The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is set to change people’s minds about sporty SUVs, which are finally becoming more mainstream than niche.
The Cayenne Coupe is a market challenger to the BMW X6 amongst others. The original Porsche Cayenne SUV raised some eyebrows when it launched back in 2002, largely because people said there was no market for high end SUVs. This of course proved to be untrue, as we have witnessed, since there are now a whole swathe of them available. Anyway, the Cayenne became one of Porsche’s biggest sellers, and one of the world’s best selling luxury 4x4s.
Paul Connolly writes, “The new Cayenne design copies what is, by now, the standard SUV coupe approach: identical at the front and raked downwards at the back end to produce a sportier feel.” Whilst Porsche executive Oliver Blume says: “The Coupe includes all the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, but has an even more dynamic design and new technical details that position it as more progressive, athletic, and emotional”.
The highlights of the Cayenne coupe include sharper lines with a unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats, and two different roof concepts – a panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, and an optional carbon roof.
Porsche executive, Michael Mauer, had this to say about the shape of the new model: “The significantly more steep roof line that falls away to the rear makes the Cayenne Coupé appear even more dynamic, and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment.” The sportier shape has been achieved by lowering the roof by 20 centimetres, which also means the front windscreen is a great deal shallower than in the original SUV. Plus, according to Porsche, “redesigned rear doors and bumpers broaden the shoulders by 18 millimetres, contributing to its overall muscular impression.”
It may be sporty, but it can still take four people and it s has a roomy boot of 625 litres. Two choices of engine will be available when it launches in May, and thr standard model will arrive fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol turbo delivering 330bhp. It is connected to an all-wheel drive, eight-speed auto gearbox, and has a top speed of 150mph/240kmh and a 0-62mph/100kmh time of six seconds.
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