Some say this is the best driving 4×4 in the market currently. To be fair this isn’t a wild assertion to come up with. Sharing a platform with Audi Q5, the Porsche Macan has some of the tech and parts that make its sister brand a force to be reckoned with. However, make no doubt about it, the Macan has been revised to meet Porsche’s very high standards and establishes its own very unique identity. Just below the Cayenne in size the Macan offers a more compact package.
What’s in a Name?
Before it came to be known as the Macan, it was known as the Cajun, which was a portmanteau for Cayenne Junior. Later, in Februrary 2012, Porsche changed its name to Macan, which is the Bahasa Indonesia word for “tiger.”
Back in November 2010, there was the announcement that the Macan was an official development project. This was followed by an official announcement from Porsche in March 2011. After the announcements, Porsche went on to unveil the Macan officially at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and later at that year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Porsche’s all-wheeler is available in a number of trims:
Powering this ute is either a single turbo four cylinder or a set of V6 engines. The single 2L four cylinder turbo engine churns out 249 bhp, and 370 Nm of torque. Diesel lovers will be glad with the 3L V6 turbo that produces 254 bhp and 580 Nm of torque. However, if you are simply interested in the most power then pick up a Macan Turbo. This trim is powered by a 3.6L twin-turbo V6, which produces a class-leading 395 bhp and 550 Nm or torque. Also, the Turbo variant has a range-leading top speed of 266 km/h. All the available engines use a 7-speed dual-clutch for transmission.
Designing for the cabin is biased towards the driver, however it does this without losing any practicality. Seated behind the steering wheel you’ll feel like you are inside a sports car rather than an SUV. At the dash you have Porsche’s unique five-dial setup coupled in with a high center console.
For its aesthetics the Macan has to be the best looking SUV in Porsche’s lineup. It looks much more refined than the Cayenne. Nicknamed after tigers, who I think, are the best looking cats in the wild, the Macan doesn’t shy away with its head turning bravado. Looking at it there is something really sporty about its nose which features a clamshell bonnet.
When Porsche were making the Macan their goal was to make a sporty SUV. Today, we have the finished product and we can say in that respect, Porsche have achieved their goal. It drives as good as any other traditional Porsche, however with a little more possibilities as it is good off and on road. To be quite blunt, Porsche are selling the best ride on stilts really. Add that to great styling inside and outside, with comfort and tech, and you truly have something really special. The only chink in the Macan’s armour is its pricing and thirsty engine. Thus, you need money, lots of money to own it, in fact you need lots of money to own any Porsche. On the flipside, we have to be fair as compared to its rivals it does provide value for money. Easily a dream SUV for anyone out there that knows anything about cars. Brilliantly laid out and executed, a top tier SUV with the tendency to surprise you behind the wheel.
Prices for the Macan start from $ 47,500.
We all agree that the Macan has curved out a rather spectacular reputation for itself, however does this make it the de facto flagship SUV offering from Porsche? Have your say, leave a comment.
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