And it's going on a crazy off-road adventure.
With high-performance SUVs like the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus flooding the market, sports car and supercar manufacturers are capitalizing on the demand for SUVs to boost profits. But Porsche started this trend nearly 20 years ago with the launch of the Cayenne.
Launching an SUV with a Porsche badge was controversial at the time, but the gamble paid off as the Cayenne is one of Porsche's best-selling models and remains on sale today in its third-generation guise. While the Cayenne isn't the most off-road capable SUV on the market, aftermarket tuning companies are trying to change that. Recently, Gemballa announced plans to convert the Cayenne into a hardcore off-roader, but German tuner Delta4x4 has beaten them to the punch.
This custom Porsche Cayenne was built for Shane Oosthuizen, who plans to take the SUV on an epic off-road adventure. Speaking with Crazy About Porsche, Oosthuizen explains how he was working in Austria when his contract ended. So he's going to use his modified Porsche Cayenne to go on an epic off-road adventure across two continents back to his hometown in South Africa. "At the end of my working contract, I knew I would have to go back home at some stage - so why not make an adventure of it?"
According to Google Maps, the journey takes seven and a half days, but Oosthuizen isn't interested in setting the fastest time and estimates he will be on the road with his fiance for around three to four months. According to Oosthuizen, the extensive modifications took around a year to complete.
A Front Runner roof rack has been fitted to carry a tent and jerry cans for extra fuel, while a lockable drawer system and full-size spare wheel are stored in the trunk. The most notable modification is the Cayenne's new PIAA rally lights providing extra visibility during night time driving. Oosthuizen admits they weren't really necessary but they "also look cool." We're inclined to agree.
The Cayenne's standard air suspension was kept, but links were added to give the SUV some extra lift at its normal setting. Delta4x4 also supplied aftermarket 20-inch wheels wrapped in chunky off-road tires. Originally, Oosthuizen was planning to embark on his cross-country journey at the end of March. But with the coronavirus pandemic causing worldwide disruption, he's now planning to start the adventure in late June.