Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts with sporty looks but reduced utility

Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts with sporty looks but reduced utility

A large panoramic fixed glass roof comes standard, while a carbon fiber roof is an optional upgrade exclusive to the Coupe variant.

Porsche has revealed the Cayenne Coupe, providing customers with a sleeker alternative to the standard crossover. Planned to share the majority of mechanicals with its SUV sibling, the Cayenne Coupe will aim for the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe and the BMW X6, mining a trendy new segment. It features integrated roller blinds on the inside when you want to cut down on the sunlight.

The rear end of the roof features an extended adaptive spoiler for improved aerodynamics, along with one on the bootlid. Porsche claims that it helps increase the contact pressure on the rear axle and improves fuel efficiency too.

The sportier Turbo Coupe will offer 543 hp and 567 pound-feet of torque from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.

The cabin design is largely as per the regular Cayenne SUV, except that occupants are perched a little lower - in fact rear passengers sit 3cm lower to the ground, which mitigates the intrusion on headroom caused by that sloping roof.

Boot space is rated 625 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1540L when the seats are folded down. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe will start at $131,350, including shipping.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts with sporty looks but reduced utility

The instrument cluster is the same as the standard Cayenne.

Cayenne Coupe variants boast Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, as is the Sport Chrono Package and 20-inch wheels. This option is available in one of three lightweight sport packages that also happen to include Sport Design features and the new, lightweight 22-inch GT Design wheels, fabric seat centers in Pepita, plus carbon fiber and Alcantara accents for the interior.

Now, the most important part, the engines. No slowpoke, it gets from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, and tops out at 178 miles per hour.

Porsche has already committed to launching the fully electric Taycan saloon later this year, and will follow it with launches of the Taycan Cross Turismo estate and the next-generation Porsche Macan, which will launch in 2021 in both EV and petrol-powered forms. Its top speed is 243 kph (151 mph).

The Coupe is a restyled version of the standard Cayenne and will initially be offered with a choice of two petrol engines. It will make the same zero-60 miles per hour sprint in just 3.9 seconds and feature a top speed of 178 mph-nearly the exact same as the "regular" Cayenne Turbo.

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