It was practically unthinkable when Porsche introduced the Cayenne in 2002. An SUV... from Porsche? Purists balked, but customers flocked, and the Cayenne propelled the its holding company into such profitability that it practically took over the entire Volkswagen Group. It's now been twelve years since the original Cayenne arrived as the first production Porsche with more than two doors, and Zuffenhausen has since followed up with the Panamera, the Macan and the second-generation Cayenne. But it isn't about to stop there.

The latest intel coming in from overseas suggests that Porsche is in the advanced stages of designing a slant-back, five-door Cayenne coupe to take on the likes of the BMW X6 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC. Though the business case (however solid BMW may have already demonstrated it to be) is still being considered, if approved it would join the upcoming third-generation Cayenne on the production line in Leipzig as early as 2018 – a year after the new Cayenne itself is expected to arrive.

The Cayenne coupe would share much with the more conventional MkIII Cayenne (and for that matter the next Audi Q7 and VW Touareg as well as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Falcon) but differentiate itself with a more stylish (if less practical) roofline and an altogether sportier attitude. Autocar reports that the design calls for tauter sheetmetal and sportier cabin inspired by the 918 Spyder. Pricing would be positioned a good 15-20 percent higher than the regular Cayenne, and the "coupe" version would likely be offered with most, if not all of the engines available in the conventional version – including gasoline, diesel, turbo and possibly even hybrid options ranging all the way up to the 550-horsepower Turbo S.


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      Maxwell Raymond Rich
      • 7 Months Ago
      Kill it with fire before it lands!
      JustinJQ
      • 7 Months Ago
      PUT A STOP TO THIS SUV "COUPE" MADNESS!!!
      paul_savary
      • 7 Months Ago
      The X6 is far from a sales hit....so why are automakers trying to copy it???
        Richard
        • 7 Months Ago
        @paul_savary
        They're all over my neighborhood... asian people seem to like them.
        sjmoo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @paul_savary
        The X6 has been extremely successful in China and Russia. That is why it still exists and that is why others are copying it. Not exactly sure why they are all being sold in North America, though, because crossover-coupes definitely don't sell here.
          free_spirit
          • 7 Months Ago
          @sjmoo
          i am from Russia and live in Ukraine the most sold SUV is Lexus LX Lexus GX Toyota Land cruiser Toyota Prado Range Rover Range Rover sport and women go to Cayenne honestly around 99% are women and girls
      l_uz
      • 7 Months Ago
      But they won't give us a more hardcore Cayman...
        bonehead
        • 7 Months Ago
        @l_uz
        Exactly! Where is our turbo Cayman? At this rate we are likely to see an AWD off road cayman shooting brake before a proper turbo
        tinted up
        • 7 Months Ago
        @l_uz
        The Cayman is too good to get more hardcore. They fear extreme cannibalization of their upper end models. While I know exactly what you mean, Porsche wants you to spend more money for more speed with a higher tiered model.
          bonehead
          • 7 Months Ago
          @tinted up
          yes it makes business sense but not car enthusiast sense
      Graham
      • 7 Months Ago
      So, an SUV that has no cargo space and can't go off-road. Brilliant!
      Eta Carinae
      • 7 Months Ago
      And yet a proper sedan isnt on the table........what a mess VW is trying to spread its self as thin as possible.....a Lamborghini SUV and now coupe SUV for porsche ?!? Lets innovate instead of imitate.....id rather see a city car that rockets off like a bullet then another SUV
        Ken
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        Agree. If Audi won't bring us an RS6, how about Porsche?
        Sanchez
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        The Bentley version of the Up! is going to be awesome.
      Montie
      • 7 Months Ago
      No. Please No.
      pickles
      • 7 Months Ago
      Boring. Get a new idea. Here are a few: Porsche MINIVAN! Porsche STATION WAGON! Porsche AMPHIBIOUS UTE! Porsche HOT HATCH!
        Montie
        • 7 Months Ago
        @pickles
        I vote for Porsche Semi Truck. Or maybe Porsche forklift.
        kcroc10077
        • 7 Months Ago
        @pickles
        If they build an amphibious ute, I'm all in! Here's another two: Porsche flying Car Porsche Pu$$yWagon
      Jimmy
      • 7 Months Ago
      http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view6/2363807/no-god-no-god-please-no-o.gif
      citidriver
      • 7 Months Ago
      If the disease has spread to Porsche, at least make it a 2 dr fastback. Those 4 dr-poupe things are the most horrid automotive concept ever let out of a lab.
      tom87
      • 7 Months Ago
      Porsche seem to have forgotten that they already make a faux luxobarge "coupe", it's called the Panamera.
      teapotdome
      • 7 Months Ago
      Monkey see, monkey do. I thought Porsche had more imagination than this. But...leave it to the Germans to boldly go where everyone has gone before...
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