First Look – 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Turbo Coupe
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While very few would describe the Porsche Cayenne SUV as blocky or stodgy, the automaker from Zuffenhausen will nonetheless take a grinder to the roofline to create the sleek Cayenne Coupe. The fastback SUV will be available in 335hp base and 541hp Turbo versions, which start at $75,300 and $130,100 respectively, plus $1,250 destination.
The Cayenne Coupe’s unique proportions come courtesy of a windshield frame that’s been chopped 0.78 inch compared to the taller Cayenne, paired with a faster roofline that slopes dramatically toward the rear. Of note are the wider D-pillar and reshaped greenhouse, both of which pay homage to Porsche’s most legendary product, the 911 sports car. The Coupe's dramatic new styling also recalls the fashionable, sleek Porsche Macan. Shared between the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe are only a few exterior bits, limited primarily to lighting elements and the front clip.
Helping set the Cayenne Coupe apart further from its more sedate sibling is a rear hatch that includes both a fixed spoiler element above the rear window and an automatically deploying airfoil that extends 5.3 inches at speeds above 56 mph. This rear spoiler is part of the Porsche Adaptive Aerodynamics package, improving downforce on the rear axle at speed.
The Cayenne Coupe will come standard with added equipment over the base Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo. The $1,850 panoramic sunroof that’s available on the Cayenne will instead be standard on the Coupe models, while a lightweight carbon-fiber roof panel will be available. Also joining the base Cayenne Coupe will be standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono package, and 20-inch wheels, which together cost $4,850 on the conventional Cayenne. Those added features help blunt the price premium of the Cayenne Coupe body style, which costs $9,600 more than the base Cayenne and $5,500 more than the Turbo.
Porsche also claims the Cayenne Coupe’s interior offers plenty of room for four adults, in spite of its lowered roofline. Credit is due to a 1.18-inch-lower rear seat that preserves headroom—although it abandons the regular Cayenne’s fore/aft adjustments. Furthermore, the rear cabin is available with either a three-passenger bench seat or no-cost-option bucket-style seats for two.
Mechanically, the Cayenne Coupe is nearly identical to the more formal Cayenne. The base Coupe comes with a single-turbo 3.0L V-6 producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft, hustling to 60 mph in a claimed 5.7 seconds. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe gets a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V-8 with 541 hp and 567 lb-ft, boasting a 0-60 sprint of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.
Like the taller SUV, the Cayenne Coupe can be optioned with an Off-Road Package that bundles significant underbody skidplates, off-road–centric infotainment displays, and an additional towing recovery point. We’ve availed ourselves to some off-roading in the Porsche Macan and found it to be surprisingly capable, so the slightly taller Cayenne Coupe should only do better.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Turbo Coupe will arrive this fall, priced a few grand more than the similarly powerful BMW X6 and X6 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 and GLE 63. We must admit, however, that the Porsche Cayenne takes to the “four-door coupe” treatment a bit better than its countrymen, and that could be worth the extra $5-10k compared to those models.