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Porsche Presents The 2020 Cayenne Coupe

Porsche has taken the knife to its popular Cayenne SUV. Although still a five door, the changes to the body from the A-pillar backwards give it a sleeker, smoother, profile. The prices will be dependent on the two model range.

The entry level model packs a 250kW/335hp and 450Nm/332 lb-ft turbo V6 of 3.0L capacity. That’s good for a top speed of 243km/h or 151mph. 0-62mph is a decent 5.7 seconds. The V8 twin-turbo lobs in 404kW/541hp and 770Nm/567 lb-ft. Top speed is 286km/h, and will see a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds.

Count on around USD$75,300 for the V6, and USD$130,100 for the brawny V8. Delivery charges go on top.

The A-pillar and windscreen have had their heights reduced, leading to a roof height reduction of 20mm or 0.8 inch. The rear doors have been reprofiled, as have the rear haunches which are now wider by 18mm. The changes to the rear sheet metal now have a tailgate more steeply inclined, and there is an addition to the rear with the installation of an active spoiler. This gets added under the umbrella of PAA, Porsche Active Aerodynamics.

At speeds from 90km/h/56mph and above, the spoiler self activates and raises to a height of 135mm/5.6 inches, adding to the downforce on the rear axle. The top of the rear glass also has its own separate integrated spoiler. Porsche have relocated the number plate housing to the bumper proper, provided the Cayenne Coupe with slimmer LED tail lights, and given the rear quarter window a stronger tie to the 911 and Panamera.

Although the roofline has been dropped, rear seat heads won’t be knocking on the headlining. The rear pews themselves have been dropped by /1.18 inches to provide that extra headroom. Cargo space is still decent, at 625L and 1540L, seats up and folded. As the V8 version has slightly different seating, the cargo capacity drops slightly to 600L and 1510L. The rear seat will be for two, as standard, but a three seat option is at no cost.

The Cayenne Coupe will feature a panoramic glass roof as standard, however a carbon fiber roof can be optioned. Should Sir wish to have a slightly faster Cayenne Coupe, lightweight options can be specced. Carbon fiber interior accents, alcantara trim, and 22 inch GT Alloys (up from the 20 inch wheels fitted as standard on the V6) along with a sports style exhaust are to be available.

Porsche’s vice president of style Michael Mauer says: “The significantly steeper roof line that falls away to the rear makes the Cayenne Coupé appear even more dynamic, and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment.”

Deliveries in the U.S. are currently slated for “late 2019”.

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David Conole

Dave Conole is the former long-term circuit commentator for Sydney Motorsport Park, has worked trackside at the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne and is self-employed as an automotive content producer.

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