“I’m not dead yet, I’m getting better!” No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment! Don’t let the fact that there is a 2016 VW Eos on sale now for $4,000 less than previous years. It’s dead and it would seem only spiders and targas stand to survive the Hardtopocalypse!

*Side note, does anyone else hate when people place “-ocalypse” at the end of words in order to form something that’s impossible to say out loud?

With reports that the upcoming Z5 and AMG developed SL-Class will be softtops, it’s unlikely many other manufacturers will bother with the R&D. I mean come on, if even BMW and Mercedes aren’t offering a bodystyle then you know it’s as good as gone! Combine all this with the fact that it doesn’t seem like Audi (TT/A5), Lexus (RC), Cadillac (ATS), Infiniti (Q60), Buick (Cascada), Chrysler (200), or even Ferrari (California T) have plans to build a future front-engined hardtop, the life support system seems to be flatlining. I’d be surprised to see a hardtop in the future or after this generation of SLC-Class and 4-Series, not to mention anything from Fiat, MINI, or smart.

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That all said, we know the Wrangler will be the only convertible SUV we approve of (sorry Evoque). So if you want a brand new hardtop convertible in 2020, then expect that engine to be behind you. That or you can always go with the answer that’s always correct...