Shortly after the launch of the first-generation model in December 2002, three additional variants came in for consideration.
As Porsche continues its 20 year celebration of the iconic Cayenne, the German sports car manufacturer takes a deep dive into its archives of historic models. With an innovative mindset and an unlimited budget, its no surprise that the Porsche concept department was full of one-off examples that would never see the light of day. Presenting three alternative body shape to the first-generation Cayenne, Porsche is proud to showcase the one-of-one convertible variation. The Cayenne convertible came into consideration after stretching a coupé version by 20 centimeters, while also incorporating a row of rear seats and a retractable canvas roof. Today, there is still a single example of the open-top Cayenne kept in storage at the Porsche Museum. It is not a road-going prototype, however, but what is known as a Package Function Model (PFM).
While the exterior underwent multiple design phases, Porsche engineers were unable to implement the appropriate body-stiffening measures necessary for a road-legal convertible. The sport styling of the Cayenne Convertible includes a rear end that mimics the lines of the 996 911, which became an area where designers were unable to agree on a final look. The disagreement of the rear design resulted in two different sections, boasting two completely different ideas and shapes. If the drop-top Cayenne had made it to the actual production line, Porsche was at the ready to install a now familiar soft-top mechanism that would quickly transform its appearance. Ultimately, the mechanism never made it past the computer simulation stage and the fabric top is now stored in the luggage compartment. After bringing back the idea of a Cayenne Coupé in 2019 with a successful production model, Porsche did not pursue the idea of a convertible any further. View all of the current Porsche Cayenne examples for sale on duPont REGISTRY by clicking on the link below. Check back into duPont REGISTRY for more luxury lifestyle and Porsche news.