The unique Porsche Cayenne set a excessive dealing with benchmark within the luxurious SUV class when it launched nearly twenty years in the past. It has solidified its place on the entrance of the pack ever since, with the most recent model retaining its dynamic honours when it debuted in direction of the tip of 2017.
However whereas rivals like Mercedes and BMW have reaped the rewards of diversification, it has taken Porsche a bit of longer to come back spherical to the thought of increasing its SUV vary. Higher late than by no means, the German maker surprised crowds at this 12 months’s Shanghai Motor Present with the aptly named Cayenne Coupe.
The badge is self-explanatory, and performs on a theme BMW has owned for the reason that first-generation X6 went on sale again in 2008. From nostril to B-pillar the sleekly styled Porsche is pure Cayenne – albeit with a barely flatter windscreen. However from the motive force’s door again, it takes on an altogether extra aggressive stance.
Very similar to the Audi Q8 with which it shares a platform, the Cayenne Coupe’s roofline tails off a lot sooner (it’s 20mm decrease) than on the usual automobile. Sticking carefully to the coupe-SUV rulebook, the rear window is steeply raked, fusing on the base with an adaptive tailgate-mounted spoiler. The usual automobile’s numberplate has been moved to the bumper for an “optically decrease” aesthetic; as an alternative sits Porsche’s distinctive ‘Turbo’ lettering emblazoned on the bootlid.
Bosses describe the automobile as a “actual Porsche sports activities automobile”, and there will likely be three fashions obtainable at launch. Along with the flagship (for now) Cayenne Turbo, Porsche will even supply an entry-level 335bhp V6 Cayenne Coupe, and a 434bhp Cayenne S. Costs begin from £62,129, and rise to £104,729 for the Turbo examined right here. That’s a premium of round £5,500 relying on trim.
As you’d anticipate, that swooping roofline has a optimistic impact on efficiency. This Cayenne Turbo Coupe is an SUV that’ll dash from Zero-62mph in Three.9 seconds (two-tenths quick than the traditional Cayenne Turbo) and hit a 911-baiting 177mph. Does it really feel quicker the usual automobile? No – although that’s maybe extra of a praise of the traditional Cayenne moderately than a dig at this Coupe variant; few 2.Three-tonne tanks bend the thoughts with such complicated effectivity.
Not like a Lamborghini Urus the engine doesn’t dominate the driving expertise. It’s at all times there; able to launch the Cayenne in direction of the horizon at a second’s discover. However the V8 isn’t as relentlessly boisterous as it’s in its Italian stablemate. As an alternative, it simply burbles away within the background; the wave of torque by no means additional away than a easy flick of the precise foot.
The very fact the engine doesn’t overwhelm the motive force’s involvement is partly because of how succesful the Coupe is from a dynamic perspective. The broader rear monitor and everlasting all-wheel-drive system – mated to our automobile’s intelligent rear-wheel steer set-up – make the Turbo really feel extra agile than many fashions half its measurement. The distinction between the odd Cayenne and this new Coupe is tough to detect, however credit score the place credit score’s due, it is a sports activities utility automobile effectively worthy of the Porsche badge.
Our automobile had the non-obligatory (£7,482) Light-weight Sports activities Pack, which switches the automobile’s normal panoramic glass roof for a full carbon fibre merchandise – saving a considerable 21kg and decreasing the Cayenne’s centre of gravity. Amongst different issues, it provides a sports activities exhaust, 22-inch GT Design wheels and a few further carbon trim. It additionally removes among the normal automobile’s sound insulation, with a notable have an effect on on refinement. If you would like a quiet SUV – one thing the Cayenne Coupe is completely able to being – we’d keep away from these choices.
Regardless, turn-in is razor sharp, and on the tighter roads of our take a look at route the Coupe displayed an astounding capacity to swivel nearly by itself axis. Physique roll is close to sufficient nil, and the steering properly responsive. It’s weighty with out feeling synthetic, and has no bother pointing the automobile the place you need it to go.
In our expertise, the Cayenne Coupe’s greatest difficulty is its tendency to fidget round city. That is probably prompted, not less than partly by these massive rims, which power the Cayenne to observe ruts within the tarmac which can be nearly invisible to the bare eye. Issues enhance the quicker you go, however given our principally easy Austrian route, the low-speed trip is simply more likely to worsen on rutted UK roads.
Inside, you’d be exhausting pushed to inform the Coupe aside from its conformist Cayenne counterpart. Each model will get the identical 12-inch infotainment system, largely contact delicate dashboard and 911-style analogue rev counter. As in its sports activities automobile sibling, the central tacho is flanked by 4 digital readouts, customisable to the motive force’s style.
Look within the rear view mirror and the variations change into clearer, nonetheless. The standard three-seat rear bench has been fully reconfigured to supply two particular person chairs; that emphasises the Cayenne Coupe’s sporting intention, however inevitably impacts practicality. Regardless of being positioned 30mm decrease, there’s an apparent compromise with regards to headroom – although it’s definitely no worse than in an X6 or Mercedes GLE Coupe.
Boot area measures an admirable 600 litres, which is 145 litres down on the usual Cayenne. Nonetheless, whereas that will not sound a lot, in actuality, that sloping roof will restrict the SUV’s outright versatility. If you would like a proficient load lugger, this is probably not the precise automobile for you.