We may spend most of our lives learning the difference between good and bad, but when it comes to the 340-hp Cayenne Coupe, reviewed separately, and this 541-hp Cayenne Coupe Turbo, is the difference between good and great. Using its twin-turbo V-8 powertrain with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the Coupe Turbo covers pavement as faithfully as the Associated Press writes. An even wilder electrified version, the Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid, cranks out 670 horsepower. The Coupe comes with a sloping roof that gives it a more aggressive look than the normal one Cayenne Turbo SUV, also reviewed separately, but its looks sacrifice some rear cargo and passenger headroom. His efforts to handle like a long 911 don’t go unnoticed, with incredible grip and acceleration that only makes concessions at the fuel pump.
What’s new for 2020?
The Cayenne Coupe Turbo is an all-new model for the 2020 model year and tops off the fast version of the Porsche Cayenne SUV range with a horsepower injection.
Prices and which one to buy
We’re quite fond of the normal Cayenne, which comes standard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker stereo and a Wi-Fi hotspot – among other popular equipment – and our preferred configuration would expand on that with thoughtful options.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Cayenne Coupe Turbo rips a hole through the atmosphere courtesy of a 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 567 pound-feet of torque. The Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid uses that power source plus a 134-hp electric motor to boost its combined output to 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Porsche’s quick-acting eight-speed automatic with manual transmission handles gear changes for both drivetrains. The Cayenne Turbo rides on standard 21-inch wheels with a staggered setup, meaning its rear wheels and tires are wider than the front. Like the squared-off Cayenne Turbo SUV, the Coupe’s handling is precise and agile, and the ride it delivers is composed. When we first saw the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, we compared its handling to that of a large sports sedan. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate its eager and athletic nature.
Towing and payload capacity
The Cayenne Turbo has plenty of towing power, with a maximum towing capacity of 7716 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid is the more fuel-efficient of the two powertrains, earning a combined city and highway rating of 18 MPGe. It also has an all-electric range of 12 miles. The gas-only Cayenne Coupe Turbo gets an estimated 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway fuel rating by the EPA. Despite its unimpressive highway numbers, the plug-in hybrid is the most eco-friendly option for people living in urban areas. For more information on the Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Porsche essentially provides a blank canvas inside the Cayenne Turbo Coupe for customers to dress up as they see fit. Everything from the interior trim to the seat belt colors to the surface material can be selected individually. The driver faces a funky gauge cluster with an analog tachometer flanked by two 7.0-inch screens that display selectable information. In addition to traditional options like heated and ventilated front and rear seats, the Cayenne offers desirable upgrades, including more supportive seats, massaging front seats, four-zone climate control, and more. The competitor Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 has three rows, but the Porsche only has two. Still, its rear seat is adjustable and offers plenty of pull-out space. The Cayenne attracts Porsche enthusiasts with ample passenger capacity and cargo volume, which is naturally far greater than that of the racy 911 sports car. The Cayenne offers 22 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and up to 54 cubes with the seats folded flat. That’s five and six cubic feet less than the normal Cayenne Turbo SUV, respectively. Interior cube storage is unremarkable, with most small items seeking shelter in the door pockets or the shallow center console bin. Every Cayenne includes a power liftgate; the optional passive-access system (called Comfort Access) allows it to be opened or closed with a foot gesture.
Infotainment and connectivity
The infotainment system uses a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen mounted in the center of the dashboard. Its smooth interface includes a configurable home menu and many personal settings. While the system was responsive and easy to use during our testing, the screen attracted smudges. A rotary controller will help reduce distractions while driving. Every Cayenne has Porsche Connect Plus, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A set of upgraded audio systems include a 14-speaker Bose unit or a much more expensive Burmester setup pumping 1455 watts through 21 speakers. An available rear-seat entertainment system attaches two 10.0-inch screens to the backs of the front seat headrests.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The Cayenne Turbo Coupe is available with a host of driver assistance technology to help keep occupants safe. Each model has pre-collision warning and parking sensors on both sides. It even supports night vision with an optional infrared camera. For more information on the Cayenne’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Porsche offers a competitive limited and powertrain warranty. But BMW and Volvo offers longer coverage for complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first year or 10,000 miles
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe
front engine, four-wheel drive, 4- or 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
244 inches33996 cm3
541 hp @ 6000 rpm
567 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm
Wheelbase: 114.0 inches
Length: 194.5 inches
Width: 78.4 inches
Height: 65.1 inches
Passenger volume: 104 feet3
Cargo volume: 21 feet3
Combat weight (C/D east): 5100 lbs.
PERFORMANCE (C/D EAST)
60 mph: 3.4 sec
100 mph: 8.9 sec
¼-mile: 12.0 sec
Top speed: 177 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/19 mpg
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