Here comes the summer...
DESPITE ample evidence to the contrary - torrential rain, hailstorms, gale force winds, the traditional start of summer, that sort of thing - convertible season is well and truly upon us, writes William Scholes.
What better time, then, to launch a tasty new soft top? Something like Alfa Romeo's delectable 4C Spider, perhaps?
As with the equally lovely looking coupe, you get a modest sounding 1750cc four-cylinder engine which punches out 237bhp and 258lb/ft.
Plumbed into a stiff, lightweight carbon fibre chassis, that's enough to propel the 4C Spider to 160mph and from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.
Underlining the Alfa's performance credentials are the ability to generate 1.1g of lateral acceleration and 1.25g of braking deceleration.
Naturally, all this doesn't come cheap - 4C Spider prices start at 59,500, which is also top-of-the-range Porsche Boxster money and Jaguar F-Type V6 territory.
And where those cars are known quantities, the 4C has thus far been deemed too exotic and complex by Alfa Romeo to be given a Northern Ireland test.
Until we get to try it properly on our roads, I'd stick with the F-Type or Boxster.