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I Hate How Much I Love This Janky Convertible Porsche Cayenne


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One of my favorite SUVs of all time is the Volkswagen Touareg and its platform mate, the Porsche Cayenne. The Touareg is an off-road sleeper while the Cayenne is a giggle. I mean, it’s an SUV that can tow your race car to the track then itself go racing after you break your race car. It’s hard to improve on such a great vehicle, but I think someone might have actually figured it out. There’s a Porsche Cayenne for sale for $45,000 with a convertible top and I hate how much I love it.

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The seller for this 2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS on Facebook Marketplace calls it a “Trans Siberian GTS.” Cayenne lovers will know that this refers to the fantastic Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia Edition.


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That SUV was a limited 600-unit production run of the Cayenne with striking graphics, off-road tires and other bits. Just a scant 102 of the vehicles — meant to celebrate Porsche’s victories of the Transsyberia Rally — made it to America.

Somewhere down the line, someone decided that a Cayenne shouldn’t be an off-roader, but a convertible.


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I couldn’t fathom why anyone would do this to such a rare car, so I reached out to the seller. They told me that the owner is actually a good friend. That friend bought the Cayenne out in California and back then it had the decals and off-road wheel setup of the Transsyberia Edition.

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This appears to be a former tribute car rather than a genuine Transsyberia Edition. The sticker under the hood says “Cayenne GTS” when a Transsyberia Edition has a sticker that says “Cayenne Transsyberia.” Porsche also says that the Transsyberia Edition is based on the Cayenne S with a GTS engine.

So I think it’s safe to put down the pitchforks and enjoy this absurd machine. I sure am!

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The seller tells me that the conversion to a convertible was professionally done, and the top is electrically-operated. It’s supposed to work like a convertible Cayenne would have from the factory.

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That said, the conversion does look a little janky because the doors are still framed. It’s the most jarring when you check out the back seats. And that roll bar would probably not do much in a rollover.


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Under the hood is the 4.8-liter V8 making 405 horses and 369 lb-ft torque.

That’s more than enough power for you and the whole family to enjoy top-down SUV fun. It’s certainly enough power to leave a Nissan CrossCabriolet in your dust.

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Out back is a tow hitch. The Cayenne has a 7,716-lb tow rating, so in theory you can still tow your race car to the track while catching those rays.

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But I’m not sure if I’d want to.


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The Cayenne rides on a unibody. If you’ve cut the roof off of a unibody car you know that things start getting bendy real fast without a roof structure to tie everything together.

If you haven’t been scared away just yet, I have to inform you that it’s $45,000 on Facebook Marketplace in River Oaks, Texas. Still, I can’t help but love this thing. I’d love to put some all-terrains on it then take it off-road; heart-shaped sunglasses on, blasting whatever lame music is in my library at the moment.

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