Posted: 19 Jul 2013
Newport Convertible Engineering reveals the Range Rover Convertible
International News, Land Rover, / By Jonathan James Tan / 30 July 2013 9:11 am
Range Rover Convertible by Newport
If you yearn badly for an open-topped SUV (yes, like the many millions out there), can’t wait for the recently-confirmed Range Rover Evoque Convertible
and don’t quite fancy the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, US coachbuilder Newport Convertible Engineering has for you a few tricks up its sleeve.
First up, the Range Rover Convertible, which Newport wants to put into production next month.
Based on the current fourth-gen Autobiography model, the premium SUV gets a powered soft top and a tonneau cover.
We can’t say we’re fond of how it looks with the roof up (just look at that tiny cut-out rear window),
and that contrasting colour has little to do with it. No prices have been revealed yet, but Newport says it will be distributed through selected dealerships around the world.
Apparently, it has received nearly 50 orders from Rangie owners who want the wind in their hair.
NCE will Design and Engineer your Rang Rover to a Power top convertible!
Newport Convertible Engineering was the first US coach builder that designed, engineered and distributed limited Range Rover Convertibles throughout the world!
Newport Convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and engineers authentic convertible tops on all brands of automobiles. NCE has recieved world wide recognition for their original convertible designs, especially on Range Rover convertibles.
To date, the Range Rover has been honored with over ninety international awards. This global success has spawned a new concept with an interesting twist: a premium convertible SUV. Introducing the Range Rover Convertible by NCE, continues the exploration of new territory in the World of Land Rover.
The Range Rover by NCE lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution – instead we have worked with the balance of the Range Rover lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable.
The soft-top Range Rover by NCE features a fully retractable premium roof system. NCE’s Range Rover convertible cleverly joins capability and versatility in a package that is unmistakably Land Rover. Key characteristics including a sports command driving position and all-terrain capability firmly link this study in design back to its hard-top heritage.
Classically, Land Rover has been about the best way to explore roads, trails and untracked surfaces of all kinds. Now exploration continues… upward.
Whether you like it or not, many automakers are currently debating convertible SUVs targeted towards a very niche section of the automobile market. While 4×4 diehards would understandably argue that SUVs should be used for light off-roading and shifting cargo rather than baking in the sun with, reports recently emerged that theRange Rover Evoque Convertible would in fact hit the production line next year.
Just prior to those rumors, Newport Convertible Engineering produced a unique 2013 Range Rover Autobiography Convertible to showcase how such a luxurious four-wheel drive would look like with a folding soft-top. Unlike the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, this 2013 Range Rover Autobiography Convertible maintains the four doors of the regular car as well as the rear windows.
The 2013 Range Rover Autobiography Convertible then features a beige folding hard top which incorporates a small window at the rear. While this certainly sounds very impressive on paper,
With the being said, the 2013 Range Rover Autobiography Convertible would work well for wealthy African safari tour companies or perhaps celebrities with no sense of style and wanting to stand out from the crowd of other Range Rover’s owned by many Hollywood stars.
But that’s not the case with the drop-top Range Rover one-off created by California-based Newport Convertible Engineering. When the folding fabric roof is lowered, it leaves the rear windows and B-pillars standing proud… and we don’t like the angular, decapitated look one little bit. Some cars don’t lend themselves easily to ‘convertibilisation’ – or whatever the word is – and a no-nonsense off-roader is one of them. It takes, at the very least, the R&D infrastructure and design prowess of a company such as Land Rover to have a chance of making it work and, in our opinion, the gloriously macho lines of the Range Rover Autobiography should be left unsullied, except by the experts. Otherwise, it risks looking like a heavyweight boxer in a pink tutu.
Wednesday 31st July
US coachbuilders fly in the face of good taste and engineering to hack the roof off
Of all the aftermarket modifications you’ll see besmirching the new Range Rover surely few will top this one.
California-based Newport Convertible Engineering has made its name angle-grinding the roof of a variety of innocent machines (see its website for such beauties as the Chrysler 300 and Toyota FJ) and this is its latest.In an email, NCE told us it has taken them four months to create this car, although subsequent customer cars will be finished in around six weeks.We’ve seen Range Rover preview an Evoque convertible that’s still at concept stage at the moment. That did look reasonably attractive as a drop-top, but the NCE L405 soft-top resembles a Top Gear challenge car to be honest.In beige the hood is more sun hat than roof, with the rear section draped almost like a neck protector. That pathetically small rear window won’t help visibility much either.
Elegant storage solution for the roof…
The situation doesn’t improve much with the roof down. Though it retracts electrically, the storage compartment looks rather rudimentary and ungainly, especially with so much of the normal car in place.According to NCE, demand for a Range convertible has gone ‘through the roof’ (ho, ho) but said it faced a few challenges when dealing with the aluminium structure. Fortunately though, all the ‘satellite navigation, over-head console, sun visors and audio’ remain. Phew. NCE reckons it has customers in the UK so please, camera on the ready the next time you’re car-spotting in London.
by Adam Lynton
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If you yearn badly for an open-topped SUV (yes, like the many millions out there), can’t wait for the recently-confirmed Range Rover Evoque Convertible and don’t quite fancy the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, US coachbuilder Newport Convertible Engineering has for you a few tricks up its sleeve.
First up, the Range Rover Convertible, which Newport wants to put into production next month. Based on thecurrent fourth-gen Autobiography model, the premium SUV gets a powered soft top and a tonneau cover.
We can’t say we’re fond of how it looks with the roof up (just look at that tiny cut-out rear window), and that contrasting colour has little to do with it. No prices have been revealed yet, but Newport says it will be distributed through selected dealerships around the world. Apparently, it has received nearly 50 orders from Rangie owners who want the wind in their hair.
Or you could plump for the Porsche Cayenne Convertible, which is based on the original first-gen car. This one looks particularly headless with the roof and all windows down, and that structural B-pillar creates a targa-top look, so you can tell your friends you’re driving a Porsche Targa. It also gets a powered soft top and a tonneau cover.
The Porsche Cayenne Convertible can also be specified with grainy wood trim on the bonnet and doors – reminiscent of those American ‘woodie’ wagons from the late-1970s. Clearly, there’s no accounting for taste.
Believe it or not, these guys have been building custom convertibles for over three decades – they’ve lopped the tops off many vehicles including the Hummer H3, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jaguar XJ, Aston Martin Rapide S,Toyota Prius (now you’re truly at one with nature), Mercedes S-Class, Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru WRX STI andBMW X6. See more of their topless wonders at their website here.