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A Tesla Model 3 Convertible? Yep, That's a Thing Now

You can cut the lid off anything—whether you should is another matter.

Tesla's Model 3 is exploding in popularity and has seemingly taken over the top entry-luxury sedan spot once fought over by the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Unlike those competitors, the electric Tesla only comes in four-door sedan form—it isn't offered in two-door coupe or convertible guise. But thanks to Newport Convertible Engineering, a subsidiary of Mega Engineering Vehicles, Inc., you can have a Tesla Model 3 that's just as topless as the drop-top offerings of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, and altogether stranger. That's because this is a four-door convertible.

 

The soft-top Model 3 looks a bit odd, but hey, that's the price of nonconformity! NCE claims its conversion includes additional body bracing to maintain rigidity the newly lid-less Tesla's rigidity. A "basket handle" roll hoop is fitted, as well, adding both some structural integrity and an extra dose of awkwardness to the Model 3's profile. The top NCE installs also lacks elán, thanks to its boxy form—decidedly out of sync with the Model 3's rounded styling—when raised and its bustle-butt look when lowered. Similar to the old Volkswagen Beetle convertible and the current Jeep Wrangler, the Tesla's top folds back into a crumpled pile of roof bows and cloth material aft of the rear seats, as opposed to neatly stowing itself in a recessed cubby that's covered by a tonneau.

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No matter how out of sorts the top appears, though, we dare you to name another electric, four-door convertible you can buy today. We'll wait. The privilege of owning this one-of-a-kind vehicle format will cost you, though. Newport Convertible Engineering charges $29,500 for the conversion. That price leaps to $39,500 for a Model 3 convertible with a power-folding top. Oh, and you'll need to commit to a two-to-three-month timeline for completion, during which time NCE bolsters your Tesla's structure, strips the interior, chops off the top, fits the new roof, and tests its work against moisture and wind.

If all of that works for you (so, nearly $100,000 depending on which Model 3 you start with, a long wait, and a "custom" roof appearance), then Newport Convertible Engineering is your bag.