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Maxim's RPM Awards: The 16 Best Cars of 2013

BEST TOPLESS CARS
 
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
For nearly 100 years, Bentley has been turning out one incredible machine after another, and with the introduction of the Continental GT Speed—the fastest four-seat convertible on the planet—the English car manufacturer can be crowned king of the ultra-luxury sports car world. With its Goliath twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine, it’s like one big, gorgeous middle finger to all the other car manufacturers.
 
Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to fly—albeit two feet off the ground in a seated position—hop into one of these. With 583 German horses at your disposal, this powerful wonder commands your foot to hit the gas hard at any given opportunity. (It’ll make it all the way to just under 200 mph.) Put the top down, hit the open road, and just try to resist belting out “Life Is a Highway.” 
 
Mini Cooper S Convertible
We’ve been telling women for years that bigger isn’t always better. It seems that the good folks at Mini couldn’t agree more. Strapped with a free-revving 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 181 horses, this little puppy moves. Combine that with some of the tightest handling in the game and you’ve got a car that’s quick, agile, and a total blast to pilot…despite the fact that you look like a character from Mario Kart.
 
BEST FOUR-DOORS

Aston Martin Rapide S

You did everything they ever told you to do. You went to college. You got a job. You met a girl, married her, and produced 2.5 kids. Now, assuming your first job was at a start-up that went public and you made some serious, serious bank, the time has come to reward yourself. Besides its angelic design, crazy speed, and beyond luxuriously appointed interior, the Rapide S is also one of the most exclusive cars in the world. You did us proud, boy!
 
Spec Check
Base Price: $199,950
Engine: 5.9-liter V-12
Horsepower: 550
Torque: 457 lb.-ft.
0–60: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 190 mph
 
Audi RS7
Germans love high-performance auto divisions almost as much as they love poo-poo porn. BMW has M, Mercedes has AMG, and Audi has RS, or its “Racing Sport” wing. The souped-up version of its A7 five-door hatchback truly delivers on both the “R” and the “S.” A comically powerful 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8 churns out an unholy 560 horses. Did you just poo-poo yourself? Film it!
 
Mazda6 2.2L Clean Diesel
Like crack, diesels developed a bad rep back in the '80s. They were slow, made weird noises, and put out more stinky exhaust than a contestant at a burrito-eating contest. Well, times have changed. Today’s diesels are clean, get hybrid-like mileage, and have sick torque. Our favorite example sits in the Mazda6, a sleek, affordable sedan that gets about 40 mpg and, rumor has it, 310 lb.-ft. of twist. 

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