Things are going really well for Porsche these days. At the opening ceremony for the new Porsche Macan plant in Leipzig today, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said he expects the automaker to break the 200,000-unit sales mark, partly in thanks to exploding interest in its small crossover, the Macan.
New for 2015, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 and is Porsche’s second go in the SUV class. Its wildly popular Cayenne has been a great seller for the company since its introduction back in 2003. "We’re transferring the genes of the Porsche brand into a new market segment," Mueller said. "Porsche will remain a manufacturer of very exclusive premium cars."
What we take away from that quote is that Porsche will pander to the vogue SUV and crossovers of today, but will never abandon the classic sports car on which their brand, reputation, and faithful following is based upon.
To that end, Mueller continued saying in regards to future Macan models, "GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche. We haven’t made a final decision yet regarding the Macan, but I’m sure it makes a lot of sense." Sorta sounds like the Macan GTS’ first public teaser to us.
Until we hear more official words, we’re left to speculate. One thing is sure, however, and that’s Porsche’s certainty its all-new Macan will be a hit. Mueller continued in his speech saying Porsche is ready to push production beyond the 50,000 units currently being planned if demand for the sporty crossover continues in its skyward direction.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.
The all-new Porsche Macan is a crossover based on the Audi Q5, who it also shares it powertrain with. The twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 puts out 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels thanks to Audi’s shared quattro all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is expected to be 5.2 seconds and 5.0 seconds with Macan equipped with the Sport Chrono.
The Macan goes on sale this spring with a starting price of $49,900 for the Macan S and $72,300 for the Macan Turbo, the latter of which is powered by a 3.6-liter, twin turbocharge V-6 that makes a respectable 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.