More than the sportiest SUV
at soccer practice, the Porsche Cayenne
is also a surprisingly capable off-roader. So, outfitting one with skid plates and a light bar isn't as peculiar as it may seem. The Cayenne S Transsyberia was inspired by Porsche's recent dominance in the Transsyberia Rally that runs 4,460 miles from Moscow to Mongolia via, you guessed it, Syberia. In addition to the same 405 horsepower V8 engine and six-speed manual or Tiptronic automatic transmission found in the Cayenne GTS, the Transsyberia is distinguished by four unique color combinations, stainless-steel skid plates and, offered as no-cost options, "Cayenne S Transsyberia" decals on the side and a roof-mounted light bar. For buyers who really do plan on getting it dirty, an optional off-road package features a variable and lockable rear differential and enhanced underbody protection. If your ideal weekend includes a 158-mph highway drive to a dirt road leading to a remote camping spot, your ride is (almost) here. Porsche says the Cayenne S Transsyberia will be available in the U.S. in the spring of 2009 with a starting price of $70,800.