The Cayenne Coupe caused a lot of excitement when introduced in March earlier this year. The order books were immediately opened for those wanting to acquire the very capable 335 horsepower base model or the ultra-potent 541 horsepower Turbo Coupe, but now Porsche is also offering the 434 horsepower Cayenne S Coupe, designed to satisfy a desire for blisteringly quick performance at an approachable price point.
As sensational as it is, and reasonable compared to a number of other super-SUVs, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s $148,000 entry price puts it in exclusive territory, whereas the $101,500 Cayenne S Coupe finds the ideal balance between top-line and the $86,400 base model, and therefore should prove a popular choice.
How does its performance look on paper? The entry model’s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 (all engines are turbocharged) is good for an impressive 6.0-second sprint from zero to 100km/h in standard guise thanks in part to 332 lb-ft of torque, or 5.9 seconds with one of its lightweight sports packages (the Sport Chrono Package comes standard across the entire Cayenne Coupe line), whereas the Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s 567 lb-ft of torque help it catapult from standstill to 100km/h in only 3.9 seconds.
The new Cayenne S Coupe, on the other hand, utilizes a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with 406 lb-ft of torque to accomplish the feat in just 5.0 seconds flat, or 4.9 seconds with one of the lightweight sport packages, before bulleting up to a top speed of 263 km/h, compared to 243 km/h with the base model and 286 km/h for the Turbo.
The new Coupe rides on 2020 Cayenne underpinnings, but there are plenty of changes including a redesigned front windscreen resting on shallower A pillars, a 20-millimetre lower roofline, heavily tapered rear side windows, remoulded second-row doors, reformed rear quarter panels, and a new back bumper featuring an integrated license plate holder. The updates result in 19 millimeters of increased width, which together with its lower ride height provides a more aggressive stance.
A few other Cayenne Coupe highlights include an adaptive rear spoiler, individual rear outboard seats divided by an open centre console, plus two roof choices, the first including a standard 2.16-cubic-metre fixed glass panoramic sunroof with an integrated roller blind, and the second being an optional carbon-fibre panel.
As is the case with the regular Cayenne, the new Cayenne Coupe will be first to its market segment with an adaptive rear spoiler. The taller SUV utilizes a roof-mounted version just for its top-line Turbo model, but the new Coupe provides this active aerodynamic aid across its entire line, and positions it atop the rear deck lid spoiler. It joins a smaller rooftop spoiler to optimize airflow, and when activated extends by 135 mm upon reaching 90 km/h. This Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) system achieves two purposes, one to increase downforce on the rear axle in order to aid handling, and the other to enhance high-speed aero efficiency for reduced wind noise and better fuel efficiency.
All Cayenne Coupe trims incorporate an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, while additional standard equipment includes speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Yet more changes from regular Cayenne to standard Coupe include an upgraded set of eight-way power-adjustable Sport seats with larger side bolsters, plus 30-mm lower rear cushions to maximize headroom in the back.
Despite the tapered roofline, the Cayenne Coupe remains fully practical for hauling gear. In fact, its cargo capacity is only 145 litres less than the regular Cayenne at 625 litres behind its 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, while laying the second row flat provides up to 1,540 litres for longer, resulting in a difference of just 170 litres when compared to the bigger model.
With a focus more on wants than needs, the lightweight sports packages mentioned earlier include the carbon fibre roof, as well as a number of Sport Design upgrades, a special set of 22-inch GT Design wheels, hound’s-tooth Pepita checked fabric seat inserts, plus carbon and suede-like Alcantara interior trim accents.
The new 2020 Cayenne S Coupe will arrive at Porsche Centre Vancouver later this year along with the base Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Turbo Coupe, so if you want to be first to secure one be sure to contact us by phone at (604) 736-7911 or come visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: June 7, 2019