Porsche launches Cayenne Coupe at Rs 1.31 crore

by Soham Thakur, Autocar India 14 Dec 2019

Porsche has launched the Cayenne Coupe in India, with prices starting at Rs 1.31 crore. The SUV-coupé can be had in two versions – Cayenne Coupe and Cayenne Turbo Coupe – and is brought to India as a CBU (Completely Built-up Unit). 

The standard Cayenne V6 costs Rs 1.19 crore while the Cayenne Turbo is priced at Rs 1.92 crore, making the Coupe variants pricier by around Rs 12 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively.  

The SUV-coupe’s styling doesn’t stray from the standard Cayenne, with both featuring the Porsche-signature four-dot LED DRLs up front and the tail-lamps that extend across the boot lid, which bears the Porsche lettering. However, the Coupe can be distinguished by its raked roofline and different 20-inch alloy wheels. The Coupe’s sloping roofline makes its 43mm shorter than the standard Cayenne; but it's 18mm wider than the regular Cayenne at the rear, and has a correspondingly widened rear track. In order to compensate for the sporty roofline, Porsche has lowered the rear seat-height for better headroom. Meanwhile, boot space is down from 745 litres to 598 litres when compared to the standard Cayenne.

Speaking during the launch event, Pavan Shetty, director, Porsche India said: “We are delighted to unveil the Cayenne Coupe for the first time here in India. A truly worthy addition, this model offers the option of an extra sporty variant within our SUV range. The Cayenne Coupe also reinforces the evolutionary approach Porsche takes to developing its sports cars for the new era. Inheriting the same technical capabilities implemented in the third generation Cayenne, alongside a sharpened design, the Cayenne Coupe is more progressive, athletic, and emotional in its own right. I have no doubt that this impressive model will generate interest amongst current Porsche owners and enthusiasts alike.”

Inside, Coupe variants get a familiar dashboard layout (as seen in the Panamera and the Cayenne). There’s a large, 12.3-inch touchscreen, feather-touch buttons for the air conditioner and audio controls, and the Porsche three-spoke steering wheel. The Coupe also gets an all-black interior theme with an Alcantara roofline and a panoramic glass roof. 

The standard equipment list includes features like auto LED headlamps, four-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, 18-way adjustable front seats, a rear camera and front and rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, the model's standard safety kit includes eight airbags, Isofix child-seat mounts, ABS with EBD, and brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, hill-start and hill-descent assist.   

The base Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 that puts out 340hp and 450Nm of torque while the Turbo trim gets a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 that produces 550hp and 770Nm of torque. Both motors channel power to all four wheels via an 8-speed, torque-converter automatic gearbox. The top-spec Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid Coupe with the 680hp V8 PHEV powertrain might be introduced at a later stage.

The Cayenne Coupe rivals other sporty luxury SUVs like the Range Rover Sport, the Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Audi Q8.