There is one thing, and one thing alone that is surprising about the Porsche Cayenne Coupé, and that is simply the amount of time Porsche took getting around to building it.
It’s been over a decade since BMW launched the X6, and despite people like me pointing out that no one would pay more money for less space while proving they have no taste, it sold brilliantly. Since then Mercedes has jumped on the bandwagon and Audi, too. Now Porsche has joined them.
So the Cayenne Coupé offers less rear headroom and a smaller boot than the standard car for which Porsche will, in the case of this Turbo model, charge an additional £3574, presumably because it can. That said, the Cayenne has taken to being turned into a coupé far better than its BMW and Mercedes opposite numbers so, unlike them, the result remains visually reasonably harmonious. And I guess if any SUV can stand up the concept of being turned into a sporting coupé, it’s this most sporting of SUVs.
To drive it is as the Cayenne Turbo is: remarkably adept and agile for a car weighing 2.2 tonnes, but still a 2.2 tonne car. The 4-litre twin-turbo V8 is as impressive as ever and the interior as technologically bamboozling. If you like this kind of car and are of a mind to shed a six-figure sum on one, start your search here. Me? I’d just get the standard Cayenne.
Porsche Cayenne Coupé Turbo statistics
Engine 4.0 litres, 8 cylinders, turbo
Power 542bhp at 5750rpm
Power to weight 238bhp per tonne
Transmission Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Top speed 177mph
>Verdict Less room, but more costly