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2008-01-09 08:20
From timid Switzerland comes a typically elaborate customising of the latest Porsche Cayenne by Rinspeed.

Since 1979 the company founded by Frank Rinderknecht has defied Switzerland's undisguised automotive phobia by designing exotic customisations of some of the most bespoke cars in production.

With Porsche having given their notoriously styled Cayenne SUV a recent make-over, Rinspeed decided to take it a step further.

Elaborate body-kit

With bigger air intakes and a front splitter the Rinspeed X-treme cuts a menacing presence, the larger air intakes especially, draw aesthetically critical eyes away from the Cayenne's odd front headlamp design generally messy proportions.

Side skirts and elaborately flared wheel arches continue the radial Rinspeed styling package along the flanks while a new rear bumper completes the styling restyling. The net result is essentially elaborate Rinspeed, especially with 23-inch mags filling those flared arches and riding on 315/25mm rubber.

Suspension lowered, power stratified

A recalibration of the air suspension enables the X-treme to ride 35mm lower than the standard Cayenne aiding ride and on-road handling whilst enhancing the already forbidding road presence.

The lowered ride height works in unison with a rear diffuser - fitted as part of the styling package - to enhance downforce and stability via airflow management.

Characteristically no Rinspeed conversion would be complete without a bit of engine tinkering, and the X-treme is no exception.

With the two chromed twin exhausts providing both aesthetic and acoustic appeal, a significantly revised ECU engine management system has boosted power of the 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 from 370kw to 447kW.

Exclusive leather interiors as well as individual bucket seating and comprehensive infotainment system upgrades are available on request.


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