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2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan

2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan
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  • Porsche Macan
  • Year:
    2015- 2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed PDK
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340 @ 5500 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    339 @ 1450
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    156 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    47500
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Porsche’s baby Cayenne comes in to take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5

The Macan was launched in 2014 and became Porsche’s second production crossover and smallest SUV. Based on the same MLB platform underpinning the Audi Q5, the Macan was launched with a range of gasoline and diesel V-6 engines. Later on, it also received a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, become the first modern-day Porsche to use a four-banger.

Remember when Porsche released the Cayenne? Remember all the people in their Porsche owners club shirts sitting around and telling you about how this new SUV was a disgrace to the Porsche logo and that all the company should design and produce are 911 variants? Well, the Cayenne turned out to be a real success, so the company decided to further expand its SUV lineup with the addition of a new model placed under the midsize SUV.

After being tested for a very long time, the new Macan made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the model was rumored to be called "Cajun," but Porsche opted for "Macan" – a name coming from the Indonesian word for tiger. According to Porsche, the name symbolizes the Macan as a model that is "powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain."

Initially, the Macan was only offered in “Turbo” and “S” form here in the U.S., but eventually, the Macan GTS was made available as well. In 2016, Porsche expanded the Macan lineup even further with a new entry-level model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Macan.

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Watch the Porsche Macan Get Dirty During High-Altitude Testing

Watch the Porsche Macan Get Dirty During High-Altitude Testing

The facelifted baby SUV is nearing its arrival

The Porsche Macan has been in our lives since 2014, and it’s proven to be a wallop for the German automaker. More than 350,000 examples of the baby SUV has sold since it hit the road four years ago, and now, the facelifted model is making its own waves after being captured in camouflaged form in Lesotho as its underbody got acquainted with the salts of the earth at heights reaching 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level.

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2018 Porsche Macan

2018 Porsche Macan

The Macan is set to receive a mild facelift before the next-gen model hits dealers

When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists we’re all that happy, expecting the brand to soldier on with different 911 variants until times end. But, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success, and the German brand decided to come out with a compact model named the Macan. Originally codenamed Cajun, the Macan hit the market in the spring of 2014 and became an immediate success, being one of Porsche’s most sold models. Be that as it may, the compact luxury segment is intense, so Porsche needs to keep things fresh until the next-gen model comes to be at the turn of the decade.

Now, we’re getting a first look at the facelifted model thanks to a new round of spy shots. There won’t be a whole lot of change on the table, but the headlights and taillights should get a new layout, and it looks like there’s a bigger chin spoiler up front. The interior is set for some minor nips and tucks as well, and the available engines could get some minor retuning to help keep things interesting.

With that said, we know Porsche’s facelifts aren’t typically that in-depth, so there won’t be a lot of significant change, but the subtle things will make all the difference. We expect the facelifted Macan to debut sometime in the next few months and should be sold as a 2018 model, so let’s take a closer look before Porsche spills the beans.

Update 06/12/2108: It’s been a while since we’ve last seen the facelifted Porsche Macan doing cold-weather testing but we’ve finally seen it again, and this time it’s rocking the pre-production green paint that Porsche is known to use just before it goes into production. That means a debut is imminent and there are a few new details to send your way. Check out our spy shots section below to learn all about it.

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What's Under the Hood of the 2019 Porsche Macan? It's not a Diesel, That's for Sure

What’s Under the Hood of the 2019 Porsche Macan? It’s not a Diesel, That’s for Sure

What already is a great crossover is about to become even better

The Porsche Macan is about to go through a mid-life cycle facelift, and one of the biggest changes to the model is the complete elimination of diesel engines and the addition of new and updated gas engines. The table of engine options are the biggest changes to the facelifted Macan, but they’re also complemented by updates on the exterior, chassis, and suspension.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Porsche Macan GTS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Porsche Macan GTS

The Porsche Macan GTS may be slotted between the Macan S and Macan Turbo in terms of pricing, and power, but its track-focused looks, impressive performance characteristics, and all-around hyped-up looks will likely make the GTS the most desirable of the Macan trim levels. And, now, you can have it on your desktop.

