The third-generation Porsche Cayenne family is extending its arms to welcome a brand new version to the table, featuring a sloped roof line and an overall sporty design. This is the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
Highlights include sharper lines than the regular model, a rear end design that the automaker describes as being unique, an adaptive rear spoiler and either a panoramic fixed glass roof (fitted as standard) or an optional carbon fiber one.
“The Coupe includes all the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, but has an even more dynamic design and new technical details that position it as more progressive, athletic, and emotional,” said Porsche chairman Oliver Blume.
The Cayenne Coupe also has a shallower front windshield and A-pillar compared to the regular version, while its roof sits roughly 0.78 inches (19.8 mm) lower. Other design features include the redesigned rear doors and quarter panels, a license plate bracket integrated into the bumper, plus the previously-mentioned active rear spoiler that extends by 5.3 inches (134.6 mm) at speeds of 56 mph (90 km/h) and above.
Meanwhile, the carbon fiber roof option is a premiere for the Cayenne model line, and is exclusive to Coupe models. This option is available in one of three lightweight sport packages that also happen to include Sport Design features and the new, lightweight 22-inch GT Design wheels, fabric seat centers in Pepita, plus carbon fiber and Alcantara accents for the interior. In the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the package also includes the Sport Exhaust System.
Loaded with tech
Cayenne Coupe variants boast Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, as is the Sport Chrono Package and the 20-inch wheels. Also standard are the eight-way Sport Seats and the rear bench (with individual seat characteristics). Buyers can however get the comfort rear seats as a no-cost option instead.
Speaking of sitting in the rear of this car, you sit 1.18 inches (30 mm) lower than in the regular Cayenne. There are 22 cu.ft (622 liters) of cargo volume, which you can boost to 54.3 cu.ft (1,537 liters) if you fold the rear seats. The Turbo version has slightly less volume though, with 53.3 cu.ft (1,509 liters) with the rear seats folded and 21.2 cu.ft (600 liters) with the seats in an upright position.
Two engines available at launch
Initially, buyers will be able to order their new Cayenne Coupe with one of two engine options. First, you have the 335 HP (340 PS) 3.0-liter V6 on the standard version, which also produces 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque and can get you from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds (5.6 with the lightweight sport packages). Top speed is 151 mph (243 km/h).
Then there’s the flagship Cayenne Turbo Coupe model which uses a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8, good for 541 HP (549 PS) and 567 lb-ft (768 Nm) of torque. In a straight line, it will get you from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 178 mph (286 km/h).
How much is it?
U.S. buyers can expect to see the new Cayenne Coupe in showrooms this fall, with a starting MSRP of $75,300. The top of the range Turbo Coupe version costs upwards of $130,100. Both prices exclude the $1,250 delivery, processing and handling tax. As for how it compares with its rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Audi in terms of pricing, it’s safe to say it’ll cost you more. The BMW X6 is priced from $63,550, the Audi Q8 from $67,400 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe from $71,350.