Porsche Macan SUV makes its official debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show
Porsche has unveiled the Macan compact sport SUV at the Los Angeles International Motor show. The Macan is based on the accomplished Audi Q5 platform but has been heavily reworked to be a much more sporting drive. As a result, it sits below the Cayenne SUV, which means that it is most likely going to outsell its larger sibling.
We have had 10 years to get used to the idea of Porsche making SUVs but besides that, the looks of the Macan will certainly not split opinions like the Cayenne because it has a much better resolved shape. It takes some styling cues from the Porsche Sport Turismo concept unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show especially the raked rear windscreens, giving it a much broader and lower stance than the Q5 it is based on. It also takes design cues from other Porsche models like the basic shape of the headlights being similar to those of the 918 Spider.
Powering the Macan is a host of three high performance V6 engines. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo delivering 340 hp, which is enough for 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted) and a 158 mph top speed. Next is the Macan S diesel, which is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel, delivering 258 hp, which can push the Macan to a top speed of 143mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package). Finally, you got the top of the line Macan Turbo which is fitted with the 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, achieves an unrivalled for its class 400 hp and catapults the car from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this falls to 4.6 seconds. All versions come with the high performance seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox as standard.
The name ‘Macan’ comes from the Indonesian word for tiger and Porsche claims that it definitely lives up to its name by being the most agile and dynamic car in its class. The all-wheel drive system is claimed to have the fastest response times on the market. You also get Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV plus) and the option of the Sport Chrono package that enables the chassis, engine, exhaust and transmission to be tuned to an even sportier level.
Standard equipment includes all-wheel, drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, digital radio, front and rear ParkAssist, high-performance audio system, lane departure warning, and an electrically operated tailgate. The Macan Turbo adds BOSE Surround Sound audio system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with satellite navigation, leather interior, alcantara roof lining, 18-way adjustable adaptive front sports seats with memory, Bi-Xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), sideblades in exterior colour and 19 inch diameter alloy wheels. Options include air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system and Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).
The Macan goes on sale April 2014 priced from £43,300 (€76,864) for the Macan S, £43,300 (€69,741) for the Macan S Diesel and £59,300 (€105,266) for the Macan Turbo.