Meet the Porsche Cayenne convertible that never was

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Would a Porsche Cayenne convertible show widespread? We’ll most likely by no means know however such a automobile was into account at Porsche shortly after the automaker launched the unique Cayenne SUV 20 years in the past.

Porsche on Thursday revealed a Cayenne convertible design buck that was constructed shortly after the unique Cayenne went on sale on the tail finish of 2002, or near a decade earlier than Nissan revealed its Murano CrossCabriolet.

The convertible was one in all three further Cayenne physique types positioned underneath the microscope, the others being a stretched model with third-row seats and a coupe. The coupe to some extent was lastly realized with the present third-generation Cayenne within the type of the four-door Cayenne Coupe.

The convertible as we speak sits in storage on the official Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. It isn’t a functioning prototype however a design buck referred to by Porsche as a Bundle Operate Mannequin, or PFM for brief. You will discover the tail is break up between two totally different designs, because the design group had been testing totally different choices for the taillights.

Porsche Cayenne convertible concept

Porsche Cayenne convertible idea

The designers went with a two-door physique and a targa-style roll bar on the rear that may assist present some rigidity with the roof eliminated. The inside is similar because the manufacturing Cayenne however the windshield is decrease. And the convertible roof is an automatic design that folds away beneath a rear deck that may be opened alongside two axis, permitting it to flip open to accommodate the roof or be operated like a standard trunk lid.

The concept of a Cayenne convertible by no means bought previous the design buck stage. In accordance with Porsche, revenue projections for the automobile weren’t promising, and there was additionally the difficulty of whether or not it regarded enticing sufficient to put on the Porsche badge. The oddball styling of Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet was little doubt a contributing issue to its demise.

“An SUV as a convertible is a problem each aesthetically and formally,” Michael Mauer, Porsche’s design chief, stated in a press release. “An SUV all the time has a big and heavy physique. You mix this with a small prime half after which lower off the roof…you get very unusual shapes rising from that.”

Observe, there have been two SUV-based convertibles launched following the demise of the Murano CrossCabriolet. There was the Land Rover Vary Rover Evoque Convertible, primarily based on the earlier technology of Land Rover’s compact crossover, and the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet presently on sale exterior the U.S.

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