Porsche Macan price, news and video

20 Nov, 2013 5:39am Paul Bond

Everything you need to know about the Porsche Macan, including price, release date and video

The long-awaited Porsche Macan has finally arrived at the LA Motor Show. The Macan takes its name from the Indonesian word for tiger, and will rival the Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3 when it goes on sale here on November 20.

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Buyers will get the choice of three engine options. The Macan S is the entry level petrol and is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that develops 335bhp and 460Nm of torque. The 0-62mph sprint takes 5.4 seconds, and top speed is 158mph.

The Macan S diesel uses a recalibrated version of the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel used in the Cayenne. Here it produces 255bhp and 580Nm of torque, giving a 0-62mph sprint time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.

The top-spec model is the Macan Turbo. It uses a 3.6-litre version of the twin-turbo petrol engine that develops 394bhp and 550Nm. The benchmark 0-62mph sprint takes 4.8 seconds and top speed is 165mph. 

All models are fitted with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, with a Sport button to speed up shift times in connection with sharper response from the throttle and extra weight for the electric power steering. 

A Sport Chrono package is available on all models as an option. This includes launch control that chops 0.2 seconds off the 0-62mph time, making the flagship Turbo as quick off the line as a Mercedes A45 AMG.

The PDK includes stop-start and a coasting function that declutches the engine and gearbox when you lift the throttle on the motorway. That means fuel economy for the base petrol is 32.5mpg and CO2 emissions are pegged at 204g/km. The diesel is the most economical, with a claimed 46.3mpg and 159g/km, while the Turbo returns 31.7mpg and emits 208g/km of CO2.

All models use Porsche’s adaptive four-wheel drive system as standard. In normal road driving, the car is rear-wheel drive. Should a slip be detected, 46.3a clutch locks up, sending up to 100 per cent of torque to the front axle. A torque vectoring system, which brakes the inside wheels when cornering, is standard on all models, while a torque vectoring rear differential is an option.

Off-road mode is standard, which gives different mapping for the four-wheel drive system and gearbox for better traction in slippy conditions, and a hill decent control system. 

Three suspension options will be available. Standard steel springs with passive dampers are standard on the S models, with PASM adaptive dampers an option, while the Turbo gets air suspension, which raises the ride height to 230mm – on a par with the Evoque – in off-road mode, and lowers the car by 15mm in Sport.

The Macan is built on a heavily modified version of the modular longitudinal MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q5. It measures 4,681mm long, 1,923mm wide and 1,624mm high, with a 2,807mm wheelbase, making it longer and wider, but with a shorter wheelbase when compared with the Audi SQ5 TDI.

It uses aluminium body panels to keep weight down to 1,880kg for the diesel – 40kg less than the Audi.

The design is heavily influenced by Porsche’s sports cars, with headlights inspired by the 918 supercar and curvy rear arches that are supposed to be reminiscent of the 911. 

The Turbo gets squared-off exhausts and C-shaped air intakes in the front bumper to help set it apart. Macan S models come with 18-inch alloys – the Turbo gets 19s – and 20 and 21-inch rims are on the options list. 

Inside, the steering wheel is very similar to the 918’s, while the centre console has been raised up to help cocoon the driver, while practical considerations include a 500-litre boot that grows to 1,500 litres with the rear seats down. 

Options include a panoramic sunroof, 16-speaker Burmester stereo and adaptive cruise control.

Macan S models both start from £43,300, while the Turbo is priced from £59,300. As well as air suspension as standard, the Turbo also gets a Bose stereo, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with satellite navigation, leather interior, 18-way adjustable adaptive sports seats, Bi-Xenon headlights, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The car is available to order from November 20, with the first cars arriving in the UK in April 2014.

Porsche Macan Turbo
Price £59,300
Engine 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo
Transmission Seven-speed PDK twin-clutch auto, four-wheel drive
Power/Torque 394bhp/550Nm
0-62mph 4.6 seconds
Top speed 165mph
Economy 31.7mpg
CO2 208g/km
Porsche Macan S Diesel
Price £43,300
Engine 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel
Transmission Seven-speed PDK twin-clutch auto, four-wheel drive
Power/Torque 254bhp/580Nm
0-62mph 6.1 seconds
Top speed 143mph
Economy 46.3mpg
CO2 159g/km
Porsche Macan S
Price £43,300
Engine 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo
Transmission Seven-speed PDK twin-clutch auto, four-wheel drive
Power/torque 335bhp/460Nm
0-62mph 5.2 seconds
Top speed 158mph
Economy 32.5mpg
CO2 204g/km

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When the Macan finally arrives on looks alone it will go straight to the top of the class eclipsing the current leaders with the X3 looking a little staid in comparison and the Evoque past it's novelty period (with potential buyers taking note of the limited diesel engine range and high price). If the starting price really is around the £36k mark (plus a few grand for sat nav and an 8 speed auto box), I will be first in the que for a red one with tan leather interior (see Road and Track website for images in red rather than the nasty frog green).

