Back in the day, two-door SUVs were the rule rather than the exception. Vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Chevrolet Blazer, Dodge Ramcharger and International Scout served up sporty styling and impressive agility thanks to their slender wheelbases. Alas, as more and more four-door sport-utes were introduced, fewer and fewer buyers (at least in this country) were willing to make the space and ingress/egress compromises demanded by two-door SUVs. One by one, their numbers dwindled to the point that now the only one-portal-per-side SUVs offered new in the United States are the Jeep Wrangler and Range Rover Evoque (We’re ignoring the Mini Paceman as it isn’t on sale yet.). And considering both of those are also available as four-doors, who knows how much longer they’ll be available.
Clearly, Merdad Collection isn’t happy with this trend. Why else would the British tuner go to all the trouble of converting the Porsche Cayenne Turbo into a two door? But there’s much more to this all-terrain grand tourer than some coachwork on the midsection.
But first, a word about that coachwork. The front doors have been stretched by a whopping 20 inches, while the B-pillars have carefully been moved back and reattached on the lengthened quarter panels to maintain the stock structural integrity. New, large rear quarter windows are also fitted to cover the enlarged openings. The folks at Merdad’s Northampton workshop also install a body kit featuring bespoke side skirts, as well as new front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler, fender flares and a vented hood. Suspension modifications reduce the ride height by 1.6 inches, and the stock wheels are replaced by multispoke 22” Merdad Collection wheels.
Climb inside, and you’ll see that the interior has also been treated to an extreme makeover. There are copious quantities of red and black leather on the dashboard, door panels, sport steering wheel and the front sport bucket seats. Merdad also adds aluminum pedal covers, door sill plates, and other trim, and red-face gauges. It’s an altogether snazzy place to spend time.
And speaking of snazzy, that might be one adjective to describe the power upgrades. The 4.8L twin-turbo V8 receives new turbos, intake and exhaust manifolds and other tweaks to raise its output from 500hp to 670hp. That should make it really perform like a Porsche coupe (as if it didn’t already with 500hp).
If you want to add a two-door Cayenne to your fleet, Merdad Collection will perform a Cayenne Turbo Coupe conversion for you. Just send them a Cayenne Turbo…and about $813,000. Yeah, you could buy a literal boatload of old two-door SUVs (among other things) for that kind of money, but do you want to buy something else (or a bunch of something elses)? Well, that depends on who you are: If you find a Porsche Cayenne – even a two-door one – unappetizing, you’d spend your over-three-quarters-of-a-million smackers on something else. If you want something powerful, stylish and exclusive (and want to avoid falling into the same trap our friend Tim did when he bought an old two-door SUV), you’d probably get Merdad Collection on the horn right…about…now.
Source: Merdad Collection