Newport Convertible Engineering Tesla Model S Coupe and Convertible Lose Doors, Add Swag
The fact that the Tesla Model S is propelled solely by electricity isn’t remarkable; there are lots of other electric cars on the market today. No, what’s remarkable about the Model S is that it manages to be such a complete, cohesive vehicle that’s full of clever ideas (e.g. the batteries and motor placed under the floor allowing for two huge trunks). Unfortunately, its five-door hatchback body style isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Not all potential Tesla buyers desperately need an easily-accessible back seat or rear cargo area.
Enter Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE to its friends). For 31 years, this coachbuilding firm currently headquartered in Huntington Beach, California has been removing the roofs from luxury sedans, modern muscle cars, SUVs, and even green cars like the Toyota Prius. So it’s hardly surprising that NCE already offered a four-door convertible conversion for the Model S; what is surprising is that NCE has announced two additional custom versions of the American electric luxury car. The first is a two-door convertible that, like the four-door, features a folding fabric roof. The second is a hardtop coupe that retains the stock fastback silhouette, but lengthens the front doors, fills in the rear doors, and does away with the B-pillar.
Naturally, all this fabrication work is going to cost you. Newport Convertible Engineering will charge $35,000 for a coupe conversion, $25,000 for a 2-door convertible with a soft boot (the bit that covers the top when it’s down), and $45,000 for a 2-door convertible with a hard boot. The company says it will only build 600 coupes and 600 convertibles at its three facilities (Huntington Beach, Barcelona and Dubai) starting this fall, but if you want one, we suggest you get in line pronto.
Source: Newport Convertible Engineering