For a long time, the regular Porsche Cayenne was considered more of a BMW X6 than X5 rival. But with the introduction of the Coupe earlier this year, the German automaker can finally lay claim to entering the SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) segment.
A sportier version of the Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupe is very familiar inside and out. It features a dynamic profile that has become very popular with consumers these past few years, and (as usual, in the class) a boot that is on the smaller side. With the rear seats upright, you get 625 liters (23 cu-ft), or about 20 liters (0.7 cu-ft) less compared to the regular Cayenne, and more than 1,600 liters (56.5 cu-ft) after folding down the rear seats.
Even so, it is still quite practical and room at the rear is very decent. In fact, Porsche has lowered the back seat by about 2 cm (0.8 in) to create more headroom due to the sloped roofline. The large panoramic roof will make users feel less claustrophobic, while customers can also choose the optional carbon fiber roof that comes with a couple of individual rear seats. Everything else, including the dashboard layout, buttons and knobs and steering wheel, with the integrated drive-mode selector, is identical to the usual Cayenne models.
Porsche’s only offering two engines at launch, the base 340 PS (335 hp / 250 kW) 3.0-liter V6 and the 549 PS (541 hp / 404 kW) 4.0-liter V8, in the Turbo. Later on, the Cayenne Coupe will get other units, including electrified powertrains.
So, has it been worth the wait? If a dynamic drive wrapped in a sporty-looking package and jammed with the latest technology and premium materials are on your ‘must have’ list, then yes. ThomasGeigerCar went further, making a very bold statement about the Cayenne Coupe compared to two of its main rivals, namely the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, which you can see, along with the rest of the review, in the following video.