What is it?
The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé is an answer for those who think Porsche’s latest SUV is just too SUV-shaped and too darn practical.
Porsche is not beating around the bush with this one - it hasn’t gone to the trouble of making a new model name or designation for its swoopier version of the Cayenne. Instead, it’s tacked the Coupé name onto it, so it’s clear where the new car stands.
Glib comments aside, there’s a clear market for a more style-oriented version of the Cayenne, given every one of its main rivals offers something in that supposedly niche segment. BMW takes the X5 and turns it into the X6, Mercedes offers a GLE and GLE Coupé, and Audi styles the Q7 into the Q8. Land Rover also has a rival of sorts in high-end variants of the Range Rover Velar, too.
Whether or not you feel a car that compromises the ‘utility’ element of its mantra on the altar of style speaks to you - this tester can’t say it does - Porsche at least has its sports car bloodline to draw upon, both in design and engineering terms.
So the objective here on our first UK drive of the Coupé is to see whether Porsche’s new range addition offers much in the way of substance beyond its looks - a tough task for the base model of the range.