Porsche says it is extending its Cayenne family with an even sportier vehicle added to the third generation of this highly successful SUV range – the Cayenne Coupé.” Well, they certainly haven’t extended their automotive language skills. It’s actually a four-door hatchback. But in keeping with the fractured terminology of marketers, it’s a coupe.
“The (fill in the blank) 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,” claims Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG and a man with a mechanical engineering degree from Braunschweig University who has worked in enough body shops to know better. (eins, zwei, drei, vier, funf)
The highlights of the new Cayenne model include sharper lines with a totally unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats, and two different roofs – a panoramic fixed glass roof standard, and an optional carbon roof.
Two engines are available at market launch. The Cayenne Coupé with a 3-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine is rated at 250 kW (340 PS) and maximum torque of 450 Nm. 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. The vehicle’s top speed is 243 km/h.
The top-of-the-range Cayenne Turbo Coupé has a 4-liter V8 engine with twin-turbo charging, 404 kW (550 PS), and maximum torque of 770 Nm. The Cayenne Turbo Coupé accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 286 km/h.
In Germany, prices start at EUR 83,711 for the Cayenne Coupé and EUR 146,662 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, including VAT and with country-specific equipment. Standard equipment includes speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus, 20-inch alloy wheels, Park Assist at the front and rear including reversing camera, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the Sport Chrono Package.