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Porsche Macan gets entry-level four-cylinder engine

2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from a VW Golf GTI Performance Package used in the Macan SUV.

Porsche is makin’ the Macan cheaper by offering a new entry-level model that has a more environmentally-friendly 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This makes the new Macan the first Porsche to do since the 968 2+2 sportscar that first arrived in 1992.

The Porsche Macan 2.0 borrows the VW EA888 engine used in a number of cars including the VW Golf Performance Pack. In the Macan it develops the same 234hbhp and 258lb/ft of torque as the golf. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are said to be 37.6mpg and 168g/km, respectively, for the PDK automatic transmission variant.

0 to 62mph takes 6.9 seconds and the top speed is 139mph. 18-inch alloys and twin tailpipes in black separate the entry-level Macan from its pricier V6 turbocharged sibling, which achieves 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, 32mpg and 204g/km of CO2. Swapping a six-cylinder for a lighter four-cylinder makes the Macan 95kg lighter, at 1,770kg.

The smaller engine puts the Macan within the realms of being the cheapest Porsche available, narrowly losing out to the Porsche Boxster, which starts from £38,237. The new Macan starts at £40,276 – nearly £3,000 less than nearest V6 model. The Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo sit above in the range.

Porsche said it will only make the new Macan SUV to order in the UK, admitting it is a good niche to have covered but is unlikely to sell in great volumes.

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