The upcoming performance-focused Cayenne Coupe lapped the 21km Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in just 7:38.925 minutes – that’s 3.3s quicker than the previous record-holder – the Audi RS Q8.
Porsche has been releasing teaser images and scattered information about their upcoming performance-oriented Cayenne Coupe for over a month now. But it seems that the car is getting closer to production, for the Stuttgart-based brand has put it through its paces at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. This unnamed iteration of the Cayenne Coupe lapped the circuit in just 7:38.925 minutes, which is 3.328 seconds faster than the Audi RS Q8 – the previous record holder – with Porsche test driver Lars Kern at the helm. For the safety of the driver, the Cayenne Coupe was fitted with a race seat, a roll cage, and 22-inch Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
While the record was officially certified and is now listed on the official Nurburgring rankings in the ‘SUV, off-road vehicle, van, pick-up' category, it’s still controversial, as the official specs of the car haven’t been revealed as yet. However, this version of the Cayenne Coupe is expected to be powered by a 4.0-litre V8 unit under the hood, which develops north of 600bhp and 770Nm.
While the exact specs of the car still remain under wraps, Porsche has revealed that some enhancements have been made to the chassis and control systems. Additionally, it will also come fitted with a revised anti-roll bar. In fact, the front axle has been reworked, and the negative camber of the rims has been reduced to 0.45 degrees. With all these changes, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe has a wider front track and a better contact patch, resulting in improved handling capabilities. Porsche has also added a torque vectoring differential at the back.
In India, Porsche only has the Cayenne Coupe on sale but in two variants – the base and Turbo. The base trim starts at Rs 1.32 crore, while the Turbo is priced at Rs 1.98 crore. Porsche has listed the Cayenne E-Hybrid and the S E-Hybrid iterations of the Coupe on the official website, but the prices of both these cars haven’t been revealed as yet.