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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21 Comments on "Tesla Model S Convertible Is Fugly"

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Alaa
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Alaa

I agree with you. I am not impressed either.

Ash09
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Ash09

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

Jelloslug
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Jelloslug

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

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

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.

ggpa
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ggpa

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

Anon
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Anon

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

wavelet
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wavelet

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.

Brian_Henderson
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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)

Lensman
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Lensman

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.

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

EVer
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EVer

why why why why why why why

James
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James

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.

Nix
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Nix

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

reguest
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reguest

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.

Foo
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Foo

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

Speculawyer
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Speculawyer

Looks fine with the top down.

Anon
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Anon

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.

QCO
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QCO

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

ja
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ja

***mod edit***
Please don’t use all caps for comments and circumvent the profanity filter. Thanks.
***mod edit***

ja
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ja

MY LAST POST!

manbitesgas
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manbitesgas

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