Tesla Model S convertible: the world’s most powerful all-electric open-top?
The roof-removing ladies and gentleman at Newport Convertible Engineering in California are up to their tricks again. This time, the all-electric Tesla Model S has been turned into a convertible. The end result, as you can see, is pretty spectacular.
Reports say it took Newport Convertible Engineering, which specialises in turning just about any vehicle into a convertible, six months of work with Tesla to perfect the Model S modification.
A ‘mere’ US$29,000 (£17,270) Newport Convertible Engineering will turn your Model S (not supplied) into a breezy soft-top, while US$49,000 (£29,185) gets you a folding hard-top version. Both require fairly extensive work done on the vehicle frame, which means you can expect more weight. Handling and performance, therefore, suffer.
Usually the lack of a roof makes it easier to enjoy the engine note, but obviously the Tesla Model S is a silent beast save for the rumble of rubber on tarmac and the supercharger-esque whine of the electric motor doing its thing. At least you will easily hear people’s
disdain appreciation as you glide on past.
Already an investor in China has put down an order for 100 conversions, which suggests there is a real thirst for an electric sports car convertible. Maybe Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk should consider making it an official option?
The Tesla Model S is on show at a store at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London. An entry-level 60kWh model with a range of 240 miles starts from £49,900. A top-spec Model S Performance 85kWh has a range of 300 miles and a 0 to 62mph time of 4.2 seconds.