Porsche welcomes the new 400-hp 2014 Macan Turbo and 340-hp Macan S
The Porsche Macan will be available in two versions: Macan S and Macan Turbo. Standard features include active all-wheel drive and the Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK).
Under the hood: a 3.6L or 3.0L V6 bi-turbo engine
The Macan S is powered by a new Porsche-designed 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that delivers 340 hp, can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.2 with the Sport Chrono package) and consumes 9.0 to 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Macan Turbo is based on the 3.0-litre V6 unit, with a stroke that has been increased by 83 millimetres. It produces 400 hp and accelerates the vehicle to 100 km/h in as low as 4.8 seconds (4.6 with Sport Chrono), with an average fuel consumption of 9.2 to 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres. Low-speed fuel efficiency is maximized with the standard engine Start/Stop system.
Macan performance and handling
The all-wheel drive system features in the Porsche Macan includes a constantly-driven rear axle. If the rear wheels slip, up to 100% of the torque can be transferred to the front via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. An off-road mode is standard in the Macan, and can be activated by pressing a button in the centre console at speeds up to 80 km/h. This function switches all relevant systems to a traction-oriented mode. Shift pattern, front and rear torque split, as well as accelerator pedal response are then geared towards a greater level of traction for off-road conditions. The clutch is also pre-tensioned to a greater degree in order to provide the front axle with the appropriate torque more rapidly. With the optional air suspension, ground clearance can be increased by 40 mm to a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimetres on both Macan models.
The Porsche Macan S offers standard 18-inch wheels while 19-inch wheels are standard for the Macan Turbo. A vast range of wheels (up to 21 inches in size) are available on all Macan models. The use of mixed tires with different front and rear dimensions is typical of a sports car. On Macan S, 235/60 R 18 (front) and 255/55 R 18 (rear) tires are standard, while Macan Turbo features 235/55 R 19 (front) and 255/50 R 19 (rear). The low centre of gravity and 2,807-millimetre wheelbase, combined with the 1,655-millimetre front and 1,651-millimetres rear track, provide further stability.
The front section is a distinctive component of the Porsche Macan’s design. The basic shape of its headlights is reminiscent of the 918 Spyder hybrid super sports car. Bi-Xenon main headlights are available as an option (standard on Macan Turbo) and include static and dynamic cornering lights (Porsche Dynamic Light System [PDLS]). The wraparound aluminium hood encloses the headlights and extends to the wheel arches. On Porsche Macan Turbo, “C-blade” stylistic elements are fitted in the air intakes on the right and left of the vehicle. Another highlight is the presence of “side blades” at the bottom of the front and rear doors. These are finished in Lava Black on Macan S, painted in body colour on Porsche Macan Turbo, and can be specified in genuine carbon as an option. The Macan tail lights are another striking feature, with three-dimensional design and LED technology – a further reference to the 918 Spyder.
Price and Availability
The new Porsche Macan will arrive in Canadian dealerships in late spring 2014. Pricing will start at $54,300 for Macan S and $82,200 for Macan Turbo.