Porsche Macan (2014-...)

Date of unveil of official photos: November 19, 2013, GTS: October 28, 2015
Premiere: November 19, 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
World market launch: April 5, 2014, GTS: October 28, 2015

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Technical specification

Modification Engine Gearbox kW lb-ft Nm 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h DIN kg DIN lb
Macan Diesel S (Turbo 3.0) 155 kW-version Belgium, Norway 3.0V6 Audi PDK 7-speed 155 426 580 7.4 sec. 7.7 sec. 134 216 1880 4145
Macan Diesel S (Turbo 3.0) 180 kW-version South Africa 3.0V6 Audi PDK 7-speed 180 426 580 1880 4145
Macan Diesel S (Turbo 3.0) 184 kW-version Italy 3.0V6 Audi PDK 7-speed 184 426 580 1880 4145
Macan Diesel S (Turbo 3.0) 190 kW-version 3.0V6 Audi PDK 7-speed 190 426 580 6.0/*5.8 sec. 6.3/*6.1 sec. 143 230 1880 4145
Macan (Turbo 2.0) 174 kW-version 2.0R4 Audi PDK 7-speed 174 257 350 6.6 sec. 6.9 sec. 139 223 1770 3902
Macan (Turbo 2.0) 185 kW-version 2.0R4 Audi PDK 7-speed 185 272 370 6.4/*6.2 sec. 6.7/*6.5 sec. 142 229 1770 3902
Macan S (Turbo 3.0) 3.0V6 Porsche PDK 7-speed 250 338 460 5.2/*5.0 sec. 5.4/*5.2 sec. 158 254 1865 4111
Macan GTS (Turbo 3.0) 3.0V6 Porsche PDK 7-speed 265 368 500 5.0/*4.8 sec. 5.2/*5.0 sec. 159 256 1895 4178
Macan Turbo 3.6 3.6V6 Porsche PDK 7-speed 294 404 550 4.6/*4.4 sec. 4.8/*4.6 sec. 165 266 1925 4244
Macan Turbo 3.6 WLS 3.6V6 Porsche PDK 7-speed 324 441 600 *4,2 sec. *4.4 sec. 169 272 1925 4244

* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono pack)
DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.


Initially called the Cajun, the production name of the smaller SUV is Macan. Pronounced as 'matjan' it is a Malaysian and Indonesian word for tiger. The Macan is entirely built at the new factory in Leipzig. Even the sheet metal panels are stamped onsite. This has not been the case with the Cayenne which is mostly built at the VW factory in Bratislava and then shipped to Leipzig for the drivetrain installation.

Internal designation

The internal code for the Macan is 95B.

Size and weight

The front and rear lids are of aluminium and the rest of the body of four different steels. At 185"/4.7 m the Macan is 6"/15 cm shorter and~200 kg/~450 lb lighter than the Cayenne. Lighter weight suggests better performance, but the engines are weaker too, and the power-to-weight ratios of the Macan modifications are lower than of the comparable Cayenne modifications. Macan 95B Turbo 3.6 has the same amount of power as the Cayenne 958.2 S (Turbo 3.6), but is 140 kg/309 lb lighter, so its power-to-weight ratio is better.

Equipment

PDK with paddle shift, multi-function steering wheel and an electrically operated tailgate are standard equipments on Macan. The four-wheel-drive system is not the full-4WD system used in the Cayenne, but rather an electronic system functioning like the one in the 911. So, it really drives the rear wheels and sometimes puts force on one of the front wheels aswell. The car has an Offroad-mode button, but it doesn't really do what you expect - it does not lock the front and rear axle speeds. Optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+) continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic. The optional lane departure warning system works in conjunction with the electro-mechanical power steering.

Brakes - two steps back in technology

While the front brake callpiers are typical Porsche units in aluminium monobloc design and have 6 pots, the rear floating callipers come from Audi and are something that Porsche used for the last time in the 1980's. Porsche understands the typical Macan driver doesn't care about the technology in the car - there's really no need for the aluminium brake callipers which even might need some maintenance when the car gets old, but it is about the principle - the ugly cast iron callipers, even when painted, just don't go with the Porsche. The brake disc sizes are as follows: Turbo front 360/rear 356 mm, GTS 360/330 mm, other 350/330 mm.

