Tesla Model S Convertible Is Fugly

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 21

Yuck!

Tesla Model S Convertible

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!

Drop Top Tesla

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21 responses to "Tesla Model S Convertible Is Fugly"

  1. Alaa says:

    I agree with you. I am not impressed either.

  2. Ash09 says:

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

  3. Jelloslug says:

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

  4. CDAVIS says:

    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.

  5. ggpa says:

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

  6. Anon says:

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

    1. wavelet says:

      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.

  7. 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)

    1. Lensman says:

      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.

  8. Roy LeMeur says:

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

  9. EVer says:

    why why why why why why why

  10. James says:

    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.

  11. Nix says:

    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

    1. reguest says:

      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.

  12. Foo says:

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

  13. Speculawyer says:

    Looks fine with the top down.

    1. Anon says:

      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.

  14. QCO says:

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

  15. ja says:

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

  16. ja says:

    MY LAST POST!

  17. manbitesgas says:

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