Porsche has tuned-up its Cayenne Coupe to deliver a hotter S variant that will sit alongside the first batch of models to arrive in showrooms early next year.
Positioned between the entry-level Coupe and top-spec Turbo, the S is priced from $166,600 - around $35,000 more than the regular Coupe.
Standard on all Cayenne Coupe models are Sport Chrono Package and Power Steering Plus (speed sensitive steering), with the former helping the S achieve a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds flat, before hitting a top speed of 263km/h. An optional lightweight sports package brings that number down to 4.9.
Additional to the S model over the regular Coupe are metallic paint, 21-inch alloys, 360-degree surround view cameras, Bose surround sound system, lane change assist and adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). It also employs the swoopy model’s unique adaptive rear spoiler which activates when travelling over 90km/h.
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However, the important differentiating factor lies underneath the bonnet. Eschewing the regular Coupe’s 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbocharched V6, the S employs a 2.9-litre twin-turbo derivative of the same configuration that produces a meatier 324kW and 550Nm through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. The Turbo retains the crown for quickest model in the line-up, powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which develops 404kW and 770Nm.
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The trio is expected to be joined later by the V8 Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid variants already found in the regular Cayenne range.
Porsche Australia says all three models will be available in showrooms from early 2020.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe price Australia (plus on-road costs):
Cayenne Coupe - $128,400
Cayenne Coupe S - $166,600
Cayenne Coupe Turbo - $254,000