As Porsche continues development of the refreshed Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé, the Stuttgart-based automaker is taking the time to revisit the Cayenne S rally car it built for Rally Transsyberia. One of the toughest motorsport competitions on the planet with a total length of over 6,200 miles (over 10,000 kilometers), the race which went from Berlin via Moscow, Novosibirsk, Mongolia and Lake Baikal was the event where the all-new first-gen Cayenne proved its capabilities.
In 2006, a pair of Cayenne S models earned a one-two in the third leg of the rally. One of the cars was driven by Jurgen Kern, whose full-time job at the time was testing and developing the first generation Cayenne. The vehicles used for racing were close to production with only minor changes, including beefier off-road tires, underbody panels, a snorkel air filter, winch and additional LED lighting.
Impressed by the achievements of the two Cayenne rally cars, Porsche management decided to approve a limited run of 26 Cayenne S Transsyberia models, which were sold to private teams to compete in the 2007 Transsyberia Tour. The vehicles were, again once, very close to the production version of the off-roader with few optimizations for long-distance rallies, in particular a roll cage, a shorter axle ratio, reinforcements in the underbody and a differential lock. Impressively, when the air suspension was set to the highest possible level, the Cayenne rally car had a paddling depth of around 30 inches (75 centimeters).
Under the hood of the rally car was a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine in stock form. The mill was good for 385 horsepower (283 kilowatts). The same engine, albeit in GTS form with 405 bhp (298 kW), was used for the road-legal limited-edition Cayenne S Transsyberia model launched in 2009. It featured some of the rally car’s upgrades, including including the shorter axle. report and additional lights on the roof. When fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, it sprinted from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100 kilometers per hour) in 6.1 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than the Ordinary Cayenne S at the time.