When is an SUV a coupe? When Porsche builds it. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is coming and I have questions. Specifically, what sorcery did the brand use to turn a SUV into a coupe despite having all four of its doors?
For most of my life the word “coupe” within the context of cars always meant “two doors”. Though in recent history it seems like that has changed. Mazda kicked off the redefinition when they revealed the RX-8 complete with rear “suicide” doors on either side. Later, Mercedes Benz really pushed the issue with the introduction of the CLS, a sedan so rakish that it was difficult to even see the additional rear doors.
The point I’m making here is that typically when OEMs want to play with the word “coupe” they tend to find a way to hide the rear doors or go out of their way to make them flow with the hip line of the vehicle.
Porsche has decided to go a completely different and (to my knowledge) unprecedented route. Rather than spend their time massaging the rear doors, Porsche has instead elected to focus the attention on the top-half of the 2020 Cayenne Coupe.
In essence Porsche took the top half of a 911 and put it on the bottom half of a Cayenne. This gives the Cayenne Coupe the “sloping” element without having to worry about the doors.
In addition to the extra sporty look, the Cayenne Coupe offers up a glass panoramic roof, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Sport Chrono package, 20 inch wheels, and an adaptive rear spoiler as standard equipment.
Larger 22 inch wheels and a carbon fiber roof panel are available as options.
At a starting MSRP of $75,300 for the base Cayenne Coupe and $130,100 for the Cayenne Coupe Turbo this “Sport-UV” is definitely going for a specific niche and likely won’t see high sales numbers.
Though, a car like this creates options and that’s something I’m always in favor of.