Porsche’s answer to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE is finally here.
We already knew it was coming this month, and now Porsche has finally lifted the covers off the long-rumored Cayenne Coupe as the company's answer to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. And yes, "Cayenne Coupe" is the model's official name. As expected, the Cayenne Coupe looks more stylish and sportier than its SUV sibling at the expense of practicality, thanks to its sloping roofline, sharper design lines, and a redesigned rear.
Porsche says the front windshield and A-pillar are shallower than Cayenne's thanks to a roof edge that is around 0.78 inches lower than the standard design. Elsewhere, the rear doors and quarter panels have been redesigned, and the license plate bracket is now a part of the bumper, making the SUV appear to sit lower to the ground. Overall, the Cayenne Coupe is one of the better-looking offerings in the crowded coupe-SUV segment.
The current Cayenne Turbo was the first SUV to feature an adaptive roof spoiler, which has also been adopted by the Cayenne Coupe. Each version of the Cayenne Coupe features both a roof spoiler and a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics. The spoiler extends by 5.3 inches above speeds of 56 mph, increasing downforce to the rear axle.
As standard, the new Cayenne Coupe incorporates a large panoramic fixed glass roof as well as an integrated sunshade. A carbon fiber roof is also available as an exclusive option for the Cayenne Coupe and is offered for the first time in the Cayenne model line. This option is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages, which also include the Sport Design features and new, lightweight 22-inch GT Design wheels, fabric seat centers in Pepita, and carbon fiber and Alcantara accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the package also includes a Sport Exhaust System. Upgraded standard equipment includes Porsche Active Suspension Management, the Sport Chrono Package, and 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the Cayenne Coupe comes equipped with new eight-way Sport Seats as standard. Similar to the 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats offered as equipment in the Turbo model, these new seats offer generous lateral support and feature an integrated headrest. In the rear, the Coupe comes fitted as standard with a rear bench that has the characteristics of individual seats. Comfort rear seats can be added as a no-cost option.
Rear passengers sit 1.18 inches lower than in the Cayenne, meaning there is plenty of headroom despite the model's sporty lowered silhouette. Cargo volume is 22 cubic feet and increases to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe has 21.2 cubic feet with the rear seats standing and 53.3 cubic feet of cargo area volume when folded.
Under the hood, you'll find the same 3.0-liter mono-turbo V6 that powers the standard Cayenne, generating 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph is achieved in 5.7 seconds, or 5.6 seconds with the optional lightweight sports packages before the Cayenne Coupe maxes out at 151 mph.
If you want more power, the range-topping Cayenne Turbo Coupe uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 541 hp and 567 lb-ft. of torque, enabling the stylish SUV to accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds and top out at 178 mph.
The new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is expected to arrive in US showrooms this fall with a starting price of $75,300 for the Cayenne Coupe and $130,100 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, plus a $1,250 charge for delivery, processing, and handling. For comparison, the standard Cayenne starts at $65,700 and the Cayenne Turbo starts at $118,100, so you're paying around $10,000 extra for the more stylish coupe body style.