Porsche Drops Lightened 541 HP Cayenne COUPE On The Track Day World

Lightweight components, no shortage of power, and even some real aerodynamic grip all bestow this SUV with the sort of performance seldom associated with four doors.

For a driver more accustomed to the surge of a GT2, there’s a motor with enough punch to make a track day a thrill nonetheless with its 0-60 of 3.7 seconds. The Cayenne Coupé Turbo utilizes the 4.0-liter V8, force-fed by two turbochargers and producing 541 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Those figures amount to a top speed of 177 miles an hour. Yes, we know that’s the same engine and same 0-60 time as the Cayenne Turbo, but there’s more to the Coupé beyond the motor.

To make the Cayenne Coupé Turbo into even more a track beast, an active rear spoiler extends to generate more downforce at the rear axle to keep this uber-SUV stuck tothe circuit or the highway. In addition, make sure to choose the Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) a long with the lightweight carbon roof that can be ordered instead of the standard fixed glass roof for a lowered center of gravity and reduced overall weight.

With a level of performance focus that no other SUV provides, the Cayenne Coupé is offered with three lightweight sports packages. These packages include reduced-weight 22″ GT Design wheels and in the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, a sports exhaust system.

Rumors of a pending attempt on the Nurburgring Nordschielfe lap record for a production SUV abound in Europe.

The lowered roofline, broadened wheel arches, and angular styling gives the Cayenne Coupé the presence of a genuine sports coupe.The base motor, a 3.0-liter V6 with a single turbocharger that develops  335 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Nothing to sneeze at for a stylish, rapid  conveyance which could just as easily deliver a family of 5 to the slopes.

The slinky appearance and searing motors aren’t all that make the new Coupé lineup so appealing. Its versatility makes it a sumptuous SUV with the ability to sprint just as well as it can cruise comfortably. At the front, the new eight-way sports seats offer great comfort and necessary lateral support. In the rear, the Coupé comes fitted as standard with a rear bench that has the characteristics of two individual seats, which are 30 mm lower than standard. For those looking to give their occupants a plusher experience, the comfort rear seats can be ordered at no additional cost.

Heavily bolstered seats with Houndstooth inserts scream purpose.

Even without checking many of the boxes, the base car offers the demanding driver plenty to enjoy. The list of standard features includes speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus, Park Assist, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the Sport Chrono Package.

Add helmet. Go fast.

The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé is available to order now and will be in dealerships from the end of May. It might be best suited to someone with rarefied tastes, but any autophile can’t help but smile when reading those stats. How many SUVs can boast those sorts of figures, while looking sleek, remaining versatile, and offering the practicality needed to transport a whole family in comfort?

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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