The German luxury brand will soon start selling the 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS Design Edition 3 sports utility vehicle. With a production run limited to only a mere thousand of glorified performance SUVs, the special edition model may spur a wave of interest in the model that, truth be told, already stays on the production line way too long.
Sharing its platform and majority of components with Volkswagen Touareg, current Cayenne has been Porsche’s cash cow for the last seven years allowing the German brand to keep investing some serious money into developing their “core” models like the legendary 911 Carrera and the Cayman. First introduced back in 2002, it was facelifted last year getting a choice of new, more powerful engines with direct fuel injection in the process. All in all, the company from Stuttgart managed to sell more than 250,000 (!) of the SUVs making it one of the most successful sport ‘utes on the market while forcing the naysayers to voluntarily eat their hats, neckties and, in some cases, hearts out.
However, the car is definitely getting older and -considering the state of economy- the sales will keep slowly crawling to a halt as competitors offer newer vehicles that may be not as good on the Nurburgring, but have better infotainment systems and more comfortable seats. And the fact that the next year the company will bring a second-generation 2011 Cayenne, which will be faster, lighter and even more fuel-efficient, doesn’t contribute to the sales of current Cayenne either. Okay, you’ve got my point: Porsche will keep introducing new spec.ed. versions of the Cayenne for the next 12 months.
The Porsche Cayenne GTS Design Edition 3 is essentially the same model, which is delivered with an exclusive Lava Gray metallic paint (it is about two shades darker than the standard Meteor Gray Metallic paint that wouldn’t cost you a single penny and 99.7 percent of people wouldn’t see the difference) and rolls on a set of 21-inch Sportplus wheels painted in anthracite color and normally available at an additional price of $2105. The SUV also comes equipped with standard bi-xenon lights (plus $1560) and privacy glass (usually not available at all on the U.S. market).
Inside the car, exclusivity is limited to black leather/alcantara upholstery with red stitching and carbon-fiber insertions on the dashboard. The rest of the package is rather basic: the GTS Edition 3 even lacks the thicker steering wheel in two-tone leather, normally available for an additional price of $2160 and the leather trim on the steering column, seat bases and air vents. Well, perhaps they were trying to save some weight?
However, they didn’t forget to install a 5.1 surround sound Bose system with 14 speakers and will even present you with a free Porsche Design Dashboard Chronograph watch (the P’6612 by the looks of it) that usually retails for about €5000 if you buy it on the Internet. Looks like a great deal, right?
In Europe, the car will go on sale in May at a price of €79,100. I guesstimate that in the U.S. it will be available at about $77,000, if it ever makes it across the Pond.
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