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    Hi Guys;

    How capable is the Cayenne off road? If you remove the fact that you dont care too much for it getting scratched (too much money), can you say do Baraka or 3 provinsies 4x4 with it?

    Diesel or Petrol?

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    The first shape cayenne is based on the first shape touareg and is very capable for that type of car.

    the new cayenne and new touareg share chassis' but lack low range and clearance (apart from the optional terrain tech package on the touareg v6 TDi that gives air suspension and low range)

    They aren't made for hectic trails but can hold their own.

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    Well, its just a little bit better offroad than my merc
    Ford Ranger 3.0Tdci Super Cab 4x4
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    Off road, heavy stuff I cant comment.

    However, a few years back I did some sand driving in Lamberts Bay dunes with a few other guys and in the pack was a Cayenne. 2 hours into the day trip everyone was getting gatvol of recovering this guy. He didn't last 20 meters before bogging down in the sand.

    Until one of the guys in the pack asked the owner if he could check it out and maybe find out what the problem is.
    He pulled away, (his co-pilot took his bakkie from there), and drove the whole rest of the day without a single problem. Not once while he was behind the wheel was there any problem.

    At days end, he handed the wheel back to the owner to drive "out" of the dunes back home.
    20 meters, we had to recover him.

    So.....sometimes its not about the horse but more about the jockey...
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    "So.....sometimes its not about the horse but more about the jockey..."

    I think a experienced 4x4 driver will drive a 2x4 where a noob won't make it with a potent 4x4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMostert View Post
    "So.....sometimes its not about the horse but more about the jockey..."

    I think a experienced 4x4 driver will drive a 2x4 where a noob won't make it with a potent 4x4.

    Hey!!......that's what I said!!
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    As good as a RRS... so AWESOME (if this Forum is to be believed).

    255 tyres with profiles between 40 - 55 are perfect off road...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boanergesza1 View Post
    Hi Guys;

    How capable is the Cayenne off road? If you remove the fact that you dont care too much for it getting scratched (too much money), can you say do Baraka or 3 provinsies 4x4 with it?

    Diesel or Petrol?
    When and if you do one of these trails,PLEASE can I drive with
    Love to see it on a trail.
    We took a Freelander 2 around Berakah,but NOT the loop towards the Rhino challenge.
    We had to be careful with its approach angles on the 'normal' trail.....
    So I reckon the Porsche will be about the same.

    As far as diesel or petrol-
    use diesel if it has a diesel engine and petrol if it has a petrol engine
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    Go for this one, the Transsyberia :-)
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    Take a Gen1 Cayenne with air suspension.
    Add 265x65x18 AT tyres, (the gum-ball tyres won't do)
    combine that with
    • low range,
    • central & rear diff lock,
    • VAG's excellent traction control,
    • 300mm ground clearance,
    • 32 deg approach angle,
    • 27 deg departure angle,

    ... now tell me why it won't be capable?

    (substitute your favourite 4x4's dimensions and compare)

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    In terms of what an old one now costs, you could do worse for R200k - R250k. That's used bakkie money & it'll certainly be more capable than one of those, but isn't going to be a trail-blaster.

    The calipers look like there is enough clearance to put smaller wheels on.

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    Thanks for everybody's honest (and tongue in cheek) answers. I think I'll stick to my chipped luxy and Gordini for now. Even though its parked round back under the tree during the day.

    Horses for courses it seems...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post


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    Quote Originally Posted by boanergesza1 View Post
    Hi Guys;

    How capable is the Cayenne off road? If you remove the fact that you dont care too much for it getting scratched (too much money), can you say do Baraka or 3 provinsies 4x4 with it?

    Diesel or Petrol?
    I just did 3 Provinces this weekend in my Cayenne Turbo... Handled everything

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    The only answer I can venture is "It depends on your view of what offroading is"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakkie View Post
    The only answer I can venture is "It depends on your view of what offroading is"

    Absolutely Sakkie.

    I have gone where land cruiser owners didnt want to go, even though they could.

    The cayenne/touareg is very capable but if you bought it to go on "obstacle courses" you bought the wrong car.

    It's not an ultimate offroader but will hold its own when needed.

    In the end, I know who gets home first and with the biggest smile after a day out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddiver View Post
    I just did 3 Provinces this weekend in my Cayenne Turbo... Handled everything

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    What tires do you have on there. I am looking to replace mine.

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