Hopefully, after 18 years of claiming it, everybody has accepted the Porsche Cayenne as an actual Porsche. Purists will all the time be troublesome to win over, however the Cayenne has proven itself to be as enjoyable to drive as an SUV may be whereas nonetheless being sensible and even off-road succesful. Simply to make certain you have gotten the message, Porsche has doubled-down on the game issue with the 2020 Cayenne Coupe.
Whereas the Cayenne can be had with up to 670 hp and all method of dealing with aids—from rear steering to energetic anti-roll bars—it begins life as a humble SUV with simply 335 hp to its title. Those standard Cayennes get round nicely sufficient, however with the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche actually needs to promote the sportiness that the rakish roofline is promising. For this reason all Cayenne Coupes come customary with the Sport Chrono package deal, a $1,130 choice for normal Cayennes. With it comes Sport Plus and Particular person (customizable) drive modes, the game response button for a 20-second burst of most responsiveness, launch management, and a “Sport” setting for the soundness management.
Additionally made customary is PASM, Porsche’s electronically managed dampers which normally run $2,000. In entrance, they management wheels steered by now-standard Energy Steering Plus—or $300 price of software program to enhance steering really feel. Within the rear, they management wheels driving on a 0.7-inch wider monitor to enhance stability. Controlling you might be customary sport seats, which break up the distinction between Consolation seats and Adaptive Sport Seats with fewer energy changes and extra lateral help.
Topping off the usual upgrades are 20-inch wheels (up from 19 inches) and a panoramic glass roof. Do not like sunroofs? You possibly can change it with carbon-fiber in case you purchase the $14,440 (and up) Light-weight Sport Bundle, which nonsensically will increase the wheels to 22 inches as nicely. However hey, it saves 41.Four kilos on a 4,600-lb automobile. That is simply $349 per pound!
Talking of offers, Cayenne Coupes begin at $76,650, or $8,500 greater than a non-coupe, however do not despair. All these efficiency elements, sunroof, seats, and massive wheels will run you $9,680 in choices on a normal Cayenne, so that you’re saving cash towards that light-weight package deal already.
Certainly, then, the Cayenne Coupe solves the biggest problem we had with the standard Cayenne: the unshakable feeling it is an Audi in Porsche clothes, at the very least till you are taking a nook. Nicely, probably not. As with the Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupe would not really feel particularly Porsche-like and even that sporty in on a regular basis driving. It is received the drive mode selector dial on the steering wheel to remind you, and ours was geared up with the non-compulsory air suspension, however there wasn’t some inherent sportiness to the best way it drives.
The first perpetrator is the powertrain calibration. It is nearly prefer it actively tries to not be sporty except you completely demand it. The throttle would not reply till you have pushed it at the very least 1 / 4 of the best way down. A flat-footedness beneath 2,000 rpm from the turbocharged V-6 would not assist issues. Altering to Sport helps, however to get a Porsche response, it must be in Sport Plus.
Identical for the transmission. More often than not, it is content material to shuffle by way of the ratios and preserve factor clean, civilized, and gasoline environment friendly. Nothing unsuitable with that, however it’s not significantly sporty. Sport mode would not appear to assist a lot, so you have to go all the best way to Sport Plus to get it to make the change from reactive to proactive. There are shortcuts, like pushing the “Sport Response” button within the middle of the mode selector or flooring the gasoline, however these take you from cruiser to bruiser while you simply desire a cruiser with a way of urgency.
If you do put it in Sport Plus, although, the Porsche comes out. Then, the throttle responds like a 911’s. The transmission works a few of that PDK programming magic, although it is a humble torque converter job. The particular energy steering software program loosens up and lets some kickback into the steering wheel. Then, this swoopy coupe SUV begins behaving like a sizzling hatch.
Its 335 hp is not going to mild your hair on hearth, however it’s the proper start line. With the programming rectified, there’s simply the correct amount of energy, delivered in simply the proper method, for the automobile. Sure, we all know the chassis can deal with twice as a lot, however it’s a testomony to good engineering that it would not want double the ability to really feel sporty. As is, it is simply fast sufficient to get your juices flowing on street.
Extra importantly, every part else falls into place. The transmission, not in want of prodding, selects all the proper gears. The steering gives extra really feel than another SUV you should purchase whereas remaining mild, delicate, and exact. The usual brakes aren’t something particular on paper, however they don’t have any drawback standing as much as severe abuse on a favourite street.
Our tester did not have rear steering or energetic anti-roll bars or any of that, and albeit, it did not want them. They most likely do one thing for lap occasions, however on a weekend jaunt, they weren’t missed. It did not really feel any much less gratifying to drive on the identical mountain street because the non-Coupe Cayenne Turbo S we tested last year, simply not as fast.
Flip all of it off while you’re out of the mountains, and it goes again to being simply one other luxurious SUV. The rear window is a bit tougher to see out of now that it is smaller and mounted increased, however different SUV coupes do it worse. It is quiet sufficient, and the leather-based is supple sufficient. The sports activities seats are comfy to commute in daily, and the large wheels journey nicely sufficient.
You do not hand over lots within the title of fashion, both. The rear seats have been lowered to keep up headroom, however not a lot that it feels such as you’re sitting on the ground along with your knees in your chest. You solely hand over 5 cubic ft of cargo house for the coupe-ish roof. All of them are up within the prime of the cargo space, so that you’re shedding the power to stack stuff, however there’s nonetheless quantity of house. It is too unhealthy about what all of it does to the rear finish of the automobile, which simply would not work. At the very least the aspect profile is the least offensive of the coupe SUVs.
Heck, it will nonetheless go off-road. There isn’t any off-road package deal just like the common Cayenne affords, what with skid plates and all. Nonetheless, with the air suspension optioned, it will jack itself up into off-road top and the adaptive dampers will take their lumps from a dust street with out falling down. It is truly sort of enjoyable to rally round, so long as you are cautious about not hitting something sharp with these low-profile tires.
It is there, the Porsche DNA. It is deep within the blood, preserved over the generations but in addition buried additional and additional beneath a extra approachable persona. Greater than something, the cascading roof winks on the shut family and friends who know what it’s at its core. All of the whereas, it places on a practical face for the on a regular basis buyer extra involved with wanting good within the parking plenty of the workplace, the shop, or the native freeway at rush hour. The individuals who purchase it for what it represents will find it irresistible much more than the individuals who purchase it for what it actually is.
|2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||3.0L/335-hp/332-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,600 lb (mfr)|
|LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT||193.6 x 78.Zero x 66.Zero in|
|0-60 MPH||5.Zero sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||19/23/20 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||177/147 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.94 lb/mile|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||At present|