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Driving the NCE Jaguar XJL Convertible

Sedan in a Convertible Package

By Patrick Contributor | Published Aug 11, 2011

are the person who coined the phrase to the backseat#8221; spent more a few miles riding in the back of a It#8217;s often a miserable thanks to incessant wind, noise and typically cramped

Then there#8217;s the backseat of Convertible Engineering#8217;s (NCE) XJ convertible. It#8217;s still and loud in back, but in this there#8217;s plenty of room to out. So even if you don#8217;t feel comfortable, you#8217;ll as if you are.

An Interesting Perspective

The time we take a good at this soft-top 2011 NCE XJL it#8217;s from the rear. not the most flattering angle to with, given the already shape of the standard taillights, are usually mitigated somewhat by the C-pillars.

Replacing those metal and sloping rear glass a convertible top only exaggerates the of the rear end. The result is a not flattering bustlelike rear reminiscent of the Murano CrossCabriolet, or Kim depending on your preferred of reference.

The view improves from the side. Newport#8217;s Al definitely got his sums right the secret formula he has devised the years to make the top sit as low as possible interfering with its ease of Zadeh fabricated an aluminum to allow the top to mate seamlessly the stock windshield frame. there, a gentle arch headroom as the top flows smoothly the car#8217;s rear flanks.

From a distance, it almost like a vinyl-covered roof, for or worse.

Top down, the side remains pretty sleek, somewhat by the protrusion of the B-pillars and roll bar. Even if you willing to sacrifice safety for sake, the B-pillars are still a because they carry the for the power windows.

Given the of our ride, we chose to cruise some of Orange County#8217;s affluent waterfront communities to the Jag#8217;s impression on the area#8217;s fashionistas. The car drew admiring and comments. What surprised us, was that almost no one recognized it as a

Most thought it was a concept

Cruising Vessel

And what was it to drive? About how you would a Jaguar XJL with a convertible top drive. On rough surfaces, was some vibration transmitted the steering column but no cowl top up or down.

When raised, the top structure some shake when we over larger bumps. the ride was smooth and quiet no creaks, groans or wind

Zadeh considered its conversion the challenge of his nearly 30-year

Our biggest issue was coping limited rear vision the small oval-shaped glass window. Still, that was than peering over the of the top when lowered. Given the overall length, we don#8217;t Zadeh could have it any lower, but it still protrudes to impede rear vision, the rear three-quarters view.

With such limited from the driver seat, we to try out the backseat. Thanks to the unchanged doors and the abundant legroom, in and out was a breeze. Headroom is not compromised at all the top raised either.

It features construction that consists of a suede headliner, foam and an exterior covering of German

Lower the top and the experience feels regal. Just settle and cruise elegantly along as the of the world rolls past. the backseat, the XJL provides one of the best rides on the planet.

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The 99 Percent

#8220;My objective was to keep the car as as possible,#8221; Zadeh had told us. percent of the cars need alteration of the rear seats; not on car, it is all intact,#8221; he declared.

Most of the trunk is intact as leaving a generous amount of even when the top is lowered.

of the Jaguar#8217;s unique aerospace-style of bonded and riveted aluminum, considered its conversion the biggest of his nearly 30-year career. He aluminum sheeting and tubing to up a box frame that runs the rocker panels to maintain after removing the car#8217;s panoramic roof.

At the rear he an aluminum platform that into the trunk to support the of the top along with its operating and hydraulics. And of course the big roll bar lines up with the B-pillars. to Newport, the convertible conversion a mere 40 pounds more the stock sedan.

Chauffeur Not

The 2011 NCE Jaguar XJL Convertible run you $49,000 plus the cost of the sedan. So you#8217;re talking to start. That includes a warranty that can also be to five years.

To enjoy it fully, though, you also consider a driver. the only way to fully appreciate how it is to ride in the backseat of this Yeah, there#8217;s still wind and considerable noise, but you match the view.

Newport Engineering provided Edmunds vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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