Porsche Macan 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Porsche Macan
|GTS||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||7A||4.4 sec||13.0 sec @ 105 mph||17/23/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2015 Porsche Macan
|S||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||7A||4.6 sec||13.3 sec @ 103 mph||17/23/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|S||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||7A||4.9 sec||13.5 sec @ 102.1 mph||17/23/19.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Turbo||3.6L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||7A||4.2 sec||12.9 sec @ 107 mph||17/23/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Turbo||3.6L Twin-Turbo V6||AWD||7A||4.2 sec||12.9 sec @ 106.2 mph||17/23/18.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Porsche Macan
In the automobile industry, there is what’s known as the SUV category, which is short for sports utility vehicle. Then of course you have the sports cars that young guys drool over. And then there’s the Porsche Macan, which actually fits in both categories. It’s a bit like the younger and smaller version of the Porsche Cayenne.
But at least the Macan can thank the Cayenne for blazing the trail. The reception from Porsche purists wasn’t exactly welcoming when Porsche decided to break with its sports-car tradition when it launched the Cayenne 12 years ago. But now the Macan is being touted as the sports car in the SUV category, and they’re presenting a very strong case to bolster their position.
Porsche took about three years to make sure that they had it right when they took the basic Audi Q5 SUV configuration and infused it with the Porsche 911 genetic code. The name Macan (pronounced “Ma-KAHN”) is the Indonesian word for “tiger” and it’s quite appropriate.
There are three versions available with the Macan. There’s the S V-6, The S V-6 turbo diesel engine, and the Turbo. Despite the Turbo name of the top version, in reality all the engines are equipped with twin flank-mounted turbochargers.
The base version without options costs about $50K, and with options you can easily rack up an additional ten grand in final costs. With the turbo version, you start with about $72K and if you go crazy with the options you may find yourself approaching the $100,000 mark. It may be a bit too much for the regular folks, but if you’re a longtime fan then you know this is actually quite affordable. The Cayenne price tag is even more outrageous.
In other words, for most people buying their first Porsche the only viable option in the past was to look at second hand cars. Now you actually have a (semi) affordable Porsche available.
Power and Speed
You don’t go for the Porsche brand because you prioritize comfort or affordability. It’s all about speed and power, and the Macan, for all its SUV dimensions, is still a Porsche.
The S V-6 gives you 340 horses at 5500 rpm. You also get 339 ft-lbs. @ 1450 rpm of torque. With the Turbo, you get 400 horsepower at 6000 rpm. That should be enough power given that the curb weight is about 4400 pounds.
In fact, in actual speed tests the Macan is more than impressive enough.
- 0 to 60 mph. From 4.4 seconds (Turbo) to 5 seconds (S V-6)
- 0 to 100 mph. From 12.5 to 13 seconds
- Standing quarter-mile. 13.1 to 13.6 seconds
- Top speed. Anywhere from 156 to 164 mph (Turbo).
With the S version, you will have quite a bit of fun. You’ve got your usual helpful elves such as ABD, PTM (Porsche traction management), and PSM (Porsche stability management to help out with handling and traction. There are launch control options too. And the gas mileage isn’t at all bad at 17/23
When it comes to the Turbo version, you’ll even forget that the Macan is actually a SUV. The extra speed and power is what you get when you pay $22K more for the Turbo, and for those who can afford it the expense will be justified. Not even the most ardent SUV-hating Porsche lover will deny that the Macan Turbo is a Porsche through and through.
The gearbox is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with paddle controls. The 4-wheel driveline is the same as with the Cayenne, with the rear wheels continuously powered while power to the front wheels is controlled by a computer.
Since you’re not really buying a sports car per se, of course your comfort is also a prime factor, and Porsche didn’t forget that the Macan is actually an SUV. As such you got a rather complicated control panel that offers a switch for every function you can think of. It’s like being asked to pilot a modern plane.
But there’s ample room even at the back, which can fit a couple of adults. It can fit three adults, but only if they’re the size of modern kids. Nowadays with waistlines being what they are, only two adults can fit back there.
But you’ve got all the modern amenities you’d expect from a modern SUV, and then some. The basic package is nice, but the list of options can make your head spin with the choices you have available.
All in all, you’ll be comfy and snug in the Macan, and with options like the Infotainment Package you definitely won’t be bored. Besides, the ride itself plus an appropriate sound track (something by Metallica will fit) should be entertaining enough.
So there you have it. Who says you’re limited to a safe and placid Honda when you need an SUV? If you’re undecided between the practicality of the SUV and the sheer exhilaration of driving a sports car, then now you don’t have any reason to feel conflicted. You can get the Porsche Macan and get the best of both worlds.
For more information about Porsche Macan, visit the official Porsche website.