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Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6

Motoring Research logo Motoring Research 21/03/2019 Richard Aucock
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The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is another addition to the burgeoning coupe-SUV sector. It aims to be more focused than a Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe and less visually offensive than a BMW X6. 

It is on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £62,129.

a red and black truck parked in front of a building: Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe Derived from the third-generation Cayenne five-door, the Cayenne Coupe keeps the same rear doors but grafts on an entirely new rear section.

It is more curvaceous and, with the roofline falling away towards the rear, “more dynamic,” said Porsche styling VP Michael Mauer.

The looks “position it as the most sporting-looking model in the market segment,” he explained.

a red and black truck parked in front of a building: Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe Overall, it is 20mm lower, and both the windscreen and A-pillar are shallower than a normal Cayenne five-door. This is a comprehensive, no-expense-spared restyling job.

Rear doors are redesigned to blend in with both the roofline and rear wheelarches. The latter have swollen by 18mm, giving the car a much more muscular stance.

There’s a visual trick here, too: the rear number plate has been moved down into the rear bumper, making it seem lower to the ground.

a red and black truck sitting on top of a car: Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The Cayenne Coupe also has not one, but two rear spoilers. A fixed roof spoiler sits above a new adaptive spoiler positioned on the leading edge of the bootlid.

It equips the car with active aerodynamics – or, in Porsche parlance, Porsche Active Aerodynamics: PAA.

As on 911 coupes, the spoiler extends at speed, stretching out an ample 135mm at speeds of 56mph and above, reducing rear-end lift without affecting fuel consumption at slower speeds. 

a red car parked on the side of a building: Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe We assume there’s an override button for inner city posing.

There are two choices of roof as well: a 2.16 square metre panoramic fixed glass roof or optional contoured carbon fibre as pictured here. Yes, you have seen it before: it’s like the one on the 911 GT3 RS.

The carbon roof comes as part of a series of three ‘lightweight sports packages’.

a close up of a car: Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe These also throw in lightweight 22-inch GT Design alloys, carbon and Alcantara interior styling, plus retro-style seat centres in classic checked fabric.

Porsche says the Cayenne Coupe is a four-seater, with chunky sports seats in the front and bucket-style seats in the rear.

Passengers sit 30mm lower in the back, so there’s still ample headroom despite the plunging roof.

Gallery: Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed with its dramatically sloped roofline (motor1.com)

Behind is a 625-litre boot, which expands to 1,540 litres with the rear seats folded.

Engines? Pick from a 340 horsepower 3.0-litre V6 turbo in the base Cayenne Coupe, or a 550hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.

The base car does 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds, or 5.9 seconds if you go for one of the lightweight packages (yes – it really does have an effect). Top speed is 150mph, CO2 emissions are 212-215g/km and fuel economy is 22.2-23.9mpg.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The Cayenne Turbo Coupe does 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, will blastto 177mph, chews through fuel at a rate of 20.2-20.8mpg, and emits 258-261g/km CO2 (all WLTP figures).

Porsche is taking orders for the new Cayenne Coupe now, with first deliveries expected at the end of May. The V6 is priced at £62,129, with the Cayenne Turbo Coupe marking quite a jump to £104,729.

Naturally, both are well equipped: 20-inch alloys, front and rear Park Assist, reversing camera, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the Sport Chrono Package are all standard. 

Porsche Cayenne Coupe © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe And you can, of course, spend much, much more once you hit the options list…

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