Porsche Cayenne Coupe Review
The Cayenne Coupe is the sportier version of the Cayenne SUV and Porsche has not done much to differentiate the front end from the other versions.
The coupe rear seems more integrated which is mostly thanks to the inherent design of the Cayenne Turbo. Porsche have managed to tread on the fine line that separates an SUV and a Coupe with this car. The rear also gets a light-bar, something almost every premium SUV has these days. This light bar, however, has Porsche written inside of it, adding that extra bit of flair.
The spoiler situation is quite intriguing. There is the roof spoiler, nothing much there. But then there is the cool retractable spoiler. Porsche boasts it is the largest spoiler ever installed in a production SUV. What is does is it draws attention when stationary and draws downforce when your foot is down at 90 kms per hour. It also adds the final bit of pizzaz and drama a sports coupe is expected to have and seals the deal. At the end of the day, it's a sportier-looking version of an SUV, from a company that has a formidable sporting pedigree.
Get inside this car, and the first thing that is probably going to catch your attention is the huge infotainment display. The infotainment itself is pretty responsive and immersive, and overall is very good, as is expected in this price range. But it misses out on Android Auto, an infuriating omission if you own an Android device.
Moving on, the grab handle attached to the centre console reminds you of the rugged side of this car. Overall cabin quality is top-notch and would satisfy even the most nit-picky customers. The materials used are nothing short of the best. The paddles are made of actual metal, instead of plastic which shows who this car is for. And the duo of the digital driver's displays are highly customisable and are easy to operate while on the road. The heads-up display is also very informative and is easy to read while driving.
One factor of this interior that only time can review is the use of piano black plastics at touch-points. Also, the lack of tactile buttons and the shift to digital buttons and haptic assisted buttons pose an ergonomic question. The rear seat experience is where the sloping roofline introduces itself as an ergonomic issue. But Porsche have dealt with this by lowering the seats to improve headroom. Knee-room, as in the Cayenne SUV is really good.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with an option of two-seater rear, or a three-seater bench. If you plan to carry three in the back often though, the sloping roofline can become a problem for the middle passenger. The boot space is compromised, but not to a large extent, and is still sizeable even for long journeys. Tiny touches to this interior, and other latest Porsche interiors in extension are quite nice.
The version driven here is the Turbo variant, with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8, powering all 4-wheels with a power of 550 PS, and 770 Nm of torque. All of this power hiding underneath the bonnet, when unleashed can take you from standstill to 100 km/hr in just 3.9 seconds in the sportiest variant (Sports Chrono pack is standard). This car turns petrol into performance, fast.
There is also a V6 version giving out 340 PS of power and 450 Nm of torque. The 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox is pretty good and fast with shifts.
But the dynamics itself is where the Porsche Cayenne Coupe comes alive. Porsche have used all the tech available to make this car dynamically superior to their rivals. Additions like rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars, torque vectoring have alleviated the extra weight that is inherent with SUVs. The comparatively lower driving position also helps with the sensation of speed inside the car. All in all, the driving experience makes you forget that this car weighs 2.2 tons, with the steering offering wonderful feel and feedback.
Like many of its kind, it has a few niggles in the name of rear-seat experience and practicality. But the magnitude of it is small, even negligible for some use cases. If you are able to live with the tradeoffs it makes, you've got a looker that kindles excitement every time you shift to Sport Plus mode.
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