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Convertibles have historically been shuffled into two categories: folding soft tops and retractable hard tops. Now it looks Porsche is looking to blur the line between the two with the roof of the next-generation 911. The crew from GermanCarForum.com managed to lay its hands on a patent drawing that clearly shows a roof design that uses metal panels at the front and rear with two sections of canvas between the two. What are the advantages of the design? It's difficult to tell from the drawing alone, but we'd imagine that a leading metal edge may help reduce cabin noise when in place, though the patent itself cites aesthetic reasons behind the move.

At this point, it's unclear whether or not we'll see the new roof on the 2012 911. All of the convertible test vehicles we've seen so far have proudly rocked a traditional canvas roof, though that doesn't mean that the engineers at Porsche haven't pulled some trickery to disguise the lid's sheetmetal components. With the vehicle slated for a full unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it won't be long before we'll know all there is to know about the 911 Cabriolet. Head over to GermanCarForum.com for a closer look.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      David S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd place my money that this is NOT a design for the convertible, but rather for the Targa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the patent drawing and the photos of the test mule - it's clear that the canvas covers the metal panels and bridges the gap between them as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mazda RX-7 had a removable hard panel with a folding soft landau. But this sounds like the whole roof folds in one piece.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the mercedes SLK design with flipping window makes good sense in this case. Or the plastic hard roof from the Miata would be good as well. Light weight and not really complex. I don't think a fabric roof and hard top make too much sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes some sense because it would be simpler than a full folding hard top and take less space when stowed. It will also look nice when stowed. I wonder about the aesthetic when the top is up and it looks like a mock-top driven by a septagenarian.
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