Some cars suit having their roof lobbed off to become a convertible; Aston Martin Volantes, the Toyota GT86 convertible for instance. Some, however, make you want to bleach your eyes.
One prime example of the latter is the Range Rover. The folks at Newport Convertible Engineering in the US decided to see what a 2013 Range Rover Autobiography would look like with a soft top. The result, as you can imagine, is terrifying.
With the top down, it looks as if the driver recently ignored a maximum height sign and with the roof up, well let’s just say the British built 4×4 suits canvas roofing about as well as Susan Boyle does to a bikini. At least the design looks like it would maintain some rigidity, though.
As you’ve undoubtedly guessed, Newport Convertible Engineering specialises in turning cars into convertibles ─ some with much better results than others. The Honda NSX is certainly tempting, as is the Porsche Panamera, while the Land Rover Defender relies on its rugged charms to survive stylistically unscathed.
We’ve yet to hear back how much the work costs for the Range Rover but t give you an idea of pricing, turning a Chevrolet Camaro into a topless wonder costs US$16,000. For that, you get a reinforced windshield frame, roof pillars, undercarriage and rear seatback area.
As things stand the convertible Range Rover is merely a concept. However, Range Rover has reportedly given the convertible Evoque the green light, according to an unnamed What Car source, so it might not be long until we see that car on the road.
To be fair, the slightly less bulky and boxy Evoque may just get away with it, largely thanks to its lower profile. This thing on the other hand needs to be put out of its misery. Quickly.
Source and images: AutoBlog