These two big new prestige SUV ‘coupes’ pack a punch… but take two very different approaches
Just how many cars can you build in one production plant? The Audi SQ8 and the Porsche Cayenne S Coupe are both built in Slovakia and share the same hard points, based around the same Volkswagen Group ‘MLBEvo’ platform. Both cars speak to a similar, cashed-up target audience that wants room for a family, plenty of performance on tap and low-roof ‘coupe’ styling in a capable but ultimately soft-road SUV. The BMW X6 is the progenitor in this market niche, and the Audi SQ8 and the Porsche Cayenne S Coupe are contenders, looking to knock the X6 off its perch. Although just $700 separates the two German SUVs in standard form – and both vehicles are all-paw variants producing at least 320kW – the Audi and the Porsche occupy spaces one standard deviation apart from each other. One car, the Audi, is all about luxury and performance; the Porsche focuses on dynamic performance ahead of comfort.
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