The Porsche Macan is here. Porsche’s compact SUV, the sixth model in the company’s portfolio, will sit below the larger Cayenne in physical stature, but promises to usurp its big brother where performance and handling are concerned. It has a cooler name, too, Macan meaning ‘tiger’ in Indonesian.
While the Cayenne is something of an acquired taste, the Macan is slightly easier on the eye. Imagine a 911 mated with a Cayenne and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what we’re dealing with here – a small, sporty SUV designed to tackle the Range Rover Evoque and the Audi Q3.
According to Porsche, the Macan will be “the most dynamic compact SUV” in its segment.” The numbers bear that out, with the top of of the range Macan Turbo using a 400hp 3.6-litre bi-turbo V6 that enables a none-too-shabby 0 to 62mph time of 4.8 seconds. More impressive, perhaps, is the fact it’ll deliver this performance while returning a pretty respectable 31.7mpg.
If that’s too rich for your blood, Porsche will also offer a Macan S, which uses a slightly less mental 3-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that promises 0 to 62mph in 5.2 seconds with slightly better fuel economy of 32.5mpg. A 3.0-litre Macan S Diesel is also available, promising 258hp, 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds and a healthy 46.3mpg.
The Macan should be none too shy about tackling corners or slippery surfaces – on or off road. The car features Porsche Traction Management and a specially tailored Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system, both of which help it deploy the engine’s power efficiently, even if you’re cackhanded with your application of the steering and throttle. That’s the theory, anyway. The proof, as ever, will be in the pudding.
The Macan is available to order now for between £43,300 and £59,300 depending on spec. Deliveries begin in April 2014.
Porsche Macan Pictures