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2020 Porsche Macan GT3 RS

2020 Porsche Macan GT3 RS

Stuttgart’s baby SUV hits the gym and takes all the supplements

“GT3 RS” is a unique series letters that carries a whole lotta weight when it comes to the Stuttgart faithful. This is the label used for Porsche’s homologation efforts, harkening back to 911’s of old where speed potential and track readiness were maximized for the ultimate in mean-machine German street offerings. Less weight through extensive use of composite materials and plastic windows, bigger, purposeful aerodynamic enhancements, wider, grippier tires, and of course, an extra splash of power are all expected when those five little letters are in play. Whether it’s prowling the highways or attacking the Karussell at the Nurburgring, the GT3 RS is not to be trifled with. Which makes it a strange thing to see when it’s plastered on a tall-bodied SUV, no? How could such a thing exist without diluting the nameplate for future hardcore models?

That’s a difficult question to answer, but Porsche certainly isn’t afraid to ask it. After all, this is the same company that brought us the Cayenne, considered to be one of the first in a wave of performance SUVs to hit the U.S. in the past decade and a half. What’s more, the competition has caught scent as well. Consider such outrageous creations as the Range Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes-AMG GLE63, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. In company like this, why not make a hell-bent, track-ready, monster Macan?

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Porsche Showcases The Personalization Potential Of The Macan

Porsche Showcases The Personalization Potential Of The Macan

The sky’s the limit on what can be done to Porsche’s baby crossover

Of all the cars in Porsche’s current lineup, the Porsche Macan is the one model that’s still searching for an identity. That’s not a dig at the crossover; it is, rather, a product of circumstance given that it’s one of the newest models in the company’s lineup. But just because the Macan doesn’t have the status of the 911 or the popularity of the Cayenne doesn’t mean that it can’t score a taste of the high side of personalization, as this particular Macan example is proudly showing us.

To be clear, this isn’t a one-off, exclusive take on the Macan. It’s not even a special edition model. Rather, it’s an example of what Porsche is able to do with its baby crossover should a customer want to really dive deep into personalization. It’s based on the Macan Turbo and is decked all around with Porsche’s Performance Package, hence the sportier appearance. It also gets a unique livery that touches on Porsche’s racing history. Think the Macan already looks good dressed in all black? How about a two-tone color scheme with the other half of the body in white and throw in red and silver racing stripes for good measure? I can’t say that this kind of personalized treatment will be universally accepted, but as far as Porsche is concerned, this example isn’t as important as the message it’s conveying, which is to say that Porsche is open for your Macan personalization needs.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs

Make it big, make it fast

Technology has a very strange habit of turning the impossible (or at the very least, the improbable) into reality. This is especially true in the automotive world, where seemingly contradictory attributes manage to find a happy middle ground with surprising regularity. Case in point – the performance crossover and SUV segment. Once a body style relegated to utility, the modern tall-bodied, cargo-tastic crossover or SUV can now be had with a heavy dose of speed as well, apparently defying the laws of physics with mammoth grip and absurd levels of power. These days, it doesn’t matter if a model is heavy and huge – add the right parts, and it’ll be quick as well.

It’s a combination that seems to be growing in popularity, with a nice assortment of options available across the market. As such, we’ve collected five of the best right here for your perusal. Each offers a decent amount of cargo space, high levels of luxury, and the option for performance as well, all for a price tag around $70,000 (give or take). Our picks look like this – BMW X3 M, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. We’ve got the lowdown on each right here, so read on for more info. And don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments section below!

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2016 Porsche Macan Turbo By Wimmer RS

2016 Porsche Macan Turbo By Wimmer RS

German tuner provides a polished tuning program for Porsche’s baby SUV

The Porsche Macan’s introduction in 2013 signalled a renewed commitment from the German automaker to double down on its SUV offerings after the incredible success generated by the Cayenne. A few years later and the Macan has already established a presence of its own, one that has gotten the attention of aftermarket tuners all over the world. One aftermarket specialist that has definitely taken a liking to the Macan Turbo is Wimmer Rennsporttechik, which is now offering a tuning program for the Porsche crossover in partnership with fellow tuner Schmidt Revolution. The result is a two-prong kit defined by a new set of wheels and an engine upgrade that nets an output of 434 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

In truth, the this program is a simple and subtle one. There are no exterior or interior upgrades. It doesn’t even have any modifications on the chassis and suspension. It’s a straightforward engine-and-wheel upgrade that isn’t going to suspend anybody’s disbelief. But for what it’s worth, Wimmer worked on giving the Macan Turbo an added shot of power, which is what the aftermarket tuning scene is largely about anyway. And together with Schmidt Revolution’s new set of wheels, prospective customers will get some benefits out of this upgrade, provided they don’t expect anything outlandish to come out of it.

