2013 Range Rover Gets Chopped to a Convertible [Photo Gallery]
Land Rover has reportedly given its engineers the green light to make an Evoque convertible. But you don't have to wait 2 years to have a convertible modern SUV. If you're brave enough, you can give your normal model to the guys at Newport Convertible Engineering, a company that specializes in doing these sorts of conversions.
This 2013 Range Rover is not a cheap toy. In this Autobiography trim level you see here, it will set you back the best part of $136,000 plus options (in the US where this was sold). So, have they made it better?
We'll let you guys be the judges as we walk you through the changes. The SUV's roof has been chopped cleanly off from the doors up, including the top part of the boot that, the C and D pillars and the glass between them. To give the SUV part of its strength back, a stiffening brace travels between the two B pillars, which still hold complete door frames.
The new convertible roof retracts over the boot area and is power operated. The seal looks to be similar to that on safari vehicles, not completely air tight and held together with rivets at the back. It won't keep a snow storm out, but it will deal with the sun and the wind.
Newport Convertible Engineering says it will begin limited production of Range Rover convertible in August 2013. Distribution would be through selected Range Rover dealership throughout the world. There are obviously a sufficient number of people in the world who would want this, especially since it's based on the new Range Rover… so don't judge.
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