Porsche has launched its new SUV, the Macan in India at a rather eye watering starting price of Rs 98.18 lakh. Two variants will be offered – the Macan S Diesel and the range topping Macan Turbo which costs Rs 1.09 cr, both prices ex-Maharashtra.
So why does this Q5 sized SUV cost considerably more than the similar diesel version of its bigger sibling the Cayenne? The answer is simple – Porsche is offering it with an ample standard kit. The Macan comes fitted with things that Porsche usually sells as very expensive optional extras. A multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, high end audio system and an electrically operated tailgate are some of them. Indian customers will also get features like air suspension system, lighting package, bi-xenon headlamps as well as three-zone climate control. Spec all these in a base spec Cayenne diesel and the price will skyrocket to similar levels. However, for those who are still finding it difficult to justify the extra price over the bigger Cayenne,a test drive might prove helpful. The Macan offers sports car level performance and dynamics while retaining decent off road ability, offering good ride and the ability to iron out any rough patches that our roads frequently offer.
The Macan S Diesel gets a 245PS 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine and Porsche claims a 0 to 100kmph time of just 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 230 kmph. The Macan turbo runs a new 3.6-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine. While the diesel may cost a bomb, the Turbo comes in for just about Rs 10 lakh more. That car actually makes quite a lot of sense for someone looking for sports car performance without any of the drawbacks thanks to Indian road conditions. Porsche claims a 0-100kmph time of 4.6s which makes it quicker than a Cayman S in a straight line. While it will never be as pure a driving experience as a mid-engined sports car, the Macan is an exceptional handler for a vehicle of its size and weight and has the potential to keep its driver thoroughly entertained. And thereâ€™s always the positive of not having to bother about speed humps and broken roads. So while it may seem frightfully expensive at first, the Macan Turbo may just be the first â€˜India-proofâ€™ sportscar. After all, Porsche themselves call the Macan the worldâ€™s first sports car the in the compact SUV segment.
|Macan Turbo||Rs 1,08,98,000|
|Macan S Diesel||Rs 98,18,000|
Sports car meets SUV: Porsche reveals the all-new Macan in India
|Mumbai. Porsche India introduces the worldâ€™s first sports car in the compact SUV segment, the all-new Macan. The arrival marks Porscheâ€™s pioneering move into a new segment, following in the footsteps of the brandâ€™s most successful model in the luxury SUV range, the Cayenne.
Commenting on this occasion, Anil Reddi, Director of Porsche India, said: â€œWith the introduction of the Macan, Porsche offers a real sports car in the dynamically growing compact SUV segment for the first time. I have no doubt that this model will be a success for the brand, catering to our youthful customers in the country, who believe in the philosophy of 'Life, intensifiedâ€™."
Poised to set new standards in driving dynamics and enjoyment, both on and off the road, the new Macan boasts the typical sporty handling characteristics that have become synonymous with the Porsche brand. Many of the design and performance elements have been inspired by the brandâ€™s sports cars, including the iconic 911 and the revolutionary 918 Spyder, making it clear that the compact SUV heralds the first of its kind.
Featuring exceptional acceleration, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision, the Macan is set to rewrite the rulebook on outstanding sporting comfort and everyday usability. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is immediately recognisable in the design. The compact SUV is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wrap-around bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.
Two models are available for order: the Macan Turbo and the Macan S Diesel. As the top derivative, the Macan Turbo is the most powerful petrol-powered vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400 hp and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds (with Sport Chrono package), reaching a top speed of 266 km/h. The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the two Macan models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves a fuel consumption figure of just 6.9 litres/100 km as per the European driving cycle. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 6.1 seconds, when fitted with the Sport Chrono package, thanks to its 245-hp engine. It achieves a top speed of 230 km/h.
The name Macan comes from the Indonesian word for tiger, a spirit the car truly embodies. Boasting pure Porsche power and assertiveness, the Macan is also a nimble yet tenacious off-roader. The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive â€“ known as Porsche Traction Management â€“ has produced one of the world's most powerful drive systems.
A glance at the performance specifications reveal that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres with different dimensions at the front and rear axle, enhancing the look and functionality. The driver and passenger seats also boast the low position typical of sports cars.
The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate. In India, further standard features include air suspension system, lighting package, bi-xenon headlamps as well as three-zone climate control.