OpenRoad Driver Volume 13 Issue 1 - Page 59

Volume 13 Issue 1 » 59 2017 Porsche Macan » Shrink the Porsche Cayenne SUV down a size and you’ll get the Macan crossover. Little brother it may be, Porsche proclaims the Macan as the first compact SUV that is also a sports car. The design, that wraps 911-style cues into a four-door body, makes the Macan unmistakable for anything other than a Porsche. The cabin is very driver-centric with its rising centre console, and retains a lot of what makes a typical premium-branded crossover an attractive ownership proposition. All-in-all, it’s very plush and luxurious, and the switchgear is nicely finished. This is an upmarket interior, make no mistake about it. Despite its nomenclature, every Macan is turbocharged, even the S and GTS models. The big news for 2017 is the addition of a new base Macan, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This is a completely different engine than the horizontally-opposed unit in the new 718 Boxster. The Macan S is equipped with a 340-hp 3.0-litre V6, the GTS a 360-hp 3.0-litre V6, and the range-topping Macan Turbo a larger twin-turbocharged 400-hp 3.6-litre V6. The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased for more of a traditional Porsche rear-wheel-drive feel. However, the system can send as much as 100 per cent of the power to the front wheels if deemed necessary.