After months of rumors and long forum threads on fan sites, it’s official: from this fall, you’ll be able to buy the iconic Tesla Model S as a convertible drop top or a two-door coupe.
That’s the news from world-renowned body specialists Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE), which announced yesterday that it will offer the Tesla Model S in soft-top convertible, hard-top convertible, and two-door coupe variants.
Known for its bespoke coachwork skills, NCE has chopped the top off everything from a Toyota Prius and Ford Explorer to a Maybach Laudaulet and a Rolls Royce Phantom. Its bodywork skills aren’t limited to rag-tops either: in fact, the Californian-based company also offers a six-wheel drive AMG G63 6X6 and two-door convertible Range Rover among its list of built-to-order vehicles.
In its official press release announcing its latest addition to its ‘Green’ range of vehicles — which also includes a Cadillac ELR convertible — NCE said it had originally hoped to buy 5,000 vehicles direct from Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA], carrying out the conversions on brand-new vehicles and then selling them on as 2015 models. Due to high global demand for the Model S however, NCE says for now customers who want the conversions will have to order their cars first, then ship it to NCE for conversion.
Depending on what you’d like NCE to do with your Tesla Model S, prices range from $29,000 for turning a standard Model S sedan into a four-door soft-top convertible through to an massive $80,000 for converting it into a two-door hard boot convertible.
Unlike Tesla itself, which currently builds all Model S cars at its Fremont factory, the NCE conversion can be carried out at NCE facilities in Huntington Beach, California; Barcelona, Spain; or Dubai, UAE.
As with all NCE conversions, the its Tesla conversions come with the standard five-year warranty on all modifications and have been designed to ensure that the Model S retains as much its legendary five-star crash test rating as possible — although it is worth noting that however well designed, convertibles do pose additional safety risks in certain types of accident due to the loss of a rigid roof structure.
Here at Transport Evolved, we’re not sure what we make of the concept of a two-door Tesla Convertible, especially when the original Model S sedan comes with an optional panoramic glass roof — but what do you think? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.
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Ever since Tesla Motors dropped the Roadster, the Palo Alto-based EV manufacturer’s range lacked a two-door model. But that’ll soon change thanks to the talented engineers from Newport Convertible Engineering.
For a number of decades now, the Californian tuner made its fame and fortune by hacking the roof off cars you wouldn’t have ever imagined in topless guise. Two conversions come to mind: the surprisingly dignified two-door Range Rover Convertible and a neat Porsche Panamera Convertible.However, the recently found commercial success wasn’t enough to keep NCE at bay. As a matter of fact, engineers came up with an “less is more” evolution of the Tesla Model S Convertible conversion. Yup, you’ve guessed it – the four-door convertible sedan had two of its doors deleted. We admit, the new design won us over.
According to a manufacturer statement, “Newport Convertible Engineering has been working on these projects since last year. Based on a four-door Tesla Model S, front doors will be extended for more comfort and ease. Two-door convertible driving will be the ultimate green vehicle of our time.”
Just like its four-door sibling, the new conversion will be built Stateside, in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, with production starting this fall. The first batch will consist of 600 Tesla Model S Coupe conversions and 600 units of the Tesla Model S Coupe Convertible.
By Luke Ottawa G