, and ride quality, that, although firm, allows the kilometres to melt away.
The Aston Martin is a perfect choice if you want a Super-GT that you could potentially daily and with depreciation having stabilized, you are unlikely to lose much during your ownership of your DB9.
2.Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet – For Sale at Daytona Direct Melrose
The S-Class. The definition of the luxury sedan (check the Oxford dictionary, it’s there), With Mercedes bringing back the large 4 seater drop-top, it should also prove to be the “last number” in luxury cabriolets. You will notice though, that the particular model in question is an S63, meaning it’s gotten its engine from Affalterbach, and this is more than just a luxury soft-top.
- Price: R1 750 000 for a 2017 model with 26 000 km
- Performance: The S63 is powered by the now-retired 5,5 litre Biturbo V8, which produces 430kW and a beastly 900NM sent via a 7-Speed Auto ‘box to the rear wheels only. The S63 goes from 0 to 100 kph in 4,2 seconds, with a top speed limited to 250 kph, unless the previous owner optioned the higher 300 km/h limiter.
- Technology: The S-Class has always been at the leading edge of automotive technology. The list of features could go for the rest of this article, but in summary, it has almost everything, but anything that is completely new after 2017. Smartphone connectivity? Yes. Sat Nav? Definitely. Active Body Control suspension? That too. Basically, everything.
- Luxury: How do massaging seats sound? Good right? And let’s cover those seats in the softest leather, and make them so comfortable you’ll want the seats to replace your couch at home and your office chair? That’s how you can describe the S63’s seats. The rest of the interior is covered in the best of materials, and the ride? Let’s just say you won’t notice most potholes.
The S63 is honestly the perfect droptop under R2million if you’re looking for luxury and performance blended into one package. So long as you accept it won’t be as agile as your AMG GT, or as supple as a Rolls Royce Dawn, the S63 is perfect. Just… budget for fuel. And Tyres. And the depreciation will be quite painful.
3.Ferrari 360 Spider – For Sale at Millstock Cars
Perhaps, with your R2 million budget, you don’t want a GT car or an S-Class. Maybe, you want your first supercar. But with most modern supercars out of reach, you have to settle instead for a slightly older car. Well, the Ferrari 360 Spider could prove to be a perfect choice. Touted by many a Ferrari fan as being the perfect first Ferrari, the 360 in question is a 2003 model, with the rarest of quirks and features – a gated 6-speed manual gearbox. To many, this may seem inconsequential, but with a manual 360, you effectively have a modern classic in your hands. This, will not only be the perfect summer cruiser, but it will also provide a healthy return on investment.
Price: R1 999 900 for a 2003 model with 36 000 km
Performance: The 360 is powered by a 3,6-litre naturally aspirated V8 producing 294kW and 375NM sent via a glorious gated 6-speed manual to the rear wheels, allowing this Fezza to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 4,9 seconds, on to a top speed of 296 kph.
- Technology: The antithesis of the S-Class. It has no tech… it might have a radio from the factory, although chances are the owner got an aftermarket unit. That might have Bluetooth or USB. Otherwise, you can play music with your right foot through the exhaust.
- Luxury: Although it is a Ferrari, it does have some luxury. Not a lot, but some. The comfortable leather sport seats hold you in snuggly, while the leather-trimmed dash provides a nice ambience.
The 360 is definitely the choice for those looking for their first supercar, after graduating from a sports car, but those who may not have much to spend. The 360, although somewhat reliable, will require you to visit the Ferrari dealer in Bryanston at least once a year.
BMW i8 eDrive Roadster – For Sale at Club Motors Fountains
BMWs venture into the sports/supercar market with the i8 has proven somewhat successful. Although buyers aren’t quite sure about the hybrid drivetrain, those who enjoy something unique and sporty, definitely enjoyed their i8’s to the fullest, And recently, BMW released the roadster, which, now as a used car sits comfortably under our R2 million budget. Although, I would be weary of holding onto one for too long as depreciation on an i8 is known to be catastrophic.
- Price: R1 849 000 for a 2018 model with 1 200kms
- Performance: The i8 is powered by a hybrid powerplant which features a 1,5-litre turbo 3 cylinder accompanied by an electric motor which produces 275kW and 570NM of torque sent via a 6-speed auto gearbox, sending the i8from 0-100 kph in 4,4 seconds up to a top speed of 250kph.
- Technology: Other than the complicated hybrid system, the i8 features BMW’s tech from around 2015, meaning it has a digital display cluster, as well as the iDrive system which allows smartphone connectivity, as well as satellite navigation and controlling vehicle settings.
- Luxury: Surprisingly, despite being more supercar than luxury GT, the i8 has a sumptuous interior. Although not quite on the levels of the S63, it features soft leather, as well as comfortable sports seats, perfect for a long-distance cruise.
The BMW i8 is great if you’re looking for a luxurious performance roadster. Although keep in mind that depreciation is quite heavy, and it doesn’t quite have a similar performance pedigree compared to the other options on our list.
5. Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet – For Sale at Porsche Centre Cape Town
The previous generation (991.2) of the 911 was the first to feature the entire line up with a turbocharged flat-six (excluding the GT cars). And the GTS was arguably the best of the bunch, more especially the cabriolet models. Being an all-round sports car isn’t easy, by the 911 handles it with aplomb.
Price: R1 749 000 for a 2018 model with 5000 kilometres
- Performance: The 911 GTS is powered by a 3-litre turbocharged flat-six which produces 331 kW and 500 NM, and sends power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK gearbox. This allows the GTS to launch from 0 to 100 kph in 3.8 seconds, and onto a top speed of 308 kph.
- Technology: The GTS features Porsches previous generation PCM (Porsche Communication Management), but despite this, it allows for drivers to use Apple CarPlay for smartphone mirroring control media, and Satellite navigation.
- Luxury: The 911 isn’t a typical luxury car, but despite, this, it features an interior with leather and Alcantara wrapped sports seats, with leather trim on the rest of the surfaces. Inside, while cruising, the 911 is comfortable and quiet, and can easily be used as either a daily driver or a long-distance cruiser with no issues at all. Although quite stiff, the ride is supple, and the interior features enough space for storage.
Overall, the 911 is perfect as a one-size-fits-all machine. It can be the only car in your garage and quite a good one at that. And it should prove easy to run too, with the 911 being reliable. Your only large expense will be fuel, so get that black petrol card ASAP.
In summary, the 5 options presented represent different ends of the spectrum. Whether you want a sports car, a supercar, a luxury droptop, or a super GT, we’ve got you covered. Really then, what you pick depends on what you need. If you have only space for one in the garage, then head towards the Porsche. If you have space for a weekend cruiser, perhaps the Ferrari 360 would be a great pick. If you want a long-distance cruiser, the choice is your between the S63 or the DB9.