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Review of the 2024 Porsche Cayenne Coupe: Sleek, Stylish, and Powerful

The Cayenne is still going strong in 2024, with the smooth ride, straight steering, and smooth handling that you’d expect from the first sports SUV.

Our review of the 2024 Porsche Cayenne Coupe looks at how great this sports SUV keeps getting. The Cayenne is still one of the best cars in its class thanks to its great chassis performance, accurate driving, and smooth ride. Read on to find out more about the newest changes and additions to this famous car.

Porsche’s first SUV has been one of the brand’s most popular and well-respected cars for more than twenty years. It’s not a stretch to call it the 911 of SUVs, and the 2024 model keeps that title. The inside and outside have been updated significantly, and there are now new powertrains and plug-in hybrid options. 

Specifications & Review of the 2024 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

  • Model: 2024 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
  • Base Price: $95,400
  • Price as Tested: $136,950
  • Wheelbase(mm): 2,895
  • Length/Width/Height (mm): 4,930 / 1,983 / 1,678
  • Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6
  • Horsepower: 348 hp @ 5,400 – 6,400 rpm
  • Torque: 368 lb-ft @ 1,450 – 4,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD
  • Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 13.2
  • Tires: Pirelli P Zero; 285/45ZR21 front; 315/40ZR21 rear;

It still uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 but now has an extra 13 horsepower, for a total of 348 horsepower, 368 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds. If you need more power, the E-Hybrid plug-in option gives you 463 horsepower, while the Cayenne S comes equipped with a roaring 4.0-litre V8 that produces 468 horsepower. The mid-pack GTS will soon be announced, and the Turbo GT will still be the leader.

The base Cayenne was put to the test, and its V6 engine pleasantly surprised us with its natural feel despite being turbo-boosted. It’s polished and refined, smoothly revving up without any sudden bursts, unlike the six-cylinder engines found in the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 and Range Rover Sport, which can be quite loud. While it may not have the horse-like kick, there’s still plenty of power for everyday driving tasks and potential reasons to upgrade to the Cayenne S. However, it is worth noting that this V6 engine does guzzle fuel, as our mixed city and highway drive resulted in a consumption rate of 13.2 L/100km.

Cayenne’s V6 is one of the quietest in its class. It barely coughs, let alone hiccups under acceleration, and has a much-muted sound than the GLE or X5. If you listen closely, you can still hear some of its machinations but don’t expect GT3-level melodies in Sport Plus Mode. If you need a mule that occasionally opens its mouth, Porsche offers an optional sports exhaust.

The 8-speed automatic transmission expertly handles shifts and responds promptly to commands. However, we did observe some occasional hiccups on upshifts and low-speed downshifts, causing minor lurching as the gears adjust to the revs. This is a similar issue we experienced with the GLE 450’s gearbox. Careful pedal inputs are necessary for smooth performance, but with a few software adjustments, it could easily achieve flawless precision. Nonetheless, the 8-speed ZF in the BMW X5 remains unrivaled in its smoothness at low speeds.

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Like all Porsche SUVs, the steering of the Cayenne is precise and responsive, suitable for a sporty vehicle, and enhances its dynamic capabilities. It may feel heavy to some drivers, but those familiar with Macans or past models of Cayennes should be able to adjust to the elevated effort required. However, if you’re used to driving an X5, Q8, or GLE, you may be surprised by how much strength is needed to turn the wheel.

Additionally, the steering is constantly adapting to the road’s contours, which can make it appear busy compared to its competitors, which tend to smooth out these minor movements for a more laid-back experience. As a result, when first driving the Cayenne, you may find the front wheels somewhat jumpy and sensitive. But with time and practice behind the wheel, you’ll settle into a stable rhythm that becomes second nature.

In addition, the steering feedback is excellent and greatly enhances the experience of being behind the wheel. Although you cannot parallel park by simply moving your finger along the edge of the steering wheel, you will certainly have a heightened sense of the road surface. Our Cayenne was equipped with optional rear-axle steering as well, which can rotate the rear wheels by up to three degrees. This feature improves agility at lower speeds and stability at higher speeds. While not as extreme as the 9-degree rotation found in the Mercedes-Benz EQS, it effectively shortens the wheelbase and makes maneuvering in tight parking areas much easier.

When the Cayenne is hustled down a twisty road, the justification for its price premium always comes into focus. Its speed and responsiveness make for a fun, engaging, and encouraging drive that reveals more layers the faster you go. The sticky Pirelli P Zero summer tires and chunky 315-section rear tires keep things stable, but the V6 could use a better sound. However, the brakes are surprisingly the strongest aspect of the Cayenne setup. Equipped with six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers, they provide incredible bite and feedback. The pedal has a linear and predictable feel, giving them a track-ready sensation.

