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18 Jul 2018

Picture the scene: You’ve just had the surprise of a lifetime as Christian turns up at your office and tells you that you’ve won a brand new Audi TT-RS Roadster, all 400hp of all-wheel-drive, 5-pot turbo engine goodness. And there was £20,000 in the boot as well because you were clever enough to tick that box. However, after going to the local Audi dealer and placing the order the realisation sets in that there’s a 2 month wait for the car to be built to your exact specification.

But worry not! Because you bought a ticket this week from our selection of Convertibles Plus Holiday! That’s right, for two of those agonising weeks you’ll forget all about your TT-RS being built because you’ll be on a two week road trip around the Capital region of the good old US of A. That’s the TT-RS though, we also have a trip to the Italian GP, a long weekend in Dubai and a Spanish driving tour. Absolute winner! Here are the cars and holidays we have on offer this week:

Mercedes C63-S Cabriolet + VIP Italian Grand Prix Trip

The old Mercedes C63 AMG was a very popular car, but you could never really call it pretty. Purposeful, yes, but not pretty. So for the new model Mercedes has decided to take the glamorous S-Class Cabriolet and stick it on a hot wash. The new C-Class Cabriolet gets the big brother’s rear end with slim lights and a pert tail, while the front gets the new corporate look. But this is the C63S AMG, the top of the tree, so it has huge intakes, wider arches, bigger wheels and oh yes, a 503bhp 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 giving serious performance and an even more serious exhaust noise. Add in a stylish, luxurious interior and the new C63S takes the BMW M4 and beats it hands down in every category. Oh and did we mention that this is the Cabriolet? That means there’s a lovely folding fabric roof that is snug and warm when up, but drop it and you have access to the sun and more importantly there’s nothing but air between your ears and those four exhaust pipes which are emitting a frankly rude V8 exhaust note. We’ll take one in vibrant blue please. Of course, with this Mercedes you also get a VIP Italian Grand Prix trip for two! This is THE essential holiday for all Formula 1 fanatics!

Jaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Convertible + Dubai Long Weekend

Jaguar launched the F-Type in 2013 to critical acclaim, and when the Coupe was launched a year later the world fell in love all over again as somehow it was even more beautiful than the convertible. The sleek roofline tapering to that pert back end just worked so well that it was instantly regarded as one of the most beautiful cars on sale. As with the convertible there was a range of V6 and V8 engines, but Jaguar had to move with the times so with 2017’s facelift they made one of their most controversial moves yet – they gave the F-Type a 4-cylinder engine! To give them credit this engine is quite a good one – a 2.0 litre turbo producing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, so it still has great performance and also offers good economy and emissions. But the F-Type always has one thing over the rivals – the noise – so does the 4-cyl model deliver the aural experience? Thankfully so, with a gruff, throaty exhaust note with all the pops and bangs you’d expect. This being the Convertible you get uninterrupted access to that fantastic noise too! Perfect for the summer. But along with this fantastic F-Type you also get one of the coolest holidays around – a long weekend in the stunning city of Dubai!

Audi TT-RS Roadster + 2 Week US Road Trip

The Audi TT is one of the most recognisable and iconic cars on sale over the last 20 years – the combination of style, practicality and quality have helped it become a massive sales success. So Audi had a really tough job making this third generation. The styling takes more cues from the Mk1, it's lighter than before and brimming with tech including a TFT instrument panel that will blow your mind. But this new TT-RS model takes the TT into supercar territory – the all-new 2.5 litre turbo 5-cylinder engine is 25kg lighter than before and puts out an amazing 395bhp, which with the AWD system and dual clutch gearbox means the 0-62mph dash is taken care of in a staggering 3.9 seconds. That’s as fast as the original R8 V10! The exhaust note is incredible too, with an off-beat 5-cylinder warble combined with a snarling, viscous snarl when you floor the throttle – and of course a lot of pops and crackles on the overrun that are even more amusing and loud because this is the RS Roadster. So with a press of a button the fabric roof folds away giving you the wind in your hair and that exhaust note direct to your ears. But now you’ve got your new car, how about a fancy holiday to add to the excitement?

Mini JCW Convertible + Week-long Spanish Tour

In 2001 Mini was relaunched, with the Cooper S winning hearts throughout the media and public for its blend of cute yet classy styling, tight handling and great performance. 16 years later we’re now in the third generation of Mini and we have this – the John Cooper Works Convertible. The JCW models sit above the Cooper S, with a more focused drive, more power and more aggressive looks and this model is no exception. There’s a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine up front producing 228bhp, a deep front bumper with jutting intakes and vents, a set of 18-inch alloys and in this particular case a folding fabric roof. That engine sends its power to the front wheels, but the exhaust gases exit via a couple of pipes in the rear bumper that emit the most hilariously rude, barking noise. The fact that you can have unfiltered access to that sound via the dropped roof is all the better, and you can destroy your favourite back roads with the sun on your face. And what better way to enjoy your new Convertible Mini than on a Spanish Tour?

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These prizes are only in the lineup until midnight on Sunday though, so get them wile you can!

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