California Company Taking Tesla Model S Topless
We here at BoldRide find that any car– even a crappy one– can be improved by the addition of a convertible top. Example: Chrysler LeBaron versus LeBaron Convertible. See what we did there? So would this theory apply to the all-electric Tesla Model S? You decide. The convertible conversion you see here was performed by Newport Convertible Engineering of California. 100 examples were commissioned by a Chinese investor, and the order is a mix of soft convertible tops, and retractable hard tops. The soft top is $29,000 and the hard top is $49,000– on top of the price of the Tesla Model S, which starts at $49,000. PHOTOS: See more images of the Tesla Model S
In conventional form, the Model S is one of the safest cars to ever be crash-tested by the NHTSA, but we imagine the removal of the roof will have a serious impact on that safety. If you note from the photo below, there appears to be a deployable roll bar behind the rear seats. This type of safety structure has proven effective in cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.
PHOTOS: See images of the Tesla Model R Concept
Despite that safety measure, it is unlikely we would ever see these vehicles actually driving on American roads. NCE reached out to Tesla directly, requesting that the two companies collaborate on another 5,000 convertibles. According to Digital Trends, Tesla said there were no plans for a convertible, but that they are, “very focused on developing Model X,” which is the brand’s forthcoming crossover.
PHOTOS: See more images of the Tesla Model X