And at speed, there was hardly any of the wind buffeting inherent in soft-top convertibles. That reminds me of the T-Tops retrofitted onto American coupes 20 years ago. Overall though, when the top's in place and the windows are up, the del Sol is a nice little sports coupe with plenty of interior room. This del Sol really hauls. .
And in the case of the del Sol, the top's not much more than a removable center section of the roof. It has cruise control, too, but I've always felt a little uneasy using it. To go topless, I just flipped two inside levers, then stowed the panel away in a rack built into the trunklid. And without a turbocharger, too. So when it comes down to it, I prefer sports cars that are less encumbered with fancy stuff.
I've never been really happy with a removable hard top. And I have to admit that while the power sliding rear window is pretty slick, that idea was found on some American cars more than 30 years ago. I did think the seats were a bit low - but after climbing inside and stretching my legs, it felt like my favorite sports car position. Also, I loved taking the top panel off to get some sunshine. But once it gets spinning, a second intake system kicks in and the engine screams all the way to 8000 rpms.
My old roadsters always had soft-tops, side curtains, and knock-off wire wheels, and we always froze during winter because the heaters rarely worked. In addition, the disc brakes are larger than the ones found on the 125-horse Si version. The process became so easy, I was even taking it off when it was cold outside. . . .
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