With their latest foray into the world of SUV’s, Porsche continues to innovate and lead the road in the sporty crossover market. The Macan, named after the Indonesian word for tiger, deploys the typical sporty handling characteristics that have become synonymous with Porsche, and does it with all the speed and engine capabilities you would expect from a Porsche model. Featuring exceptional acceleration, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision, the Macan is set to rewrite the rulebook on outstanding sporting comfort and everyday usability.
There are three different models that comprise this new product range as of market launch. The Macan S model is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 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 three of the models. They will also 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 liters/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 models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 liters/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 value of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the S Diesel model 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.
As the top derivative in this model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 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 Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 liters/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
The range of equipment fitted on even the standard models are 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 Macan features the air suspension system as the only vehicle in its segment and it comes as standard. The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, 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. The list of Porsche options includes the much sought-after 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 focus on agility and breadth continues into the Porsche Macan’s interior. Sophisticated lines, precise transitions and high-quality workmanship create a harmonious fusion of sportiness, quality and elegance. From the low front seats, the rising center console and the display and operation concept through to the extensive range of customization options, the interior offers both a sense of familiarity and striking new features, such as the new multi-function sports steering wheel.
The optional Sport Chrono package offers improved performance at the push of a button. The Sport Chrono package enables the chassis, engine and transmission to be tuned to an even sportier level, accompanied by a sound that is even more emotive. The Sport Chrono package is characterized by the analog and digital stopwatch on the dashboard, as well as the additional Sport Plus button in the center console. Another element of the package is the performance display on the optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which provides information on the total driving time, distance traveled around the current lap or the time taken for each lap, for instance. “Launch Control” is also included – this function enables a level of acceleration similar to that required in a race when moving off. The time advantage gained in a standard sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is 0.2 seconds for all models. “Launch Control” enables improved lap times and a better spread between comfort and sportiness when it comes to the vehicle handling to achieve a significant boost in driving pleasure.
The electronically controlled PASM adjustable shock absorber system increases driving pleasure, safety and comfort and is part of the standard equipment for the all-new Macan. The system actively and continuously regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Vehicles normally demonstrate noticeable body movement in response to a very dynamic driving style involving sharp acceleration and brake phases or when off-roading. The PASM is designed to intervene and reduce body movement. Depending on their preferences and requirements, drivers can choose between three programs: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”.
The new Porsche Macan chassis, and exclusive in this vehicle segment, is the standard air suspension including leveling system, height adjustment and PASM. This chassis variant also satisfies the highest demands for comfort, sportiness and performance, and puts the vehicle in pole position in comparison to every other chassis design.
The Macan with air suspension sits 15 millimeters lower at Normal Level and offers both increased driving dynamics and improved comfort, due to the associated lower center of gravity. The air suspension maintains a consistent vehicle position automatically, regardless of the load distribution. The ground clearance can be adjusted to three different levels as required: “High Level I”, “Normal Level” and “Low Level”. In “High Level I”, the vehicle sits 40 millimeters above “Normal Level”, with a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimeters. This option is activated via the off-road button and can be used at speeds between 0 and 80 km/h. All in all, if you are looking for the sportiest SUV with all of the extras that you are used to getting in the Porsche, the Macan is the best in the market for you, in all three models.
The all new Porsche Macan will be available in mid 2014 from Behbehani Motors Company. Visit their showrooms in Shuwaikh and on the Fourth Ring Road. For more information visit www.behbehanimotors.com.