Porsche Macan: UK’s first new 4-cylinder Porsche for 22 years

23 Apr, 2014 4:50pm Luke Madden

Porsche quietly unveils a four-cylinder version Macan at Beijing show, initially for Asia, with UK models available by special order only

Porsche has added a fourth model to its Macan range, fitted with the same 2.0 TSI four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the VW Golf GTI. Revealed without much fanfare at the Beijing Motor Show last week, it’s the first four-cylinder Porsche since the 968 went on sale 22 years ago.
Tuned to produce 234bhp and 350Nm of torque, the entry-level Macan covers 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 138mph. Four-wheel drive and a twin-clutch PDK automatic gearbox are fitted as standard, while fuel economy is claimed to 36.7mpg – a 4.2mpg improvement on the 355bhp Macan S.
 At the rear, one of the giveaways is the lack of an S or Turbo badge, as with all other Macan models. Then there are the exhausts – the Turbo has quad squared-off pipes while the S models get rounded units. Meanwhile, this four-cylinder Macan gets a single outlet on each side.

As well as the four-cylinder petrol Macan, Porsche is also thought to be working on a four-cylinder diesel model. Considering the Chinese market is around 98 per cent petrol, it makes sense for Porsche to introduce the diesel-powered model at a European motor show, where diesels have a much higher market share.

Available by special order only from Porsche as of now, the Macan will start from around £40,000, which is about £3,000 less than the S and Diesel S models.