By now, most car enthusiasts know the Porsche Cayenne was offered with a stick shift. In fact, you could get a manual Cayenne up until the SUV’s most recent facelift, which happened for the 2015 model year. But here’s something you may not have realized: For a few years in the late 2000s, you could get a Cayenne with a manual … and a V8.
It’s true. In 2008, Porsche debuted the sporty Cayenne GTS, which offered a 4.8-liter V8 that made 405 horsepower — 20 more than the regular Cayenne S. It also offered larger wheels, a nicer interior and an improved suspension. And … they made a manual version. There was no manual Cayenne S, and no manual Cayenne Turbo, but Porsche decided the GTS was juuuuust enthusiasty enough that people might buy it with a stick shift.
They didn’t. The Cayenne GTS stick sold in tremendously small numbers, to the point where there are only two currently listed for sale on Autotrader — and this is one of them. It’s offered by Auto Connections in the Seattle area, and it’s white with a beige interior, and, indeed, that manual transmission right between the seats. It’s offered with around 61,000 miles for $33,995, which may seem a bit high for an 8-year-old Cayenne, but if you want a stick shift, you don’t have many other options — and you may not find another. Plus, this one looks quite nice, with a well-kept interior and even barely-worn alcantara seat centers — unusual in a Cayenne GTS from this era.
Is it any good? I’ve actually driven a Cayenne GTS with a stick shift, and I have to say it depends on what you’re expecting. It’s no sports car, for sure — but it certainly makes the car more exciting (and more unusual) than a standard Cayenne. Find a used Porsche Cayenne for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.