2008–2009 Porsche Cayennes Are Our Dakar-Inspired Bring a Trailer Picks
Two fun-looking modified Porsche Cayennes are up for auction on Bring a Trailer this week.
For racing fans, a 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS with a Martini livery wrap looks more than ready for your social media feed.
A modified 2008 Cayenne S looks more ready for your updates with a lower auction price.
First-generation Porsche Cayennes around the world are enjoying an adventurous retirement from daily commuting as modified off-roaders from Dakar to your local desert-like area. If you’re looking for a way to join the movement with an already-modified 2008 or 2009 Cayenne, we found some options over on the auction site Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos.
Up first is a 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS that looks like it should be speeding along the dunes. It has been modified with 18-inch OZ racing-style wheels, an aftermarket air suspension, a tubular front bumper, a front skid plate, and a roof rack with recovery gear. Don’t buy this one to blend in. It's also got a multicolor vinyl wrap of the Martini livery over Crystal Silver Metallic paint, bi-xenon headlights, and a sunroof. The black leather interior uses Alcantara upholstery for the heated front seats. It also has navigation and a Bose surround sound system.
The GTS Cayennes are a great place to start making modifications, but the listing doesn’t detail who made the modifications. The original 4.8-liter V-8 engine, rated at 405 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque at the factory, and a six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission remain. The Cayenne has all-wheel drive, a dual-range transfer case, and a variable center differential. There are 121,000 miles on the odometer. The auction ends on Wednesday, May 3, and the current bid is just over $18,000.
A second modified Cayenne currently up for auction is a 2008 Cayenne S, the trim level below the GTS, in Sand White paint. Three inches of lift come from a Eurowise kit with Bilstein shock absorbers, and the car sits on 32-inch Falken tires (without tire-pressure monitors) with 18-inch Sparco Terra wheels. There are also bi-xenon headlights, a roof rack, a rear wiper, and a swing-away rear tire carrier.
The 4.8-liter V-8 and six-speed transmission should sound familiar. The interior is covered in Sand Beige leather and Gloss Light wood trim accents with heated front seats, navigation, and a Bose sound system.
This vehicle has a few problems, including parking sensors and a windshield washer pump that do not work. There are also some scuffs and blemishes on the exterior. The front tires can rub the fender liners thanks to substantial front-end work. The odometer says the car has 121,000 miles, but it's unclear how reliable that is. This auction ends on Thursday, May 4, and is currently sitting at $7000.
If you’re more into the DIY aspect of modifying a Cayenne for off-road use, a fair number of them are regularly available on BaT. You can see all Cayennes on the auction site here.
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