After years of rumors, predictions, and spy photos, Porsche has finally done what many automakers already have: Turned its full-size SUV into a "coupe." This is the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, and from most angles, it basically just looks like a big Macan.
As extreme as some of the Cayenne Coupe sketches were, the final product is a bit less aggressive than competitors like a BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. A big active spoiler at the base of the rear window is standard across the entire Coupe range, as is a panoramic sunroof. Chairman Oliver Blume calls it "more progressive, athletic, and emotional." Sure.
Of course, underneath, everything is pretty much the same as it is on a normal Cayenne. The main highlighted differences are standard 20-inch wheels and standard Porsche active suspension management (PASM). A rear three-seat bench is standard, though buyers can option a 2+2 rear bucket layout. Rear occupants sit 1.18 inches lower than in the normal Cayenne, ensuring the sloped roofline won't impede headroom.
At launch, buyers will have two choices of trim: Base Cayenne Coupe, with turbocharged V-6 making 335 horsepower and and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, and Cayenne Coupe Turbo, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 541 horsepower and 567 lb.-ft. of torque. Both models get an eight-speed Tiptronic torque converter automatic sending power to all four wheels—sorry, still no PDK anywhere in the Cayenne lineup. The base model does 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 151 mph. If you want to go slightly quicker, Porsche will offer three separate lightweight sport packages, all of which will include 22-inch wheels, carbon fiber interior trim, and a carbon fiber roof. Opting for a performance package will drop the 0-60 time to 5.6 seconds, Porsche says.
The Turbo model does the 0-60 run in 3.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 178 mph. For those curious, that's exactly the same 0-60 time and one mph faster than a similarly equipped non-Coupe Cayenne Turbo.
In the base Cayenne Coupe, cargo volume comes in at 22 cubic feet, rising to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats down (5.1 cubic feet and 6.0 cubic feet less than the normal Cayenne, respectively). Thanks to its standard Bose sound system, the Turbo model has slightly less space, with a capacity of 21.2 cubic feet, 53.3 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Porsche expects the Cayenne Coupe to hit US showrooms in fall 2019, with a starting MSRP of $75,300 for the base model, $130,100 for the Turbo—an increase of $9600 and $5500 over the normally shaped Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo, respectively. These numbers do not include Porsche's $1250 shipping fee.