It may have the same legs as the regular Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV, but the Cayenne Coupe Turbo’s lower roof gives this SUV an extra touch of sportiness. Although this design trick requires some cargo space in return, performance remains as impressive as ever. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe offers not one, not two, but three different powertrains, with a 541-hp twin-turbo V-8 and a 670-hp PHEV serving as the bookends. New for this year, the Turbo GT has a 631-hp twin-turbo V-8 and a more aggressive setup for its suspension, tires and wheels. The Coupe Turbo is just as great for canyon carving as it is for cooling. Its interior is full of high-quality materials, for starters.
What’s new for 2022?
For 2022, Porsche introduces the new Cayenne Turbo GT model, which is offered only in the coupé body style. The Turbo GT rockets to the top of the Cayenne hierarchy with an improved version of the twin-turbo V-8 and numerous chassis refinements. With 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, the Turbo GT may not have the outright power of the PHEV, but its dynamic prowess far exceeds the hybrid’s. Along with some unique exterior touches, including a trim-specific front fascia and 22-inch wheels, the sportiest Cayenne Coupe rocks a mid-exhaust exhaust and a carbon fiber-covered rear diffuser. Also new is Porsche’s latest infotainment software, which brings new features that finally include Android Auto.
Prices and which one to buy
We really like the regular Cayenne Coupe Turbo, 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 it 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 supplements that powerplant with a 134 hp electric motor to increase its combined output to 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet. The new Turbo GT isn’t as powerful as the Turbo E-Hybrid, but it’s more focused on performance with its 631 hp twin-turbo V-8, massive brakes, uniquely tuned suspension and various lightweight components. In our tests, it blasted to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, making it the fastest SUV we’ve ever tested. Porsche’s quick eight-speed automatic 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. The Turbo GT has the lowest ride height of the three models on offer, and its standard 22-inch wheels are wrapped in the toughest tires. When we first sampled 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 Coupe Turbo has plenty of towing power, with 7716 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient of the three powertrains, earning a combined city and highway rating of 18 MPGe. It also has an all-electric range of 15 miles. The gas-only Cayenne Coupe Turbo gets an estimated 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway fuel rating by the EPA, while the Turbo GT is barely behind with an estimated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. 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
2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Base/As Tested: $182,150/$208,850
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 inches33996 cm3
Power: 631 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 626 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 17.3-in ventilated, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/16.1-in ventilated, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4
F: 285/35ZR-22 (106Y) N0
R: 315/30ZR-22 (107Y) N0
Wheelbase: 114.0 inches
Length: 194.6 inches
Width: 78.5 inches
Height: 64.5 inches
Passenger volume: 104 feet3
Cargo volume: 19 feet3
Curb weight: 4979 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 7.0 sec
1/4-mile: 11.1 sec @ 124 mph
130 mph: 12.4 sec
150 mph: 18.1 sec
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 186 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 151 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 301 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot Skid road: 1.05 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 16/14/19 mpg
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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