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Italian design house heavily reworks electric saloon to create luxurious four-seat drop-top
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20 January 2021

Ares Design has turned the Tesla Model S into a convertible, removing the electric saloon's roof and tweaking its exterior and interior designs.

The Italian coachbuilder carried out the conversion for a client who provided their own Model S.

To achieve the new look, Ares’ engineers cut away the roof and removed the rear doors and B-pillars to make room for longer front doors.

They then installed a retractable fabric roof and enlarged the boot to accommodate a roof storage bay. The addition of new carbonfibre trim details rounds off the exterior changes.

Ares didn't touch the Model S’s powertrain, which in entry-level guise produces 310bhp and is capable of taking the car from 0-62mph in less than 4.0sec.

However, the engineers reinforced the chassis to compensate for the loss of the roof, particularly at the sides, beneath the cockpit and around the rear seats.

Inside, Ares fitted custom-made rear seats and decked out the entire interior in ice-white leather trim with orange detailing.

Ares CEO Dany Bahar said: “At Ares, our co-create philosophy allows clients to work side by side with our designers and engineers to create their very own bespoke vehicle. This Tesla project is a superb example of this.”

The Model S convertible is the latest of several high-profile conversions recently carried out by Ares. Last week, the firm revealed its take on the original Land Rover Defender, and last August it showed off the Panther ProgettoUno as a retro-inspired supercar based on the Lamborghini Huracán.

Ares isn't the first coachbuilder to turn its attention to Tesla’s flagship saloon. In 2018, British engineering firm Qwest revealed a Tesla Model S-based estate car, and Anglo-Dutch coachbuilder Niels van Roij completed an almost identical conversion a year later.

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Symanski 21 January 2021

I think the car suits that look even more than the saloon version. Perhaps the minimalist looks of the car helps?

 

Very impressive.

 

Ruaraidh 21 January 2021

Any roof up pictures its a bit meaningless without these

Just Saying 21 January 2021
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The looks.
Could it be that because there's no need for a radiator there's obviously no need for a grill and might make some uncomfortable with the Tesla's looks?
Perhaps the last review you read was the new BMW 4 Series...
Enough said Lol

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