The strange Porsche Cayenne that was never made

The strange Porsche Cayenne that was never made

Porsche engineers eventually came up with two designs for the Cayenne-PMF, which varied primarily on the taillight. But eventually the whole idea was canned. With the idea of ​​the Cayenne-PFM convertible, Porsche initially set itself the goal of answering four key questions:

  1. If the windshield and A-pillars are reduced and the roof tapers on the rear half, will the car still provide a comfortable seating experience?
  2. If the doors of the Cayenne are extended by 20 centimeters and it is offered as a two-door model, does this make sense from a practical point of view?
  3. Is it possible to accommodate a quick-opening soft top that also meets Porsche’s quality and design standards?
  4. And the most important question of all: what should the rear look like?

Michael Mauer, chief designer at Porsche, remarked that “an SUV as a convertible is both an aesthetic and a formal challenge”. Mauer, who was not with Porsche at the time, added that “very strange shapes” emerge when the bulky body of an SUV is fused with the smaller, open-top appearance of a convertible (per Porsche). However, it wasn’t just aesthetic and practical failures that put Cayenne convertible plans on ice.

“Projects for profitability were not particularly promising and doubts remained as to whether the car would be as attractive as a Porsche should be,” says the official blog marking the 20th anniversary of Porsche’s venture into the segment. SUVs. As for the unique Cayenne-PMF convertible unit, it lives in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

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