WITH the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche has finally developed a competitor to the BMW X6 that established the luxury coupe-SUV genre more than a decade ago.
More recently, Mercedes-Benz entered the fray with its GLE Coupe and the Q8 from Audi that, courtesy of Volkswagen Group membership, is mechanically related to the Porsche.
Priced from $128,000 plus on-road costs, the Cayenne Coupe is tantalisingly $800 less expensive than the equivalent Q8 and a modest $3000 more than a comparable X6.
You can also easily spend three times that on an optioned-up flagship variant. In fact, you’ll need to tick plenty of options boxes to match the standard equipment level of competitors – and avoid being rinsed when it comes to resale.
But the fact remains that few cars satisfy on so many levels as a carefully specified Cayenne. And the Coupe adds more than a frisson of extra drama and emotion.