2015 Porsche Macan: 10 Things You Need To Know
After a great deal of speculation over names and packaging, Porsche finally took the wraps of its new sub-Cayenne, compact SUV. Its name is the Macan, and it looks to be a new hit for the German performance brand, as buyers have been picking up compact and mid-size luxury SUVs as fast as they can be built. And the next time you are at the country club, refer to the following list, and you’ll sound like the best-informed SOB with a handicap. The Basics
The Macan is 184.3 inches long (about 4 inches shorter than original Cayenne and about 6 inches shorter than the current Cayenne), 63.9 inches high, and 65.2 inches wide. It weighs 4,112 pounds but can get from zero to sixty in just 4.4 seconds (with the more powerful engine and the Sport Chrono Package). The base engine is a 340 horsepower 3.0-liter V6. The uprated engine is a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, making 400 horsepower. Meaning this Macan is going to be one fast compact SUV.
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Long Time Coming
Porsche has been talking about a small, sub-Cayenne SUV since 2007. Since then, there has been all manner of rumor-mongering. It was suggested at one point that the vehicle would be called the “Roxster,” then the “Cajun,” and even the “Pajun.” Thank God they did not end up choosing any of those names.
What’s in a Name?
According to Porsche PR, the name “Macan” is derived from the Indonesian word for “Tiger.” Ok that’s pretty cool. They went on to say, “The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.” Fair enough– but I'm not so sure about this goofy promotional video.
That’s No Q5
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Sure, the Macan shares a platform with the Audi Q5, but that means very little in the modern car market. It shares a similar stamped floor and firewall but that is where the similarities end. Both are luxurious, but its hard to imagine that even the SQ5 has the goods on the potent and capable Macan. Oh- and it’s also nearly 300 pounds lighter than the Audi 'ute.
It’s Not Going to Be Cheap
The base price for the Porsche Macan is $49,900, which is actually not bad for a Porsche. The Macan Turbo, with its 400 horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, starts at $72,300. A fully spec’d-out model can cost more than $110,000. Those prices are well into Porsche Cayenne pricing. But Porsche doesn’t care, because…
It’s Going to Sell Like Hotcakes
It’s probably been decades since hotcakes sold well, but you get the idea. People are flocking to small SUVs like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoke, BMW X3 and others. Porsche is going to sell plenty of these, as buyers are drawn to a vehicle designed with wealthy city-folk in mind, that can fit in more places than a Cayenne can.
Will Drive Like a Porsche
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The Macan uses some suspension components from the Q5, but reconfigured with Porsche handling in mind. The all-wheel drive system is based on that of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. The Macan also features Porsche Active Suspension Management as well as optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which pushes the outside wheels a turn faster, allowing for more capable handling. This vehicle will most certainly handle like a Porsche, and we can’t wait to find out.
Porsche is employing an electro-mechanical steering system, which is not a fully drive-by-wire system like in the Infiniti Q50, but the electronic assist power steering opens up a world of opportunities for drivers. The system can essentially be tuned to deliver any kind of driving experience. Porsche can offer multiple steering settings, while tuners can make the car steer any way they want, just by plugging in a laptop and tweaking the steering settings.
All of the Lights
Porsche showcased a new direction for headlights with the all-new Panamera Sport Turismo Concept. The new quad-headlights will make their first appearance on a production car with the new Macan. These headlights are sure to stand out on the road.
It Sounds Glorious
Just listen to that and tell us you don’t want to drive one.