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Porsche Cayenne Coupe: A Different Take on a Classic

Four-door coupe. The term itself doesn’t make sense unless you’re an automotive marketing executive, and then it makes complete sense. Because despite the irony behind the styling name, buyers love four-door coupes. The recipe is usually the same: Take a traditional SUV, slant the rear roof, and you have a new version of a model to sell without too much work. Porsche being Porsche, they applied the same recipe as any automaker, but they added their secret ingredient.

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe unveiled back in April is indeed a more dynamic looking traditional Porsche Cayenne. From the front it’s almost identical, but from the side and the back you see a sleeker, sportier looking SUV. Imagine the kid a Porsche Panamera and Cayenne would have, and you have a good image of the brand-new Porsche Cayenne Coupe. But, to say that the Cayenne Coupe is a simple blend of two models with no distinct personality of its own would be wrong. That’s where the secret ingredient comes in.

911-Like Driving Dynamics?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is available in Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo forms. It shares the same powertrains as its “normal” Cayenne brothers which means a turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower for the Cayenne Coupe, a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V8 with 434 horsepower for the Cayenne S Coupe, and a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 with 541 horsepower for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Getting to 100 km/h takes 6.0 seconds, 5.0 seconds, and 3.9 seconds respectively.

Sure, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe is fast in a straight line, but it’s on a winding road that it truly shines and where its distinct personality becomes more evident. Because the Cayenne Coupe is noticeably sharper and more dialed-in. Dare we call it a 911 with higher ground clearance and a hatchback? We won’t push it that far, but the thought will cross your mind behind the wheel. In essence, the Cayenne Coupe feels faster and more connected to the road than the Cayenne, and in doing so manages to accomplish something many automakers have struggled with: Give purpose to a four-door coupe version beyond just looks.

What About Usability?

We would expect the Cayenne Coupe to be less practical than the Cayenne. The good news is that it’s not that big of a compromise. With 625 liters of cargo space, the Cayenne Coupe is still a practical SUV. The slanted roof hasn’t hindered head space in the back too much thanks to Porsche deciding to lower the rear seats slightly.

There’s really a lot to like about the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. It doesn’t feel like a marketing gimmick, it feels like its own model and from behind the wheel, we fully understand why Porsche decided to build it. Like everything else the German automaker builds, it’s unique and has a definite purpose and needs it can fulfill.

Date Posted: June 29, 2019