Watch the Porsche Macan's Desert Testing in L.A.

Following on from the recent images of the 2014 Porsche Macan testing in the deserts outside of Los Angeles earlier this month, the automaker has released the following video showing some furious testing taking place on sand dunes in the Middle East.

While the vast majority of future 2014 Porsche Macan owners will never venture into the desert to test the vehicles off-road capabilities, it is a high-paced, action-packed video well worth a watch!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkechqxFtA4[/youtube]

If it isn’t already clear, Porsche have chosen to use a Volkswagen group platform, the Audi Q5 for their lower value SUV. Despite the lower price tag it will feature all the classic Porsche refinements. It will get all-wheel drive, an impressive interior and a fantastic engine. Development has taken a relatively short 3 years.

2014 Porsche Macan Outside L.A.

Porsche engineers have taken apart the Audi Q5 platform, installing their own four-wheel drive system. The Macan gets air suspension, optionally supplemented by an electronic damping control and customers will be able to spec a controlled differential lock on the rear axle if they wish.

At launch, the Porsche Macan Turbo will feature a top of the range 3.6 litre V6 turbocharged engine with 400hp whereas its diesel alternative, the Porsche Macan S will get a supercharged 335bhp and 339lb 3.0 litre V6 whist the Diesel S will feature a 254hp and 428lb-ft turbocharged engine. A choice of either a standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be made available, steering is electro-mechanical. It seems that those wanting a four-cylinder engine will have to wait a little longer!

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