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Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia to debut in Paris

Limited-edition SUV has a distinct nod toward Russian customers.


Is this the new SUV of choice for Russian hockey moms?

The 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia will debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, which begins on October 4.

The SUV is basically a limited-edition take on Porsche's Cayenne SUV. The 405-horsepower SUV will have a 4.8-liter direct fuel injection V8 engine (from the Cayenne GTS) and the Tiptronic S six-speed automatic transmission. The SUV has a top speed of 158 mph. The funky roof headlights are a free option offered by Porsche, only dependent on your country's rules for using them on public roads.

It's the name that could signal a new marketing focus for Porsche.

U.S. customers may be fleeing the SUV market due to prices at the pump. But, as we all know, Russia is teeming with oil, and oil money, at the moment.

This is the interior of the Cayenne S Transsyberia. Porsche

Transsyberia refers to the 4,460-mile TransSiberia Rally road race that starts in Moscow and ends in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

This year, the race, which is sponsored by Sony Ericsson, was won by team France in a Porsche Cayenne S. Many of the teams that participated drove souped-up version of the Porsche Cayenne S, though there were also Land Rovers, Mercedes G-Wagens, Toyotas, and Suzukis. The Cayenne S Transsyberia is the street version of that rally SUV, according to Porsche.

The 2010 Cayenne S Transsyberia will be available in early 2009. U.S. pricing was not released. Porsche did say it's already selling the Cayenne S Transsyberia in Germany for about 77,600 euros ($110,400).

Other cars you can expect to see at the 2008 Paris Motor Show are Honda's new hybrid, and Chevy's production version of the Volt.