As a lead as much as final 12 months’s Best Driver’s Car, we did a Super SUV shootout. The winner, the Lamborghini Urus, went on to position ninth, forward of the BMW M850i, however behind the Bentley Continental GT V8 at BDC. The second-place automobile within the Tremendous SUV comparo was the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
“In comparison with the [winning] Urus,” I wrote, “the Cayenne Turbo feels prefer it’s been dipped in rubber cement.” There was a fizzing, brimming, palpable pleasure to the massive (although lighter) Lambo. Neglect X issue, the Urus has a triple-X issue. Plus the metaphorical equal of glowing lasers and angels’ trumpets blasting out of each weld. In my private BDC rating I had the second-ever SUV from Sant’Agata sitting in seventh. The Cayenne, in contrast, which was fast, correct, grippy, and fairly good to drive, simply felt a bit … mundane. The best way previous versions of the 911 Turbo felt. Competent and assured however decidedly not the SUV with a lampshade on its head.
Since then, Porsche has launched a “coupe” model of the Cayenne known as—are you sitting down?—the Cayenne Coupe. As you’ll have surmised, there is a Turbo model of the Cayenne Coupe, creatively titled the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Does this slicked-back model repair the (admittedly) pea-under-the-mattress points I had with Porsche’s commonplace loopy SUV? Hold studying.
The Large Image
It’s possible you’ll be considering one thing like, “Why does this factor even exist?” It is a query I have been asking myself since I first drove the BMW X6 again in April 2008. Lengthy story informed fast, the X6 sells at about one tenth the amount of the X5, however it sells for about $5,000 extra per automobile, and the 2 autos roll off the identical meeting line, so that they value basically the identical to construct. BMW sells about 6,000 X6s within the U.S. per 12 months. That additional $5K multiplied by 6,000 is $30,000,000. Whereas the Cayenne sells at about one third the amount of the X5, the hole between the usual SUV and the Coupe model is about $8,000. That is $8K of pure, dreamy revenue and large cash if the 10 p.c ratio holds. Mercedes launched this with the E-Class-based CLS. People can pay additional for fashion, irrespective of how questionable mentioned fashion could also be. As Cayennes go up in worth, the hole between the common taste and the Coupe model drops. The highest-tier Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe (what an awesome identify! Not.) is barely $2,500 dearer than the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. For our functions, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe begins at $131,450, a $3,600 premium over the plain previous Cayenne Turbo. That $3,600 buys you much less SUV when it comes to metallic, rear-seat headroom, and cargo quantity. But it surely does purchase you exclusivity. $3,600 looks like a tremendous worth to placed on that! Additionally, as examined, this dayglo Lava Orange Turbo Coupe stickers for $158,460.
Do you get extra energy? No. Extra gears? Nope. Does the Coupe look higher than the regulation Cayenne? I do not suppose it does. In reality, it kinda seems to be like a fats Macan. All three Porsche SUVs undergo within the seems to be division from being pressured right into a tenuous visible connection to the 911. What does a front-engine, four-door SUV must do with a rear-engine precise coupe? You ever heard the one a few camel being a racehorse designed by committee? Yet one more factor: Whereas the X6 has at all times and nonetheless does appear to be a mutated model of the extra staid X5, the Cayenne Coupe does not look all that totally different from the traditional one. It is as refined as a 541-horsepower SUV can get.
Properly, absolutely there have to be one thing totally different except for fashion? There may be! I discovered it buried on web page 7 of the 12-page technical doc Porsche despatched me with the automobile. The rear observe is 0.70 inch wider. You heard it right here (in all probability) first, people. And but …
Driving Totally different
Human reminiscence is a fragile factor. Watch sufficient procedural courtroom TV exhibits, and that eyewitnesses are significantly untrustworthy. In my thoughts, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe drives a lot otherwise than the Cayenne Turbo. Now, do I really feel that means as a result of the 2 are literally totally different? Or is it due to the fog of time? Or, most probably, do I like how the Coupe model drives extra as a result of I did not hop out of it after which climb straight right into a Lamborghini Urus with an additional 100 horsepower? What’s 18mm extra rear observe imply, anyway?
