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First-generation Porsche Cayenne gets an off-road makeover in the Middle East

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the changed car Porsche luck. Three years after the 996-series 911 showed how low the 911 can go (and this writer likes the 996), Cayenne put into production in 2002, the money-making sales ensure that the 911 can be a great car in any form. sport car we know today. As part of the celebrations, the German home office asked Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE to create a series of custom Cayenne trims for the Porsche Festival Icons to be held in Dubai over the weekend. via. The region’s two importers in the United Arab Emirates have each purchased four first-generation Cayennes, that task seems to be the hardest part of the effort. Finding “relatively good, good condition” Cayennes in Gulf Cooperation Council specs, in a region of the world that loves a good off-road vehicle, took some effort. .

After finding eight models from 2007 to 2010, the importers put each SUV through the same process. used for porsche Certification approved. Then comes the upfit. Naturally, that includes multiple lift kits, dirt-focused tires, roof racks, outside wheel holders for spares, light bars, roof tents, and some special outfits. . A sizable portion of the equipment comes from Porsche’s growing spare parts portfolio. The automaker has been promoting outdoor Cayenne builds for years now, last year announcing the Porsche Performance Division for its used cars, the Tequipment division and the Porsche Classic making the cars. new division dedicated to terrain and road. The white #11 Cayenne with Porsche Tequipment roof top sits on 18-inch electrically-coated, matte black Porsche Classic wheels with a laser-engraved Porsche logo. Three of the outfits are retail decal packs: Adventure, in Guards Red; Rallye, in Ice Race Blue; and Hunt, in Olive Car Hunt. Porsche Classic will add more off-road components in 2023.

After driving the fleet through the red soil of the Hatta region and putting it on display, the rigs will likely find homes in pristine garages. One of the importers said they bought a Cayenne from a customer who asked what the importer planned to do with the car. The importer said: “We explained our plans to modify and upgrade it and he said it looked like a car he might like, so asked if we would consider selling it. back to him after the Porsche Icon event is over.”

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