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Californian company Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) has just put the finishing touches on one of the world's first drop-top Nissan GT-Rs.

Though no price has been announced, NCE has fully designed and engineered the GT-R convertible to be fully compliant with vehicle design rules in the US.

It's not clear how much reinforcement the car's doors and floor have undergone with the missing roof, and how much performance is affected by the loss of a rigid roof, but make no mistake, the car will be a head-turner.

The extra kilos involved in reinforcing the body to make up for the lack of a roof is expected to add significant weight, and is certain to reduce the car's performance somewhat.


It also remains to be seen if the body exhibits any flex under the extreme pressure of launch control.

NCE is saying the Nissan GT-R will be a limited edition conversion, and will be sold initially in three locations, the USA, Spain and Dubai.
Three versions will be offered says the company.

"NCE will design and engineer your Nissan GT-R to be a convertible super sport, Special Edition," states the company on the NCE website.

"Newport Convertible Engineering is currently the only US coach builder that designs, engineers and will distribute Nissan GTR Convertibles throughout the world," it says.

Powered by a front-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, the GTR Convertible is expected to belt out the same power as the coupe, 404kW and 628Nm of torque.

In Australia the Nissan GT-R coupe starts at $172,000, and is paired to six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The US company has been slicing roofs off cars for the past 30 years, some of the more memorable conversions being the Porsche Cayenne, Hummer H2 and Toyota LandCruiser convertible.

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