The New York International Auto Show will play host to three North American debuts for Porsche this year. The 911 R and the 718 Boxster both represent the latest interpretation of driving pleasure and dynamics in their respective segments.
The 911 R is a pure, uncompromised driving machine with a naturally-aspirated, 500- horsepower engine mounted in the rear. The 718 Boxster features extensive chassis enhancements and an all-new turbocharged, mid-mounted flat-four cylinder engine. The 718 Boxster is powered by a 2.0-liter engine developing 300 hp, while the 718 Boxster S utilizes a 2.5-liter powerplant making 350 hp. The third debut, the Macan, is driven by a sporty and highly-efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine.
Porsche is expanding its line-up of compact SUVs with a new variant of the Macan. Following the introduction of the Macan S, Macan Turbo, and most recently the Macan GTS models, the four-cylinder turbocharged engine in this model is tailored for use in the sports car of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. As is characteristic for all Porsche models, the Macan is capable of converting its engine power into impressive driving dynamics using the standard active all-wheel drive with Porsche Traction Management PTM, as well as the agile suspension and precise steering. Air suspension with load-leveling control and the PASM system with adaptive dampers are optionally available. Weighing only 3,902 pounds, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into particularly agile handling.
The new inline-four engine is designed to be sporty and efficient. It operates with up to 14 PSI of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, direct injection, and variable valve timing. VarioCam Plus adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continually and also controls the lift of the exhaust valves. Thanks to 252 hp from 5,000 to 6,800 revolutions per minute and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm, overtaking maneuvers are completed confidently.
Like all other Macan models, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the Macan is connected to a standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission featuring Auto Start Stop technology. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) is completed in 6.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package featuring Launch Control. Top track speed is 142 mph (227 kph). In terms of fuel consumption, the new Macan proves to be particularly efficient with an estimated improvement of up to 18 percent compared to the Macan S. Fuel economy values from the US Environmental Protection Agency are 25 miles per gallon on the highway, 20 mpg in the city, and 22 mpg combined.
Extensive level of standard equipment
Visually and in terms in of equipment, there is little that separates the new Macan from the rest of the family. Distinguishing exterior characteristics are matte black window surrounds and brake calipers in black, while the unique dual exhaust pipes are finished in stainless steel. The front fascia and lava black side blades match the Macan S. The Macan comes standard with Bi-Xenon headlights, eight-way power front seats, seat centers in Alcantara, the newest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Piano Black interior package, and a lane departure warning system.
The 2017 Macan is available to order now with deliveries expected in July 2016.