I started the day out in “sunroof” mode but that soon changed to full drop-top mode once I realized it was a balmy 58F. The morning drive down Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive was just incredible. The sun was burning off last night's fog and it created a bright hazy feel that was just surreal. And the MCS Convertible was definitely a standout cruising along in the far left lane. We had three in the car, top down and windows up and were easily able to carry on a conversation at speeds around 50 mph.


The optional Harmon Kardon sound system certainly adds to the experience as well. To my ears the HK sounded well worth the money considering it's a factory option as well as part of the Premium pack in the US. And with the added ability to play MP3 discs the only possible thing lacking is some type of iPod support – which should be coming soon.

I also found the sunroof mode for the convertible top is a surprisingly effective choice on cool days. It manages to open almost the entire roof that would be in your typical field of vision. With the windows down and the sunroof open one gets the feeling of almost being in full drop-top mode. It's been said before that this option is really more of a gimmick than anything. I can't disagree more. I'd suspect that we'll see similar designs on other convertibles in the future.