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Porsche Seals Cayenne Coupe Performance Gap With New S Model

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It’ll get a unique rear end and an active wing, just to prove that performance SUVs have definitely become a thing.

In very unsurprising news, another German automaker has announced that it's decided to expand its SUV/Coupe lineup by offering a new variant so it can to do business in a segment that's quickly becoming more mainstream than niche. That automaker would be Porsche and the crossover/coupe in question is none other than the Cayenne Coupe it released this past March. The Cayenne Coupe was initially only offered in only standard and Turbo variants, with the former getting a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque and the latter leveraging a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to make 541 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. That put the Cayenne Coupe at odds with the regular Cayenne lineup, which boasts S and e-hybrid models in addition to the regular Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo.

Plugging the gap is the new Cayenne S Coupe, which shares the Cayenne S' 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes a healthy 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. That should be enough to help the Cayenne S Coupe hit a top speed of 164 mph and reach 60 mph from standstill in 5.0 seconds with the standard Sport Chrono package, though that figure can drop to 4.9 seconds with the addition of lightweight sport packages. That leaves the new S model right in the middle of the Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the latter of which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and top out at 151 mph, and the former, which makes the same 0-60 mph dash in 3.7 seconds and doesn't relent until it hits a 178 mph top speed. Only Porsche and higher powers know what the proposed Lamborghini-powered Cayenne Coupe GT will make if and when it comes to light.

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Being overachievers, Porsche ensured that the new S model gets more than just a new engine. The Cayenne S Coupe also features sharper proportions, its own unique rear end, an adaptive rear spoiler, two available roofs (one being a panoramic glass roof and the other a carbon fiber roof with sports car contours), and a rear bench with seats with each chair adopting the characteristics of individual seats. Other standard equipment includes speed-sensitive power steering, 20-inch alloy wheels (Coupe/SUV mashups tend to prioritize aesthetics), Porsche's adaptive suspension system, and Park Assist at the front and rear. Currently the Cayenne S Coupe is only on sale in Europe, where it starts at €99,657 ($111,692 at today's rates) before destination and taxes, but you can almost be sure Porsche will be bringing it to America before too long.