A closer look at the all new Porsche Macan
World premiere of the German carmaker's three derivatives for its new compact SUV model
After much speculation and anticipation, the world premiere of the Macan took place on November 20, taking Porsche to a new territory. Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sports cars, with the wrap-around bonnet and sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of its sporty dynamics. Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. The Macan S priced at $ 68,930, the Macan S Deisel at $67,800 and the top derivative Turbo priced at $95,080. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 hp and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. From the outset the Macan will boast the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) which transfers power as required and almost free of interruption in tractive force. This enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches 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 fitted) thanks to its 258-hp engine, and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h. The name Macan comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive – known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – has produced one of the most powerful drive systems. The standard equipment the car is fitted 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. As the top derivative 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 biturbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400 hp and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this speed can be reached in just 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 list of options include the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. Another option offered is the dynamic high beam forming part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic. The passenger compartment picks up on the current Porsche sports car design. Interior features include the Burmester High-End Surround Sound system, the lane departure warning system and lane change assist system. Features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Porsche Active Safe (PAS) deliver a further boost to comfort and safety. The all-new Macan range is available for order as of now with the first units set to be delivered in the second quarter of next year.