For the past year, the Porsche Macan, or Porsche Cajun as it was previously known, has dominated automotive news with its numerous spy shots, leaks and teasers. Well, on the verge of the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, Porsche has officially unveiled the 2014 Porsche Macan!
When it first hits the market, the Porsche Macan will be available in two variants. These will be the base Porsche Macan S and the range-topping Macan Turbo. As previous leaks showed, the Macan S features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 340 hp. This power is then sent through a seven-speed double-clutch PDK transmission transmitting power to all four wheels through the active all-wheel system featuring a multi-plate clutch. Consequently, the base Porsche Macan S can hit 96 km/h in just 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 251 km/h. The aforementioned acceleration time drops down to 5.0 seconds flat when the Macan is optioned with the Sport Chrono package.
Next, the 2014 Porsche Macan Turbo features a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 400 hp at 6000 rpm. This power has been achieved thanks to the turbochargers running boost pressure of 17.4 psi. Consequently, the SUV will sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 263 km/h. When it is equipped with the Sport Chrono package the 0-96 km/h sprint drops to 4.4 seconds. Just like the standard Macan S, the Macan Turbo is fitted standard with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.
Stopping power in the Macan S comes in the form of six-piston monoblock fixed calipers and 13.78 inch discs. By comparison, the Macan Turbo features massive 14.17 inch discs.
From a design perspective, the 2014 Porsche Macan is identifiably a Porsche. From the front, it looks almost identical to the larger and more expensive Cayenne even though it features a completely new front fascia and headlights. It is at the rear however, where the real distinction between this and the Cayenne is made. The taillights are a slim, horizontal design unlike any other Porsche and certainly add a unique flair to the baby-SUV.
Inside, the Macan is all class featuring leather everywhere as well as a 4.8-inch high-resolution color display. The Macan Turbo has then been fitted standard with 18-way adaptive sport seats with brushed aluminium trim.
Another key technical feature on the 2014 Porsche Macan is Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). This system has been specifically tailored for use in the Macan and uses a variable standard torque split at the rear wheels alongside an electronically controlled rear axle differential lock. The system measures steering angle, steering speed, accelerator pedal position and vehicle speed and can improve cornering through targeted braking on the inside rear wheel.
All of these features are great, but how will the Porsche Macan handle off-road? Thankfully, it has that covered. An off-road mode comes standard in the Macan. This system switches all systems to off-road mode including gearing the shift points and speed to provide additional traction. The Porsche Macan also features the Porsche Hill Control system for downhill assistance.
Porsche has yet to release official pricing details for the car.