With only four models to its name, Porsche has done pretty well for itself. Granted, when it released the Cayenne and the Panamera, there was definitely some head scratching, but ultimately, they made sense. Today, Porsche added a fifth model it its lineup and, for a change, this one seems really obvious: a sporty, compact SUV.
The Macan (Indonesian word for Tiger, according to Porsche. Or, a creole language originating in Macau, according to Google.) takes the Cayenne and shrinks it into a pocket-sized package. Sold in two versions, both will include all-wheel drive and the Porsche PDK double-clutch transmission. Option 1, the Macan S, is powered by a 3-liter V6 twin-turbo with 340hp, which should be good for about 5.2 seconds in the 0-60 grocery run. Option 2 is the Macan Turbo. This has a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, slamming out 400hp. This brings the 0-60 down to a scant 4.6-seconds (or 4.4 with the optional Sport Chrono package that brings Launch Control to the Macan). The Macan Turbo has a top speed of 164mph, the S-model “only” does 156.
All Macan models come standard with all-wheel drive (including an Off-Road mode), a multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle-shifters, 19-inch wheels, a ‘high performance’ audio system, and an electric tailgate. Options include an airlift suspension system and a fancy Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The PTV Plus system distributes torque to the rear wheels working in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle diff lock.
When venturing off-road one of the most important features is ground clearance. Here, the standard Macan get’s a “meh” with a yawn-inducing 7.8-inches (an inch less than the 2014 Subaru Forester.) Opt for the airlift suspension and things start to get serious: 9.06-inches of canyon climbing clearance at your command.
Porsche has high hopes for this little ‘ute. It’s already ramped up production to produce 50,000 a year. The Macan S starts at $49,000. The Macan Turbo runs $72,300. Expect to pay significantly more with options.