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The much-anticipated 2014 Porsche Macan SUV launches in Australia this week to become the most affordable Porsche model to date.

With a starting price of $84,900, the Audi Q5-based Macan will take the leadership in the compact SUV segment not just in terms of performance, but also price, with the range-topping Porsche Macan Turbo starting from $122,900.

Sharing the same platform as the Q5, the Audi’s 2807mm wheelbase remains intact, though the Macan is uprated all-around, being longer (by 53mm), wider (by 25mm) and lower (by 31mm).

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Porsche says it has taken plenty of design elements from the 911 and the supercar-destroying 918 Spyder for the Macan (particularly when viewed side-on), but perhaps its most obvious resemblance is to its best-selling bigger brother, the Porsche Cayenne.

Porsche Australia no doubt hopes to replicate the Cayenne’s success (the SUV has been the biggest selling model for the brand every year since 2008), launching the Macan range with the Macan S Diesel, Macan S and Macan Turbo. There are currently no plans to import future models with smaller four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

The Macan S Diesel is powered by an Audi designed 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel that pumps out a healthy 190kW of power (4000-4250rpm) and 580Nm of torque (1750-2500rpm) – even more than the Turbo.

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Porsche claims acceleration times of 6.3 seconds to 100km/h with fuel consumption ranging between 6.1 to 6.3L/100km depending on the tyres fitted.

As the starting point in the Macan range, the S Diesel undercuts the Macan S by $2,300, offering buyers a choice of performance and fuel economy unrivalled in its segment. The cost savings are achieved thanks to its lower fuel consumption (under 7L/100km) that brings up its luxury car tax threshold from $60,316 to $75,375 (2013-14 financial year).

Nonetheless, the moderately more expensive $87,200 Porsche Macan S presents the middle range of the Macan offerings, with its Porsche-developed twin-turbo petrol V6 generating a well-rounded 250kW of power (5500-6500rpm) and 460Nm of torque (1450-5000rpm).

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It beats the diesel to 100km/h by 0.9 of a second (5.4) but sips 8.7-9.0L/100km (depending on tyres).

For those that must have the best, the Porsche Macan Turbo demands a further $35,700 on top of the Macan S but delivers its value with a 3.6-litre V6 twin-turbo pumping out 294kW (6000rpm) and 550Nm (1350-4500rpm).

It offers a sports car-like sprint time of 4.8 seconds from 0-100km/h, while staying relatively close to the Macan S for fuel economy at 8.9-9.2L/100km depending on tyres.

All three variants can be optioned with the Sport Chrono package, which will enable launch control and a tighter relationship between the engine, chassis and transmission, cutting the 0-100km/h time by 0.2 of a second.

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Standard wheel and tyre size for the Macan S diesel and Macan S measure 235/55 R 19 (front) and 255/50 R 19 (rear) while the Macan Turbo features 265/45 R 20 (front) and 295/40 R 20 (rear).

There are six sets of optional wheels ranging from 18- to 21-inches in size with the maximum tyre size measuring a broad 265 mm wide on the front axle and 295 mm wide on the rear.

Stopping power is offered up via six-piston fixed-calliper brakes with aluminium mono-bloc brake callipers. The Macan S and the Macan S Diesel make do with 350mm front and 330mm rear diameter brake discs while the Turbo ups the ante with 360mm front and 356mm rear discs. Carbon ceramic brakes can be optioned on all models.

The Macan takes the same electro-mechanical power steering system as the 911, out-classing the Cayenne’s electro-hydraulic system. In typical Porsche fashion, the company even offers up an optional power steering plus system for enhanced steering response.

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Three chassis versions will be available, with the Macan S Diesel and Macan S available with a steel chassis and suspension system (not available in Australia). The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) shock absorber adjustment system adds the ability to regulate damper force on the front and rear axle by measuring lateral acceleration, steering angle, brake pressure and engine torque. It’s standard on the two entry S models.

The third option is the air suspension package (standard on Macan Turbo) , which includes a levelling system, height adjustment and PASM. As the most comprehensive package, the air suspension allows for better on and off-road driving with a height adjustment feature that brings the Macan’s ground clearance to a high of 230mm (at speeds below 80km/h) and a low of 180mm depending on requirements.

One of the nifty features of the system is the ability to lower the suspension by a decent 50mm for easier boot access. The “loading level” feature, which has been available in other Volkswagen Group vehicles but is new to Porsche, is activated via a simple button in the 500L capacity luggage compartment (up to 1500L with rear seats folded flat).

