Major changes pegged for mid-cycle refresh

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Porsche engineers have been spotted testing a prototype for an updated version of the Cayenne Coupe, with the latest tester for the Cayenne GTS Coupe variant.

The Cayenne Coupe, as the name suggests, is a coupe-like version of the Cayenne designed to tackle high-end versions of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, as well as the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX, and upcoming Ferrari Purosangue.

It first arrived on the market in 2019 as a 2020 model, and a range-topping Cayenne Turbo GT variant was just added to the lineup for 2022.

This updated Cayenne Coupe should arrive in late 2022 or early 2023, likely as a 2023 model. Its arrival will coincide with the arrival of an updated version of the regular Cayenne, prototypes for which are also out testing.

The Cayenne Coupe prototype shows the new face Porsche plans for the entire Cayenne range. The key change is the squarer design for the headlights. There’s also a new front fascia with larger intakes and pair of horizontal elements for the integrated daytime running lights.

The dash was fully camouflaged, according to our photographer, which points to there being changes pegged for the interior. It’s possible a digital instrument cluster like the one in the Taycan electric sedan will be added.

2023 Porsche Cayenne Coupe facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

It isn’t clear what Porsche has planned for the powertrains. Typically the automaker dials up the horsepower on most grades with its updates. The lineup currently starts with the base Cayenne Coupe powered by a 335-hp turbo V-6, and tops out with the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which pairs a twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor for a combined 670 hp.

The hardcore Turbo GT variant packs a twin-turbo V-8 that delivers 631 hp on its own.

Stay tuned for updates as development continues.

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