Forget those fancy dual-clutch gearboxes.
There was quite a bit of controversy when the Porsche Cayenne arrived back in 2002 as a 2003 model. Never before had Porsche sold anything other than a sports car, let alone an SUV. But times were quickly changing and Porsche realized there was money to be made in the luxury SUV segment. A lot of money. Since then, the Cayenne has paid off beautifully, helping to bring Porsche to record profits. In fact, a decent amount of Cayenne profits help fund the 911 program.
But over the years, the Cayenne has not only become even more powerful and luxurious but also more refined. It's easier and more enjoyable to drive than ever. But there was a time when things were slightly different. The first-generation Cayenne, believe it or not, could be had with a six-speed manual (or a six-speed automatic). Porsche had to satisfy the enthusiasts somehow and combined with V8 power this was a delightfully fun combo.
And it became even more so with the first-gen Cayenne GTS. Powered by a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 with 399 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, power was sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual. Yep, that's nearly 400 hp and row your own gear joy. Nothing like this can be found on any of today's ultra-fast and powerful SUVs, but here's your chance to enjoy some old school driving pleasure. This 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS is currently up for sale on Bring A Trailer and yes, it has a six-speed manual.
The SUV was sold new and recently purchased by its current owner/seller. It has a total of 120,000 miles on its odometer, but it appears to be pretty good shape. Its Carfax report, however, shows there was an accident in 2016 that resulted in the repainting of the passenger-side fender. Not a big deal. Some GTS-specific features include unique front and rear-end styling, color-matching wheel arch extensions, side skirts, black pillar trim, and quad exhaust tips.
Unlike some other Cayenne GTSs, this one lacks a sunroof. Enthusiasts will appreciate the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, extended rear spoiler, and 21-inch wheels. A 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds is also pretty impressive.
With its Marine Blue Metallic exterior and Stone Grey leather seats with Alcantara inserts, this Cayenne GTS still looks relatively fresh and modern today. The seller even includes a set of WeatherTech floor mats. As for the price, as of this writing, the highest bid was $15,000 but there are still several days to go until the sale ends. H/T to Joey!