2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe evaluate: Style over perform

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe evaluate: Style over perform

Coupe, huh?

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What differentiates a crossover from a crossover-coupe (or “coupeover,” in Roadshow parlance)? Should you’re the Porsche Cayenne, not a lot. The 2 variants of the German automaker’s bigger SUV share every little thing from engines to suspension elements to inside trimmings and onboard tech, with solely a sloping roofline setting them aside.


  • Sturdy twin-turbo V6 efficiency
  • Among the finest-handling luxurious SUVs round
  • Coupe type causes few sacrifices
  • Infotainment tech sport is powerful

Do not Like

  • Added value does not appear price it
  • Most driver-assistance aids are optionally available

That is not essentially a foul factor, although; the 2020 Porsche Cayenne is likely one of the finest high-performance premium SUVs obtainable right now. Whether or not you go for the bottom mannequin or the virtually superlative Turbo S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne is an absolute delight to drive, with luxurious appointments and among the finest infotainment tech round.

S marks the spot

Improbable as all Turbo-badged Cayennes are, it is the midrange S that I really discover most interesting. The dual-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V6 is a honey of an engine, producing a wholesome 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque (the latter of which comes on sturdy at simply 1,800 rpm). Regardless of its substantial 4,725-pound curb weight, the Cayenne S Coupe can scoot to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds in case you go for the costly Light-weight Sport Pack, which provides a carbon-fiber roof). That is fairly rattling fast for a crossover this huge.

All Cayenne Coupes come customary with Porsche’s Sport Chrono bundle, which, along with the lap timer on the sprint (which is best used as a clock), offers you the all-important push-to-pass Sport Response button in the course of the drive-mode selector. I by no means get bored with urgent this after I’m about to overhaul a slower automotive on a two-lane highway, although with 434 hp on faucet, a fast stab of the throttle supplies ample motivation, too.

Much more spectacular is how agile the Coupe is whereas cornering. Like each present Porsche, the steering is completely weighted, however not so fast as to make the massive Cayenne unnecessarily darty. My tester’s $2,170 adaptive air suspension retains the trip agency however comfy, and the $1,500 torque-vectoring tech shuffles energy facet to facet below cornering for optimum grip. No, the Cayenne S Coupe will not idiot you into pondering it is a 911 on a winding highway, however I dare you to search out one other massive crossover-coupe that is as participating.

At its highest level, the Coupe’s roofline is 20mm decrease than the usual Cayenne.

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Your native seller will probably be completely satisfied to promote you a Cayenne S Coupe with both upgraded surface-coated or ceramic-composite brakes — $3,490 and $9,080, respectively. Actually, although, the usual metal stoppers like these fitted to my tester work superb. Should you’re planning to take your Cayenne Coupe on a observe (you are not), then you definately may wish to contemplate one in all these extra highly effective braking choices, however I am completely satisfied to report the bottom setup is nice. Plus, these metal brakes are simpler to modulate at slower, in-city speeds, which is the place the vast majority of Cayenne Coupes will spend their time. Likewise, it is right here the place Porsche’s coupeover is as comfy as another Cayenne variant, with an amazing trip high quality due to the aforementioned air suspension — even on my tester’s upgraded 21-inch wheels.

If there is a draw back to the Cayenne S Coupe’s highly effective engine and nice on-road manners, it is that gas financial system is not something to write down house about. The EPA estimates this mannequin will return 18 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 22 mpg freeway and 19 mpg mixed. Should you drive your Cayenne with gusto — and who might blame you? — anticipate to see effectivity numbers within the mid-to-high teenagers on the reg.

Extra type, much less area

Unsurprisingly, the obvious option to spot a Cayenne Coupe is from the rear. The roofline has been lowered by 20 millimeters at its highest level, these rear hips are 18mm wider and the license plate is housed within the rear bumper, versus larger up on the hatch.

Total, I like the way in which the Cayenne Coupe appears… till you get it above 56 mph. That is when the flush-fitting rear spoiler motors up and out, and it is big. Your entire panel between the rear glass and the taillights turns into a wing, and there is even a small lip spoiler on prime, for no matter that is price. Mix that with the roof spoiler atop the hatch, which itself has openings within the center for higher airflow, and the Cayenne has not one, not two, however three wings.

Fortunately, you do not have to take a look at the Cayenne Coupe whenever you’re driving it, however I type of hate what the massive spoiler does to this crossover’s in any other case enticing design when in full-on peacock mode. Plus, due to the required aero work, there is not any manner for Porsche to mount a rear window wiper to the Cayenne. Firm engineers inform me it does not want one, however particularly after driving this factor throughout an unusually wet Los Angeles week, I proceed to disagree.

In any other case, this physique type’s trade-offs aren’t as unhealthy as you may suppose. Rearward visibility continues to be a lot good, and there is 22 cubic toes of area at the back of the Coupe, which expands to 53.Three cubic toes with the rear seats folded. These are solely reductions of 5 and seven cubic toes versus the usual Cayenne, respectively, so it actually is not something to lose sleep over.

Up entrance, the Coupe is as roomy and techy as each different Cayenne mannequin.

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A snug cabin with nice tech

The Coupe’s rear seats are straightforward to get out and in of, due to the truth that Porsche lowered the rear bench by 1.2 inches in contrast with the conventional Cayenne. You do must duck your head a bit as you get in, however there’s loads of headroom as soon as inside, a sensation amplified by the Coupe’s customary panoramic glass roof. A two-passenger rear seating association is customary, however a three-across bench just like the one in my take a look at automotive is offered at no cost.

Up entrance, the Coupe is as plush and properly appointed as the remainder of the Cayenne vary, with supportive seats for the motive force and passenger and a cleanly organized middle console that includes flush, backlit controls. A 12.3-inch touchscreen takes middle stage on the dashboard, working Porsche Communication Administration software program, the identical as you may discover within the firm’s different new vehicles. I like PCM for its reconfigurable house display, wealth of performance, crisp graphics and rapid responses. And hey, in case you do not feel the identical manner about PCM that I do, Apple CarPlay comes customary, although it nonetheless does not have Android Auto.

Porsche’s full roster of driver help tech is offered within the Cayenne S Coupe, together with every little thing from the corporate’s InnoDrive freeway assistant, which mixes adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help, to traffic-sign recognition, a surround-view digicam system, Night time Imaginative and prescient Help, head-up show and lane-change help. The one problem? All of those goodies value further, even on the $89,950 (together with $1,350 for vacation spot) Cayenne S Coupe.

Regardless of the sloping roofline, the rear seats supply loads of area.

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Extra money, similar Cayenne

S vs. S, the Coupe is $4,300 costlier than the historically formed Cayenne, although it is price noting the swoopy-roof model comes with the next degree of ordinary gear, together with inch-larger wheels, the Sport Chrono pack, energy sport seats and the aforementioned glass roof. Like each Porsche, the sky is the restrict with regards to customization, with a evenly optioned model like my take a look at automotive nonetheless breaking into six-figure territory at $102,110 (together with vacation spot).

My massive beef with the Coupe is that I do not suppose it actually differentiates itself sufficient from the usual Cayenne to warrant that worth hike. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz a minimum of make their coupeovers look a bit of totally different, and typically they provide them distinctive engine choices, too. Porsche’s competitor simply has its modestly totally different roofline. After all, I suppose when your place to begin is the already-damn-near-flawless Cayenne, it does not make sense to mess with success.

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