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.
The Land Rover Range_E is on show at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and presents the technology the Land Rover group is testing for its future diesel-hybrid plug-in expected for 2013. The Range Rover Sport based Range_E is equipped with a three-litre V6 diesel engine and an electric motor with eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The Range_E has 339 hp and a top speed of 193 km/hr. The 69 kW engine and 14.2 kW lithium ion batteries make for a range of 32 km in electric mode, or 1,112 km in total. Fuel consumption is about 3.36 l/100 km and CO2 emissions produced are 89 g/km. That’s all very impressive stuff and it’s time that the brands with big SUVs started rolling out this technology to help the planet. The Range-E appeared with both the three-door and five-door versions of the Range Rover Evoque, and the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition.