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Ready & Powerful: 2018 Porsche Macan SUV



Porsche introduced the all-new Macan in 2015. As the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment, the Macan is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment – on both pavement and off road trails.

The name Macan comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the start: highly competitive acceleration and braking figures, impressive engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is immediately recognizable in the design. This Sport Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road.

Offered in Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS and Macan Turbo models, four advanced engines are available; a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.0L V6 twin turbo, 3.0L high output twin turbo and a 3.6L V6 twin turbo. Torque is communicated to all four wheels via the high performance seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic transmission. The advantages of this transmission design include excellent start-up performance, extremely fast gear changes without any interruption in tractive force, short reaction times, low fuel consumption, and outstanding shift comfort.

As in virtually all Porsche vehicles that feature the PDK, downshifting or upshifting is at your fingertips with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel and manual mode can be engaged by switching the gear selector to the left for full control.

The optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system has been specially tailored to the Macan. This system distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. The list of Porsche options also includes the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.

Inside the passenger cabin, the focus on agility and breadth of capability continues into the interior. Sophisticated lines, precise transitions and high-quality workmanship create a harmonious fusion of sportiness, quality and elegance. From the front seats, the sloping center console through to the extensive range of customization options, the interior offers both a sense of familiarity and striking new features, such as the new multi-function sports steering wheel. The cockpit features character familiar from Porsche sports cars. The eye is immediately drawn to the standard multi-function sports steering wheel, the design of which is based on that of the 918 Spyder.

Additional multi-function buttons fitted as standard for the telephone, radio, and on-board computer, together with the ergonomically positioned paddle shifters, ensure that the driver's hands are free to stay on the steering wheel and their concentration remains on the road. Three round dials, including a centrally positioned tachometer, form the instrument cluster. The right pod is home to a high-resolution, 4.8-inch color display. As you would expect, the ignition is positioned to the left of the steering wheel – as is customary on Porsche models.

A forward-sloping center console with a high-set gear selector is typical of race cars and draws the driver even further into the cockpit. The buttons for the most important functions are clustered in logical groups on the center console, allowing for simple and intuitive operation of individual functions.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 110.5; overall length: 184.9; width: 75.7; height: 63.9
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 252 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 1,600-4,500 rpm; 3.0L V6 twin turbo – 340 hp at 5,500 - 6,500 rpm and 339 lbs-ft at 1,450 – 5,000 rpm; 3.0L high output twin turbo – 360 hp at 6,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 1650-4,000 rpm; 3.6L V6 twin turbo – 400 hp at 6,000 rpm and 406 lbs-ft of torque at 1,350-4,500 rpm.
Transmission: seven-speed PDK
EPA Fuel Economy: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 20 city/25 hwy.; 3.0L twin turbo V6 – 17 city/23 hwy.; 3.6L twin turbo V6 – 17 city/23 hwy.
Cargo capacity: 53.0 cubic feet
Payload capacity: 1,488 lbs.
Towing capacity: 4,409 lbs.

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, rear outbound side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, dual side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensor, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, Porsche Stability Management, anti-slip regulation, automatic brake differential, engine drag torque control, trailer stability management, multi-collision brake, lane departure warning, front/rear ParkAssist, reversing camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, HomeLink programmable garage door opener, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, automatic Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lights, automatic power tailgate and tire pressure monitoring system. Macan GTS adds Porsche Communications Management, and Porsche Dynamic Light System. Macan Turbo adds navigation system.

Optional safety features include: Porsche keyless entry and drive, lane keep assist, lane change assist, dynamic cornering light, static cornering light, speed-dependent headlight range control, adaptive speed control, Porsche active safe, and fire extinguisher.

Warranty
Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Corrosion: 12-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 4-year/50,000 mile 24-hour

Pricing
The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Porsche Macan SUV starts from $47,800 for the base model upto $77,200 for the Macan Turbo. Destination charges add $1,050.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.


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