The Cayenne Coupe's 'coupe version of a coupe-styled SUV' package made no sense to me when it first appeared last year. But after having stared at it for a week on my driveway, I accept that it's the more ‘Porsche’ of the two Cayenne shapes, and is actually quite evocative of the iconic 911 from the beltline up.
If you read between the lines it’s actually pretty much a Lamborghini Urus with Porsche details, where the regular Cayenne is more Volkswagen Touareg in its shape. The Cayenne, Urus and Touareg actually share a lot of parts under the skin, given all three brands are part of the broader Volkswagen Group.
The actual differences between the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe are more pronounced if you put them side by side, with the Coupe’s entire roof line being smoother from front to rear, while the rear hips have been pumped slightly and the simpler tailgate moving the number plate down to the bumper.
It actually takes a few leaves out of the smaller Macan’s book, and represents a coming-of-age for the Cayenne that first appeared two generations and 17 years ago.
In the optional Lava Orange of our test car, it brings an unintended safety benefit of being simply unmissable on the road.
But, given the Turbo is double the price of the base model and about 50 per cent more than the S that sits between them, you might find that its subtly different front bumper, wheels, exhaust outlets and badging aren’t enough to distinguish it.