(2009 – 2011) Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia – Ultimate Guide
Following the victory in the 2007 Transsyberian Rally, when 27 out of 34 entrants chose to run with a Cayenne, Porsche introduced a limited-edition named Transsyberia. The Cayenne Cayenne Transsyberia was fitted with a 4.8-liter V8 unit, which developed 405 hp. Unlike the GTS, it was offered exclusively with the Tiptronic S (automatic) 6-speed and a special final drive ratio. The air-suspension was fitted as standard and the PTM was adjusted to send 64% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels.
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia Special Edition offers a number of enhancements to entice those unsuspecting punters in. In a move that is generally unheard of these days, this is an SUV that can actually survive off-road.
The Cayenne S Transsyberia Special Edition takes the 4.8-liter V8 unit that develops 405bhp and 500Nm of torque from the range topping GTS allowing the model to drop its base 0-100km/h time down by 0.5 seconds to 6.1 seconds. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or alternatively consumers can optionally grab the six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with a 4.1:1 drive ratio giving the model an even higher level of performance.
The special edition features air suspension coupled with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which continuously adjusts the damper forces, add this to the incorporated PTM (Porsche Traction Management) system that passes the torque to the wheels with a 62% bias favouring the rear end and we have a model supremely enhanced for off road effectiveness
Four exterior color concepts will be available: Black/Orange, Crystal Silver Metallic/Orange for those wanting that extra bit of attention and Black/Meteor Grey Metallic and Meteor Grey Metallic/Crystal Silver Metallic for the more conservative consumers. A set of four lights sitting nicely on the roof pays homage to the Transsyberia victory and can be installed at no extra cost.
Winning Porsches come in many shapes, and nowhere is the competitive Porsche Motorsport DNA more evident than in the latest version of the thriving Cayenne range – the new race-inspired 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia.
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is based on the Cayennes 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. The most capable Cayenne yet was revealed at the 2008 Paris Auto Show.
Just as the Weissach-developed Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia competition models were based on the street version of the Cayenne S, this 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 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberias is 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% rear-bias for greater on-road driving dynamics.
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia proudly shows off its winning pedigree. It is available exclusively in four different color combinations – black with orange accents or crystal silver metallic, also with orange accents. For those desiring a more “stealthy” color combination, the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is also 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 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is 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 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia can be customized to include the decorative “Cayenne S Transsyberia” side strips and offroad roof lights (for vehicles without the optional moonroof) at no additional cost.
The standard front and rear stainless steel skid plates emphasize the off-road character of the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia. An optional off-road package that features 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 provided “just in case.”
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia also features standard sport seats with Alcantara seat inserts. The standard multifunction steering wheel is also covered in Alcantara and has a “twelve – o’clock” mark at the top of the wheel, as do all of the race-ready Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberias, in the same contrasting color as the exterior.
The 2010 Cayenne S Transsyberia was available in the United States from early spring of 2009 with an MSRP of $70,800.