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The all-leather interior boasts a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with USB and Bluetooth connectivity that delivers 235 watts of sound output via its 11 speaker system. A 14-speaker Bose system is standard on Turbo and optional for S and S Diesel.

A 4.8-inch VGA multifunction display is contained in the right-hand dial and serves as an on board computer. Numerous options are available for interior customisation.

The first set of 150 Porsche Macans heading to Australia are all optioned with the Porsche Sport Pack which consists of roof rails, side skirts, Sport Chrono pack, 20-inch alloy wheels (21s on Turbo), panoramic roof, and brushed-metallic interior trim.

Those wanting to get their hands on a Macan urgently will see prices for Sport Pack versions rise to $98,270 for the S Diesel, $100,560 for the S, and $134,740 for the Turbo.

CarAdvice is at the local launch of the Porsche Macan in Victoria today, check back soon for a full review. For now, more information can be found below:

 

Porsche Macan S Diesel Specifications 

Body: Self-supporting lightweight body; two-stage driver and front passenger airbags; side airbags for driver and front passenger; head airbags (curtain airbags) at the front and rear; five seats.

Drag coefficient Cd: 0.35

Engine: Water-cooled, 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine; grey cast iron crankcase; aluminium cylinder head; four camshafts; four valves per cylinder; hydraulic valve clearance compensation; commonrail diesel direct injection (2000 bar) via piezo injectors; one turbocharger; one charge-air cooler; controlled exhaust gas recirculation with radiator; intake system with map-controlled swirl flap; engine oil capacity of 8.0 litres; emission control system with oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particle filter and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system; thermal management system; auto Start Stop function.

Bore: 83.0 mm – Stroke: 91.4 mm Displacement: 2967 cm3 Compression ratio: 16.8:1

Engine power: 258 hp (190 kW) at 4000 – 4250 rpm

Max. torque: 580 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm

Power output per litre: 87.1 hp/l (64.0 kW/l)

Maximum revs: 5200 rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Gear ratios: – 1st gear 3.69 – 2nd gear 2.15 – 3rd gear 1.34 – 4th gear 0.97 – 5th gear 0.74 – 6th gear 0.57 – 7th gear 0.46 – R gear 2.94

Chassis: Front axle: aluminium five-arm wishbone axle; cylindrical coil springs with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers. Rear axle: aluminium trapezoidal-wishbone axle; cylindrical coilsprings with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers.

Brakes: Dual-circuit brake system with axle distribution. Front: six-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers; vented brake discs with a diameter of 350 mm and thickness of 34 mm. Rear: combined floating calliper brakes with integrated electric parking brake; vented brake discs with a diameter of 330 mm and thickness of 22 mm. Porsche Stability Management (PSM); vacuum brake booster; brake assistant.

Wheels and tyres: Front 8J x 18 with 235/60 R 18 103W – Rear 9J x 18 with 255/55 R 18 105W

 Weight: DIN weight empty 1880 kg – Permissible gross weight 2575 kg

Dimensions: Length 4681 mm – Width 1923 mm – Width with exterior mirrors 2098 mm – Height 1624 mm – Wheelbase 2807 mm – Track width Front 1655 mm – Rear 1651 mm

Fuel tank capacity 60L

Performance: Top speed: 230 km/h

Acceleration:

0 – 100 km/h: 6.3 secs (6.1 secs*)

0 – 160 km/h: 16.7 secs (16.5 secs*)

0 – 1000 m: 27.2 secs (26.8 secs*)

*with optional Sport Chrono package

 

Porsche Macan S Specifications

Body: Self-supporting lightweight body; two-stage driver and front passenger airbags; side and knee airbags for driver and front passenger; head airbags (curtain airbags) at the front and rear; five seats.

Aerodynamics: Drag coefficient Cd: 0.36

Engine: Water-cooled 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine; aluminium engine block and cylinder heads; four camshafts; four valves per cylinder; continuous intake camshaft and valve-lift adjustment (VarioCam Plus); hydraulic valve clearance compensation; direct fuel injection; two turbochargers; integrated dry-sump lubrication; engine oil capacity of 9.5 litres; two three-way catalytic converters each with two oxygen sensors per cylinder bank; electronic ignition with six individual ignition coils; thermal management system for engine and transmission cooling circuit; variable deceleration fuel cutoff; auto Start Stop function.

