For the Macan-do driver
The fifth and cheapest Porsche model line is almost here
THE first Porsche for Generation Next is ready to go.
It’s the Macan, a shrunk and sleeker Cayenne for younger singles and families. Porsche says it still has true sports car DNA that can be traced to its enduring 911.
The good-looking Macan shares its basic building blocks with the Audi Q5, since they’re cousins in the Volkswagen Group. But Porsche says 70 per cent of its new baby — engine, transmission, torque vectoring, dampers, electrics and much of the cabin — is unique.
The biggest change is the way the Macan performs.
“Nothing in the compact SUV sector will match the Macan. The Macan is the sports car of its class,” company chief Matthias Muller says.
“We don’t work for Porsche, we don’t just drive Porsches, we live them and drive them. And we don’t put that badge … on a car unless it’s not just a great car but a great Porsche.”
The Macan arrives in Australia early in 2014 with a sub-$100,000 starting price and all sorts of promises about bringing younger people, more women, and people new to Porsche, to its showrooms. Deliveries start in June.
“We’ll announce the price in a couple of weeks,” Porsche spokesman Paul Ellis says. “It will be a price that people are not used to for a Porsche, but by no means does it mean this car is anything but a true Porsche.”
The Macan (Indonesian for tiger, pronounced Ma-karn) is the fifth model in the Porsche range and the company intends building 50,000 a year at its Leipzig factory.
The body is a good looking five-door SUV with plenty of curves, including a radical drop in the tail. Aero work includes a smooth floor and shutters in the nose to cut cruising speed drag.
There are three models — Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo — with V6 turbos. These are a 3.0-litre petrol (250kW / 460Nm), 3.6-litre petrol (294kW/550Nm) and 3.0litre diesel (190kW/580Nm).
Fitted with a seven-speed PDK automatic and all-wheel- drive, they promise 0-100km/h sprint times as low as 4.6 seconds and economy as good as 6.1L/100km.
Standard equipment includes sports steering wheel with shift paddles, premium sound and power tailgate.
It has an on-road focus but the air suspension has a 50mm lift function for rough ground, although it cannot match the water wading ability of the Cayenne. Instead, the likes of wheels as big as 19 inches on the Macan Turbo and the tuning of the suspension advertise a vehicle that’s a lot more than a German RAV4.
It has the right stuff to trump the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, and also the Mercedes GLK that should finally hit Australia late next year or early in 2015.
Affordable blue-riband: The Porsche Macan S