Porsche Macan will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine with more than 370 hp

Article by Christian A., on June 12, 2012

According to the latest reports from Automotive News, the new Porsche Macan small crossover will receive a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering more than 370 hp. The new engine is based on the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine in the Cayenne and Panamera, which delivers 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque.

Still, the Porsche Macan will be the first vehicle to receive a direct-injection gasoline engine planned for service in a range of Porsches. The engine was tested before in prototype mules of Audi Q5 and Porsche Cayenne. Moreover, the new powerplant will sit longitudinally and provide drive through an Audi-sourced torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system.

Regarding the market, Porsche is confident that the Macan will have plenty of customers as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti EX, Mercedes-Benz GLK or the Range Rover Evoque don’t offer performance versions. The new Macan will hit the dealerships next year and will be produced alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Germany.

The sportscar legacy of the Macan is apparent in many subtle elements of its style. The architects have made a special effort to guarantee the model's proportions and lines can back up this claim. The outcome can be condensed in two words typical of a sportscar: low and wide.

The style exemplifies energy, dynamism and accuracy, together with sophistication and a lightweight built. Circular lines are mixed with strategically situated precision edges. With its proportions that are in complete harmony, the Macan seems strong, compact, and near the ground.

Even when not moving, design elements based on Porsche sportscars emphasize what the Porsche Macan brings to the table as far as execution. For example, the side view window graphics and the slanting roof line at the backside, described by Porsche as the flyline, are approved for the 911.

The back wings likewise have the delicate profile of the 911.

918 Spyder is as of now viewed as a vehicle that improved the Porsche design DNA and brought it into the future. The Macan borrows this current DNA, for example the fundamental shape of its main headlamps, from the 918 Spyder, while the sideblades at the base of the front and back doors are patterned from the lower door seams on the hybrid power sportscar. Inside, the Macan is built with a multifunctional sports wheel as a basic set up, the design of which is totally new and inspired by the 918 Spyder.

The great, aggressive front of the Macan is an unmistakable aspect of its design. The huge air intakes are common on the Porsche and emphasize the performance class to which the brand's cars usually belong. In the Turbo, expressive components known as C-blades installed in the air intakes on the left and right of the car highlight the athletic appearance and give an elegant, aerodynamic reaction.

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