Porsche jumps on the coupe-SUV bandwagon with the Cayenne Coupe, a new rival for the BMW X6
Porsche has released a coupe version of its Cayenne SUV. Priced from £62,129, the new model will reach UK showrooms in May this year, tasked with muscling-in on the BMW X6’s market.
The Cayenne Coupe’s styling adheres to the coupe-SUV rulebook. At the front, it’s almost identical to the standard Cayenne, but the roofline from the B-pillar back has a steeper rake and the rear window tapers more sharply towards the rear bumper. Other revisions include a fixed roof-mounted wing, an adaptive tailgate-mounted spoiler and flared wheel arches.
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Two engines will be available from launch. As standard, the Cayenne Coupe will come with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit with 330bhp and 450Nm of torque. Like the standard model, it will send its power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels, offering a 0–62mph sprint of six seconds and a top speed of 150mph.
For £104,729, buyers can opt for the Turbo Coupe with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol, with respective power and torque figures of 534bhp and 770Nm. The engine is lifted from the current Cayenne Turbo, along with its transmission and four-wheel-drive system, claiming a 0–62mph sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177mph.
Although not available at launch it’s likely that a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne Coupe will eventually be offered borrowing tech from the regular model.
Standard equipment includes a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, active dampers, a panoramic glass roof, Porsche’s ‘Sport Chrono’ package and front and rear parking sensors. As an optional extra, buyers can spec a lightweight sports package which includes 22-inch alloy wheels, a carbon-fibre roof and, for the Turbo Coupe, a sports exhaust system.
Inside, the Cayenne Coupe gets a pair of eight-way adjustable sports seats, a 12-inch infotainment system, a centre-mounted rev counter and a digital gauge cluster. The rear bench has also been reworked and now only features two individual seats, while the whole car sits 30mm lower to the ground over a standard Cayenne
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