Translated from German mag. AutoZeitung:
There once was a sports car manufacturer who built only 911. According to the models Cayman, Boxster, Panamera , Cayenne, 918 and comes with the Macan now, which will build on the success of the Porsche Cayenne.
"The steers already clean one, right?" Porsche development chief Wolfgang Hatz can not hide a smile of satisfaction with our cornering. The Macan, Porsche's second SUV, the "small" Cayenne, so to speak, taking the curves as they come. Calm, stoic. This an SUV? No sway, no contortions around the vertical axis, even in fast S-curves is the Macan as the proverbial board. was previously the Cayenne the benchmark in the SUV, the lighter and smaller Macan has even more maneuverable and agile. Only at high lateral accelerations, where many of its competitors because of its driving dynamics handicaps acquaintance had been made with the green, the Macan go gently into understeer. "Since we are still working on it, we drive up to the start of series production still from" Wolfgang Hatz are on the test drive safely.
PORSCHE MACAN: SUV WITH ENOUGH HORSEPOWER
Course has Macan also gathered the necessary horses under the hood. We drove the V6 turbo, which develops from a displacement of 3.6 liters, 400 hp and a torque of 520 Nm. The new engine is based on the V6, which is usually in the Panamera S does its job. For Macan, it was extended by a larger stroke of the crankshaft to 3.6 liters. In addition to the turbo there is to start two more engines - the aforementioned V6 in Macan S with 340 hp and a turbo diesel S with three liters and 258 hp.
The diesel comes by the way of Audi .
Spontaneously speaks on the turbo to the smallest movements of the accelerator, he works without vibration and smooth running. Under load it sounds sporty pitch. But perfectionist Hatz wants "something in the sound tune . "
No tuning is necessary in the performance. In about 4.8 seconds you want the SUV - with the help of Launch Control - from the state have reached 100 km / h. The top speed will exceed 260 km / h. "With start-stop system and sailing function we want to achieve single digit consumption values," Hatz set the ambitious target. Our test car was equipped with the optional air suspension, like a sporty and tight damper tuning, which offers amazing reserves - to the surprise of the shake-Macan with good ride comfort. And even in this Vorserienauto is heard neither a Fahrwerkspoltern still creaking of the body. Typical Porsche is also the "seat philosophy." The comfortable armchairs facing in front of an extremely large amount of adjustment. If you like, the seat can drive as far down that almost pays Sportwagenfeeling.
AUTOZEITUNG became the first magazine exclusively a Blickauf throw the interior. Three round instruments are centrally located, the center console is reminiscent of the Cayenne or Panamera. Also, the instrument panel, which is, however, carried out in the design somewhat rectangular. If desired, a quality Burmester sound system for good music provides. Most noticeable addition is the multi-function steering wheel, which is similar to that of the 918 Spyder. "This has incurred me from the beginning that I wanted to have in Macan," laughs Hatz. The three-spoke steering wheel contains the menu control and operate the phone and is also equipped with shift paddles, on the excellent seven-speed PDK is adapted to operate from ZF. The transitions are sitting, the dual-clutch transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. It supports a sporty driving style as well as the electro-mechanical steering system that works exactly and precisely. For the Grip Michelin Latitude Sport 3 tires (front 265/40 R 21, rear 295/35 R 21) responsible. Almost superfluous to mention that the big ventilated disc brakes are excellent to dose and delay brutal.
Of about 4.70 meters long Porsche Macan (width: 1.93 m, height: 1.62 m) is indeed on the modified platform of the Audi Q5, physical appearances are not otherwise determine.
The entry into the World Macan should start at around € 60,000, the turbo is driven by us facilitate the account by about 80,000 euros. But already, the Cayenne has proved how successfully can be a Porsche SUV. Currently by far the best-selling Porsche brought a good 75,000 times at the man in the past year. Wolfgang Hatz is at Macan full of confidence: "We have found a really good car on the wheels. I'm not worried, the Macan is a success. "