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The Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia Was … Bizarre

What you see before you is a Porsche Cayenne that has not been modified in any way. It came like this, from the factory, in this exact configuration. In these exact colors. With these exact wheels. And that light bar on the roof. See the used Porsche Cayenne models for sale near you

It’s called the Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia. And it’s the strangest thing Porsche built in the last 20 years.

Before we get into the Cayenne Transsyberia that you, as a human, can purchase, let’s first cover why it exists in the first place. It was designed to commemorate Porsche’s entrance into the 2007 TransSyberia Rally, a road rally spanning across 4,500 miles of Russia’s Siberia region. I have no idea how frequently this rally is held, how grueling it is or whether Porsche even entered the rally in any other year, because there’s very little information about it online. This is probably because the rally organizers live in igloos.

But Porsche entered the rally in 2007, and by God they did it in a Cayenne, and they weren’t about to let you forget it. And so, a road-going version of the Transsyberia rally car was built. They nixed the roll cage, the navigational aid and the racing harnesses, but they kept all the orange.

Unsurprisingly, the Cayenne Transsyberia, which was only sold in the Cayenne S guise with a 405-horsepower V8, only lasted a single model year before Porsche nixed it and returned to making cars that didn’t have orange wheels. However, the Cayenne Transsyberia lives on in our hearts and minds, and probably in a few parking garages, where that light bar hit a low-hanging pipe. Find a used Porsche Cayenne for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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