Porsche Cayenne Coupé Review (Updated 2020)

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The Porsche Cayenne Coupé is a variant of the original Cayenne, and its claim to fame is the unique fusion between an SUV and a coupé, in terms of drivability and style.
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Introduction

The name Porsche immediately conjures up images of luxury with their famous Porsche 911 Carrera and Taycan sports car models being a source of infamy. However, the German engineers have also unveiled SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne, which has received decent reception due to their relatively lower prices (compared to what we expect from Porsche) and functionality, allowing them to cater to the mainstream luxury car market.

The Porsche Cayenne Coupé is a variant of the original Cayenne, and its claim to fame is the unique fusion between an SUV and a coupé, in terms of drivability and style.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Exterior

To start things off, the outside of the Porsche Cayenne Coupé resembles the regular Cayenne SUV, just that it has a roofline that is 20mm shorter and a longer, lower and wider rear than the SUV variant. The A-pillar is angled lower to make it reminiscent of a Carrera 911, and the sloped roof also comes in a carbon fibre variant if you get the Lightweight Sport Package (additional $55,000).

The sleek angles and glossy coating of the Coupé make it look more trendy and athletic, while the Cayenne SUV pales in comparison. The solid exterior is 2000kg in weight but it does not appear hefty to the eye.

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Trendy and athletic exterior

The Porsche Cayenne Coupé comes in three colour sets. The first, standard, comes in either black or white. Then you have metallic, which includes white, black, silver, navy blue, brown and light teal. The final special set includes two shades of greyish-gold and the iconic vibrant lava orange coat that is sure to turn heads.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Interior

Porsche has decided to stick with their main aesthetic of comfort and style with the interior, lavishing it with fancy gadgets and plush, comfy seats.

The most obvious addition is the massive 12.3″ HD touchscreen which adorns the front of the cockpit, complete with Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which includes features such as radio, GPS, bluetooth and more. This unfortunately has pushed the air conditioning vents to a lower position, which is suboptimal for airflow.

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Ergonomic steering wheel

The instrument panel is a classic analog panel which is flanked by two 7” displays which show the fuel levels and other typical instrument panel values. Next to that is the wonderfully designed steering wheel, which feels very premium and is ergonomic to use.

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Plush seats

Seats feel plush and premium, although the lowered roofline reduces the height of the vehicle, meaning that the seats are lowered by 30mm. This is negligible due to the legroom afforded which is spacious enough for most humans.

Carrying capacity has been reduced to 625 litres, which is in line with the Cayenne Coupé being a sportier version of the Cayenne SUV. This makes it less practical for cargo but offers enhanced manoeuvrability. Folding the rear seats increases the carrying capacity to 1545 litres, which is more than enough for most drivers.

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Carrying capacity of 1545 litres

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Performance

Porsche’s reputation as a top luxury car manufacturer is solidified with the new Cayenne Coupé, which drives well and feels smooth.

The Sport Chrono Package which comes with the vehicle allows one to toggle between four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport PLUS and individual. Coupled with PCM (Porsche communication management), which displays information about lap time in the instrument panel.

The vehicle itself is outfitted with a 3L Turbo V6 engine, which provides a beastly 340bhp (2.9L/440bhp for the S Coupé and 4L/550bhp for the Turbo Coupé), which is more than enough power for most, especially in Singapore. The 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission feels best with the manual override setting, but it is automatic by default.

It takes 6.0s to go from 0 – 100km/h (with the Sport Chrono package), which is blazing fast for a vehicle with an SUV chassis. Reaching a fine top speed of 243km/h, the Porsche Cayenne Coupé definitely lives up to the spiciness of the “Cayenne” in its name.

Traction feels solid with the Cayenne Coupé, as it has thick set 22-inch wheels which provide stability. Porsche’s PTM system (Porsche Traction Management) contains anti-slip and automatic braking which controls the vehicle on slippery roads. The fact that it is an AWD (all-wheel drive) helps tremendously in solidifying grip too.

Despite the SUV chassis, handling feels responsive and smooth, and it deals with tight bends superbly due to the lower centre of gravity and wider rear end. The two-stage PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system allows one to go from powerful sports car to elegant executive SUV in a matter of seconds, which results in a comfortable ride for all involved.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Safety

Porsche has included a whole suite of safety features to ensure that drivers do not have to endure a close call with the grim reaper, especially with the high speeds that the Cayenne Coupé can reach.

First off, the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) technology enables brake discs to remain glossy due to a ceramic coating. This rust-free coating also reduces the amount of brake dust generated, meaning that brakes are less likely to malfunction. Additionally, the brakes themselves are Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), which result in shorter braking times and solid responsiveness no matter the terrain.

Porsche has included the Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV) technologies to improve cornering and turning, as lateral body movement is minimised during tight cornering. This allows the vehicle to remain stable and avoid unnecessary body drag.

Porsche has improved on visibility in the dark with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), which contains 84 LEDs which adjusts to the traffic, meaning that it will not dazzle other drivers. Additionally, approaching intersections or junctions triggers a response where the LED beam becomes shorter and illuminates the left and right hand side of the vehicle instead, which is important in avoiding obstacles.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Price

Being a luxury manufacturer, Porsche prices cars at a high price point. The Porsche Cayenne Coupé retails from $360,188, which is about $17,000 more than the regular Cayenne, which goes for $343,488. Sports Car enthusiasts (with enough coin) may want to opt for the Porsche Cayenne S Coupé, which retails for $450,188, while the top of the line Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé goes for a massive $621,888.

Summary

Overall, the Porsche Cayenne Coupé is a stylishly designed, powerful vehicle that is more than capable of meeting any driver’s needs. It feels smooth to handle, is spacious and solid with the right amount of care put into comfort.

Verdict

What we like
- Beautiful styling, excellent and practical cockpit
- An adaptable vehicle that can perform in most situations
What we do not like
- The oversized touchscreen compromises the optimal placement of aircon vents in the centre
Editor’s recommendation
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an excellent vehicle to drive, and it appears that Porsche has found a happy balance between form and function, without compromising their design DNA and style.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé Specifications

 

Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Porsche Cayenne S Coupé

Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé 

Dimensions

4931mm x 1983mm x 1676mm(LxWxH)

4931mm x 1983mm x 1676mm(LxWxH)

4931mm x 1983mm x 1676mm(LxWxH)

Wheelbase

2895mm

2895mm

2895mm

Weight

2030kg

2050kg

2200kg

 

Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Porsche Cayenne S Coupé

Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé 

Engine

2995cc V6 

2894cc V6

3996cc V8

Transmission

8-speed Tiptronic S

8-speed Tiptronic S

8-speed Tiptronic S

Drive Type

All Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive with Multi Plate clutch, ABD and ASR

All Wheel Drive

Power

340BHP

440BHP

550BHP

Torque

450Nm 

550Nm

770Nm

Top Speed

243km/h

263km/h

286km/h

0-100km/h

6.0s

5.0s

3.9s

Fuel consumption

9.9L/100km

10L/100km

12.3L/100km

Suspension (Front/Rear)

Multi-Link Front Axle/Multi-Link Rear Axle

Multi-Link Front Axle/Multi-Link Rear Axle

Multi-Link Front Axle/Multi-Link Rear Axle

Brakes(Front/Rear)

4-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc/2-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc

6-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc/4-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc

10-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc/4-Piston Monobloc Fixed Caliper Brakes, Brake Disc

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