Bore: 96.0 mm – Stroke: 69.0 mm – Displacement: 2997 cm3 – Compression ratio: 9.8:1

Engine power: 340 hp (250 kW) at 5500 to 6500 rpm – Max. torque: 460 Nm at 1450 to 5000 rpm – Power output per litre: 113.4 hp/l (83.4 kW/l) – Maximum revs: 6700 rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Gear ratios: – 1st gear 3.69, 2nd gear 2.15, 3rd gear 1.41, 4th gear 1.03, 5th gear 0.79, 6th gear 0.63, 7th gear 0.52, R gear 2.94

Chassis: Front axle: aluminium five-arm wishbone axle; cylindrical coilsprings with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers. Rear axle: aluminium trapezoidal-wishbone axle; cylindrical coil springs with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers.

Brakes: Dual-circuit brake system with axle distribution. Front: six-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers; vented brake discs with a diameter of 350 mm and thickness of 34 mm. Rear: combined floating calliper brakes with integrated electric parking brake; vented brake discs with a diameter of 330 mm and thickness of 22 mm. Porsche Stability Management (PSM); vacuum brake booster; brake assistant.

Weight: DIN weight empty 1865 kg, Permissible gross weight 2550 kg

Dimensions: Length 4681 mm, Width 1923 mm, Width with exterior mirrors 2098 mm, Height 1624 mm, Wheelbase 2807 mm, Track width Front 1655 mm Rear 1651 mm,

Fuel Tank capacity 65L

Performance: Top speed: 254 km/h

Acceleration:

0 – 100 km/h: 5.4 secs (5.2 secs*)

0 – 160 km/h: 13.2 secs (13.0 secs*)

0 – 1000 m: 25.7 secs (25.4 secs*)

*with optional Sport Chrono package

 

Porsche Macan Turbo Specifications

Body: Self-supporting lightweight body; two-stage driver and front passenger airbags; side and knee airbags for driver and front passenger; head airbags (curtain airbags) at the front and rear; five seats.

Aerodynamics: Drag coefficient Cd: 0.37

Engine: Water-cooled 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine; aluminium engine block and cylinder heads; four camshafts; four valves per cylinder; continuous intake camshaft and valve-lift adjustment (VarioCam Plus); hydraulic valve clearance compensation; direct fuel injection; two turbochargers; integrated dry-sump lubrication; engine oil capacity of 9.5 litres; two three-way catalytic converters each with two oxygen sensors per cylinder bank; electronic ignition with six individual ignition coils; thermal management system for engine and transmission cooling circuit; variable deceleration fuel cutoff; auto Start Stop function.

Bore: 96.0 mm – Stroke: 83.0 mm – Displacement: 3604 cm3 – Compression ratio: 10.5:1

Engine power: 400 hp (294 kW) at 6000 rpm – Max. torque: 550 Nm at 1350 to 4500 rpm – Power output per litre: 110.9 hp/l (81.6 kW/l) – Maximum revs: 6700 rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Gear ratios: 1st gear 3.69, 2nd gear 2.15, 3rd gear 1.41, 4th gear 1.03, 5th gear 0.79, 6th gear 0.63, 7th gear 0.52, R gear 2.94

Chassis: Front axle: aluminium five-arm wishbone axle; cylindrical coil springs with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers. Rear axle: aluminium trapezoidal-wishbone axle; cylindrical coil springs with internal, hydraulic, twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers.

Brakes: Dual-circuit brake system with axle distribution. Front: six-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers; vented brake discs with a diameter of 360 mm and thickness of 36 mm. Rear: combined floating calliper brakes with integrated electric parking brake; vented brake discs with a diameter of 356 mm and thickness of 28 mm. Porsche Stability Management (PSM); vacuum brake booster; brake assistant.

Weight: DIN weight empty 1925 kg – Permissible gross weight 2550 kg

Dimensions: Length 4699 mm – Width 1923 mm – Width with exterior mirrors 2098 mm – Height 1624 mm – Wheelbase 2807 mm – Track width Front 1655 mm, Rear 1651 mm.

Fuel Tank capacity 75L

Performance: Top speed: 266 km/h

Acceleration:

0 – 100 km/h: 4.8 secs (4.6 secs*)

0 – 160 km/h: 11.1 secs (10.9 secs*)

0 – 1000 m: 24.2 secs (23.9 secs*)

*with optional Sport Chrono package

 

 




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