• Mar 11, 2010

Porsche Panamera Convertible patent drawing - click above for high-res image gallery

See, apparently we aren't crazy, though we may have been a little smidge off the mark. Back in October, we reported that Porsche had begun work on an open top version of their then new Panamera super sedan. Only we said it would be a two-door 'cause, you know, drop top and all that. Whoops! If these alleged German patent office images from Autocar are anything to go on, Porsche is going after the highly nuanced (to put it mildly) – and presumably lucrative – four-door convertible market, joining the ranks of such noted automakers as... those dudes in Miami that chop the tops off Chrysler 300Cs. Okay, fine, the Maybach 62 Landaulet is kinda like a four-door convertible (but not quite), though at $1.35 million, it actually might compete in a different segment. And yes, yes – we know – the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is technically a four-door convertible.

But never mind any of that, as judging by these images, the Porsche Panamera convertible looks to be pillarless, something that the neither the $25,000 Jeep nor the mega-bucks Maybach can lay claim to. As such, the Panamera's chassis would presumably have to be beefed up in a major way to retain some semblance of stiffness and rigidity. Though maybe not quite as much as you (and we) might think. If you look closely at the patent images, you can see that, like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe, the A-pillar has been reinforced with a mini-triangle. You'll also note that the Pan's butt isn't any bigger than before, suggesting a folding cloth top as opposed to a space-intensive retractable hardtop. Back to chassis strength – thanks to modern production techniques, it's possible to substitute in thicker gauge steel that will increase stiffness without adding as much weight as traditional afterthought convertible chassis bracing.

And where does this leave those of us wishing for a modern-day 928? Not in a very good place, we're afraid. These patent drawings clearly show that the new, most-likely upcoming Panamera Convertible has been engineered as a four-door from the get-go, and never a duoporte. Shame...



[Source: Autocar]


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      Colin
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like it. Personaly I can't afford a new porsche but as a family man the 4 door performance convertible makes sense.
      Also to those questioning the photoshop check out autocars article
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Colin
        Checking out Autocar's article doesn't change anything. These images are undeniably photoshops, and messy photoshops at that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this being posted a few weeks early?
      April Fools Day is not for another 3 weeks.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Real men don't drive convertibles!

      FAIL
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, I've been a Porsche-fanboy all my life and even owned one as my first car when I was 17. But now, Porsche's starting to really piss me off with this crap. Convertible Panamera? Seriously?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I certainly wouldn't take those hack-job graphics seriously.

        Don't jump too prematurely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly and stupid

      or

      stupid and ugly

      not sure what would be the right way to say it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The images look like bad photoshop work, but hey, a convertible bring it on. Maybe we will get a Panamera 4S Coupe soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a bad Photoshop job to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't the 918 Spyder press release mention that it's seats were part of the cars structure? Could this be how they'll make this Panamera cabriolet less noodle-like...there looks like there's a cross member behind the front seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      bad photo chop ,my 12 yr old could do better
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man these look so bad that it has to be real. It is Porsche after all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Porsche is using MSPaint for its patent-image alterations?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What credibility does a bad graphic chop job have?

      This qualifies as news?

      The line drawings for the SLS convert were much more professional than this speculative unlikelyhood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah really. i didn't know the patent office allowed MSpaint images.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And when I thought it could not get any worse....................it does

      How about concentrating just on the 918 spider and possibly a coupe version, and kill the Panamera project alltogether?
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