Porsche is aiming to attract a new customer base with the launch of the Macan, the German manufacturer’s fifth model line, at the Los Angeles motor show.
has been conceived to appeal to both dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts and
family car buyers and will be a key part of Porsche’s plans to pass
200,000 annual sales.
The initial line-up, due to arrive in the UK
next April, consists of the trio of highly specified six-cylinder
models. The £59,300 Macan Turbo, £43,300 Macan S and £43,300 Macan
Diesel S all feature a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and permanent
four-wheel drive as standard.
In a move crucial to its existence,
the Macan is based around the same platform as the Audi Q5. The two
share a similar high-strength steel floorpan, bulkheads and body
structure, together with various driveline, chassis and electrical
components. However, the Macan will be built in Porsche’s Leipzig factory, separately from the Q5.
Drawing inspiration from the second-generation Cayenne, the Macan has an aggressive appearance fully reflecting its positioning as a sporting rival for the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
The design and detailing brings a family look to Porsche’s SUV line-up —
something Porsche says was driven by feedback gained in early styling
clinics for the new model.
At 4699mm in length, 1923mm in width
and 1624mm in height, the Macan is 146mm shorter, 16mm narrower and 82mm
lower than the second-generation Cayenne, itself due to receive a
mid-life facelift next year. Compared with the Q5, the Macan is 70mm
longer, 24mm wider and 30mm lower.
Double wishbone front and
multi-link rear suspension feature with variable damping control and an
electro-mechanical steering system. Air suspension is optional.
original Audi set-up has been optimised with tracks that are up by 35mm
in width at the front and 36mm at the rear, along with unique
suspension components and revised geometry and software to provide the
Macan with what Porsche describes as “the most agile handling in its
A kerb weight of 1865kg for the Macan S makes it 200kg
lighter than the Cayenne S, while the Macan Turbo tips the scales at
245kg less than the Cayenne Turbo, at 1925kg.
The Macan, whose
name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, will be launched in
the UK with the choice of three V6 engines: two in-house
direct-injection petrol units and a single Audi-sourced turbodiesel.
Porsche has fitted the petrol units with an exhaust flap that is claimed
to provide them with what it describes as “robust acoustic qualities”.
most powerful engine is the newly developed twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 in
the Macan Turbo. It develops 394bhp at 6000rpm and 405lb ft
at 1350-4500rpm to give the initial range-topper a 0-62mph time of
4.8sec (or 4.6sec with an optional Sport Chrono pack) and a 165mph top
Below it is the mid-range Macan S. It runs a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 335bhp at 6500rpm and 339lb ft at 1450-5000rpm. Porsche claims 0-62mph in 5.4sec (or 5.2sec with the Sport Chrono pack) and a 158mph top speed.
available from launch is a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel in the Macan Diesel
S. It produces 254bhp at 4250rpm and 427lb ft from 1750-2500rpm. This
is sufficient for 0-62mph in 6.3sec (6.1sec with the Sport Chrono pack)
and a 143mph top speed, along with a claimed 46.3mpg combined
and 159g/km of CO2 emissions.
Thanks to: Autocar