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Porsche debuts 2020 Cayenne Coupe

by Justin King

The company wants the coupe to be the "sportiest-looking" model in the segment.

Porsche has revealed the Cayenne Coupe, providing customers with a sleeker alternative to the standard crossover.

The 'coupe' variant features a redesigned rear section with a steep roof line, aiming to be "the sportiest-looking model in the segment," says Porsche style head Michael Mauer.

The front windshield and A-pillar are slightly shallower than the Cayenne, with a roof edge that is 0.78 inches lower. Rear seat passengers sit 1.18 inches lower, accommodating the roof drop. Designers have also added sharper lines, an adaptive rear spoiler and new quarter panels to broaden the vehicle's shoulder.

A large panoramic fixed glass roof comes standard, while a carbon fiber roof is an optional upgrade exclusive to the Coupe variant. Other lightweight upgrades include 22-inch GT Design wheels, carbon fiber accents and Alcantara upholstery in the interior.

Initial powertrains start with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, propelling the crossover to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The zero-to-60 sprint is cut to 3.7 seconds with the range-topping 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, delivering 541 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque.

The company presumably hopes the rounded silhouette will help reinvigorate Cayenne sales, which slid by 2,500 units in the US last year as the Macan extended its lead as the brand's most popular model by a two-to-one margin.

The first Cayenne Coupe units are expected to arrive in US showrooms this fall with a starting price of $76,550 (including $1,250 freight). The Turbo Coupe edition will start at $132,350.

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