Notably absent since 2008, Porsche has returned to the Canadian International Auto Show in 2014. Porsche brought two significant vehicles to show to Canadian for the first time.
Front and centre was the all-new Porsche Macan compact sport utility vehicle. The latest SUV in the Porsche lineup, the Macan joins the larger Cayenne SUV which has been a runaway success for the legendary sports car manufacturer. Styling is reminiscent of the current Porsche Cayenne which may prove to be a good thing. The Cayenne has proven to be the most popular Porsche model in dealer showrooms.
The new Macan will be available as either a standard S model or the more potent Macan Turbo. All Macan’s will feature active all-wheel drive and the Porsche racing derived, double-clutch gearbox (PDK). Powering the Macan S is a new Porsche-designed twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine that delivers 340 horsepower and can accelerate to 100 km/h in as low as 5.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package.
A larger twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 in the Macan Turbo produces 400 horsepower and sprints to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, again with the sport with Sport Chrono package. Acceleration times are quoted with the Sport Chrono package as the system utilizes an available launch control function.
Not that most Porsche drivers will particularly care but Porsche stresses that fuel efficiency is enhanced with an engine Start/Stop system.
In an unusual step for an SUV, even one from Porsche, the wheel tracks of the front and rear axle will be slightly different with the rear track being 4 mm narrower. Combined with a low centre of gravity and available 21 inch tires, the Macan promises to be a drivers treat.