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The new Porsche Macan - The first sportscar in the compact SUV segment

Stuttgart - 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 – both on paved streets and off-road terrain.

The Macan is the sportscar of the compact SUV segment and boasts all the qualities of a vehicle bearing the famous Porsche crest. These qualities include powerful and efficient engines and one of the world’s most powerful drive systems – Porsche Traction Management (PTM), an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, fitted as standard. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) also comes as standard. What’s more, each and every Macan model boasts a chassis designed for speed and steering precision – including optional air suspension, an exclusive in the compact SUV segment.

   

 
 

The SUV segment is continuing to record growth overall. Customers purchasing vehicles value the combination of exceptional all-round visibility and a strong feeling of safety, a practical and flexible interior, not to mention the increased ground clearance to ensure safety while driving, even on roads in poor condition. By delivering this unique overall concept, the Macan is set to open up a new customer group for Porsche. At the plant in Leipzig, production capacity for products “Made in Germany” is set at 50,000 units.

Indications of the vehicle’s properties are given in the origin of its name: the name “Macan” is derived from the Indonesian word for “tiger”.

 

An all-rounder for on-road and off-road driving

To create a vehicle with these strong qualities, the Porsche engineers developed a completely new car based around an outstanding existing Group platform. More than two thirds of the components that feature in the Macan are either Porsche in-house developments or have been adapted and tailored to achieve a typical Porsche look and feel. The result: a genuine Porsche and, as a result, the sportscar of the compact SUV segment. The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability.

Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch: The 340 hp (250 kW) delivered by the Macan S is far ahead of the competition, surpassed only by the Macan Turbo which, thanks to its output of 400 hp (294 kW), represents the most powerful petrol-powered vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The Macan S Diesel (258 hp/190 kW) is the long-distance sportscar. A glance at the performance specifications of each version reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakeable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and PDK 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 also feature the low position typical of sportscars.

All of the chassis components, the tuning and weight distribution, as well as a number of other features of the Macan allow it to take on an exclusive position as the sportscar in its class. No other vehicle in this market segment can drive on asphalt with such precision and stability, and especially not at higher speeds. The road performance of the Macan is supplemented by its outstanding off-road abilities. Overall, the features of the Macan fulfil the exact requirements of many SUV customers, i.e. the perfect performance on the road plus the special reserve capabilities embodied by all-wheel drive and off-road performance.

Photos: Porsche

(Jan. 24, 2014)


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