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First Drive: Cayenne Coupe Turbo (2019) is the GT3 of SUVs

After BMW effectively established the market for sloping roofline large luxury SUVs a decade ago, Porsche has been keenly observing.
This year it finally entered the trend with the new 2020 Cayenne Coupe.

The latest Porsche SUV variant features a slightly lower and longer body, with a distinct sloping roofline, more raked rear window and reshaped second-row access doors. The shape sits particularly well within the current Cayenne’s stance and it is not only the rear third of this vehicle which is different from the conventional Cayenne. You’ll notice from the images that there is no metal roof option: you either have a factory fitted panoramic sunroof of optional carbon- fibre structure.

Inside Cayenne coupe also offers further differentiation with its check-pattern fabric seats, which will appeal greatly to those potential customers who value the heritage of Porsche’s lightweight 911 classics.

Mechanically the new Porsche Cayenne coupe is identical to its Cayenne platform sibling. The same choice of three engines, rear-axle biased all-wheel drive, and eight-speed automatic transmission and air- suspension. Defining the range is Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo coupe, powered by the company’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Boosting 404kW and 770Nm it is a crushingly accomplished performance car, with gravel travel capability.
Interestingly, all Cayenne coupe derivatives feature Porsche’s Sport Chrono package as standard, which means very sharp throttle and gearshift calibration, if you select the S+ function. In the Turbo that equates to 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds, and if you have a sufficient stretch of autobahn, 286kph.

The Turbo also features Porsche’s three-chamber air-suspension as standard, which calms much of the body roll and brake dive you would anticipate in a 2.2t vehicle with 404kW on call. Porsche is
also offering optional tungsten surfaced brake discs, which produce 90% less black dust during intense use – that should mean those 21-inch alloys stay cleaner, for longer.

Why the Cayenne coupe? I think it does look better than the standard Cayenne. More like a high-riding Panamera, with the elegance of that curved roofline. Terrifically accomplished to drive too and the sacrifice in terms in luggage space is negligible. Lance Branquinho

Porsche Cayenne coupe will go on sale in South Africa by the end of this year, priced to the retail list below.
Cayenne Coupe R1,303,000
Cayenne S Coupe R1,433000

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