• The 2014 Porsche Macan S and Turbo make their public world debut - Impressions

      Porsche launched their official website for the new Macan a few days ago and the public debut took place shortly after at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show. So what is the Macan like in person? Quite simply, beautiful. The car looks sporty, aggressive, and is well designed. The public reaction seemed incredibly positive and as a slew of journalists and invited guests analyzed the new SUV from the inside and out.

      PorscheBoost has considerable experience with the first generation Cayenne and the Macan will be compared in that context. It looks far more compact yet more aggressive. The interior is simply leaps and bounds ahead mimicking the current design language pioneered with the Panamera that is really making every Porsche interior start to blend together. There is no denying it is beautiful though.

      The car feels more tight and sporty from behind the steering wheel. There seemingly is less horizontal room but it just feels as if you are held more snugly. The back seat actually seemed more comfortable than a first gen Cayenne with slightly more leg room although it would be more difficult to squeeze in three people in the back.

      With less weight, a dual clutch transmission, and offering greater efficiency than the Cayenne it is definitely difficult to argue in favor of the Cayenne unless tow capacity is the main concern of a Porsche SUV buyer. The Macan is going to be a hit.























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      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Thanks for posting more interior pics. Great work!

        Do you happen to know which gray color the leather is in the S model?
      1. onisyndicate's Avatar
        onisyndicate -
        Oh is that a metallic blue or a metallic black for turbo s? Both look pretty ficken sweet though. To bad my wife hates porsche!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        The blue is the s.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        Thanks for posting more interior pics. Great work!

        Do you happen to know which gray color the leather is in the S model?
        No idea.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Uh...oh...3.0L twin turbo not getting good reviews. Carlos Lago wasn't too impressed by the switch to a turbo-6 in the Panamera.

        It be interesting to see reviews of the 3.6L in the turbo.


      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        A 3.0L turbo six isn't as exciting as a 4.8 NA V8... No kidding. Click here to enlarge This is why some of us lament the passing of the NA M motors as BMW goes to all turbos.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        Uh...oh...3.0L twin turbo not getting good reviews. Carlos Lago wasn't too impressed by the switch to a turbo-6 in the Panamera.

        It be interesting to see reviews of the 3.6L in the turbo.


        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eheR5OJjw38
        It's going to deliver power differently. You can't expect it to feel like an NA V8. The V6 twin turbo is more powerful with more potential though.

        Why does he say V6's make it difficult to deliver excitement? That's idiotic. Has he never heard of an NSX?
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why does he say V6's make it difficult to deliver excitement? That's idiotic. Has he never heard of an NSX?
        ... or a GT-R, or a GNX (haha) ...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        ... or a GT-R, or a GNX (haha) ...
        It's just a stupid comment and if he worked for me he'd be fired.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        I'm going to make my wife trade in her 535 for this the S. I would rather have the turbo but I can't justify the 30k difference for a baby mobile! Click here to enlarge Speaking of which, @Sticky...it looks like there is plenty of room for a car seat...what about the trunk? Do you think it has more room than the F10 5 series?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Vertical yes. Total volume as well but not sure horizontally.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        I'm going to make my wife trade in her 535 for this the S. I would rather have the turbo but I can't justify the 30k difference for a baby mobile!
        This is exactly what happened at my house, although in my case the baby is a 70lb Lab mix. Good luck with the Mrs.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Vertical yes. Total volume as well but not sure horizontally.
        I looked it up and the Macan has .5 less cubic feet but it being taller will give a lot more room for odd shaped items.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        This is exactly what happened at my house, although in my case the baby is a 70lb Lab mix. Good luck with the Mrs.
        I showed it to her and she likes it. Just last week she was talking about trading the 5 for a Range Rover Evoque. The Porsche is a way better option imo.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        This takes a fat dump on the evoque's hood.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Yeah, Evoque isn't going to be close to this in any measure.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Apparently Car magazine already has had some seat time in the Macan. I don't have the issue but some snips from the article have been posted elsewhere.

        The Macan S gets a great review by Georg Kacher in December's edition of Car magazine where he tests it around the Leipzig track and off road course.

        "This much is clear after the first five laps of the track: the new Porsche Macan is the sports car among the trendy soft-roader set. It is faster than the brawny Audi SQ5, nimbler than the awesome BMW X5M, more chuckable than the fiery Mercedes ML63 AMG, even better handling than the mighty Cayenne Turbo S. To be taken seriously then."

        ...Our Cayenne chase car copes quite well with these challenges, but it does lean, squeal and struggle at the limit. Less so the Macan. Instead of behaving like a 1.9-toner on steroids with an elevated centre of gravity, it feels more like a laden Audi S4 Avant...

