Porsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment – on both paved streets and uneven terrain.
The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What's more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability.
The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognisable in the design. The SUV is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.
Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sports cars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sports car in the compact SUV segment. The Macan is “Made in Germany", produced at the Leipzig plant.
Porsche has invested 500 million euro in the plant and has established an entire production line there. The line is set up to produce around 50,000 vehicles per year – all manufactured with the utmost precision and to the highest level of quality.
Three models comprise the Macan range at market launch. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo engine delivering 250 kW (340 bhp) and also features active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models.
A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption, enabling the Macan S to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). The Macan S has a top speed of 254 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km.
The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 value of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) thanks to its 190 kW (258 bhp) engine, and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h.
As the top model in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 twin turbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 294 kW (400 bhp) and catapults the Macan Turbo from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, it is possible to achieve that sprint in 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 litres/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
The name ‘Macan’ comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. The sporty all-wheel drive is ultimately a Porsche invention, designed and first implemented by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 in the Lohner-Porsche racing car with its four electric wheel-hub motors. In 1947, Porsche developed the Type 360, better known as the Cisitalia Grand Prix racing car. The car became a true driving legend, not only as a result of its supercharged 12-cylinder engine and consistent lightweight construction, but also thanks to its permanent all-wheel drive. The design was based on the idea that drive power around bends or on roads with low frictional values can be converted into propulsion more fully and more reliably.
The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive – known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – has produced one of the world's most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.
A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) bring the Macan’s characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road, making for a true Porsche driving experience. The driver and passenger seats feature the low position typical of sports cars.
The range of standard equipment fitted on the Macan is extensive, and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate. The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. There is also Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which has been specially tailored to the Macan. This system distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. Also available is Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.
The new Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo go on sale in Australia midway through 2014. Australian pricing for Porsche’s sportiest SUV range will be revealed in the coming weeks.