Range Rover Convertible by Newport

If you yearn badly for an open-topped SUV (yes, like the many millions out there), can’t wait for the recently-confirmed Range Rover Evoque Convertible and don’t quite fancy the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, US coachbuilder Newport Convertible Engineering has for you a few tricks up its sleeve.

First up, the Range Rover Convertible, which Newport wants to put into production next month. Based on the current fourth-gen Autobiography model, the premium SUV gets a powered soft top and a tonneau cover.

We can’t say we’re fond of how it looks with the roof up (just look at that tiny cut-out rear window), and that contrasting colour has little to do with it. No prices have been revealed yet, but Newport says it will be distributed through selected dealerships around the world. Apparently, it has received nearly 50 orders from Rangie owners who want the wind in their hair.

Or you could plump for the Porsche Cayenne Convertible, which is based on the original first-gen car. This one looks particularly headless with the roof and all windows down, and that structural B-pillar creates a targa-top look, so you can tell your friends you’re driving a Porsche Targa. It also gets a powered soft top and a tonneau cover.

Porsche Cayenne Convertible by Newport

The Porsche Cayenne Convertible can also be specified with grainy wood trim on the bonnet and doors – reminiscent of those American ‘woodie’ wagons from the late-1970s. Clearly, there’s no accounting for taste.

Believe it or not, these guys have been building custom convertibles for over three decades – they’ve lopped the tops off many vehicles including the Hummer H3, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jaguar XJ, Aston Martin Rapide S, Toyota Prius (now you’re truly at one with nature), Mercedes S-Class, Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru WRX STI and BMW X6. See more of their topless wonders at their website here.