After 11 years of the BMW X6 dominating the “coupé” SUV market, Porsche has finally released their own version of the Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo as “coupé” models. Notice that “coupé” has quotation marks around it, because these super SUVs are nothing near a coupé. However, compared to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE, I believe Porsche has really brought a strong contender to this class of SUV. They have given it the classic 911 flyline which lowers the original roofline by 0.78 inches and lowered the license plate holder to make the car seem more like a coupé. The car itself is 0.7 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower. They’ve even given it active aero in addition to the carbon fiber wing on the double bubble roof (option). Porsche calls this active aero “PAA” or “Porsche Active Aerodynamics.” Porsche’s Active Aerodynamic system on the Cayenne Turbo Coupé lifts the wing by 5.3 inches at speeds above 56 mph.
The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé comes with 2 trim options, the regular Cayenne and the Cayenne Turbo. The regular Cayenne has a turbocharged V6 making 335 horsepower and and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Cayenne Turbo has a 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 making 541 horsepower and 567 lb/ft of torque. Both models have the same eight speed Tiptronic with all wheel drive. The V6 Cayenne reaches 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, pushing to a top speed of 151 mph. Impressively, the Turbo model flies from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 178 mph.
If you’d like to have an even faster super SUV, Porsche provides 3 sport packages, which all include a carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber interior trim, and 22 inch Porsche Design wheels. This sport package fitted to the V6 Cayenne drops the 0-60 time by 0.1 seconds. A 2+2 layout is optional on the Cayenne Coupé, the regular Cayenne bench in the back is standard. Rear passengers sit 1.18 inches lower in the Coupé for better headroom. Apart from all of these options, many standard features are new for this Porsche. 20 inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, 8 way adjustable seats, the Porsche Chrono Package, parking assist, and “PASM” or “Porsche Active Suspension Management.”
Onto pricing, the Cayenne Coupé starts at $76,550 and the Turbo starts at $131,350. The regular Coupé is $9,600 extra over a normal Cayenne, and the Turbo is $5,500 extra. If you count in all the equipment that comes standard on the new Coupé, the premium matches what you’re getting. Options can kill however, because I’ve already been able to option this car up to a whopping $197,985.
Now, since this is a coupe SUV, the buyer demographic doesn’t really care about storage, but let’s compare anyways. In the regular Cayenne Coupé, cargo space is 22 cubic feet, more than doubling to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats down. In the normal Cayenne cargo space is 5.1 cubic feet extra and 6.0 cubic feet extra with the seats folded down. The Turbo model has slightly less space, with a capacity of 21.2 cubic feet and 53.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. I don’t know why it doesn’t have just as much space, I mean, the extra turbos are in the front right?
Speaking as a Cayenne S owner, I should be yelling, “No! This is not what Porsche is! They should not be following the market trend!” Instead, I find the new Coupé to be quite a refreshing addition to the lineup. Compared to its siblings, the Audi Q8 and the Lamborghini Urus, I feel like it is much more elegant. Compared to the giants of the market, the Mercedes GLE and the trend setter BMW X6, I feel like they will get a run for their money with their new Porsche rival.
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