• Feb 28, 2014
Newport Convertible Engineering, the Southern California company that can't keep its top on, has revealed on its website that it is now producing three different droptop versions of the Nissan GT-R Convertible. It's just another page in its work with high-end offerings like the new Range Rover and the Jaguar XJ. NCE owner Al Zadeh tells Autoblog that the superfast speedster came about during a trip to Abu Dhabi, when clients of his that collectively owned ten GT-Rs said they wanted him to engineer a convertible. They didn't want to see pictures, though, "They wanted to touch it and see it," he said.

So he built a convertible with a traditional, unadorned soft tonneau cover (the white one in our gallery) and another with hard tonneau cover fitted with roll hoops and a low-rise dual cowl (the blue one). When the clients saw it, "They said they wanted something more glamorous," Zadeh said. So he came up with the black version above with a hard tonneau cover and can't-miss-it cowling that, frankly, looks pretty good to us in that color and with those wheels.

Clients satisfied, the order books have opened for other GT-R owners around the world. The most restrained version runs $29,500 to build, the other two retail for $49,000, and all of them require a donor GT-R and eight weeks to finish. With facilities in SoCal, Europe and the Middle East, you won't even have to send your Godzilla too far away if this is the look you've decided it just has to have.

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      Cain Gray
      • 9 Months Ago
      I wonder what this conversion does to the structural integrity of the car. The GTR was not designed to offer a convertible version. I bet this thing twists its' frame rails when cornering at speed.
      • 9 Months Ago
      • 9 Months Ago
      I can't believe how good that looks. With a less aggressive suspension setup and nice interior, it'd really make for a desirable car, imo.
      Andy Drake
      • 9 Months Ago
      I almost didn't want to look at the gallery but I must admit, I'm really impressed. The black one looks really nice. And typically I hate convertibles.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Okay, I like the GT-R and all, but seriously, why would you do this? The structure was never designed to have the roof cut off.
      • 9 Months Ago
      and when i tought murano cabriolet was stupid and sisy.....I saw this pice of shi*** XD
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hate being a hater but this thing looks like a Mitsubishi Spider. The GTR is not meant to have its top chopped off. Can't begin to imagine what this does to its performance.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nissan should have done this from the start. Something like this would actually have the ability to establish a presence of the GT-R in the US market. Americans will pay a premium for a fast convertible.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Not bad.
      Peter Shirley
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, that is really ugly. Chrysler LeBaron convertible anyone?
      • 9 Months Ago
      You can get a 662hp convertible Mustang. It only seems fair that a $100k sportscar is offered in convertible too.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 9 Months Ago
      I actually like it the way it looks. If rigidity wasn't compromised too heavily, then they have my thumbs up.
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