So yeah, I really like how this factor boogies. The closest analogue I can consider is the Nissan Juke-R. Bear in mind the Juke-R? If not, this is the crib notes. Again in 2012, somebody at Nissan went AWOL and constructed a Juke with a GT-R powertrain stuffed into it. The response was so overwhelmingly constructive, Nissan put it into excessive restricted manufacturing—4 have been constructed at a value of $590,000 every. Nissan adopted the 485-hp Juke-R with the 600-hp Juke-R 2.Zero a pair years later (manufacturing greater than quadrupled to 17 items), however I by no means drove the sequel. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have spent one afternoon with the Juke-R on an deserted airstrip, and effectively, I beloved it. This Cayenne Turbo Coupe is the second SUV that is ever jogged my memory of that loopy pinball of an SUV. The opposite one is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which positioned seventh at our 2018 Finest Driver’s Automobile competitors. The Cayenne coupe additionally occurs to make 56 further horsepower and 133 extra lb-ft of torque than the little widebody Nissan.
On the Street
The Turbo Coupe bobs and weaves. I am certain the three-chamber air suspension and accompanying metal springs are lots stiff, however whenever you’re whipping what’s received to be 2.5 tons of enjoyable (the usual Cayenne Turbo we weighed clocked in at 5,090 kilos) on a twisting canyon street, you get physique lean. This can be a level of disagreement amongst automobile geeks, however I like physique lean. I am not saying I am a fan of dangerous damping or poorly tuned suspensions. Relatively, whenever you enter a nook, given the selection between a super-stiff suspension that retains the automobile upright (or fancy-pants 48-volt programs that artificially preserve the automobile from leaning), I choose that the factor I am driving lean—in a managed method—right into a given nook. Feels higher. Now, this Turbo Coupe comes packing PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management, a $3,590 possibility), which makes use of a 48-volt system to juke (pardon me!) the lively anti-roll bars. They name it anti-roll stabilization, however attempt as it’d, PDCC is not any match for physics. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe leans simply pretty by means of corners.
Clearly, I might choose to be in one other Porsche (911 Targa, please), as 98 p.c of the time automobiles drive higher than SUVs. That mentioned, there are a handful of great-driving hyper SUVs on the market. The magic method has one thing to do with a long-travel suspension softness, Newton-defying mass administration, an excessive amount of energy, gobs of grip, and a few kind of sine qua non magic that solely issues so proper they’re improper possess. The Juke-R makes the lower; so too does the Stelvio QF. You higher imagine the Urus is on this listing, as is the completely wonderful BMW X6 M, the SUV that Lamborghini secretly benchmarked when creating the Urus. We will add this right here Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe to that tiny listing.
I nonetheless suppose I am proper, although I do not bear in mind the common taste Cayenne Turbo driving this fashion. I bear in mind the 17.3-inch carbon-ceramic entrance rotors stopping the automobile effortlessly. I bear in mind the countless tug of the twin-turbo V-8. I bear in mind how despite the fact that the eight-speed computerized transmission is equipped by ZF and due to this fact is not Porsche’s personal good PDK dual-clutch, the slushbox shifts surprisingly effectively. However I do not bear in mind the common Cayenne Turbo feeling like a gussied-up trophy truck, whereas this one completely does. I do not bear in mind feeling like I used to be driving one thing particular. A automobile that, when requested about by a buddy with an excessive amount of cash, would lead me to say, “Yeah, I might have one.” Backside line: The Cayenne Turbo Coupe drives higher than the Cayenne Turbo. At the least $3,600 higher.
|2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||4.0L/541-hp/567-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|CURB WEIGHT||5,050 lb (mfr)|
|L x W x H||194.5 x 78.Four x 65.1 in|
|0-60 MPH||3.2 sec (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||15/19/17 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||225/177 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.17 lb/mile|
|ON SALE||At the moment|