All modifications with turbo engines

Porsche was in trouble with naming of its cars already starting with the 2009 Cayenne Diesel, which had a turbocharged engine, but was not called as a Turbo. With the 970.2 generation of the Panameras most of the models had turbocharged engines, but only one of them was called the Turbo. Now with the Macan, none of the cars is available with normally aspirated engines, but still only one of the models is called as the Turbo, the 3.6-litre variant.

The 3-litre engine

The 3.0V6 Porsche bi-turbo petrol engine was first introduced for the Panamera 970.2 S/4S unveiled in 2013. It developed 309 kW. Now, when it was installed in the Macan S, it was dramatically detuned (minus 59 kW). For the Macan GTS it got a bit of the lost power back (44 kW less than in the Panamera).

Turbo 3.6 WLS

Because of market positioning reasons (compared to Cayenne Turbo), the Macan Turbo 3.6 was initially launched with 294 kW which was less than in the 911 Turbo 3.6 in 1995. Then, in September 2016, the Macan Turbo 3.6 with powerkit (WLS, WerksLeistungsSteigerung, factory powerkit), was introduced. It got 324 kW, which is a 10% rise, but still mild power from a 3.6-litre engine in 2016. Macan Turbo WLS is equipped with the Performance Package which has 390 mm (+30 mm) front brake discs (on the rear axle all the Macans have old-school Audi brakes), GTS suspension (0.6"/15 mm lowered steel springs or 0.4"/10 mm lowered air suspension), Sport Chrono package and exhaust system with sporty sound.

Front spoilers: base version, optional SportDesign/standard on GTS and Turbo 3.6 (the silver lower part is optional on all versions)© Porsche
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Large side-to-side bonnet© Porsche
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Turbo 3.0 vs. Turbo 3.6 vs. SportDesign © Porsche
The SportDesign front spoiler comes as standard with the GTS and is optional for others © Porsche
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SportDesign package and special order color (Speed Yellow)© James Herne / Stuttcars.com
Optional panorama roof © Porsche
20" SportDesign wheels © Porsche
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With air suspension (standard on Turbo 3.6) the car sits 0.6"/15 mm lower at Normal Level. In “High Level”, the vehicle stays 1.6"/40 mm above “Normal Level", with a maximum ground clearance of 9"/230 mm. This option is activated via the off-road button and can be used at speeds up to 50 mph/80 km/h.© Porsche
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Not the case with the Cayenne, the Macan is good-looking even from the rear. Well done Mitja Borkert, Michael Mauer and team! © Porsche
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2-litre 4-cylinder Macan © Porsche
The switch for the powerlift tailgate is concealed at the foot of the windscreen wiper arm © Porsche
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GTS © Porsche
Steering wheel design derived from the 918 Spyder supercar © Porsche
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Optional gear lever © Porsche
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Macan wheels: 18" S, 19" Turbo 3.6, 19" Design, 20" SportDesign, 20" RS Spyder Design, 21" 911 Turbo Design© Porsche
Dimensions© Porsche
2015 June 24: 100.000th Macan made is a Sapphire Blue Metallic Turbo 3.6 for USA © Porsche

Prototype

As the Macan was a brand new model for Porsche, in total 190 prototypes were created before the production could start.

Clay model showing the 21" Sport Classic wheels that are available in Silver, Platinum or Black (with polished rim)© Porsche
2013 March: first test body made on the future production line© Porsche
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2013 May 21: Macan prototype with disguise - check the fake 'bonnet line' (the whole front actually goes up)© Sportauto.ee
2013 May 21: Macan prototype with disguise. On the production car the number plate goes to the rear bumper, not to the tailgate as seen here. The opening in the cover on the rear bumper is to leave the parking camera open.© Sportauto.ee
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Prototype full of testing equipment © Porsche (extracted from video)
Roll cage in a prototype© Porsche (extracted from video)
Photo released one month before the world premiere. Black wheels without Porsche logos and disguise on the headlamps tell this is still a test car. Front spoiler design is taken over from the good-looking Panamera Sport Turismo concept car.© Porsche
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Sales catalogues

PDF 2015/03 Macan S, Macan Turbo 3.6 (15 MB)

PDF 2015/03 Macan S, Macan Turbo 3.6 In German/Deutsch (16 MB)

PDF 2015/10 Macan GTS (7 MB)

PDF 2015/10 Macan GTS In German/Deutsch (7 MB)

PDF 2016/09 Macan Turbo WLS (Performance Package) (3 MB)

PDF 2016/09 Macan Turbo WLS (Performance Package) In German/Deutsch (3 MB)


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