Tesla Model S Convertible Is Fugly

APR 16 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 21

Here are the first decent images of the Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) Tesla Model S soft-top convertible – and we aren’t terribly impressed.

The conversion isn’t cheap.  You supply the car, NCE charges the following for the conversion:

  • Ragtop conversion priced at $29,000 
  • Hard tonneau cover conversion priced at $49,000
More Yuck!

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I agree with you. I am not impressed either.

Wow, so the conversion costs nearly as much as the car does. And it makes it uglier.

I’m sure it does not change the structural integrity of the car what so ever…

I like the looks of the Model S convertible. It would be a great build option Tesla to offer & Tesla could likely offer it at a much lower cost than an aftermarket install.

The Tesla sunroof is sufficient for most people. I doubt many folks will go for this conversion, even if it cost less.

Maybe on the next refresh of Model S, Tesla may then decide to offer different physical configurations, like a native-built convertible?

Maybe when they’re selling north of 500K cars a year (mostly of Model 3s) — otherwise it makes both engineering and production extremely complex.
Convertibles in general are an ultra-niche.

Any details on how the soft-top effects efficiency and range with the top up/down?

How is road noise with the soft-top?
(in up position)

Driving with the top down would certainly increase the air turbulence, and thus the wind resistance; hence the range would be lower. Seems unlikely Tesla Motors would choose to offer this option themselves, at least not so long a range anxiety remains a concern.

Even with the top up, the aerodynamics are altered, so it would likely affect the range a bit. Probably not that much, though.

Not completely horrible with the top up. Need eye bleach with the top down.

why why why why why why why

If you are a man with bad taste and $150k burning a hole in your pocket, and the gold chain store won’t be open until Monday, then rush out an buy a convertible Model S right now:

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/ctd/4952088510.html

Of course someone has one here, because Scottsdale is the capital of large sums of money combined with terrible taste.

Haters are gonna hate hearing this, but the Fisker Sunset would have been by far much better looking

http://jalopnik.com/5129546/fisker-karma-s-sunset-worlds-first-hybrid-convertible

I hate to say it, but you’re right. That being said, one has to take into account that the fisker sunset was designed from the ground up to be a convertible. The tesla is receiving an aftermarket mod. It is not an apples to apples (or oranges to oranges) comparison. It is more an apples to basketball comparison.

Greaaaaat, give the most advanced car of our time an old-timey “horse and buggy” look.

Looks fine with the top down.

Agree! Maybe it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I like it, and I like the idea of the breeze while cruising even better.

I’ll wait for the Superleggera…. (which I really hope is coming!)

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What were you expecting? It’s a four-door convertible. You can’t make that design work unless the back end is super long.