Back in November, Porsche launched the Macan crossover in three versions: one powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, one using a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine and the turbo version powered by a 3.6-liter V6 powerplant. According to AutoExpress, it appears that the German carmaker is currently developing a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with horizontally opposed pistons.
Dr. Thomas Casper a.k.a. Porsche’s manager of transmission and drivetrain development said that the sound of the engine is a top priority of the company. Still, he promised that the four-cylinder Macan will be a proper Porsche.
The new engine that will be found on the Macan will be closely related to the four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine used by the new Porsche LMP1 hybrid prototype that will compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
Porsche is expected to use this engine in the Boxster and Cayman in order to make them these models more affordable. But, if you want a sporty Macan you’d better go for the Turbo version, powered by the 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine rated at 394 hp (294 kW).
With this engine, the Macan Turbo hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds (4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and has a top speed of 266 km/h (165.2 mph).
Fuel consumption of the Macan Turbo is 8.9 l/100 km. If you are a fan of diesel engines, the Macan S Diesel is the one for you. This model is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine developing 254 hp (190 kW) and is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 230 km/h or 143 mph.