Based on the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, this new model promises to be quicker and sharper than the rest of its variant range. Porsche Brand Ambassador Walter Roehrl has already commenced testing the upcoming SUV at the Hockenheimring
Despite heavy criticism by fans of the brand, the first-gen Porsche Cayenne debunked the idea of big burly SUVs being incapable of offering a fantastic drive experience. And every avatar since then has pushed the envelope in terms of performance and handling. The Stuttgart-based carmaker is working on the development of a new iteration of the Cayenne Coupe and with it, they intend to set new benchmarks. Walter Roehrl, two-time World Rally Champion and Porsche Brand Ambassador has been putting this Cayenne Coupe through its paces at the Hockenheimring, and claims that it is a “great leap forward compared to everything that has gone before. This car redefines the meaning of the term SUV”. So, what can we expect from this new, unnamed, variant of the Cayenne Coupe?
Unfortunately, Porsche hasn’t quite shared details of the SUV, but if we were to make an educated guess, it will be based on the Cayenne Turbo Coupe that is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo that pushes out 542bhp and 770Nm. And much to the delight of Porsche aficionados, the new model will not get hybrid assistance. Given that Porsche calls it a ‘high-performance model’ it is likely to make north of 625 horses and dismiss the 0-100km/h considerably quicker than the Turbo Coupe’s 3.9 second time.
Porsche has, however, revealed that they have made some enhancements to the chassis and control system to ensure superior handling. This top-of-the-line Cayenne Coupe will also get a revised anti-roll bar and a torque-vectoring rear differential. It even sits lower than the Turbo trim. The front axle has been reworked, the rims are now wider and the negative camber has been reduced to 0.45 degrees. All of these changes should offer the SUV a wider contact patch and better grip around corners. And to make it sound as emotive as it drives, Porsche has also fitted it with a titanium exhaust.
Expect this new variant of the Cayenne Coupe to sport some subtle and functional changes to its interior design. The pictures released so far by the sportscar manufacturer reveal the front-end to be more or less identical. It has been fitted with a revised rear spoiler though.
With this new high-performance iteration of the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche is looking to take on the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga Speed. Expect the new trim to go on sale in the international market soon. In India, Porsche only has the base and the Turbo variant of the Cayenne Coupe on sale. As of now, there is no official confirmation about this new high-performance Cayenne Coupe making its way to India.