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CarsPorsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6

11:55  05 april  2019
11:55  05 april  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is another addition to the burgeoning coupe-SUV sector. It aims to be more focused than a Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe and less visually offensive than a BMW X6.

It is on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £62,129.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe Derived from the third-generation Cayenne five-door, the Cayenne Coupe keeps the same rear doors but grafts on an entirely new rear section.

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It is more curvaceous and, with the roofline falling away towards the rear, “more dynamic,” said Porsche styling VP Michael Mauer.

The looks “position it as the most sporting-looking model in the market segment,” he explained.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe Overall, it is 20mm lower, and both the windscreen and A-pillar are shallower than a normal Cayenne five-door. This is a comprehensive, no-expense-spared restyling job.

Rear doors are redesigned to blend in with both the roofline and rear wheelarches. The latter have swollen by 18mm, giving the car a much more muscular stance.

There’s a visual trick here, too: the rear number plate has been moved down into the rear bumper, making it seem lower to the ground.

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The Cayenne Coupe also has not one, but two rear spoilers. A fixed roof spoiler sits above a new adaptive spoiler positioned on the leading edge of the bootlid.

It equips the car with active aerodynamics – or, in Porsche parlance, Porsche Active Aerodynamics: PAA.

As on 911 coupes, the spoiler extends at speed, stretching out an ample 135mm at speeds of 56mph and above, reducing rear-end lift without affecting fuel consumption at slower speeds.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe We assume there’s an override button for inner city posing.

There are two choices of roof as well: a 2.16 square metre panoramic fixed glass roof or optional contoured carbon fibre as pictured here. Yes, you have seen it before: it’s like the one on the 911 GT3 RS.

The carbon roof comes as part of a series of three ‘lightweight sports packages’.

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe These also throw in lightweight 22-inch GT Design alloys, carbon and Alcantara interior styling, plus retro-style seat centres in classic checked fabric.

Porsche says the Cayenne Coupe is a four-seater, with chunky sports seats in the front and bucket-style seats in the rear.

Passengers sit 30mm lower in the back, so there’s still ample headroom despite the plunging roof.

Gallery: Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed with its dramatically sloped roofline (motor1.com)

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6
Behind is a 625-litre boot, which expands to 1,540 litres with the rear seats folded.

Engines? Pick from a 340 horsepower 3.0-litre V6 turbo in the base Cayenne Coupe, or a 550hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.

The base car does 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds, or 5.9 seconds if you go for one of the lightweight packages (yes – it really does have an effect). Top speed is 150mph, CO2 emissions are 212-215g/km and fuel economy is 22.2-23.9mpg.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The Cayenne Turbo Coupe does 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, will blastto 177mph, chews through fuel at a rate of 20.2-20.8mpg, and emits 258-261g/km CO2 (all WLTP figures).

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Porsche is taking orders for the new Cayenne Coupe now, with first deliveries expected at the end of May. The V6 is priced at £62,129, with the Cayenne Turbo Coupe marking quite a jump to £104,729.

Naturally, both are well equipped: 20-inch alloys, front and rear Park Assist, reversing camera, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the Sport Chrono Package are all standard.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe revealed: the acceptable alternative to a BMW X6 © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Porsche Cayenne Coupe And you can, of course, spend much, much more once you hit the options list…

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