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.
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.