• Apr 15th 2007 at 5:28PM
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Last year, a pair of series-built Porsche Cayennes that were further modified by the customers who purchased them drove to victory in the 10,000km-long Transsyberia Rally. Spurred on by the success shown by those two cars, Porsche has built a small production run of at least twenty-six 2007 Cayenne S Transsyberia SUVs, all of which will compete in the 2007 rally. The full range of Porsche's techno-enhancements are in place, including Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The PTM system is further enhanced by a transverse lock from the optional Offroad Technology Package available to regular customers, and the PDCC system is already set up with a Special Offroad Mode, which, when active, lets the Cayenne ford bodies of water up to 30" deep. A roof-mounted snorkel keeps that water from invading the intake manifold.

Thanks to Tom L. for the tip!

[Source: Porsche]

The 4.8L V8 makes 385 horsepower and is connected to a six-speed Tiptronic S with a 4.11 final drive ratio. Rally car-specific modifications include:
  • Reinforced A and B pillars
  • Bolted-in safety cage
  • Stronger underbody protection
  • Installation of a handbrake in lieu of the standard, foot-operated parking brake
  • Rerouted electrical system
  • Passenger-operated navigation computer
  • Lightweight sport exhaust
  • Offroad tires
  • Roof lights
  • Front-mounted winch
  • Stripped interior, with dual spare wheels & tires and two reserve fuel cannisters in place of the rear seat
It should be noted that while the car's passenger compartment has been pared down to the essentials, it isn't exactly spartan, as evidenced by its leather seats.Orange fabric door latch pulls, and diamond-plate steel flooring are also fitted, as seen in the attached gallery photo. Outside, the Cayennes are finished in black or silver, and trimmed in a contrasting orange, a la the 911 GT3 RS.

The 2007 Transsyberia Rally runs from August 2 - 17. The route starts in Moscow, crosses Siberia, and ends in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, covering over 6,600 kilometers along the way. Full info on the rally and the special Cayenne S Transsyberia can be found at the dedicated minisite Porsche has set up.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Thats just stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This one's wirklich toll.karneval kostüm
      • 8 Years Ago
      ... Oh come on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Concept is nice, but they are the last ones on earth who should be making a "rally" leave it to a japanese automaker, they do it better.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what most think Porsche should have done in the first place. They were so LATE to the sporty SUV market, it's rather pathetic. Well, they were late to the SUV market, period. They should have built a bad ass off-road vehicle to take the Porsche name beyond sports cars. To me, the Cayenne is just another heavy, large car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      SUV's make better paris-dakar and transsiberian rally cars- they would get annihilated by WRC cars in a WRC event (if they were to compete on the same course, which they don't). Just as WRC cars are not well suited for transcontinental rallies, suv's would not be able to run a special stage in the WRC very well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You ´re welcome.

      I can´t wait to find one of these on Ebay.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh you guys cant be serious. This is one Bad AZZ vehicle. I want one! And no the Japs cant run a Syberian rally to save their lives. Get a clue Dude!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the first and last Cayenne that will ever sport a snorkle!
      • 8 Years Ago
      shh phil that never happened, and porsche's lead test driver never made the word quattro synonymous with rally victory, psch what would they know :).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Porsche should make a rally-ready 997 turbo with those big mud flaps, jacked up suspension, and knobby tires, just like they did with the 959. I'd like to have one.
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