The newest entry in the Porsche Cayenne lineup neatly defies classification. Porsche calls it a 4-door coupe; the Cayenne, of course, is an SUV. And, while the vehicle carries the characteristic earmarks of the coupe style—the low-slung fastback roofline, the dramatically raked windshield—as well as the boosted seating position and road perspective of an SUV, it looks a lot like a crossover. A crossover coupe, then. With SUV sensibilities.
Eh, classify it as you will. This is an era of stylistic fluidity. And the Cayenne Coupe is a broadly appealing luxury SUV if ever there was one, making terminology a purely academic concern. A highly effective marriage of R&D and marketing, this is a fast, exciting daily driver with off-road capability, one SUV haters can love, and SUV lovers can easily be charmed by. Its exterior is different enough from the Cayenne to deserve its own moniker, but the interior is very familiar to those who know the Cayenne.
Both turbo and biturbo variants of this Cayenne will be in showrooms this year. The turbo’s V6 is plenty quick, boasting 335 HP and 332 pound-feet of torque. The upsell is the 4L V8, with 541 HP and 567 pound-feet of torque available. The sport chrono package comes standard on both models.
Base sticker for the 2020 Cayenne Coupe is around $75K. It will be in showrooms this fall.