The Porsche Cayenne party keeps on rolling. The Stuttgart automaker’s best-selling vehicle adds a sportier coupe flavour to the mix with the Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Coupe Turbo.
Aside from the reworked rear design, expect more upgraded standard equipment over the non-coupe models including Sport Chrono Package as standard and new 8-way seats, separating the new SUV from the pack.
Two new 2020 Cayenne Coupe models arrive at US dealerships this May and in Canada this fall
Ready for order now and on sale late 2019, in Canada the new Cayenne Coupé will start at $86,400, while the 541-hp Cayenne Turbo Coupé is significantly more at $148,000.
US pricing puts the 2020 Cayenne Coupé at $75,300 MSRP and $130,100 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe (add $1,250 for delivery, processing and handling). US dealerships receive product in May 2019.
Some key highlights:
|Performance||adaptive aerodynamics, widened rear end|
|Comfort||8-way sport seats, classic checkered fabric|
|Equipment||panoramic fixed glass, 4-seat concept|
|Design||typical Porsche styling with sharpened proportions|
|Engines||Two high-performance engines are available at market launch|
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Sleeker design gives Cayenne buyers more options
Still in its third-generation, the highly successful Cayenne gets a revised design and more athletic appearance with addition of the coupe. From the front, the luxury SUV looks unchanged, but all action is at the back.
As Porsche puts it, “The significantly more steep roof line that falls away to the rear makes the Cayenne Coupe appear even more dynamic, and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment.”
So, why add a Coupe SUV to the equation? Why not. The sportback style doesn’t always work with the often awkward looking steep rear roof line like on the BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. But Porsche has nailed it with their rendition that’s dynamic and sleek with a more subtle treatment.
Both Cayenne Coupe models find a roof spoiler and a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) to handle downforce duties with a spoiler extending 5.3 inches above speeds of 56 mph. So there’s function backing up the form. The roof edge is exactly 0.78 inch lower than the standard Cayenne.
A huge panoramic fixed glass roof with integrated sunshade are standards while a Cayenne-first optional carbon fibre roof is now available.
Plenty of power with 335-hp and 541-hp options
The coupe and base Cayennes both share the 355-hp V6 turbo putting down 332 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne Turbo Coupé features a 541-hp twin-turbo V8 under the hood with 567 lb.-ft. of torque, propelling this family hauler 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, hitting a top track speed of 177 mph.
The Sport Chrono Package fitted in series-production vehicles achieves the standard sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, with this figure dropping to 5.9 seconds with the optional lightweight sports packages.
Compromised space inside
Similar to the 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats in the Cayenne Turbo, the new coupes get eight-way Sport Seats as standard equipment in the front.
Expect some compromised rear passenger space where occupants will sit 1.18 inches lower than in the Cayenne, though Porsche claims “there is plenty of headroom despite the vehicle’s sporty lowered silhouette.” We’re not sure about that until we test it out ourselves.
Cayenne Coupe Sport Packages
Three lightweight sports packages are optional, adding new 22-inch GT Design wheels, upgraded fabrics, and carbon fibre and Alcantara accents in the cabin.
Should you buy a 2020 Cayenne Coupe?
As a luxury, mid-size SUV with robust power and sport sedan-like handling, there’s a reason the Porsche Cayenne is flying off the dealership lots. And the compact Porsche Macan may not fit the bill with its reduced size and cargo capacity.
This Porsche coupe is for those looking a sportier variant of the Cayenne and willing to take a hit on the rear cargo and rear visibility due to the sloping rear design. But appearance is a factor and may not be for everyone. Compared to the competitors SUV coupes, and from the pictures alone, we’d give the Cayenne Coupe a huge edge in the looks department.
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