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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

Although decisions made by Porsche are typically well-considered, brilliantly executed, and surely the product of 40 million meetings and focus-group sessions, I can think of at least one modern exception: the Cayenne Transsyberia. That's the vehicle you see above -- and yes, those orange accents are standard. So is the roof-rack light bar.

Here's the background: Apparently, at some point in the 2000s, a modified Porsche Cayenne won a race called the Transsyberian Rally, which crosses the Siberia region of Russia. It may not have even won this race, to be honest. It may have merely competed.

And so, to mark their victory -- or perhaps in a desperate attempt to simply let anyone, anywhere know that their vehicle had competed in this race -- Porsche came out with a "Transsyberia Edition" of the Cayenne S. It looked a lot like the cars that competed in the rally, but unfortunately, that look didn't really translate into retail sales: There were orange accents in the front grille, orange wheels, orange mirror caps, and orange stripes down the side. There were also orange accents all over the interior. And then there was my personal favorite feature: a giant orange light bar mounted on the roof rack.

Not only was it a bizarre decision to offer a Halloween-pumpkin-themed Porsche Cayenne, but Porsche's timing couldn't have been worse: The Cayenne Transsyberia was on sale in 2009 and 2010, right at the heart of the recession, when it was hard enough for dealers to sell any vehicle -- let alone a Cayenne that looked like its wheels were doing their best imitation of webbed duck feet.

Nonetheless, the Cayenne Transsyberia is kind of cool, if only because of how obscure it is -- and now you can have one. This particular model is offered by Eurotoys in Miami, Florida, and it's covered just 38,900 miles in its seven years on the road. The result is an asking price of $39,899, which is big money for an aging Cayenne -- but then again, if you want that sweet Transsyberia orange, good luck finding another one for sale.

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