The sport utility vehicles (SUV) market has grown in recent years with tastes for bigger, off-road capable and luxury oriented vehicles. Porsche entered the SUV market with Cayenne in 2002 and continued the success in 2010 with the introduction of the 2nd generation Cayenne. 2014 marks the launch of the Macan a compact SUV instantly recognisable as a Porsche.
Porsche choose the word Macan for their new model which is the Indonesian word for tiger. The Macan will be built in the Leipzig plant in Germany with 3 models available at launch with V6 engines:
- Macan S - 3.0 litre V6 petrol
- Macan S Diesel - 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel
- Macan Turbo - 3.6 litre V6 twin-turbo
From the design sketches to the production model the designers gave the Macan a sporty and low stance through its proportions and lines. Design highlights included the rear LED light and sideblades along the doors give the Macan a distinctive road presence.
The Macan's interior receives the same high quality materials and workmanship expected from Porsche with a fusion of sportiness, quality and elegance complementing the exterior styling.
The Macan S comes with a 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine developing 340 bhp enabling acceleration of 0 to 62 in 5.4 seconds (5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). This power is controlled through Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch which is standard on all Macan models. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power almost without any interruption to a top speed of 158 mph. Fuel economy hasn’t suffered as consumption figures are between 31.4 and 32.5 mpg, with low CO2 emission of between 212 and 204 g/km.
The frugal yet powerful Macan S Diesel moves forth with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 44.8 and 46.3 mpg, while only emitting between 164 and 159 g/km of CO2 emissions. The Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted) all in part to the turbocharged V6 Diesel developing 258 bhp and a top speed of 143 mph.
Sitting at the top of the range is the Macan Turbo with an unrivalled 395 bhp 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine catapulting it from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. When equipped with the Sport Chrono package fitted, this falls to 4.6 seconds but the top speed of 165 mph remains. The NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 30.7 and 31.7 mpg with only a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
Even though the Macan is performance orientated, efficiency technology is working in the background with the standard equipped PDK transmission, Start Stop function, electro-mechanical power steering, radiator shutters and the light weight construction of Macan.
To keep you secure on the road there is a standard fitment of active all-wheel drive part of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system on all models. There other systems working behind the scenes are the electronically controlled and map-controlled multi-plate clutch, the Automatic Brake Differential (ABD) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) with the all-wheel drive monitoring traction and safety.
The standard equipment on all models entails the following:
PDK double-clutch transmission
Steering wheel with gearshift paddles
Electronic tailgate release
Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
Front & rear ParkAssist
Multi-function USB port connection
The Macan Turbo receives additional standard fitment:
19 inch alloy wheels
Bi-Xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
Sideblades in exterior colour
BOSE Surround Sound audio system
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with satellite navigation
Alcantara roof lining
18-way adjustable adaptive front sports seats with memory
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
Customers receive a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone to explore the potential of their new Macan and hone their skills behind the wheel.
For more information on the Macan and dealer launch, please contact your local Porsche Centre
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