Porsche Macan revealed
The all-new Porsche Macan has been revealed at the LA Motor Show 2013
The Macan’s looks are influenced by other cars from the range, including the Porsche 911 sports car and the Porsche 918 hybrid supercar. Take a look at the subtle rear spoiler and big wheels, and there’s no hiding this is a sporty SUV. Porsche hopes to sell as many as 65,000 Macans worldwide in the first year, giving it the potential to quickly become the company’s most popular model.
Porsche Macan price & release date
The Macan goes on sale today (20 November) with the first customer deliveries expected in April. Porsche Macan prices start at £43,200 for the Macan S, which is available with a diesel or a petrol engine, rising to £59,300 for the high-performance Macan Turbo model. A more economical diesel version is likely to be added to the range at a later date and it is possible a hybrid model will also follow.
New Porsche Macan engines and specs
All Macans are quick, there’s no doubt about that. The basic Macan S diesel gets a 255bhp 3.0-litre V6, can manage 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph. The Macan Turbo gets a 3.6-litre twin-turbo petrol engine that will do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 165mph. That should be enough performance to rival many sports cars, not to mention SUVs.
However, it’s the diesel model’s balance of speed and economy that will make it the top selling model in the UK. It returns 46.3mpg and has emissions of 159g/km, which equates to annual road tax of just £140.
The Macan S petrol can return 32.5mpg, while the range-topping Macan Turbo compares surprisingly well, given its performance. The Macan Turbo will do an impressive 31.7mpg emit just 208g/km of CO2. That means it’ll cost about the same to run as the petrol Macan S.
All models are fitted with an seven-speed automatic gearbox and have four-wheel drive for better on and off-road grip. The Turbo can also raise its suspension to better cope with off-roading. Thanks to a full complement of electronic systems to improve cornering, the Macan should lots of fun to drive on-road, too.
Inside, the Macan has a sporty interior influenced by other Porsche models. It has a 500-litre boot, which increases to 1,500 litres with the rear seats down, while options include a full-length sunroof and a premium stereo. The Turbo is the most lavishly equipped car, with equipment such as sat-nav, xenon headlights, and multi-adjustable sports seats as standard.
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