Nobody saw this coming.
If you like the Tesla Model 3 for its brilliance as an electric car and its practicality as a sedan but you still want something a little more special than what every other Tesla owner can currently get their hands on, we might have the solution for you. Newport Convertible Engineering is a company you've probably never heard of, but it's been creating unique vehicles for around 37 years now including a Bentley Mulsanne coupe and an extended-wheelbase Mercedes-AMG G63. The company builds armored vehicles too, but with enough money, the people who engineer these zany creations will do just about anything you want. A case in point is their latest creation - the Tesla Model 3 convertible.
This isn't a completely redesigned Model 3 that uses a complex roof system. Instead, it appears that the roof has literally been chopped off and replaced with a folding rag-top with a stiffening bar/roll hoop added between the two rows of seats. As simple as it looks, there's a lot of work that goes into making a creation like this as safe as possible, but this isn't Newport Convertible Engineering's first rodeo.
The firm has built a Range Rover convertible and even a Nissan GT-R cabriolet in the past. The prototype is based on a dual-motor model, and while a standard Model 3 Performance will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and achieve a range of 299 miles, the added weight and reduced aerodynamic efficiency of the conversion will likely hamper both of these figures.
Just one angle of the car with the roof in place has been supplied, and as much as we love to spread positivity and goodwill, this Model 3 convertible doesn't look particularly grand. In fact, it's mildly reminiscent of the soft-top off-road concepts we saw a lot of at the start of the millennium. Still, it is most certainly unique.
Teslas used to be unique, and they're still too expensive for just anyone to buy one, but when you want to stand out in a crowd, this will certainly do the job. Pricing hasn't been released as yet, but we wouldn't expect this to be a bargain and you'd likely have to provide your own Model 3 for the conversion.