Finally, existing and prospective buyers of the Porsche brand – as well as fans – can look forward to the local launch of the all-new Porsche Macan SUV.
Using its strong heritage of luxury performance sportscars, Porsche has, over the last few years, been hard at work at innovating and creating new levels for the brand and the Macan is one of the results of this process.
The Macan name has been borrowed from the Indonesian word for tiger. Combined with Porsche’s latest evolution of its all-wheel-drive system known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Macan is not only about pure Porsche power and assertiveness, but also a nimble yet tenacious off-roader.
Immediately recognisable as a Porsche in its design, the Macan makes use of a flat and broad stance. From its wrap-around bonnet to the sloping roof line, it accentuates the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.
Three models will be available at its local launch: the Macan S, Macan S Diesel and the Macan Turbo. The Macan S is equipped with a 3,0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine delivering 255 kW and is good for a claimed 0–100 km/h time of 5,4 seconds. Top speed is rated as 254 km/h.
The S Diesel is the long-distance athlete of the trio. Making use of a 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel, it is said to dispatch the benchmark sprint in a “leisurely” 6,3 seconds. Even with 193 kW available, this Macan manages to return fuel consumption of 6,3 L/100 km.
The Big Daddy of the range, the Macan Turbo, is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV market. The 3,6-litre twin-turbo V6, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, churns loose an unrivalled 300 kW and thrusts the vehicle from 0–100 km/h in a Usain Bolt scaring 4,8 seconds. Although the top speed is a tree-blurring 266 km/h, when driven mildy, the Macan will return a fuel consumption figure of 9,2 L/100 km/h.
When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package, all models will shave 0,2 seconds of its respective 0–100 km/h times. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) is fitted as standard.
Orders for the Macan can now be placed with the first units being delivered in the second quarter of 2014. Basic retail prices to be announced soon.