        ...It may be an SUV but it's a proper Porsche in terms of appearance and talent, it blends street cred and desirability with a reasonable pricetag and it might just be, for the many rivals in this booming segment, a worst nightmare.
        I can't wait to take delivery of this thing. Click here to enlarge
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Full "First Drive" review from Car magazine (even though they apparently didn't drive it themselves) is now online:

        http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/...2013-CAR-test/


        Statistics

        How much? £47,000
        On sale in the UK: Summer 2014
        Engine: 2997cc 24v twin-turbo V6, 335bhp @ 5500-6500rpm, 339lb ft @ 1450-5000rpm
        Transmission: Seven-speed twin-clutch, four-wheel drive
        Performance: 5.4sec 0-62mph, 159mph, 31.3mpg
        How heavy / made of? 1865kg/steel and aluminium
        How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4681/1923/1609mm


        Porsche Macan S (2013) CAR ride review

        By Georg Kacher (photography by Jurgen Skarwan)
        First Drives
        10 December 2013 14:00
        The Porsche Macan is Stuttgartís new SUV, the smaller, younger brother of the Cayenne Ė a huge commercial success.

        Itís slightly shorter, a tad narrower but noticeably lower (100mm) than the Cayenne, and although the spec of the new Porsche looks similar to the Audi Q5 on which itís based, dynamically the two vehicles roam separate orbits.

        This is our first experience of the new SUV, and we're riding shotgun with Porsche engineer, race driver and 918 customer-scarer, Guido Majewski.

        Whatís the line-up?

        The Macan S weíre in is positioned comfortably between the 229bhp base model and the awesome 395bhp turbo. Under the Sís bonnet is a 335bhp twin-turbo, direct injection 3.0-litre V6 with 339lb ft of torque available all the way from 1450 to 5000rpm.

        Every Macan comes with Porscheís twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox, which can be put into sailing mode to save fuel. Performance? The 0-62mph run is dispatched in 5.4sec before a 159mph top.

        Typical Porsche cabin, too?

        The interior of the Macan is extremely well made. The soft natural leather comes with matching stitching and piping, all the brightwork is made of real metal with fit and finish that couldnít be better. The secondary controls which crowd the centre console remain unintuitive to use, but adjusting the temperature can be done without looking down, the new multi-functional steering-wheel is a step in the right direction, and the long list of options gives the well-to-do plenty of food for deliberation.

        New features include a real-time torque split display, a high-end Burmester music center and Porscheís dynamic light system.

        Does it go like a smaller Cayenne?

        Instead of behaving like a 1.9-tonner on steroids with an elevated centre of gravity, poise and precision seem to be two of the Macanís outstanding features. Even from the front passenger seat, it feels more like a laden Audi S4 Avant than an SUV, because instead of Quattro four-wheel drive that the Q5 uses, the Macan boasts the same high-trick AWD system as the Cayenne. In essence, this is a rear-wheel drive vehicle with an on-demand instant all-wheel-drive function.

        Thanks to VarioCam Plus which adjusts both camshafts for seamless twist action, the V6 grows a grunt curve most normally aspirated V8s would be proud of; the electro-mechanical steering is light and quick and even fuel-efficient, and takes a middle ground for feel and weight. The fitted air suspension adopted from the Cayenne is a Porsche first in this segment, and it lowers the ride height by 15mm and pushes the car a further 10mm closer to the ground in Sport Plus mode, while raising the body by 40mm when the driver hits the off-road button.

        So itís to be taken seriously, then?

        Absolutely. With PASM in the raciest setting, the transmission set to paddle-shift and the Sport button pushed, the Macan finally sheds its SUV mask and bares its sports car character. PSM is now regularly required to reel in the bow or stern running wide, the V6 keeps hitting its 6700rpm redline in a raucous effort to fuse its power and torque curves, and the racing line becomes more and more radical. The initial bite feel from the steel brakes (ceramics are an option) is prompt and confidence-inspiring, the actual brake performance feels nicely progressive, powerful and positive.

        What about off-road?

        In a habitat few owners are ever likely to explore, the Macan S excels. While youíd be better off on smaller 19in rubber, it seems that the Macanís surprisingly easy to set up via steering and throttle, after which Majewski dabs the brake pedal for that critical rear-to-front weight transfer and then rides the wave of torque without the need to flip the upshift paddle. Near the Leipzig track, steep inclines are few and far between, but the Macan did run up a cobblestone ramp with eyes closed, dive down a sickbag trail with snarling Hill Descent Control, and hug a wild incline without coming even close to tripping over.

        Verdict

        Thereís little doubt that Porscheís plan to build 50,000 Macans per year wonít meet demand. It may be an SUV but itís a proper Porsche in terms of appearance and talent, it blends street cred and desirability with a reasonable pricetag and it might just be, for the many rivals in this booming segment, a worst nightmare.


      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I hate first drives. Give me performance figures.

        Magazines just do it to draw content out for two articles instead of one. When I rule the world this will change.