Winning Porsches come in many shapes, and nowhere is the competitive Porsche Motorsport DNA more evident than in the new race-inspired 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia. The Cayenne S Transsyberia is based on the Cayenne SUVs that won one of the most grueling endurance races in the world. The rally marathon, which is held every spring, is a two-week race that traverses Russia, Siberia and Mongolia and covers over 4,400 miles. It is called, simply, the Transsyberia Rally, and slightly modified Porsche Cayenne S models have won this brutally demanding event three times in a row.
Just as the Weissach-developed Cayenne S Transsyberia competition models were based on the production Cayenne S, the 2010 special edition, with less than 600 units earmarked for North America, features the 405 horsepower, 4.8-liter naturally aspirated, direct fuel injected V8 engine lifted directly from the Cayenne GTS. The Tiptronic S six-speed automatic transmission with a 4.11:1 final drive ratio is standard.
All Cayenne S Transsyberia’s are equipped with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which electronically adjusts the shock absorbers to achieve superior ride and handling characteristics. The permanent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system divides the torque between the front and rear, with a 62 percent rear-bias for greater on-road driving dynamics.
The Cayenne S Transsyberia proudly shows off its winning pedigree in four different color combinations – black with orange accents or crystal silver metallic with orange accents. For those desiring a more ‘stealthy’ color combination, the Cayenne S Transsyberia is available in either black with meteor grey metallic highlights or meteor grey metallic with crystal silver metallic highlights.
With the exception of the meteor grey metallic with crystal silver metallic combination, all Cayenne S Transsyberia are available with contrasting colored 18-inch Cayenne S II wheels. Contrasting color is also used on the air intake vent fins, exterior mirror housing and extended bi-plane roof spoiler. In addition, the Cayenne S Transsyberia can be customized to include the decorative ‘Cayenne S Transsyberia’ side strips and off-road roof lights (for vehicles without the optional moonroof) at no additional cost.
The standard front and rear stainless steel skid plates emphasize the Cayenne S Transsyberia’s off-road character. An optional off-road package featuring a variable and lockable rear differential, rock rails with integrated skid plates, a reinforced engine-bay guard, and enhanced protection for the fuel tank and rear axle is available. A second towing lug is also provided.
The interior features standard sport seats with Alcantara seat inserts, and the standard multifunction steering wheel is covered in Alcantara with a ‘12 o’clock’ mark at the top of the wheel in the same contrasting color as the exterior, just as what’s found on the race-ready Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia SUVs.
The Cayenne S Transsyberia’s MSRP is $70,800 plus $975 for destination.
Regardless of model distinctions, all Cayennes share a solid family resemblance. Every one has a bold face with its headlights under clear glass covers and mounted close to the fascia's outer edges. The strong front sweeps back to broad, muscular wheel arches. The breadth of the wheel arches increases along with each variant’s performance potential and tire size. Both the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S are further distinguished by their power dome hoods, and the GTS shares their horizontal lighting units mounted in the outer air inlets.
Leaving no stone unturned in its quest to refine the Cayennes’ shape, Porsche's aerodynamic engineers optimized the shape of the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler. Besides resulting in an aesthetic, fresh look, the current body has a lower coefficient of drag than the first generation Cayenne.