Ugly rear end. Shame as I quite like it from the front. The vomit green colour doesn't help.

That rear end is exactly the same with the Lincoln SUV concept (can't remember it's name) revealed this year.
Couldn't Porsche try to do something different than a Cayenne faced monster with a lincoln styled back?

Looks far more expensive than £36k!!

, Porsche is also keen to “make a conscious effort to avoid it becoming a fashion item”.

Good luck with that one.

Seriously AE, are your photographers work experience boys? or are they just short sighted? Not one decent picture! I always have to Google search the cars to see them properly, instead of some super close up shot of a wheel nut or center console button. Nice car by the way...


Is it just the rendering photo of this original one ?

Thje six cylinder engines will give Land Rover something to worry about. The styling won't...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Porsche seems to have sacked its styling department and employed Stevie Wonder to design its cars. That is the 2nd ugliest car ever, only surpassed by the Cayenne. Range Rover has nothing to fear here!

Hardly going to challenge the Evoque is it. That car will appeal to the fashionistas and this to those who want a more butch car. Why don't Porsche employ some new stylists? A brand new car with a great chance of doing something new and different and they stick the same stupid face on it. What a waste. Come on Porsche, start differentiating your cars.

For the first time, well ever, I was thinking Porsche had turned a corner with design (panamera of course an exception). I am finding myself long after the new 911, think it finally looks as good as the original then they go and doing some thing as bad as this! They even picked the worse possible colour for the photo call.

Porsche will never win awards for stylish design.

A Porsche Macannot afford is nothing new.
I think it looks cool though.

I get confused by Auto Express images, doesn't exclusive mean something they've knocked up on a computer, with no bearing on reality?

Hideous, but it will sell to the image concious with cash to burn, Bankers' wives etc. It's sad because it deserves a better styling package especially as it will be about £50k when kitted out wit hall the options!

Well spotted!
Oh dear, AutoExpress, someone's taken their eye off the ball....

Have you heard the one about the wide mouth frog?

A shrewd move by Porsche. There is certainly market for an SUV this size and badge appeal. It will almost certainly sell, but the starting price of 36 grand may not be realistic given that its nearly a 20 per cent increase on the Range Rover Evoque.

get ready to see this six inches from your rear bumper in cities up and down the country

it doesnt say 36 grand it says starts at 52k

"in the US as $52,000 (£32,000) for the Macan and $75,000 (£46,500) for the Turbo" but, of course, cars are cheap in the US and in the UK we have 20% VAT, which will bring them up to a tad under £38.5k and £56k respectively. World-beaters on at least two counts - over-priced AND ugly.

I agree. If I had the money it's definetely the Evoque for me! The Evoque still turns heads after 2 years of production!


what happened to a starting price of 32K

I like it! Never thought I'd be saying that about a Porsche 4x4 (or any Porsches for that matter until the latest 911)

Looks good to me - although they could have picked a better colour to show design detail...

That crease behind the front wheel arch ain't pretty.

I'm sure it will drive well, but it's a smaller version of the ugly Cayenne.

It will be interesting to see how the Macan competes with the Evoque, now that the 2014 version has a 9 speed box and active driveline.

The Macan will sell well in the USA, where they'll buy anything with a Porsche badge stuck on it.

Its a PORSCHE. Need one say more? The Evoque is ofcourse a goodlooking car. But the badge is known for problems. And now its owned by TATA, which isnt a plus. A PORSCHE over anything for me. And this one comes in a petrol version like all good cars must. Not a deisel Land Rover.

Boxster? Cayman? Carrera GT?

It's nice and I would like one but I don't have confidence in it as a horse box puller in the mud - seems a bit too biased toward the paved city street.

I feel the same way with the Evoque. They are the nicest looking car on the road from the front,but not so keen on the rear end.

You will not find one on a lot at the starting price , they'll be tricked up with door handles , tires with rims/paint of some colour , dare not go for option colours ; regular options are multi $k price tags , there you go.

Ordering one this weekend.

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