Porsche is set to launch a range-topping 370bhp-plus Turbo-badged vehicle for its Macan lineup, effectively establishing a new performance 4x4 niche when it arrives at UK showrooms in October 2013. Porsche is optimistic that the Macan Turbo will establish a niche for itself as the fastest and most dynamic model in its class, especially with the absence of dedicated performance variants of competitors like the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
Porsche anticipates that the Macan Turbo will achieve the same success as it did with the larger Cayenne. The range-topping Macan would be the first car to be equipped with Porsche’s new twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which remains a secret until now.
The twin-turbo V6 was developed in-house at Porsche’s R&D centre in Weissach, Germany, and is agreed to have a 90deg vee and a 3.0-liter capacity.
It’s expected to be a version of the 3.6-litre V6 that would be installed on the entry-level Cayenne and Panamera models. With the use of twin sequential Borg Warner turbochargers, an air-to-air intercooler system and other internal revisions such as a compression ratio that’s lower than that of the normally aspirated 3.6-litre engine, its peak power and torque now have an output of 370bhp and 400lb ft.
This stands for an increase of around 80bhp and 105lb ft compared to the non-turbo 3.6. The Macan is based on the Volkswagen Group’s next-generation large front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive platform, dubbed MLB.
The outcome is that the new V6 could be mounted longitudinally and all four wheels are driven through a Torsen torque-sensing differential that’s engineered by Audi and modified by Porsche.
The rear axle comes with electronically controlled torque vectoring for the rear wheels in order to boost turn-in and cornering grip. Porsche is available with transmissions that include a standard seven-speed manual (which is developed from the latest unit in the 911) or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK automatic (which was also derived from the 911).
When Porsche came out with the 918 Spyder, it served to launch forward even further the brand’s design language. For the new Macan, it is clear that this model has made use of this present design language like how the main headlights have been patterned after the 918 Spyder. In addition, both the doors on the front and the rear have side blades at their bottom.
This brings to mind the lower door seams that were initially seen on the hybrid super sportscar. Meanwhile on the interior, fitted as standard is the multi-functional steering wheel. The design of the steering wheel, despite being new, is plainly based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder.
Talking about design in general, there is no doubt that its sports car heritage is seen on the various details. To make sure that the lines and the proportions of the new Macan are able to live up to their expectations, the design team made sure to give it their all.
The result can be described using two words usually associated with a sports car which is low and wide. This symbolizes dynamism, precision, and sportiness, which is combined with elegance and the fact that it utilizes a lightweight construction. It is clear that the round lines have been mixed in with the precision edges that have been placed strategically.
As a result of the harmonious dimensions, the new Macan appears powerful and compact while appearing closer to the road. In addition, the new Macan is able to show what it has to offer when it comes to performance.
This is possible even if the model is not moving as many of the details were from the brand’s many sports cars. A good example of this is the graphics of the side view window and the sloping roof line on the rear section. Known as the flyline, it is clearly a reference to the 911. Further, the wings in the rear have that soft profile seen as well on the 911.