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Spoiler alert. The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe has two of the things. In addition to the adaptive roof spoiler that’s a stand-out feature on the current Cayenne Turbo – the first SUV to feature active aero – the Coupe gets another one, that sits below the tailgate window. Above 56mph, it extends by 135mm, increasing downforce on the rear axle. Porsche, no stranger to an acronym, has added this to the suite of features that make up Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA).

It clearly points to the Cayenne Coupe’s more aggressively sporting character, and the inevitability of another Nürburgring record (there’s even a crash helmet in the boot of one of the reveal images, the wags). Two engines are available at launch: the 3.0-litre, 335bhp V6 turbo, which will hit 62mph in 6.0 seconds and reach 150mph, and the 4.0-liter 545bhp twin-turbo V8, that dusts 62mph in a faintly silly 3.9 seconds and will reel in autobahns at speeds up to 177mph. No diesels here.rp_-_cayenne_coupe-8

A 2.16m squared panoramic roof is standard fitment, with a contoured carbon fiber roof also available as part of three different optional lightweight sports packages. It’s a strict four-seater in standard configuration, the rear two positioned 30mm lower to optimize headroom. A full bench seat can be ordered as a no-cost option, but then you may as well as go the whole, erm, hog and order the full Cayenne to go with it.

The standard Coupe will land in the UK in May, priced from £62,129, the Turbo at £104,729. They will surely be as magnificent to drive as they are a largely pointless addition to the 2019 automotive landscape.

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