The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe comes in a variety of flavors, topped by the 453-horsepower GTS. All are fast but the GTS makes you wonder why you’d ever need a Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Dynamically, it feels like a Porsche. The steering wheel felt connected directly to the tires, even though it’s an electronic setup, and the brakes were race-car strong. The Porsche is dynamically superior to these competitors but it does require you to pay a premium.
The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is one of the more successful transitions from regular SUV to SUV coupe. You can look at it and not wonder how it ever got past a design sketch of some overly enthusiastic car designer. All models are equipped with LED headlights, a power rear hatch, a fixed panoramic roof, and an adaptive rear spoiler.
The base Coupe has twin single-tube tailpipes, while the S and GTS have quad exhaust pipes. Base and S models get 20-inch alloys, while the GTS gets a set of model-specific 21-inch RS Spyder Satin Black wheels. You can notice the E-Hybrid model by its Acid Green brake calipers and the model name in the same color.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Porsche offers the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe with a range of diverse powertrains. The conventional gasoline engines include a 340-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, a 434-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 453 ponies on the GTS model and 541 in the Turbo. The other two powerplants are from the square-back Cayenne E-Hybrid: one develops 455 horses and the other churns out 670.
The new Turbo GT isn’t as powerful as the Turbo E-Hybrid, but it’s more focused on performance with its 631-hp twin-turbo V-8, massive brakes, uniquely tuned suspension, and various lightweight components. In our testing, it blasted to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, making it the quickest SUV we’ve ever tested. The GTS rides on standard 21-inch rims and a lower suspension than the three models below it in the lineup.
The Turbo GT features the lowest ride height and standard 22-inch wheels on the stickiest tires. Like the square-back Cayenne, the coupe’s handling is precise and agile, and the ride it delivers is composed. When we first sampled the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, we compared its handling with that of a sports sedan. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate its eager and athletic nature.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Cayenne coupe with the base turbocharged V-6 is expected to earn 19 mpg city and 23 highway. Upgrading to the twin-turbo V-6 drops both ratings by 1 mpg, and the high-powered twin-turbo V-8 models are rated at 15 mpg city and up to 20 highway. Going with one of the plug-in hybrids should provide better fuel economy in the city. The Cayenne S coupe we evaluated on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, earned 25 mpg. For more information about the Cayenne coupe’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Despite the sloping roofline, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe’s rear-seat headroom is almost the same as the square-back Cayenne’s. The only downside to ordering the coupe is that the cargo area is slightly smaller, but still a very usable 22 cubic feet. All coupe models come standard with a panoramic fixed-glass sunroof as well as eight-way power-adjustable front seats and rear bucket seats.
The seats can even be outfitted in a classic Porsche houndstooth-pattern cloth. A power rear liftgate and dual-zone automatic climate control are nice features, but the best of what the Cayenne coupe has to offer is found among its many optional features and packages, which can elevate the price quickly. Porsche also offers the opportunity to create—for a hefty sum, of course—a bespoke Cayenne coupe through its Exclusive Manufaktur program.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Cayenne’s 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and annoyingly complicated touch-sensitive climate-control system have carried over to the coupe model. An onboard Wi-Fi hotspot is standard as are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation. The Cayenne coupe’s standard 10-speaker stereo can be replaced by either a 14-speaker Bose setup or a 21-speaker Burmester 3D High-End system with beautiful galvanized metal speaker grilles.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe coupe is available with myriad driver-assistance features, but most of these cost extra. For more information about the Cayenne coupe’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.