Overlanding is all the rage these days. So much so that even Porsche itself is getting in on the trend. Among the best of the long series of companies to capitalize on this trend, however, is E-Motion Engineering, and establishment proprietor Joey Seely. You may know Joey as the guy behind Project Nasty, a former engineer for BBI Autosport, who went out and forged his own path. While much of what the company builds these days are high-performance track cars and canyon carvers, it has kicked out a few off-road ready Cayennes as well.
The Cayenne has pretty much proven itself as an impressively capable off-roader in stock form, but with a few choice modifications, the big Porsche Porker can match its level of getaway with its giddyup. Starting with a Cayenne Diesel, which for obvious reasons has been discontinued, E-Motion adds big brush bars, extra lights, skid plates, and stronger suspension to match a set of knobbly off roady tires. While this generation of Cayenne doesn’t have the locking rear differential and two-speed transfer case of the original spicy pepper SUV, it’s still more than capable of transporting you across the desert in air conditioned comfort.
While E-Motion can’t get much more than a 2-inch lift into their Cayennes, the larger wheel and tire rolling diameter helps add a few inches to that height as well. And of course, because the cars aren’t able to run a super tall lift, Seely fits them with what he describes as a full underbody rollcage. That means rock sliders, frame rails, and serious crash-proof skid plates from front to rear, protecting the engine, gearbox, differentials, and driveshafts. It’s a comprehensive protection package, but none of that stuff comes cheap.
Judging by this episode of Modified by Hagerty, Matt Farah sure liked the Cayenne Overland’s capabilities off-road. He wasn’t crawling over serious terrain, but having the ability to comfortably transit down trails in relative comfort is a godsend. Go find your own piece of wilderness. Get lost in a Cayenne.