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Porsche Macan: Variety is the spice of life

There was a time when a model like the Porsche Macan was unthinkable. A few decades ago, Porsche built the 911 first and added two-door models around it that were tried and true Porsche vehicles, sure, but the 911 was king and to many it was the only “real” Porsche. Then came the Boxster and enthusiasts were fine with it, but again it just played a supporting role to the almighty 911. But then Porsche showed us something different, an SUV.

To say that the Porsche Cayenne was met with a lukewarm reaction would be generous. Porsche aficionados hated it. Or at the very least they hated the idea of it. But then they drove it. Then they drove the Panamera. And then they drove the Porsche Macan. What they realized as anyone who drives these vehicles realizes is that the heart and soul of Porsche and even of the 911 lives in every Porsche vehicle, even if it has four doors and enough cargo space to hold four golf bags or your luggage for a week of relaxation.

The Macan has proven this time and time again. This may seem a bit of an exaggeration, but we find in the Macan the same personality and DNA that makes up the Porsche 718 family. Small and agile, the Macan is a lot sharper than you think, and aside from the added cargo space there’s nothing about the Macan that isn’t typically Porsche. Let’s take a look at the three versions of the Porsche Macan currently on sale. They say that variety is the spice of life and if that’s the case, the Macan is the right vehicle to season your daily commute. The previous Macan was offered in a range of versions including base, Sport Edition, Macan S, Macan GTS, and Macan Turbo. Expect to see all of these versions in the next few months and years, but for now Porsche begins the next-generation Macan’s journey with the Macan and Macan S.

Porsche Macan

Starting at $55,500, the new Macan features a turbocharged inline-4 2.0-liter engine with 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque available at just 1,600 rpm. Accelerating to 100 km/h takes just 6.7 seconds (6.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). Speed certainly meets versatility in the new Macan, the most accessible Porsche model on sale in Canada.

Porsche Macan S

The Porsche Macan S gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 348 horsepower and 352 pound-feet of torque available at an even lower rpm of just 1,360 rpm which is enough to get to 100 km/h in just over 5.0 seconds. Like in the entry-level Macan, the Macan S gets a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters to provide optimal control over the engine’s behavior.

Both the Macan and Macan S feature 500 liters of cargo space with all seats in place and 1,500 liters of cargo space with the rear seats down. Towing capacity is rated at 2,000 kg.

The Porsche Macan is the perfect vehicle for drivers in need of space that want pure Porsche dynamics in a versatile format that is as agile as it is nimble. It may even make the wait for spring when your other Porsche can come out more tolerable.

Date Posted: July 9, 2019