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2020 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Porsche Cayenne

$863 ( Excludes taxes & fees )

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Car Features

  • +Leatherette Seating
  • ABS
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Auto Start-Stop Function
  • AWD
  • Blindspot Sensors
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • Eco Mode
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Memory Seat
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Tailgate
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • USB Port
  • 12.3'' High-Res Central Display

Vehicle description

What sort of bizarre world have we inherited that we find ourselves criticizing Porsche for sacrificing the practicality of one of its models in the name of style? Porsches aren’t exactly paragons of practicality. But here we are, faced with the curious creature pictured here, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne coupe, a vehicle that one of us has already called Porsche’s jumping-the-shark moment.

We drove three different versions of the not-really-a-coupe SUV through the towns and over the hillsides of eastern Austria trying to decide whether the Cayenne coupe, a less practical version of the Cayenne SUV, is the ultimate sacrilege—a frivolous, heavy Porsche—or if it is a partial corrective step for the sacrilege of Porsche building a semipractical, heavy SUV lo those many years ago. At some point, we decided to stop pondering such matters and instead focus our attention on piloting this broad-of-beam, fat-tired vehicle down the narrow, paved goat paths of rural Austria without falling off the side of a mountain. Nothing focuses the mind on what’s important quite like the possibility of being squashed by an oncoming MAN semi truck.

Joining the Club

It would have been easier to build up some righteous indignation about the vehicle if Porsche hadn’t presented it to us with such candor. Typically, during the introduction of these sorts of “lifestyle” versions of an existing model, carmakers fire up their hyperbole machines. But Porsche’s reps quite matter-of-factly noted that the mechanical elements of this somewhat sleeker SUV are identical to those of the standard Cayenne. So much for our plan to catch them obscuring the paucity of the model’s changes in a cloud of obfuscation.

So, yes, the Cayenne coupe, which goes on sale in the United States in the fall, feels and drives pretty much exactly as the new-for-2019 Cayenne does. It drives, in other words, like the Porsche of SUVs. It is more composed and precise and competent over the road than most any premium SUV you’d care to mention. That list of vehicles would include similarly style-oriented ute-like things such as the BMW X6, the Mercedes GLE coupe, and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. In terms of driving satisfaction, the Cayenne coupe’s strongest competitors are those that share its basic Volkswagen Group MLB Evo platform and powertrain componentry, such as the Audi Q8 and the Lamborghini Urus.

The Cayenne coupe forms a sort of bridge between the Audi and the Lambo, in fact. Like the Q8, the base-level Cayenne coupe is powered by an Audi-designed turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. In the Porsche, it makes the same 335 horsepower as in the Audi but less torque (332 lb-ft versus 369). The base Cayenne coupe—like all Cayenne coupes, Cayennes, Q7s, Q8s, Uruses, and Bentley Bentaygas—uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. We expect it will provide straight-line performance similar to the Q8’s, which is to say competitive but not particularly zesty. But predictably, regardless of the options, the Porsche Cayenne coupe is the sportier-driving of the two. With a curb weight in the neighborhood of 4800 pounds, the base coupe is a heavy thing but it feels as though it has its mass under better control than the Audi.

At the top end of the Cayenne coupe lineup is the Turbo, which of course borrows the twin-turbo 541-hp 4.0-liter V-8 from the noncoupe Cayenne Turbo. That can’t quite match the output or the aural drama of Lambo’s version, which was developed by Porsche and makes 641 horsepower. We would be surprised if there weren’t eventually a Cayenne Turbo S coupe that came close to or fully matched that output. But for now, the lineup consists of the base version, the Turbo, and the tweener, the Cayenne S coupe, which is powered by the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 familiar from the Audi RS5 and here making 434 horsepower. The S is the sweet spot of this range. It never feels burdened by the Cayenne’s mass and carries an entry price more than $40K less than the Turbo model.

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