Porsche drops plans to build entry-level model, smaller Panamera

Article by Christian A., on May 13, 2012

If you were waiting for an entry-level two-seater sports car from Porsche you’d better look for another car as the German manufacturer just dropped plans for that car. These words came from CEO Matthias Mueller, who also added that an entry-level car will dilute the brand and traditional customers will choose other sports cars.

Mueller told the press last year that he wants a successor to the iconic Porsche 550 of the 1950s and it was possible to see it in 2014. And the bad news continue as Mueller also told a German newspaper that Porsche has no immediate plans to build a smaller version of the Porsche Panamera in order to take on the Mercedes-Benz e-Class and the CLS.

Mueller said that a smaller Panamer is not necessarily today or tomorrow as this car could be developed in five or six year and will still make sense. Still, Porsche will expand its lineup with the Macan, a smaller version of the Cayenne which is expected to make its debut next year.

Porsche is stretching its string of vehicles to include a whole new class. The Macan is the first of its kind to introduce a compact SUV segment and is set to redefine standards in the area of driving dynamics and cruising experience – whether off-road or on smooth, paved streets.

Porsche Macan puts together the usual handling features that Porsche has been known for from the very start: full force acceleration and braking power, a strong engine, superb agility and optimal steering accuracy. What’s good to hear is that all of these characteristics are matched with a top level of comfort and daily suitability. The sporty look of the Macan, like with all other Porsche cars, can be noticed right away in the design.

The SUV is incomparable in its broad and flat road profile. The wraparound bonnet and roof line that is slightly sloping give a total impression of powerful dynamics and sporty definition. A lot of the style elements have been drafted from other Porsche models and have been improved for the Macan, making it easy to see right away that the Porsche Macan exemplifies the pioneer compact sports car in the SUV segment.

The Macan is manufactured in Germany, specifically at the Leipzig plant. Porsche has put in a total of 500 million euros in the plant and has made an entire fleet of cars there. The line is conditioned to make around 50,000 autos yearly – all made with the highest precision and to the topmost level of quality – which is totally expected of Porsche.

The Macan S is loaded with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine giving 340 bhp (250 kW) and it also has a map-controlled multi-plate clutch which is controlled electronically, and an active all-wheel drive. This all-wheel drive is fixed for all Macan types.

A seven-speed double-clutch transmission moves power as directed with little interruption in tractive force, making the car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package should one choose to avail it). The car’s maximum speed is 254 km/h, and its numbers for its NEDC fuel consumption are within 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which amounts to a level of CO2 emissions between 212 and 204 g/km.

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