You can get the one today Good price or no dice Cayenne in the color of your choice, as long as it is sandy yellow. Let’s see if this almost never-optional color and a hybrid drivetrain can explain the car’s asking price.
The introduction of the Scion brand in 2003 was an attempt by Toyota to attract a younger, hipper car-buying audience. What happened instead was that a lot of the old schmucks who were buying Toyotas just switched to the cheaper Scions and started saying things like “Cash me out, and I’m okay?» at inappropriate times. Frustrated, Toyota killed the scene-stealing sub-brand in 2016, adopting its best-selling models under the Toyota banner at the same time. The best of these was the FR-S, renamed the Toyota 86, and sister to Subaru’s BRZ. THE 2014 Scion FR-S that we reviewed yesterday arrived before Toyota brought a Scythe to Scion, but it carried a ton of parts, including a rebuilt engine, from a 2018 BRZ. While that was a crazy mix of models, it apparently couldn’t explain an asking price of $15,500. The result was a heavy 90% loss with no dice.
Do you like ordering off-menu items at restaurants, asking for combos that may not be particularly traditional? Do you consider this ability to be one of your superpowers? To be honest, this probably annoys the restaurant staff more and is probably why companies keep adding that 20% service charge to our bills. Yet that’s what you do.
Someone definitely did something when ordering today’s product. 2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, with its sassy shade of sandy yellow on a black leather interior. The result is a car that looks a bit like an inverted goth egg. That’s not the only semi-unique feature on this Porsche’s file. It also sports the Cayenne’s odd-for-the-brand hybrid drivetrain and soft knobby tires mounted on aftermarket Rotiform wheels.
For its drivetrain, the Cayenne Hybrid borrows its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 from Audi’s arsenal and pairs it with an electric motor for a combined 380 horsepower and an incredible 430 lb-ft of torque. Combined, that makes it almost as fast as a naturally aspirated V8-powered Cayenne, even though it weighs nearly 400 pounds more. The extra weight is the cost of the hybrid system, which includes the engine between the Audi six and the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, all the necessary wiring and a more robust electrical system for the gasoline engine’s stop/start system, and the 288-one-volt nickel-metal hydride battery located under a raised floor in the trunk.
The upside to the big is vastly improved fuel economy compared to any other Cayenne except the dirty diesel and a very smooth driving experience where the electric motor can propel the car up to 37 miles per hour in short trips before the gasoline engine starts.
According to the announcement, this Cayenne has been “tastefully modified” and updated with an improved mechanical rear sunshade system and the aforementioned wheel/tire combination. The only negatives noted in the ad are a few small scratches and dings on the body and a headliner that looks like Droopy Dog in the back.
Other than that, this Porsche doesn’t appear to show its 137,000 miles and over a decade of use. An in-person inspection would be required to make sure all the buttons and switches work — and there are plenty of them — but photos show sturdy upholstery and plastics in the cabin. It’s also new enough to have a reasonably large infotainment screen and built-in navigation.
The car’s real claim to fame, however, is that it was apparently spotted and noted by Doug DeMuro on social media for its rare color. Other benefits include a clean title and pretty decent fuel economy. The asking price for this rare Cayenne is $16,000.
What do you think of this Porsche at this price? Does that seem fair for a solid, almost off-road vehicle that’s not too taxing at the pump? Or is the strange color more of an annoyance than a turn-on?
Phoenix, Arizona, Craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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