JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR SELECTED ‘CONVERTIBLE OF THE YEAR’ AT ANNUAL TOPLESS IN MIAMI COMPETITIONKEY BISCAYNE,
 

JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR SELECTED ‘CONVERTIBLE OF THE YEAR’ AT ANNUAL TOPLESS IN MIAMI COMPETITIONKEY BISCAYNE,

 Fla. (June 1) — The Jaguar F-Type SVR, a new trim level for the roadster for 2017, was selected as “Convertible of the Year” in SAMA’s seventh annual Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz competition conducted Thursday with the Key Biscayne Ritz-Carlton Resort serving once again as event headquarters.

With its stunning design and performance, the 575-horsepower beast also was the winner of the “High Performance” class, edging the 718 Boxster S from Porsche in judging by SAMA members.

Though Jaguar had had class winning entries in past competitions with the Jaguar XKR winning the Exotic class in 2013 and XKR-S the Luxury category in 2012, it was the firsttime the legendary British marque had taken top honors in the event that had been dominated by entries from German manufacturers.Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Audi each had seen their products recognized twice for the honor in the previous six competitions.

 

 

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This was far far the largest field for the event with 25 entries in all including vehicles offering an “open air” driving experience through panoramic moon and sun roofs.

Other winners in the convertible division were the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn (Exotic/Super Luxury); 2017 AMG C63 S Cabriolet from Mercedes-Benz (Luxury), 2018Nissan 370Z (Performance Roadster), 2017 Ford Mustang (Full-Size), and 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth (Small).

It was a second class win for both the 370Z and Mustang, which were judged No. 1 in their classes in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Winners in the Panoramic division were the 2017 Bentley Bentayga (Super Luxury), 2018 Lexus LC500h (Luxury), 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti (Affordable), and 2017 Infiniti QX30 (Value).

Other convertibles in the competition were the Audi A5, Mazda MX-5 RF and MX-5 Miata, Buick Cascada, and Volkswagen Beetle.Competing in the Panoramic division were the BMW M760i, Cadillac CT6, Audi Q7, KiaK900, Volkswagen Atlas, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Nissan Murano, Jeep Compass, and MINI Cooper Countryman.