QUITE A COUP
Written by Andre James
Since its introduction in 2002, the Porsche Cayenne has been delivered to more than 864,000 customers around the globe. In an effort to keep pace with other major players in the realm of luxury SUVs, and to remain appealing to the next generation of luxury car buyers, Porsche has extended its Cayenne model line by releasing a new coupe body style. Remarking on the characteristics that define the younger target audience, Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, said, “These groups value exclusivity and an expressive lifestyle, and have a very performance oriented mentality.”
Recalling the silhouette of a Porsche 911, the Cayenne Coupe has a steep roofline that falls away to the rear and creates a dynamic and robust exterior. This aesthetic is further substantiated by redesigned rear doors and quarter panels, and a license plate bracket incorporated into the bumper.
The current Cayenne Turbo was the first SUV to feature an adaptive roof spoiler, and the Cayenne Coupe features both a roof spoiler and an adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics. At speeds above 56mph, the adaptive rear spoiler extends by 5.3-inches to increase downforce to the rear axle to improve cornering and grip.
A large panoramic fixed glass roof with an integrated sunshade creates an enhanced feeling of spaciousness. An optional carbon fiber roof is available as part of a trio of lightweight sports packages that also include weight-reduced 22-inch GT Design wheels, performance exhaust, and Alcantara trim.
Coupe variants of the Cayenne boast upgraded standard equipment such as Porsche Active Suspension Management, the Sport Chrono Package, 20-inch wheels, parking assist, and eightway power Sports Seats in the front.
The Cayenne Coupe features the same 3.0-liter monoturbo V6 engine as the standard Cayenne, which generates 335hp and completes the 0-60mph sprint in 5.7 seconds. The top-of-the-range Turbo Coupe is powered by a 4.0-liter twinturbo 541hp V8 engine that propels it from a standstill to 60mph in 3.7 seconds.
“The Coupe includes all the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, but has an even more dynamic design and new technical details that position it as more progressive, athletic, and emotional,” remarked Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.
Expected in showrooms in the fall of 2019, starting MSRP for the Cayenne Coupe is $75,300 and $130,100 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.