The 2003 Porsche Cayenne was a game-changer for the corporate and its clients, however nowhere extra so than within the Center-East. The SUV’s off-road potential and practicality discovered it associates quick in a area recognized for its desert panorama and, let’s face it, wealth.
However a few of these first-generation Cayennes are coming as much as 20 years outdated, which means you not should be an oil sheikh to purchase one, and in addition making them ripe for some enjoyable modifications, which is precisely what Porsche has achieved to have a good time the mannequin’s anniversary.
Porsche Center East and Africa FZE challenged the UAE’s two Porsche importers, Porsche Centre Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi, to get inventive with a set of first-generation (E1) Cayennes to mark the SUV’s twentieth birthday and its impression on the area’s luxurious automotive market.
The 2 Porsche facilities sourced 4 Cayennes every, which turned out to be one of many largest challenges of the mission as a result of the groups have been solely involved in automobiles in good situation, that have been comparatively commonplace, and which have been authentic GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) specification automobiles. And predictably, given their advancing years, a few of them nonetheless wanted work.
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“They’ve gone by means of the identical inspection course of that any Porsche Accredited pre-owned automobile would undergo and required numerous work, which you’d count on from automobiles which are 17 to twenty years outdated,” says Darren Abel, Model Supervisor for Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi, Ali & Sons.
Among the Cayennes have been fitted with lift-kits and off-road wheels, plus spacers to push the wheels to the sting of the arches and toughen the stance. Others have fabricated spare wheel carriers on the rear, underbody safety and roof racks for a roof tents. One of many different motivations bending the mission was to advertise Porsche Traditional and Porsche Tequipment’s catalogs of Cayenne components, and among the modifications the groups carried out, together with the roof tent and graphics, can be found to house owners.
The eight modded Cayennes shall be on show alongside their fashionable descendants on the Icons of Porsche Pageant going down in Dubai on November 26-27, after which they’ll be bought off. And it doesn’t sound like that can take lengthy. “We have already got clients lining as much as purchase them,” says Abel.