• Jan 7, 2008
Click the image above for a gallery of the Rinspeed X-treme.

It may seem like Rinspeed has been hitting the Absinthe bottle with its recent spate of far reaching concepts, but the Swiss tuner might be looking to another green libation for inspiration of its line of 957 Porsche Cayenne parts.

Despite stealing Mountain Dew's 1998 ad campaign when naming its modified Cayenne, the X-treme's parts list proves that it's more than just a tuning package for poseurs. Bigger air intakes, a new front fascia, front splitter, rear bumper, side skirts and flared wheel arches make the already imposing Cayenne more so. The rolling stock, consisting of 23x11-inch wheels wrapped in 315/25R23 rubber, is nestled within wheel arches that have been dropped by 35mm through a modified air suspension setup.

While a custom exterior and bespoke interior bits are nice, they've got to match the motivation. According to Rinspeed, it's boosted the output of the Cayenne to 600 hp through the use of a custom sports exhaust. Although Rinspeed didn't go into detail about how its achieving that number, we'd assume that some significant tweaks were made to the Porsche Turbo's ECU.

Rinspeed's full press release is after the jump and you can check out a gallery of the X-treme below.



PRESS RELEASE

Swiss Extravaganza - The Rinspeed "X-treme" based on the Porsche 957 Cayenne

The Swiss company Rinspeed, also renown as a noble Porsche tuner, can look back to thirty years of tradition and now presents its latest customizing program based on the face-lifted Porsche Cayenne. The latest creation of the Swiss is called X-treme which is specially high-lighted by the sporty and dynamic aerodynamics package. It plays the latest Cayenne outstandingly to the gallery and fits to all model versions.

The complete new frontskirt/bumper impresses by its aggressive and distinctive visual appearance. Bigger air-intakes with fins as well as a front splitter with its own brake aeration award the Rinspeed X-treme a proprietary and typical look. Beefy wheel arches let the sporty SUV appear to be much wider and more dynamic. The side skirts fit elegantly into the existing side lines and connect homogenously the wide wheel arches. The rear skirt has received a difusor which diminishes the down force significantly. The two rear chrome exhaust tips are the high-light of the back end. The sporty exhaust system clearly suggests the ample power under the hood. The X-treme will bring up to 600 hp on the road.

The contact to the road is ensures by the enormous wheel-tire-combination in the typical Rinspeed design. The biggest available version is of the size of 11x23 inches. The 315/25-23 tires are especially approved for speeds of the 300 km/h. The air suspension is customized with an electronic module which lowers the SUV by 35 mm - the whole range covers 110 mm .

Exclusive leather interiors as well as customizing options as individual bucket seating, home entertainment systems and many other items round up the diversified program.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, great aggressive look. The front looks like a angry face! 600hp, that's powerful. Want one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I... LIKE IT! Seriously, Rinspeed missed just one add-on to make this the überCayenne - license the self-driving package developed by Stanford University which allowed a VW Touareg to win the 1996 DARPA Challenge and drive itself over a 100-mile long mixed road/cross-country, broken terrain desert test course. The mechanical hookups ought to be identical, shouldn't they?

      And if DARPA won't allow that (they paid US $5 million to the winning team for the rights to the system), there were at least two competing systems which finished in second and fourth place.

      Since the Stanford system runs on Macintoshes, Apple might kick in a little cash for product placement rights, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it, looks pretty good. Although, I would still take a 911.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fulgy ugly!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      DAMN maybe that will get this comment removed but if not this thing is awesome it looks great super aggressive and with the bawls to back it all up!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just buy a 911?
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...because if you can afford one of these, you already have a 911, probably multiple 911's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a student right next to Rinspeed in Switzerland, they have a nice little array of cars outside, mainly modified 997 Turbos but also the occasional tuned Cayenne and of course, their concept cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WHOA! I absolutley hate the Cayenne but this thing flaaaaaames.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When will people stop trying to justify this fugly heap of junk as a performance SUV and just let it die? This thing is for wealthy soccer moms to grocery get, not to set land speed records. The Toureg was 100x better looking that this. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little
      • 7 Years Ago
      I... LIKE IT! Seriously, Rinspeed missed just one add-on to make this the überCayenne - license the self-driving package developed by Stanford University which allowed a VW Touareg to win the 1996 DARPA Challenge and drive itself over a 100-mile long mixed road/cross-country, broken terrain desert test course. The mechanical hookups ought to be identical, shouldn't they?

      And if DARPA won't allow that (they paid US $5 million to the winning team for the rights to the system), there were at least two competing systems which finished in second and fourth place.

      Since the Stanford system runs on Macintoshes, Apple might kick in a little cash for product placement rights, too.