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Green Technology – Porsche Macan SUV Review & Ratings

Porsche Macan – Porsche Cars North America

If you’re trying to buy an SUV, chances are you never even thought about getting a Porsche Macan and the reason for that is simple – they aren’t really well known for making big cars. As a matter of fact, the Porsche Cayenne (one of their best-selling vehicles) was the only SUV in production until now.

Introducing Porsche Macan

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Weighing in at 4,111 pounds, the Macan S is cross breed between a muscular SUV and a sleek sports car. What we get as a result is an SUV that can hit 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, and goes to a blistering top speed of 152mph. The 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine produces 340hp. If the figures aren’t good enough for you, then you’re most welcome to try on the “Sport Chrono” package. With this package you get a lap timer on your dash board and a “Sport Plus” setting. When this setting is activated, the suspension is stiffened, shift points are moved higher and the shift time is reduced. With all these little bits and pieces coming together, the Macan S is able to hit 60mph from a standstill in 5.0 seconds.

The Macan Turbo is the heavier version which weighs in at 4,243 pounds. But don’t be fooled by the increased weight because the Macan Turbo features a twin turbo 3.6 liter V6 engine that can bring the car from a standstill to 60mph in 4.6 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 164mph as the bigger engine produces 400hp. This too has “Sport Chrono” package that pretty much tightens up the car and lowers the 0-60mph time to 4.4 seconds.

Porsche Macan – under the hood

Technically, both of these cars have a turbo engines but only one has a turbo in its name. When the Macan S was brought to the test track in Leipzig, the car did a great job showing what it was made of. The 340hp engine showed no signs of lag as it pulled away from the starting line. The car was able to keep its weight in check the whole time as it took corners with a steering system that was quick to respond to every little command.

When it was the Macan Turbo’s turn, it did not fail to impress either. However, as any heavy car with so much power under the pedal, it was tail-happy and the turning circle was slightly more than what you would get from the basic Macan S. The car was also a little soft on the brakes so people who plan on spending a long time on a test track should probably go for the ceramic brakes option. Overall both cars performed great on the tracks and even better when they were tested on the autobahn.

The interior is nothing short of amazing either. The relatively low ceiling might seem like you’re going to have less space in there but it more than makes make for it with its wide cabin and certain features such as the three-pot gauge and the steering wheel inspired by the 918 Spyder creates a welcoming aura. This car is more than worthy of being a part of the sports-car bloodline.

Porsche Macan Hybrid is on the way

The new Porsche Macan hybrid is an SUV that hopes to replicate its older brothers in terms of sales. When it will be released on the market, rumor has it that it will come with very capable engines – from 258 hp Diesel engine to 400 hp, V6 Turbo. It looks like Porsche’s future jewel will have a similar drivetrain as Audi Q5 Hybrid, currently estimated at $50,000. So it’s safe to assume that Macan Hybrid will start at around $60,000 in the States, considering the price for the 2014 Macan S is $49,000.

What could really make a change in Porsche’s arsenal of cars is a potential plug-in hybrid Macan with lots of power and a decent electric-only range. The company’s line-up currently has a plug-in hybrid – Panamera S E-Hybrid – so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if they maximize the potential of the technology to take things a little further and make a hybrid Macan.

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