World premiere for compact Luxury SUV: New Macan is a Porsche through and through

(The Philippine Star) - November 27, 2013 - 12:00am

Stuttgart, Germany—Porsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment—on both paved streets and uneven terrain.

The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has renowned for right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking, superb engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and refinement. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognizable in the design. The SUV sports a flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound hood and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.

Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sports cars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sports car in the compact SUV segment. The Macan is “Made in Germany,” produced at the Leipzig plant. Porsche has invested 500 million euro in the plant and has established an entire production line there. The line is set up to produce around 50,000 vehicles per year—all manufactured with utmost precision and to the highest level of quality.

The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering 340 bhp and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. All-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 liters/100 km.

As the top model in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400 bhp and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 liters/100 km.

Its name comes from the Indonesian word for “tiger.” And the Macan really does live up to it: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. The latest evolution of all-wheel drive—known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM)—has produced one of the world’s most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.

A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tires on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK, German for double clutch) bring the vehicle’s characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road, making for a true Porsche driving experience. The driver and passenger seats feature the low position typical of sports cars.

The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, large alloy wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate.

The new Porsche Macan is expected to hit local showrooms in the first half of next year. Prices are yet to be finalized. For more information contact Porsche Center Philippines at 7270381 to 85 or visit its showroom at 201 EDSA Mandaluyong City, Philippines.


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