The world is still in love with the idea of luxury crossover SUVs, and as more manufacturers enter the battle for market dominance, brands are diversifying their offerings to include all sorts of variations on the classic sports utility vehicle. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe is the latest rendition of the more stylish body design first introduced in 2019, a year after the third generation began production. It is a more attractive yet almost as practical sports coupe that remains the most potent non-hybrid model in the Cayenne Coupe lineup. This devastating performance comes courtesy of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 541 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne Turbo SUV Coupe goes up against competitors like the BMW X6 M and the Audi RS Q8.
The regular Porsche Cayenne Coupe range (reviewed separately) has been bolstered by adding a GTS model this year, which means that the Cayenne Turbo Coupe is no longer the only V8 in the lineup. However, the Turbo remains the most powerful non-hybrid derivative and otherwise enters the 2021 model year without significant changes. This isn't a great surprise since the model is still a reasonably fresh arrival on the market.
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4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
The power for this sleek SUV comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter 8-cylinder gas engine that sends 541 hp and 567 lb-ft to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe might still be considered an SUV, but it performs like a genuine sports car: the 0-60 mph sprint takes only 3.7 seconds, and the top speed is set at 177 mph. However, the BMW X6 M and Audi RS Q8 can match those acceleration figures at a lower price. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe also has a decent towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, but its fuel economy is rather poor for a family-hauler.
There can be no doubt left in anyone's mind as to whether Porsche can build a good luxury SUV; the Cayenne has proven itself time and again in its near two-decade history, and the coupe only builds on this reputation. Sure, the sloped-roof styling on an SUV platform might not be for everyone, but if you can get past the odd body style, you're left with one of the best driving and most entertaining midsize crossovers on the market.
Vehicles in this high-priced category are seldom given a safety rating in the USA, so it comes as no surprise that there is no review of the 2021 Cayenne Turbo Coupe on record with the NHTSA or IIHS. That said, the brand is well-known for producing cars of higher-than-average reliability and the family-centric SUV has more safety and driver-assist features than your average Porsche.
The 2021 Cayenne Turbo Coupe drives beautifully and is brutally quick when the need arises. On the road, it handles with sublime poise - just watch out for those large optional alloys that can make things a bit harsh. The fact that some cargo space is lost due to the sloping rear roof shouldn't put you off, either; this is still a very practical 4-door family vehicle. Porsche has definitely proven that it has the expertise to dominate any market.
The starting price of the 2021 Cayenne Turbo Crossover Coupe is already quite high at $131,900, and costs can get further out of control if one delves too deep into the options list. We'd get one in Dolomite Silver Metallic, and add the $3,750 Premium Package Plus that includes LED-Matrix headlights, lane change assist, comfort access, four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, and ambient lighting. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is a $3,590 option that would also make it onto our list. The total cost of this build comes to around $140,000, including a destination fee of $1,350.
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