Cayennes have always been known for their taut and tightly strung ride, leaning towards the stiffer end of the spectrum. While this base model effectively minimizes vertical movement with its optional air suspension, we must recognize that standard adaptive dampers on all Cayenne models still need to match up to the smooth bump-soaking capabilities of other comparable SUVs, such as the BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport. Surprisingly, our test revealed more body roll than expected in the Cayenne. However, we generally appreciate some degree of leanness in SUVs as it indicates their lateral handling limits. To achieve even flatter cornering, consider adding the optional active roll stabilization feature for an additional cost of $4,090.

In spite of the same basic SUV blueprint, they have managed to make the Cayenne even more handsome, especially in Coupe trim with its raking back. From the stacked quad headlights to the full-width rear bar, every curve and line is cleverly incorporated, taking inspiration from the Taycan electric car. Those squared-out exhaust tips are the only thing that screams the base model more than the rear spoiler that pops up at speed.

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Equipped with a desirable blend of modern technology and high-quality materials, the Cayenne’s updated interior is truly impressive. With a price tag of over $30,000 in added features, it’s no surprise that every detail has been carefully crafted. The knurled finish on the switchgear exudes luxury, reminiscent of a Bentley. And we’re consistently blown away by the crystal-clear audio of the Burmester sound system.

The sleek new steering wheel has been taken straight from a 911, and its smaller size sets it apart from similar offerings from BMW or Audi. Its slim rim offers a perfect grip, lending a sporty feel akin to the 911. Plus, the paddle shifters emit a satisfying click, and there’s even a drive mode dial conveniently placed on the bottom for quick adjustments.

The once-present turn-key ignition knob on the left side of the steering wheel has now been replaced by a push-start button. While this saves space, the thrill of igniting the gasoline-fed war drum is now diminished. Similarly, the gear shifter has been removed and replaced with a vertically mounted toggle to the right of the driver’s display in order to create more central space. The center console, still adorned with angled grab handles, appears less cluttered without these features, allowing for an additional storage cubby and a small display screen dedicated to regulating cabin ventilation.

While the 10.9-inch passenger screen will keep occupants occupied, it is noticeably of lower definition than its neighboring screen. Both screens are efficient and positioned at an optimal distance for minimal effort when using touch controls. However, the front seats could be more well-positioned. Our 18-way adaptive sport seats may not feel as integrated or low as previous Cayennes, resulting in a higher seating position. The panoramic sunroof does not open, but we never experienced any headroom issues in the front. Additionally, the sloped roofline of the Coupe may change your rear passengers’ hairstyle, but legroom remains generous no matter which of the five seats you choose.

Porsche is known for receiving criticism for its high-priced options, but it’s worth noting that there are extensive customization choices available. In comparison, other brands offer a fraction of the possibilities provided by Porsche. A glance at the online configurator reveals an abundance of impressive features. For those seeking a unique paint color, the $15,000 Paint to Sample option offers a selection of rare shades such as Nogaro Blue and Java Green. Off-roading enthusiasts can add on the $2,280 Off-Road package for added protection and rock rails with skid plates.

For those looking to reduce weight, the $17,760 Lightweighting Package provides a carbon fiber roof and Alcantara trimmings for up to 33 kg less in curb weight. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also the option to upgrade to carbon ceramic brakes for $10,350. This level of customization is available even for the standard Cayenne model. On a whim (or perhaps just for entertainment purposes), we attempted to configure the most expensive base model Cayenne possible and were amazed when the total reached – brace yourself – $197,830, doubling the base price.

While some may criticize Porsche for their steep prices on extra features, it’s worth noting the impressive level of customization available. In comparison, other competing brands offer significantly fewer options. With a quick visit to Porsche’s online configurator, you’ll find an abundance of exciting choices. Looking for a unique paint color? Consider the $15,000 Paint to Sample option for a rare shade like Nogaro Blue or Java Green.

Planning on taking your Cayenne off-road? The $2,280 Off-Road package includes additional underbody protection and rock rails with skid plates. Want to trim down weight? Opt for the $17,760 Lightweighting Package, which reduces up to 33kg with carbon fiber components and Alcantara accents. And if that isn’t enough, you can even add carbon ceramic brakes for $10,350. Keep in mind that these are just the standard features for the Cayenne – and as a fun experiment, we tried configuring the most expensive base model possible. We were amazed by its staggering final price of $197,830, double that of the base model.

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