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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Porsche planning Panamera Cabrio Reply with quote

Carmakers love to build as many models as possible from a single platform as this helps them spread the initial investment costs involved, as well as the risk, of what 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 has just developed a brand new platform for its 2010 Panamera sedan.

According to Porsche’s R&D chief, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the Panamera platform has great development potential and already in the works is a new Cabrio variant. 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 will only feature two doors in order to maximize rigidity. Furthermore, Dürheimer confirmed that it will feature a conventional soft-top roof as this is the only option Porsche wants for all of its convertible models.

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.

Both the new Cabrio and GT Coupe are expected to feature 2+2 seating plus most of the engine options from the Panamera sedan, which means a range of V8 powertrains as well as a new V6 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 next year as 2011 models.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why Dont know
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daniel wrote:
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: Porsche plans Panamera convertible? Reply with quote

One from the Internet rumour mill...

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Porsche AG plans to launch a convertible version of its Panamera four-door sedan.

Company insiders say the Panamera cabriolet will have two doors and is likely to cost about 11,000 euros ($16,000) more than the Panamera sedan, which retails for 94,575 euros in Germany,

The four-seat Panamera convertible only will have two doors to increase the rigidity of the car's body and limit the weight increase from adding the folding-roof mechanism.

Porsche has not officially confirmed that it will make a Panamera convertible, but a top executive hinted that more variants of the car are likely.

"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."

Volkswagen AG, which is in the process of taking over Porsche AG, could use the Panamera platform for one of its brands, which include Bentley and Audi.

"The new Porsche (Panamera) offers the potential for synergies," a VW supervisory board source said.

VW builds Panamera painted bodies for Porsche at its plant in Hanover, Germany. The cars are finished at Porsche's factory in Leipzig, Germany.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Panamera convertible Reply with quote

Porsche is still planning to build a four-door convertible version of the Panamera, a series of patent applications obtained by Autocar has revealed.

Recent comments from Porsche insiders indicated the car had been cancelled, but renewals and fresh patent applications in the United States indicate otherwise.

The new car has a practical four-door body that, without a traditional B-pillar, has required substantial stiffening to the Panamera’s floorpan and bulkheads to ensure sufficient structural rigidity and integrity.

Bringing a four-door convertible to showrooms is a bold move that carries far higher development costs than a two-door open-top car. But with car makers seeking to establish unique selling points for all their models, it’s one that could provide Porsche with a valuable advantage.

Retaining a four-door layout allows the convertible to offer the same interior space as the saloon, although the boot is likely to be compromised by the need to accommodate the roof. The design of car’s rear end suggests the roof will be a fabric hood.

The Panamera’s windscreen has been altered with greater rake and, as seen on one of the patent drawings from Porsche in-house designer, Grant Larson, it also gains additional supports within the small quarter windows low down on the A-pillar.

While other car makers have considered four-door convertibles, the required stiffening and added weight have often proven stumbling blocks.

But advances in high-strength steel and tailored blanks (sections of steel in varying thicknesses) have reduced costs to a point where they are now being considered as part of new-model plans by many car makers.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 doors on a cabriolet would be just wrong. I'm firmly of the opinion that the only people that look good in the back of a convertible are kids.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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4 doors on a cabriolet would be just wrong. I'm firmly of the opinion that the only people that look good in the back of a convertible are kids.


Or fit blondes that have had to climb over the front seats to squeeze in Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Porsche are looking to tap into the South American "Generals" Dictator market Dont know
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't Clarkson make some comment about the only Adult that looked good in the back of a convertible was Hitler?

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Or fit blondes that have had to climb over the front seats to squeeze in


Well in a 4 door convertible they wouldn't be doing this so it's wrong!
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