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Raise the Roof

These models give you good reasons to drive around with the top down.

This story appears in the September 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

An Indian summer is a great excuse to invest in a performance convertible. Two premium pop-tops that drive business cares away are 's $55,720 S4 Cabriolet and Lexus' $63,500 SC 430, while Chrysler debuts its $34,960 Crossfire Roadster.

The S4 Cabriolet's classic architecture, V-8 engine and all-wheel-drive add up to a comfortable ride. Twisty roads? High-speed highways? This Audi's high rigidity, precise steering, stability control system and exceptional crash protection take road conditions in stride. The automatic top folds away at the push of a button. The 4.2-liter engine has 340 horsepower whether you buy the six-speed or optional automatic transmission. Inside, leather bucket seats provide substantial side support. Features include ABS and 12-way power seats. A navigation system, heated seats and a garage door opener cost extra.

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