The Daily Caller
by Arman Barari
Newport Convertible Engineering started out in this business chopping off the roof of SUVs like Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne. They gained a name for themselves due to the utter horridness of their products. These days, however, they are more focused on projects that make a bit of sense, and it shows in the number of orders they are receiving.
The American firm announced they have received 100 orders for their finest creation yet, the Tesla Model S Convertible. And they are all placed by the same customer! There is, apparently, a Chinese gentleman who thinks there is a market for the drop-top Tesla, and he wants to dominate it. In his defense, NCE has done a good job of turning the Model S into an open-top car.
Turning a four-door, four-seater into a convertible is a challenge both in terms of design and structure. They are too long and have too many pillars, and they usually end up looking quite dreadful. We’re not sure about the structural rigidity of NCE Model S Cabrio, but it sure is easy on the eyes.
Tesla Model S Convertible by NCE is quite a pricey proposition, as the conversion alone costs $29,000. That is if you want a soft-top. NCE can also supplies a removable hardtop, but that will set you back nearly 50 grand. The production of the 100 convertibles will soon get underway at NCE’s headquarters.
Tesla Model S gets not-quite-official makeover as a convertible
BY TIMOTHY J. SEPPALA @TIMSEPPALA APRIL 15TH 2014, AT 2:46:00 AM ET
Let’s say you love everything about the Tesla Model S except its static roof. Well, Newport Convertible Engineering wants to help fix that. The aftermarket company has announced that it’s received an order for 100 of its new droptop conversions from a Chinese investor, and tells Autoblog that it’s reached out to Tesla to put an additional 5,000 units into production to help meet expected demand. The conversion kit isn’t cheap, however. You still have to supply your own Model S, too. But hey, $100,000 (or more) is a small price to pay for having the possibly greenest — and safest — rag-top on the road, right?
The world’s hottest-selling electric car just got cool upgrade just in time for summer thanks to Newport Convertible Engineering, which is offering both soft and hard-top convertible conversions for the Tesla Model S.
Interested parties have to supply their own Model S, for which there’s been a lengthy waiting list since the car’s debut, but NCE recently announced it’s requested assistance from Tesla to pick up 5,000 units to meet demand.
According to NCE the company’s been working with Tesla directly to perfect the mod for the last six months, and an investor from China has already placed an order for 100 converted models. An official partnership announcement is expected Friday.
While the modification will no doubt be perfect for green freaks cruising the highway with mother nature’s breath in their hair, nuts beware – according to TechCrunch, such mods often require extensive body work resulting in extra weight, which could put a bit of a drag on Tesla’s notable speed, acceleration, and significant battery-pack weight.
Production is slated to begin July 2014 at NCE locations in California, Dubai and Barcelona.
Tags: Model S, Tesla
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