Two Cayenne Coupé models are offered at launch in the UK, the 3.0 V6 Cayenne Coupé and the Cayenne Turbo Coupé. With a 4.0-litre V8 engine that develops 550HP, the latter is the performance flagship of the range, offering prospective owners the option of a sleeker stablemate to the class-leading Cayenne Turbo performance SUV.
Some coupé crossovers look like a collision between a sports car and a truck, but Porsche’s design team has managed to create a genuinely desirable, well-proportioned Coupé version of the all-conquering Cayenne Turbo. Breathtakingly fast with room for four and more than a hint of 911 in its profile, the Cayenne Turbo Coupé has the substance to back up the style. An icon in the making.
As the performance flagship of the range, the Cayenne Turbo Coupé’s 4.0-litre V8, 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox and all-wheel drive transmission with Porsche 4D Chassis Control endow it with sensational performance. Maximum power is 550HP (542bhp) and it develops 700Nm of torque, for a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono option. Fuel efficiency is enhanced by the auto stop/start and coasting functions.
Top speed is 177mph. To aid stability, the integrated active aero system features a static high-mounted spoiler with a second, actively extending one situated underneath the rear glass. Three-chamber adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) constantly adjusts the spring rate to suit the driving mode and situation. Options include active anti-roll and rear-wheel steering.
The Cayenne Turbo Coupé’s Porsche Communication Management system is based around a 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreen. Online navigation, mobile phone interface, audio controls and CD/DVD interface are simply and intuitive. To the right and left of the analogue rev counter are two high-resolution display screens that display virtual instruments, maps and other information.
Voice Pilot, Porsche’s voice control, can understand navigation commands such as ‘take me to…’ as well as adjusting the interior temperature if you say ‘I’m too hot’ or ‘I’m too cold.’ Connect Plus includes Apple® CarPlay, a 4G communication module with SIM card reader, wireless internet access and Porsche Connect services.
Porsche Stability Management includes a hatful of acronyms, including ABS, ASR, ABD, MSR, Trailer Stability Management and an expanded PSM Sport mode. The Brake Assist system detects an imminent collision with cars, pedestrians or cyclists and alerts the driver by means of a visual and audible warning, followed by a brake jolt, if the vehicle approaches cars, pedestrians or cyclists too quickly.
The driver's own braking is then reinforced, down to a complete halt if necessary. If the driver fails to respond, an emergency stop is automatically initiated to avoid a collision or reduce its impact. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front, braking all the way down to a halt if necessary, before resuming the set speed when the road is clear.
Though based closely on the Cayenne, all the Coupé’s panels from the A-pillar back are bespoke. Differentiating features include a sharper rake to the A pillar and windscreen, a 20mm lower roofline and a coupé-style rear ‘flyline’. Porsche’s designers have given the Coupé hint of a 911 profile by giving it a coloured roofline that tapers down, with the dark contrasting colour and material of the roof disguising the four-door proportions.
To optimise headroom the two rear seats are mounted 30mm lower than in the standard Cayenne. A lightweight sports option package is available with a carbon fibre roof saving weight and lowering the centre of gravity, plus a new 22-inch wheel design, a Sport Design styling kit, and Porsche’s classic houndstooth fabric inside.
|Vehicle Length||4,939 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1,989 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1,653 mm|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||2,200 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||4.0 litre/V8|
770 Nm @ 2,000 - 4,500
|Max Power||550 hp @ 5,750 - 6,000 rpm|
|Top Speed||177 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph in 3.9 secs|
|Combined Cycle||20.2 mpg - 20.8 mpg|
|CO2||261 - 258 g/km|