Summer is on its way. Temperatures are rising, heavy rains are beginning to subside and everyone’s mood is naturally getting better. Admittedly, there’s till the looming Coronavirus pandemic harshing the Summer vibes but you know what I mean. Being that the warm weather is here, though, it’s time for top-down driving. However, if you don’t actually own a convertible, here’s a list of cheap Audi convertibles to buy for a summer toy.
This is the cheapest on the list by some margin. In fact, you can find a Mk1 Audi TT Roadster for less than $3,000 if you don’t mind getting one that’s a bit ratty. As much as we love the look and significance of the Mk1 TT, it’s not the most reliable of cars, so watch out for more worn, unloved models. However, as a car to have for just the weekends or some good old fashioned beater-fun, the first-gen TT is great. Look for the 225 hp 1.8T version and make sure to get a manual.
B6/B7 Audi S4 Convertible
The B6 and B7 Audi S4 is famous for its timing chain issue on the 4.2 liter V8. However, if you can find out that’s already had its timing chain replaced, you’ve got another 100,000 miles of incredible fun before it needs to be changed again. Both generations of the S4 also came in convertible spec. That means you could have a V8-powered Audi S4 Convertible with a six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive. Plus, convertible models are less desirable for enthusiasts, so they’re usually quite a bit cheaper. So for under $10,000, you could have a very exciting weekend toy this Summer.
B8 Audi A5 Cabriolet
This is one of the very best looking cars Audi has ever made, even in Cabriolet form. Walter da Silva’s first-generation Audi A5/S5 is a stunning, muscular machine and one that still looks like a million bucks, even almost ten years later. Surprisingly, the first-gen A5 of all body styles has become relatively inexpensive. You can find a nice example for well under $10,000. Unfortunately, Audi didn’t sell the B8 A5 Cabriolet with a manual transmission but the automatic is good enough to still use today and, honestly, who cares when the car looks that good?
Audi R8 Spyder
Okay, so maybe the R8 isn’t exactly cheap but it’s cheap for what it is. Maybe that’s a bit of a cheat but how can we not add the first-gen Audi R8 Spyder to the list? The R8 Spyder is one of the coolest cars the brand has ever made. It can be had with either a 4.2 liter V8 or a 5.2 liter V10, both of which are naturally-aspirated. Honestly, though, it doesn’t matter which engine you choose, so long as you opt for the six-speed, open-gate manual. What a glorious thing that must be, to drive a mid-engine, convertible supercar with a proper three-pedal gearbox. Sure, it will cost $80,000-ish but, if you can afford it, it’s well worth it.