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Porsche Macan Details Revealed

By raccars Published

Porsche's junior sibling to the Cayenne is due for release early next year, and in the meantime, pricing information and specifications are trickling out ahead of its public debut at November's LA Motor Show.

The Audi Q5 rival will initially be available in two versions: the standard Macan, with a twin turbo 3.0 litre V6 producing 335bhp and a Macan Turbo, with a 394bhp twin turbo 3.6 litre V6, an all new unit for the company. There are also rumours of a four cylinder petrol unit and a couple of diesels, including a 254bhp 3.0 litre V6. All models will be fitted with a dual clutch seven speed transmission. The Macan will come at a starting price of £32,000 and the Macan Turbo at £46,500.

Despite some shared platform architecture with the Audi Q5, Porsche has been keen to emphasise that the majority of the Macan will be all new and much lighter than the Q5, but will also only be available as a four wheel drive. The Macan's interior will be modelled upon that of the 911 and the Panamera, featuring a line of switches to each side of the gearstick.

The Macan should fulfil each part of the 'Sports Utility' brief, with typically racy Porsche styling. The exterior bears a distinct resemblance to the new 911, massaged to fit the practical SUV shape with a Cayenne-esque front end.

Rather than becoming just another entry on the burgeoning compact SUV scene, Porsche intends to maintain exclusivity, with a limited production run compared to the likes of the Range Rover Evoque.

Apart from the initial two model line up, Porsche is expected to add S and Hybrid variants, without extending to the width of the Cayenne model range. However, production of the Macan will take the company's Leipzig factory to maximum capacity, putting the brakes on development of new models, such as the proposed Pajun saloon, for the foreseeable future. Porsche will, nonetheless, continue to monitor the market for this new entry, particularly the new Maserati Ghibli.

In the meantime, Porche has been working on a new 911 Targa, with an electric powered retractable roof, which will be first seen at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year. The Boxster and Cayman line up will be expanded with hot GTS variants in April, each adding 15bhp to the power output of the existing S models, plus a racy bodykit and GTS logos.

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