This Porsche Cayenne Cabriolet has never been shown before, which was probably for the best.
Porsche is often accused of being one of the laziest car designers, with 911 models that are often difficult to tell apart - but you wouldn’t think that if you look back at some of its wacky concept cars. The German manufacturer has compiled a new video counting down its top five concept cars, many of which you may have forgotten about. It also provides interesting insight into the origins of some of its current models, as well as a previously unseen Cayenne Cabriolet. You'll wish you hadn't seen it.
Unsurprisingly, the first car featured is the 1959 Porsche Type 754 T7 which went on to become the iconic first-generation 911, and the design similarities are abundantly clear. Then there’s the 1988 Porsche 989 concept, Porsche’s first attempt at a four-door sports sedan long before the Panamera.
Originally, Porsche intended to put the 989 concept into production, but this never happened. It would then take 21 years before Porsche returned to the idea of a performance sedan – hence the first-gen Panamera was born. While opinions were divided on the Panamera’s polarizing looks, we prefer the more rounded design of the 989, so it's a shame it never went into production. The biggest shock comes with the surprise reveal of the 2002 Cayenne Cabriolet concept. If you never knew it existed, that’s because this is the first time Porsche has shown it to the public – and it’s easy to see why. We didn’t think it was possible to make the Cayenne look any worse, but Porsche has pulled it off.
Also featured is the 2010 Porsche 918 Spyder concept which looks nearly identical to the final production model released three years later, and that’s a very good thing. Looking ahead to the future, last but not least is the Mission E, a 600-hp all-electric sedan first shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show which will mark a new chapter in Porsche’s history when it hits the road in 2019.