Coupe SUVs’ existence is always a topic of debate, like pineapple on pizza. But people even on the other side would agree that Porsche has done a really good job managing the proportions and styling. While the BMW X6 and even the GLE Coupe look oddly proportioned, this car looks simpler and well proportioned.
Upfront we have, well, a familiar face. Porsche has not done much to differentiate the front end from the other versions. It looks the same, that is to say, it looks really good. Move on to the side, and you will see exactly where the effort went into the design of this car. Speaking of that sloping roofline, do note that rear visibility is not that great because of the sloping roofline, but the 360-degree camera system helps quite significantly.
The coupe rear seems more integrated mainly due to the fact that the body itself is more curved and smooth compared to its aforementioned rivals. That is mostly thanks to the inherent design of the Cayenne Turbo. Porsche have managed to tread on the fine line that separates an SUV and a Coupe with this car. The rear also gets a light-bar, something almost every premium SUV has these days. This light bar, however, has Porsche written inside of it, adding that extra bit of flair.
The spoiler situation is quite intriguing. There is the roof spoiler, nothing much there. But then there is the cool retractable spoiler. Porsche boasts it is the largest spoiler ever installed in a production SUV. What is does is it draws attention when stationary and draws downforce when your foot is down at 90 kms per hour. It also adds the final bit of pizzaz and drama a sports coupe is expected to have and seals the deal. At the end of the day, it’s a sportier-looking version of an SUV, from a company that has a formidable sporting pedigree.
The grab handle attached to the centre console reminds you of the rugged side of this car. Overall cabin quality is top-notch and would satisfy even the most nit-picky customers. The materials used are nothing short of the best. The paddles are made of actual metal, instead of plastic which shows who this car is for. And the duo of the digital driver’s displays are highly customisable and are easy to operate while on the road. The heads-up display is also very informative and is easy to read while driving.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with an option of two-seater rear, or a three-seater bench. If you plan to carry three in the back often though, the sloping roofline can become a problem for the middle passenger. The boot space is compromised, but not to a large extent, and is still sizeable even for long journeys. Tiny touches to this interior, and other latest Porsche interiors in extension are quite nice.
The version driven here is the Turbo variant, with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8, powering all 4-wheels with a power of 550 PS, and 770 Nm of torque. All of this power hiding underneath the bonnet, when unleashed can take you from standstill to 100 km/hr in just 3.9 seconds in the sportiest variant (Sports Chrono pack is standard). This car turns petrol into performance, fast. The 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox is pretty good and fast with shifts.
But the dynamics itself is where the Porsche Cayenne Coupe comes alive. Porsche have used all the tech available to make this car dynamically superior to their rivals. Additions like rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars, torque vectoring have alleviated the extra weight that is inherent with SUVs. The comparatively lower driving position also helps with the sensation of speed inside the car. All in all, the driving experience makes you forget that this car weighs 2.2 tons, with the steering offering wonderful feel and feedback.
The off-road features are where Porsche flex their muscles a little bit. The car has got all the aids that an SUV is expected to have in the market today. Again, although it will not be used much if at all, it is a statement depicting the capabilities of the car, and the SUV it’s based on. Overall, if you want a driver’s car in this segment, this car looks pretty in your priority list.