By on March 6, 2011

I just returned from the press launch of a certain, shall we say unexpected convertible. The kind of vehicle that makes you stop and wonder what’s being put in the water at a certain product planning department. Look for a review tomorrow, but in the meantime, as a kind of innoculation, consider this Subaru STI drop-top modified for Manchester Subaru. It’s one thing to chop the top off a car that doesn’t lend itself to convertible versions, but it’s quite another to add picnic basket-handle roll bars and then top it all off with a huge rear spoiler. It’s no Transvertible,  but death is still too good for this little monster.

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33 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Put That Top Back On Edition...”


  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Another page from the “answers to questions no one asked file.” 

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      On the other hand, if this were a coupe, everybody would be happy.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Yuck. That simply doesn’t work – either from an aesthetic standpoint or a practical one. The PT Cruiser convertible was kind of in the same league – a car not designed to be a convertible – ever! Let alone this. Which leads me to believe you will see this at your friendly neighborhood Subaru dealer – soon!

  • avatar
    UnclePete

    Manchester Subaru is about 15-20 miles from me. I have to stop and check this awesome ugliness out in person!

  • avatar
    Philosophil

    I actually like the look of the current Impreza Hatchback, but I have to say that this is one strange conglomerate of a vehicle.

  • avatar
    kurtamaxxguy

    Is that roll bar structural or cosmetic?  If the latter, any side collision will fold that WRX up like a tin can.
    Are these selling well?
     

  • avatar
    fincar1

    A guy near here who does some road testing for newspapers posted pics on Facebook of a Nissan Murano convertible, which looks exactly like what that sounds like, a Nissan Murano with its top cut off. It reminds me of the “parade car” cut-down Caddy sedans and 4-door hardtops I see now and then.
    http://homepages.tscnet.com/pmadsen/muranoj.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      segfault

      I suspect that’s the “unexpected convertible” Niedermeyer is referring to.

    • 0 avatar

      Pictures of someone looking a lot like our esteemed editor driving a Murano convertible have circulated on Facebook as well.
      I saw the Murano choptop at the Chicago show. The only way it could be tolerable to look at would be if Ms. McBigbra and Ted’s significant other were sitting in the car.

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    sitting@home

    My Subaru rattles like a empty paint can full of old bolts, and that’s with the “ring shaped reinforcement” still intact. I’d hate to think what this will sound after five years of road use now they’ve hacked the major structural bits out.

    • 0 avatar
      Porsche986

      I am 100% with you on this comment… my 2010 Forester (13K miles now) has so many rattles I cannot even count them all.  I simply cannot imagine removing most of what holds the bloody car together!

    • 0 avatar
      ktm

      My 2006 WRX Limited wagon does not have a single rattle after 100,000 miles.  Wind noise?  Now that is another matter.

  • avatar
    mazder3

    I apologize for my homestate. Currently, we aren’t the most logical state in the nation. We are getting a lot of publicity, though…

    • 0 avatar
      UnclePete

      Nah, we are the most logical state. However Manchester is not the most logical city.

    • 0 avatar
      Motorhead10

      The state motto always needed a little tweaking in my opinion – Instead of “Live Free or Die” – I always thought “Live Free AND Die” was more appropriate. And NH took it seriously.  I did undergrad at Saint Anselm – no sales tax, no motorcycle helmet (did make you wear eye protection the oppressive bastards) or seatbelts required. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em – in bars and restaurants (yummy!). The 1:45 AM “last call” always caught me by surprise. All in all a really cool place to live -

  • avatar

    No more drugs for the designer/builder of this mess he full up

  • avatar
    mdensch

    Reminds me of a similar bad idea I saw at the Milwaukee Auto show this week:  a Chrysler 300 convertible.  Gotta say, it looked great but also gotta think that its life expectancy was shortened considerably by the chop job.

    • 0 avatar

      Marty,
       
      A few years ago ASC did a fully engineered 4 door 300 convertible concept called the Helios that ASC claimed was stiffer than the hardtop, but according to reports circa 2006 Chrysler had decided to go with Magna Steyr. I don’t know if any were ever made.

  • avatar

    yes, but you left the really fun part out.  You can have this car for XX,XXX.00 or a new Corvette or low side Porsche…and wouldn’t you rather this than a Boxster…or if you want four seats, a decently optioned 335
     
    No ?
     

  • avatar
    anchke

    I live mebbe 2 miles from Manchester Subie. Connecticut has had a very troubling snow season, and only now are some residents creeping out of their igloos looking all white and crazed. Someone probably made this in his basement over the loooong winter.

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    So is this why there are no 4-door convertibles?
     
    AFAIK the only 4-door convertible is the Lincoln Continental…

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Well, lots of stuff in the 20s, 30s, and 40s was available as a 4-door convertible.
       
      And, if you want to be generous, there is the Wrangler Unlimited right now.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    No one ever bought a Subaru for looks.  But heck, even Barbra Streisand  got married.

  • avatar
    pgcooldad

    Covertible – check
    Seats 4 – check
    0-60mph in 4.7sec – nice, check
    All wheel Drive – Awesome
    Manual Trans – check
    4 doors!! – WTF
     
    Almost … back to looking at Mustang GT’s. I’m sure the Subaru is overpriced anyway.

  • avatar
    zeus01

    Looks like the bastard son of a Legacy wagon and a mid-80s VW Golf Cabro…..

  • avatar
    obbop

    The critter would look stupendous atop concrete blocks so if ever sold in this area I would expect to either be a top-seller or attain the rank of most-stolen vehicle in these parts.

  • avatar
    Z

    Ill only buy it if I can get it with gold rims.  Hopefully one of the other 4 they are making will have this option.
     
    “This is the first of five STi convertibles to be built  for Manchester Subaru.”
    http://www.manchestersubaru.com/test.htm
     
    Some how they also make this claim; “Progress is a wonderful thing.”  I would love to know what they mean by “progress”, because the only explanation I can think of involves Darwinism.

  • avatar

    Oh dear lord!! This is about 10 minutes from my house in Bedford. Why oh why would you do this to an STI!!?  The roll bar!! EWW!

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    No no no no no no no no NO. If I were a millionaire I might buy all 5 and then have them crushed.


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