2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe First Drive Review

by Lawana Perkins | Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Over the course of three generations and nearly 17 years, the Porsche Cayenne has followed a similar format: a familiar 911-like face grafted onto a conventional SUV body.

2020 Porsche Cayenne

However, other brands have tried to shake things up with their own luxury SUVs, offering controversial, yet ultimately successful “coupe” variations. BMW X6, we’re looking at you. And so, in a decision that should’ve been seen as inevitable, Porsche has finally followed suit.

For the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, the front end remains unchanged, but the differences start with the A-pillar: The windshield features a sportier angle, the roof takes on a 911-esque arch, and the tail is pulled down low. The side windows mirror the 911 (and the Panamera), and the rear fenders are pushed out to accommodate a 0.7-inch wider track.

The driver looks at the same dashboard that graces the regular Cayenne models. It’s a familiar layout, but with the array of buttons replaced by a touch-sensitive glass center console and a wide TFT screen, featuring the corporate look shared with the Panamera and the latest 992 911. And there are the expected cutting-edge infotainment and connectivity options, too.

Porsche now has three different styles of automatic shifter. Luckily for the Cayenne Coupe, it uses the right motion (pull back for a manual upshift, push away for a manual downshift, unlike in the Macan) and it also doesn’t look like the 992 911’s “electric razor” shifter.

The entry-level Cayenne Coupe comes with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 (335 horsepower, 332 lb-ft of torque), which gets to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and tops out at 151 mph. The mid-level Cayenne S Coupe is fitted with the 2.9-liter V6 Biturbo (434 horsepower, 405 lb-ft of torque) that can hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds on its way to a 163-mph terminal velocity.

That’s especially true since it isn’t that much more expensive than the regular Cayenne. Prices range from $75,300 for the Cayenne Coupe to $88,600 for the Cayenne S Coupe and $130,100 for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Although part of its higher price is definitely going toward style, there’s also a superior level of equipment, including larger wheels, the Sport Chrono package and the panoramic glass roof.

And thus, the Cayenne Coupe might be the most attractive SUV on the market now. The Cayenne’s design finally reflects its sporting capabilities, while the tradeoff in functionality is minor enough that going for Cayenne’s Coupe version seems like less of a tradeoff than the X5/X6 or most recent Mercedes GLE.


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