That’s right, folks ... there’s another coupé-styled SUV on the market. The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé has been revealed, conceived to take on the likes of the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.
Expected to arrive in South Africa in November 2019, the Cayenne Coupé will cost you R1 303 000 (R161 000 more than the standard SUV), while the Cayenne Turbo Coupé will be priced from R2 277 000 (some R119 000 more than the Cayenne Turbo). Both prices include the brand's standard three-year Driveplan.
So, what sets this model apart from the standard, third-generation Cayenne? Well, there’s that new rear end, complete with an adaptive rear spoiler (that extends by 135 mm at speeds of 90 km/h and higher), while the firm says the rear bench “has the characteristics of two individual seats” (making the Cayenne Coupé a four- rather than five-seater).
Rear passengers sit 30 mm lower than in the standard Cayenne, while the claimed luggage capacity comes in at 625 litres and rises to 1 540 litres with the rear seats folded down (for the record, the Cayenne Turbo Coupé has a little less packing space at 600 litres and 1 510 litres, respectively).
While the roofline obviously slopes, the windscreen and A-pillar are also shallower than those of the Cayenne, thanks to a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 mm. Redesigned rear doors and fenders broaden the shoulders of the vehicle by 18 mm, with the rear numberplate integrated into the bumper.
The newcomer furthermore gains two roof options: a panoramic fixed glass roof as standard or an optional carbon roof. The latter is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages, including the Sport Design pack which features lightweight 22-inch GT Design wheels, seat centres in classic checked fabric, as well as various carbon and Alcantara accents for the cabin. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, this package also includes a sports exhaust system.
At launch, two engines will be offered. The Cayenne Coupé’s turbocharged 3,0-litre V6 delivers 250 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels, while specifying the Sport Chrono Package results in a claimed sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6,0 seconds (or one-tenth quicker with an optional lightweight sports package fitted). The vehicle’s top speed is 243 km/h.
The Cayenne Turbo Coupé, meanwhile, employs a hefty turbocharged 4,0-litre V8, churning out 404 kW and 770 N.m, and blasting the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,9 seconds (before topping out at 286 km/h).
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