The handling on the Cayenne Coupe is brilliant. And if it were not coupled with ride quality, we’d probably be looking at close to a 10 on 10 here. It’s agile and sure-footed and forgiving, and it belies its size and weight. The ride on the other hand, is noisy and busy and not very likeable. Now the driving modes mentioned earlier change the way the air suspension on the Cayenne behaves as well. In Normal mode, the ride is still noisy and busy and a little harsh, and it is coupled with a side to side rocking movement which isn’t pleasant.
In Sport mode, the suspension firms up further. It’s still noisy and busy and harsh, but the side to side movement reduces dramatically. And we are more than willing to live with the slightly exaggerated bobbing movement at slow speeds that comes with the stiffer setup in Sport than being rocked around in Normal. Handling, of course, is sensational! You just can’t tell that the Porsche is a large, heavy car the way it turns into corners. And not just the fast sweeping ones. But the tight ones as well. You also don’t need to slow down dramatically. It’s amazing the kind of corner speeds the Cayenne Coupe can carry.
Even quick transitions from left to right handers or vice versa, are dealt with uncanny light-footedness. Moreover, the body roll isn’t pronounced, the tyres never seem to complain, and there’s always a handsome amount of grunt to pull you out of a corner and hurl you to the next one.
All this - or most of it at least - is down to electronic control systems. Porsche uses something called the 4D Chassis Control. Simply put, the steering, suspension, and traction related systems all work together to get the Cayenne around a corner in the quickest and least dramatic fashion. There’s four wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, and active driving assist system that can shame even the most ridiculous of American eating competition with their appetite to consume data.
These systems manage to keep the Cayenne flat around corners. These help keep the understeer to a minimum. And it begins every time you turn the steering. The steering itself, meanwhile, is as quick as a squirrel.