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Sales projections of around 50,000-55,000 units per year have been described by Porsche as "cautious estimates," and more recently there’s been talk that sales numbers could reach as much as 75,000 units per year. At this level the Macan would represent almost 50 percent of Porsche’s total volume.
Porsche is introducing the Macan in the vehicle’s sportier S and Turbo trim levels. Standard to both is an all-wheel-drive system, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and twin-turbocharged V-6 power. The Macan S’ engine is a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in the latest Panamera S, with output now capped at 340 horsepower. The Macan Turbo sports a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 good for 400 horsepower. Overseas, a Macan S Diesel is also planned.
The Macan shares its bones with the Audi Q5 but features so many modifications you’d never guess the two were related. In fact, the rigidity of the Macan’s front end is similar to what you’ll find in the 911 and Cayman sports cars. Thanks to this sports car derived chassis bracing, the rigidity aids agility and stability at high speeds.
The Macan Turbo will sprint to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds (4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) and reach a top speed of 164 mph. The Macan S needs 5.2 seconds to reach 60 mph (5.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) and will max out at 156 mph. The Sport Chrono package enables the chassis, engine and transmission to be tuned to an even sportier level and includes a Launch Control function.
Helping put the power to the ground is an active all-wheel-drive system with a torque management system called Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Together with the other elements—an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch and an electronic limited-slip differential—PTM will direct power to wherever it’s needed. In slippery situations, up to 100 percent of the engine torque can be sent to either axle. The system will also help reduce wheel spin.
In the slight chance owners will take their vehicles off-road, a button on the dash switches multiple systems to a traction-oriented off-road program. This also sees the ground clearance increased by 1.58 inches above normal level thanks to the optional air suspension, which gives a maximum ground clearance of 9.06 inches. Note, this only works at speeds below 50 mph.
All Macan models also come with a Sport button as standard, which makes the engine even more responsive. The gear changes are also tighter and instantaneous, particularly for double-clutch downshifts. The engine sound is also adapted to sound even more exciting. In addition, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis control system (part of the standard equipment in the Macan Turbo) is set to sport mode to achieve a sportier feel for the suspension and electronic power steering.
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