Five Gas-Guzzling Convertibles

June 4, 2008
0806 01z+2008 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible+front Three Quarters View
What's that you say, you own stock in oil companies and want to use as much gas as possible? Well, have we got some guzzlers for you; and since the summer is about to begin, how about looking at a list of the five thirstiest convertibles on the road?
5th Place: Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT Automatic
(EPA 16/24: Combined 20 mpg)
0806 03z+2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder+front Three Quarters View
Compared to the other cars in this list, the Eclipse Spyder is a stealth choice -- it's hard to believe that this convertible is as thirsty as it is. Then again, it's a 3700-lb car with a 3.8-liter V-6 and a five-speed automatic.
With an entry price of just under $29,000, the Eclipse is the cheapest entry into the open-top guzzler crowd -- of course it's also the slowest of the bunch, so expect some dirt in your eyes as the others leave you behind.
4th Place: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Automatic
(EPA 15/25: Combined 20 mpg)
0806 06z+2008 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible+side View
Compared to other cars with as much performance capability as the Corvette has, it's actually a fuel miser. If you drive it nicely, it'll get you 25 over mpg on the highway. Then again, if you're going to drive nicely, we recommend skipping the Vette -- after all, this is a muscle car. And muscles deserved to be flexed.
The Corvette is a fantastic value -- performance for dollar -- and once you become addicted to that V-8 grumble, there's little chance you'll be seeing MPG numbers anywhere near that 25 mark.
3rd Place: Jaguar XKR Convertible
(EPA 15/23: Combined 19 mpg)
0806 04z+2008 Jaguar XKR Convertible+rear Three Quarters View With Top Down
There's no more fabulous way of guzzling in sporty open-air style than from behind the wheel of the supercharged Jaguar XKR. Its gorgeous proportions broadcast to the world that you're one sexy beast--and the maniacal whine from its supercharger make sure the peasants all run for cover. Oh, and it masks the slurping sounds coming from the fuel tank.
2nd Place: Mercedes SL Convertible
(EPA 11/18 to 13/21: Combined 14-16 mpg)
0806 05z+2009 Mercedes Benz SL550+front Three Quarters View
The SL is the surprise of the bunch -- while it certainly looks rich, we wouldn't have thought it was a much of a guzzler as it is. With engines ranging in size from a 5.5-liter V-8 to a 6.0-liter V-12, we shouldn't be surprised.
Even the base SL is powerful enough to suck its tank dry at a shocking rate, but if you're looking for gross excess, it would have to be the V-12 cars (SL600 and SL65 AMG), both of which manage only 11 mpg in the city. Now that's fabulous excess.
1st Place: Bentley Azure
(EPA 9/15: Combined 12 mpg)
0806 02z+2008 Bentley Azure Convertible+top Three Quarters View
6.8 liters, eight cylinders, a couple of turbochargers and 6000 lb of luxury to move around? That's a recipe for conspicuous consumption, and the $330,990 Bentley delivers in spades. With the only single-digit city fuel economy here, there's no quicker way than to suck the oil wells dry.
Well, okay, the Bugatti Veyron might actually use more fuel, but since it's not a convertible, the peasants fighting for crumbs on the street won't be able to see your face as clearly.


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