Published on 20 Jul 2013 by Dan Read
Last week we brought you a convertible minivan from Nissan the likes of which we hadn’t seen since the guys on Top Gear took the roof off a Renault Espace before taking it through the car wash with disastrous consequences. This week we’ve got a convertible SUV, which doesn’t sound as mad because SUVs heritage comes from open top vehicles like the Willis Jeep, but looks just as crazy.
This is the work of Newport Convertible Engineering who has brought an open air motoring to the Range Rover Vogue. Newport has used the Range Rover Autobiography so you can be sure there will be plenty of power and lots of luxuries aboard. The Autobiography comes with a LR-V8 Supercharged 5.0 Litre Petrol engine with start/stop to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy. Inside there are high-grade perforated Semi Aniline leather seats for added luxury and a 825 Watt Meridian Sound System to let the world know you’re coming.
As the guys at Newport are experts in converting hard tops to soft tops we don’t expect there to be any problems with the roof and we’d also expect road noise and handling issues created by the loss of the roof to have been considered in the design. We’ve been told that production starts next month (August) but the run will be very short. We haven’t had any prices but as this conversion is based on the £87,00 Range Rover Autobiography you’ll have to have deeper than deep pockets to be able to afford one.
Whether you want this Range Rover for the most luxurious African safari or to impress the locals in Malibu, there’s no denying that it will grab most onlooker’s attention.