To say goodbye to the second Cayenne generation, Porsche Latin America sent the SUV on a remarkable road trip. On 9th November 2017 a solitary Cayenne S rolled slowly out of Montevideo on the southern shore of Uruguay, heading east along the coast road towards Punta Del Este.
The Cayenne wove its way through Uruguay towards Chile
The Cayenne S that was chosen for the challenge weaved its way through Uruguay towards Buenos Aires in Argentina, before heading south to the idyllic Bariloche. From there, the car crossed the Andean Mountain Range to Temuco, in Chile, where it witnessed the last race of the Cayman GT4 Challenge. Next up, was a journey north, to Santiago de Chile, before the Andean Mountain Range was crossed again before a stop in the wine region of Mendoza (Argentina). Later, the expedition would move on to Paraguay and Bolivia, where it reached its highest point of 3,812 metres at Lake Titicaca.
The Cayenne S arrives in Encarnación
Multiple engagements had to be met along the way, with national media lined up for both conferences and driving legs on the route itself, for photo calls and filming opportunities. Some parts of the journey would take the Cayenne so far from civilization, with so little time to spare, that the team onboard were simply forced to sleep in their seats.The men and women behind this epic journey faced bureaucratic challenges of a similarly monumental nature to the physical, struggling to arrange border permits and plot a route with sufficient access to high-grade fuel, or just fuel of any description.
The drivers were assured of their car’s depths of capability
The Cayenne’s V6 bi-turbo never missed a beat, however, taking the heat, altitude and occasional tank of less-than-ideal fuel in its stride. Rough going on broken trails and unmade roads was equally well met, with the team of drivers at the helm always assured of their car’s remarkable depths of capability and peerless build.
After two months, the team climbed into Mexico City
After over two months of solid, faultless driving through some of the most stunning and challenging landscapes the world has to offer, the team finally climbed into Mexico City, to a hero’s welcome.
El Salvador welcomes the Expedition Cayenne
“We were very confident that the Cayenne S would achieve the goals we set for ourselves with this expedition,” said George Wills, President and CEO of Porsche Latin America, “and now we are happy to have written another page in the success story of our sports car in the premium SUV segment.”What began as a challenge for the Cayenne became a unifying journey for Porsche itself, connecting disparate members of the family across borders, obstacles and time zones. A life-changing journey through the unknown, on which car and crew never felt more at home.