Porsche Cayenne Coupe gets rakish sports redesign

Joanna Estrada
March 21, 2019

Porsche has added a new SUV variant to its lineup, with the 2020 Cayenne Coupe taking the full-sized model and giving it a rakish new roofline.

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne family is extending its arms to welcome a brand new version to the table, featuring a sloped roof line and an overall sporty design.

The biggest change, of course, is the roof. Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche (quite the job title), points to the Coupe's "flyline" at the rear of the roof, while the windscreen and A-pillar have a sharper rake, and the roof is 20mm lower than the standard auto.

Despite the roof being lower, we're told head room at the rear isn't an issue as the seats have also been lowered by 1.18 inches compared to the regular Cayenne. The roof edge is around 0.78-inches lower.

At the back, there are redesigned rear doors and rear quarter panels.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
This is the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe

It clearly points to the Cayenne Coupe's more aggressively sporting character, and the inevitability of another Nürburgring record (there's even a crash helmet in the boot of one of the reveal images, the wags). The license plate bracket has now been shifted to the bumper, lowering the SUV visually. The Cayenne Coupe's cargo volume is about 22 cubic feet, which increases to 54 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. That can extend by up to 5.3 inches, when the auto is driving at speeds of over 56 miles per hour.

A 2.16m squared panoramic roof is standard fitment, with a contoured carbon fibre roof also available as part of three different optional lightweight sports packages. That has an integrated sunshade. However, it has confirmed that all models will receive speed-sensitive power steering, 20in alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono package, Park Assist and a rear-view camera as standard. Two engines will be offered.

The standard Coupe will land in the United Kingdom in May, priced from £62,129, the Turbo at £104,729. That'll be good for 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to do 0-60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds. That time will be cut to 5.6 seconds if one of the optional lightweight sports packages is installed; either way, top speed is 151 miles per hour.

Further upmarket is the Turbo, which has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8. With 542bhp and 568lb ft of torque going through the same automatic gearbox, it has a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.9sec and a top speed of 178mph. Top speed, meanwhile, rises to 178 miles per hour. A full bench seat can be ordered as a no-cost option, but then you may as well as go the whole, erm, hog and order the full Cayenne to go with it.

Speaking of sitting in the rear of this vehicle, you sit 1.18 inches (30 mm) lower than in the regular Cayenne.

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