• Oct 8, 2009
According to a recent report, Porsche will produce a Panamera Convertible. Now, it's not the hoped for four-door convertible. Rather, in the interest of keeping some semblance of chassis rigidity, Porsche is going with a two-door, four-seat convertible. Two doors will also help to keep the weight (ha ha) down. Besides the fact that lots of folks like convertibles, why is Porsche building this car? "We have a broad range of 14 derivatives of the 911 that are very successful," development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer told Automobilwoche. "So it stands to reason we should diversify the lineup for the Panamera as well."

Perhaps a little more interesting is what comes at the end of the article confirming Porsche's newest drop top. Since Volkswagen now owns Porsche, the Panamera platform could be used for other products. Imagine the next Bentley Continental GT being built off a Porsche chassis, instead of the one used for the Phaeton/A8. Or, potentially even better, the Lamborghini Estoque. Neat stuff. Says an unnamed VW board member, "The new Porsche (Panamera) offers the potential for synergies." We're 67% convinced that's good. But uh, as long as they're going two door, might we make a suggestion? 928! 928! 928!

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Many of us 928 owners hope that some day, Porsche will make a successor.

      While I am convinced this will happen based on the Panamera platform, I have no hopes or expectations that a such coupe will be anything as extravagant and forward thinking as the 928 was at its time. Posche is too afraid of repeating the same high cost and low volume situation they had with their "shark".

      Until I see the result, the only car I would give my 928 for is the Aston Martin Vantage V8. That's what Porsche has to beat - in look and feel as well as the technical aspects.

      In case of the over-decorated Panamera, they are not even close to the look and feel of the Aston Martin competitor (Rapide). Hopefully they won't make the same mistake with the convertible and coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What? I thought the whole point of being a 928 owner was to someday...own a 911 ? :-p

        (I kid, I kid.)

        I agree with targeting the Vantage if they make a Panamera coupe, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      April 1st is a long ways off guys.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Panamara grows on me bit by bit, but when I first saw it all I could think of was a 1980-1985 Cadillac Seville.

      http://www.gmphotostore.com/images/53218144_pr.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing in the history of design ever pissed me off quite as much as that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the turn the panamera into a convertible, it might even be good looking. The front was never a problem (they swiped the design from the carrera gt), but the after the A-pillar things go bad, and it's mostly the roof and that backs fault.

      Of course, this being Porsche, they can still mess things up when they chop off the roof, case in point 911 cab, which is a bit of a minger. No likey the back hump.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It makes sense, It can be a Continental GT/M6/DB9 competitor, as opposed to the 911 that plays in that field, but doesn't really belong. This would be a very nice GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still a 928 fan, but I think is this ever happens, they will name them Panamera Coupe and Panamera Cabriolet. That said, I look forward to the expanded lineup. Of course, 911 owners and fans will continue to shake their heads and dismiss these other models (along with Boxster, Cayenne, and Cayman) as "not 911" worthy companions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who at VW/Porsche is to be believed anymore? Two days ago, we were told that the Panamera would have a very brief lifespan, 4 to 6 years. Now we're being told that it willhave various derivatives?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is even more dumb than the Panamera itself. Can't wait for the A-segment Porsche.

      VAG is getting like GM in the 1980s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks good!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, Porsche is teasing us with 928 hope. Be cool if it comes out as at least a coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4 door convertible would have been really cool and long overdue since we've been teased about the idea for years now by various companies. This isn't that exciting, it will just be a bloated fat ass 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they do build it, it should look way better than the current model. It's the ass end that ruins it.
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