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Rejecting the Cayenne Convertible Was the Best Decision Porsche Ever Made

Rejecting the Cayenne Convertible Was the Best Decision Porsche Ever Made

While it shares a face with the first-generation Cayenne, this one looks very different with its soft-top roof and heavy-duty rear end. Interestingly, two taillight designs were considered, with the right one being much higher. Porsche envisioned a soft-top folding mechanism that would be similar to the mechanism used for the Porsche 911 Targa from the 991-gen model onward, but the mechanism never progressed beyond the computer simulation phase. Although the Cayenne eventually spawned a coupe-like model in the much more cohesive Cayenne Coupé of today, a convertible was never released.

“An SUV as a convertible is a challenge both aesthetically and formally,” says Porsche’s Michael Mauer. “An SUV always has a big and heavy body. You combine this with a small top half and then cut off the roof – it produces very strange shapes.”

Very strange shapes indeed.

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