Rendered: 2011 Porsche Panamera Cabrio

Carmakers love to build as many models as possible from a single platform as this helps them spread initial investment costs, as well as risk, that can often run up into the billions of dollars. This is especially true for smaller carmakers with limited budgets and low production volumes. Case in point is Porsche, which is now eying a convertible version of the 2010 Panamera sedan.

According to Porsche’s R&D chief, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the Panamera platform has great development potential for other bodystyles.

Dürheimer first revealed the information during an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, where he also mentioned that because of its size the Panamera Cabrio would only feature two doors in order to maximize rigidity. The latest patent designs show a four-door cabrio, however. Our preview renderings above show what both might look like.

Furthermore, Dürheimer confirmed that the Panamera Convertible will feature a conventional soft-top roof as this is the only option that makes sense in terms of packaging, weight, and design. Our preview rendering includes these details and marries them with the current Panamera's styling to show what the final result may look like.

The Porsche exec wasn’t willing to reveal details about a successor to the 928 but previous reports suggest that such a car is in the works. The new car would likely be called the GT Coupe but unlike the Panamera it would be an all-out performance model rather than a comfortable tourer.

The possible GT Coupe is expected to feature 2+2 seating plus most of the engine options from the Panamera sedan, which means a range of V-8 powertrains as well as a new V-6 unit. The upcoming hybrid version, however, will likely be limited to the four-door.

Porsche hasn’t officially confirmed either the Cabrio or the GT Coupe but the latest comments from Dürheimer suggest the cars are already in development, which means they should be on sale by late this year or early next as 2011 models.

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Comments (10)
  1. Too bad no revival of the 928 nameplate but like the GT idea

  2. Would love to see a new GT on updated lines of the beautiful 928. Please not the UGLY rendering above.

  3. I got a bad feeling its going to be based on Panamera's panels. I hope I am so wrong! I have to agreed that the rendering above is ugly!

    Porsche, please, aggressive styling!

  4. Hey, Schulte copied my design!!! :P

    No brand of the Volkswagen Group has had a grand tourer for decades (except the Continental GT, ok). This is the perfect chance to fix that mistake.

  5. Sure it's good to build a lot of cars from one platform as this reduces costs' but in the case of Porsche, it's really dumb to re-body one car ( 911 ) to fit all this platforms.
    Now that's just being cheap and lazy on their part by not giving buyers some sort of a "proper" variety of cars on their line-up.
    It's quite sickening really and partly deceitful.

  6. Whats next? A Porsche 2 door hatch / coupe on Golf GTI platform? Thinking of it, it may come out nice.

  7. This looks like a nice cabrio to me...

  8. First off I am a Porsche supporter I think they make great cars but a Panamera Cab! That sounds as crazy as when we all found out that Porsche was going to make an SUV (Cayenne) I remember the days when Porsche had 2 cars the 911 and Boxster and IMO it should still be that way. I am sure a few people will buy it.

  9. I would still rather have a revival of the 928

  10. One word - Pointless.

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