Porsche enthusiasts rejoice! The Cayenne has a baby brother! The car we’re talking about is the latest SUV from legendary German sports and luxury car manufacturer, Porsche. With a shufti, it’s difficult to tell this car apart from the Cayenne but examine it more closely and marked differences begin to appear. For one, it’s not as enormous as the Cayenne but instead, it’s more compact and sporty. This car is based on the Audi Q5 and rivals vehicles such as the BMW X3 and the Range Rover Evoque. Porsche is proclaiming the Macan to be “the first SUV that is also a sports car” but then again, Porsche is the sort of firm that aims for the moon. And then gets there. So does the Macan feel and drive like the 4-wheeled rockets that we’re used to seeing from Porsche? Read on.
The Porsche Macan comes in 3 variants – the Macan S, Macan S Diesel and the range-topping Macan Turbo. The Macan S Diesel is equipped with a 3.0 litre, turbocharged V6 diesel engine that develops a strong 245 hp and the Macan S comes with a 3.0 litre, twin turbocharged V6 petrol engine that puts out an impressive 340 hp. But for a real bit of fun, we have the Macan Turbo which, under its bonnet, houses a 3.6 litre, twin turbocharged V6 petrol engine that produces 400 of Germany’s finest horsepower; sufficient to take the Macan from a standstill to 100 kph in just 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 266 kph. The Macan S does the 0-100 kph dash in 5.4 seconds and maxes out at 254 kph. The Macan Diesel, despite being a diesel, crosses the 100 kph barrier in 6.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 230 kph. Reversing this car into tight spaces is easy as well, thanks to the Surround View system that uses several cameras to provide a bird’s eye view of the car to the driver. Even at high speeds, the Macan is rock steady and you feel confident taking corners quickly. The vehicle’s suspension is brilliant as well; providing for a very comfortable yet sporty ride quality. The brakes are very good, the engines are powerful yet smooth and the 7 speed PDK automatic transmission is brilliant. All in all, the Macan is a Porsche through and through.
The Macan is built with top notch quality materials and the results speak for themselves. The car feels solid, sure-footed and extremely comfortable. All the occupants of the car have more than sufficient headroom and legroom which means that long journeys will never result in cramped legs! The boot is massive as well, and at 500 litres, its nearly 40 litres larger than the boot of the Audi Q5. The driver will have a new multi-function steering wheel in front of her/him that is inspired by the one in the zany 918 Spyder. Needless to say, build quality all around is out of this world. The centre console is dominated by a 7 inch touchscreen for infotainment and further down, surrounding the gear selector, are a whole bunch of buttons that provide the driver a gazillion ways of setting the car up just so. A lot of people might feel that one needs to be a rocket scientist to understand and operate all those functions properly, but Porsche enthusiasts would not have it any other way! The Macan also comes with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which is basically a central hub for the audio system, navigation module, voice control and the telephone functions. Other features include a top-of-the-line audio system by either Burmester or Bose. While the vehicle is extremely comfortable to be in, it is also one of the most involving and dynamic SUVs to drive. The Macan is almost fluid in its driving characteristics – it flows from bend to bend with a degree of effortlessness rarely seen in such large vehicles.
The name Macan, in the Indonesian language, means Tiger. If Porsche intends to scare off the competition like a tiger, we think they could definitely do the job with the Macan. No doubts that customers will have to dig deep into their wallets, but the car is worth every penny. This is an SUV that’s big on luxury, big on the latest high-tech features and huge on outright, explosive performance; a car that you will look forward to driving every single day you own it. In a nutshell, the Macan really has earned the Porsche badge that it adorns.