- Cannot swing the $223,450 for a Porsche 911 Dakar? Here is an off-road-ready Porsche with seating for the entire household.
- Solely 285 Transsyberia Cayennes had been constructed worldwide, and that is one among solely three North American variations with a guide transmission.
- With 5 days earlier than the Bring a Trailer auction ends on Friday, February 10, bidding is at $36,500 for this extremely collectible, extremely succesful Porsche.
Porsche says it has no intention of coming into its new 911 Dakar in competitors, however a decade in the past, it did simply that with a particular version of the Cayenne S. Up on the market this week at Carry a Trailer (which, like Automotive and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos) is a uncommon Cayenne, one of some constructed to rejoice Porsche’s wins on the 2007 Transsyberia rally. In the event you had been holding out on that new Dakar due to its lack of rear seats, this is some rally-prepped Porsche for the entire household.
The Transsyberia rally runs greater than 4000 miles from Moscow proper throughout Mongolia. Porsche swept the rostrum in 2007 with a trio of Cayennes, then determined to showcase the potential of its all-conquering SUV with a civilian-spec model. That is a type of 285 particular editions constructed.
Simply because the 911 Dakar is principally a 911 GTS beneath, so too is the Cayenne Transsyberia primarily based on the Cayenne GTS. Energy comes from a 4.8-liter V-8 making 405 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and the inside contains a luxurious mix of leather-based and Alcantara.
However, because the orange accents all through trace, that is no mall-crawler Porsche SUV. The Transsyberia additionally will get adjustable-height air suspension, 18-inch wheels designed to put on chunky off-road tires, and skidplating beneath. Transsyberias additionally got here with the Cayenne’s not often optioned off-road bundle, which incorporates particular programming for the Porsche stability and traction management.
As if all of that wasn’t sufficient potential enjoyable within the grime, have a peek between the entrance seats: that is an honest-to-goodness guide transmission. Solely three manual-equipped Transsyberias are recognized to have been delivered to North American, all of them initially bought into Canada. Which is sensible, contemplating that many elements of Canada are a bit like Siberia, and people Canucks love their stickhandling.
This Transsyberia is presently positioned in Vancouver, British Columbia, however can simply be imported into the US. With 133,000 kms on the odometer—roughly 83,000 miles—this isn’t a Porsche that should keep parked to retain its worth. But it’s one thing of a collector merchandise. The earlier proprietor eliminated the admittedly garish orange Transsyberia decals, however these can be found from Porsche and ought to be reapplied for resale. A radical blasting of the undercarriage and making use of safety coating ought to be on the to-do record.
With these duties executed, one fortunate bidder can have a mighty V-8–powered Porsche that is simply as succesful as any dune-surfing 911 variant, however with sufficient room for a household of 5 (or a bunch of mates to assist push you out of the sand in the event you get caught). Being so uncommon, it is sure to understand in worth as effectively. With 5 days to go, bidding sits at $36,500. That is a cut price by off-road Porsche requirements; do not miss your likelihood.