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Old 01-14-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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Can anybody think of any modern roadster-type cars? I'm not talking about topless cars, but sporty two-seaters along the lines of the old Toyota MR2 cars.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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The upcoming Toyota FT-86 is probably about as close as you're going to find to that type of car. Some other ones I can think of would be the Nissan Z and the Audi TT. Of those the TT is probably the closest.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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Roadster is a topless two seater, so a Mazda MX-5, basically the definition of what you are looking for. There's also a Honda S2000, but they stopped production in 2009, so used is your best bet. Still a pure roadster, but slightly larger and more powerful than an MX-5.

For a sporty two seat coupe, there's the Lotus Elise, Hyundai Genesis, the upcoming Toyota FT or Subaru... there's not much really. There are plenty of larger coupes like the 370Z, Mustang, Camaro, etc.

Maybe you can clarify what you want - roadster or two-seat sports car?
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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I'm thinking more along the lines of a two-seater car, or perhaps very small back seats. I do like the Mazdas, but they are convertibles, and I don't think I could tolerate the noise levels that come with convertibles. Perhaps the hard top would be quieter.

I've just discovered the BMW 1. It looks interesting and is close to what I have in mind.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Corvette?
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Add Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky to the list.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The Mazda MX-5 is available in a metal hardtop convertible version. I haven't ridden in one, but the reviews say it is very solid, quieter than the soft top, and only adds 100 lbs to the vehicle.

If you have the money, the Porsche Boxter and Cayman are good choices.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I'd suggest the BMW Z4 or the Mercedes SLK and SL.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I think the BMW 1 series is a car with some very awkward proportions. It's not much smaller or cheaper than a 3 series either so you might as well go with the better looking car.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Cue pedant entering thread to offer "correct" definition of roadster in 5... 4... 3...
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