It was less than a week ago that Porsche took the covers off of its first-ever SUV-coupe offering, and now, we can confirm that the Porsche Cayenne Coupe’s India launch is set to take place towards the end of 2019. Expected to be launched by October 2019, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe will only be available in standard form initially. Powered by a 2.9-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 340hp and 450Nm of torque, the standard Cayenne Coupe will be launched in India first, with the Turbo variant set to follow sometime in 2020.
For the uninitiated, the Cayenne Coupe Turbo gets a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol V8 that produces 550hp and 770Nm of torque. Both engines will be offered with Porsche’s own 8-speed torque convertor automatic transmission. Porsche claims the Cayenne Coupe V6 completes the 0-100kph sprint in 6 seconds while the V8 Turbo variant does it in 3.9 seconds.
In terms of design changes, Porsche has given the Cayenne Coupe a shallower windscreen and a curvier roofline that extends back to form a liftback-style tailgate. The redesigned rear doors and wider bumpers increase overall width by 18mm, completing the Coupe-look. The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is also equipped with an active spoiler on the boot, which works in conjunction with the roof-mounted spoiler. The active spoiler extends by 135mm at speeds above 90kph to provide added downforce.
The interior of the Cayenne Coupe has a four-seat layout, with the rear bench divided by a central armrest. In order to free up more rear headroom due to the sloping roofline, rear occupants sit 30mm lower in the Cayenne Coupe than in the standard Cayenne. As for the rest of the interior, the dashboard, digital instrument display, touchscreen infotainment system and other controls are shared with the Cayenne. As standard, the Cayenne Coupe comes with a panoramic glass roof, which can be upgraded to a contoured, carbon-reinforced plastic roof similar to the one on the 911 GT3 RS.
A rival to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupe, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe’s price in India should be close to the Rs 1.3 crore mark, with the Cayenne Coupe Turbo’s price crossing the Rs 2 crore mark (all prices, ex-showroom).
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