If those are the expectations, then prepare to be disappointed. But if it’s an extra layer of refinement that’s needed, Wimmer’s program for the Porsche Macan Turbo fits that bill to a tee.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2017 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package

2017 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package

Macan Turbo S with a different name

The Porsche Macan came to be in 2014 and arrived in dealerships as the company’s second SUV, after the Cayenne. Aimed at the luxury compact crossover market, the Macan is Porsche’s answer to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, sharing the same platform with the latter. Produced alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Leipzig, the Macan is available in many drivetrain configurations. The range begins with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder model, the first in the modern era before the Cayman and Boxster received their new flat-four mills, while the S and GTS feature 3.0-liter V-6 units. Porsche also offers a diesel powered by a V-6, while the Turbo gets a larger 3.6-liter V-6. Come 2016 and the Germans introduced a new range-topping model, called the Performance Package.

Based on the Turbo model, the Performance Package is the most powerful Macan to date and also comes with a number of unique features inside and out. Besides a more powerful version of the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 unit, it also sports an updated chassis with an enhanced braking system and a sport exhaust system. There’s no word as to whether the Performance Package is limited-edition only or will become a permanent member of the Macan lineup, but the good news is that it’s available in the United States. Granted, it’s name is rather uninspired when Porsche could have used the Turbo S moniker, but who are we to argue company naming and marketing schemes.

Bottom line is, Porsche has a bonkers crossover for its customers at a time when no other automaker is able to offer a similar vehicle with more than 400 horsepower. Touché, pussycat!

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2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan

2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan

Porsche’s baby Cayenne comes in to take on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5

The Macan was launched in 2014 and became Porsche’s second production crossover and smallest SUV. Based on the same MLB platform underpinning the Audi Q5, the Macan was launched with a range of gasoline and diesel V-6 engines. Later on, it also received a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, become the first modern-day Porsche to use a four-banger.

Remember when Porsche released the Cayenne? Remember all the people in their Porsche owners club shirts sitting around and telling you about how this new SUV was a disgrace to the Porsche logo and that all the company should design and produce are 911 variants? Well, the Cayenne turned out to be a real success, so the company decided to further expand its SUV lineup with the addition of a new model placed under the midsize SUV.

After being tested for a very long time, the new Macan made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the model was rumored to be called "Cajun," but Porsche opted for "Macan" – a name coming from the Indonesian word for tiger. According to Porsche, the name symbolizes the Macan as a model that is "powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain."

Initially, the Macan was only offered in “Turbo” and “S” form here in the U.S., but eventually, the Macan GTS was made available as well. In 2016, Porsche expanded the Macan lineup even further with a new entry-level model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Macan.

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Porsche Still Plans To Release Macan Diesel In The US Market

Porsche Still Plans To Release Macan Diesel In The US Market

Baby crossover’s US arrival delayed because of VW’s diesel missions scandal

Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal has had far-reaching consequences for a lot of parties and the lingering effects have extended all the way to some of the conglomerate’s other auto brands. Porsche, for one, has already felt the pinch when it was forced to pull the Porsche Cayenne Diesel from the U.S. market in late 2015 even though the SUV had gained a lot of traction in the market. That wasn’t the case for the Macan Diesel, which was supposed to have already made its debut in the U.S. But, in the wake of that scandal, Porsche opted to hold off on the Macan Diesel’s U.S. debut.

That has put Porsche Cars North America in a precarious position. The company had high hopes for the Macan Diesel as a lower-cost alternative to its Cayenne counterpart. But with the scandal still in the minds of a lot of people, there’s been some uncertainty within Porsche on when the crossover will be offered in the U.S. market. Speaking with Automotive News, Porsche Cars NA CEO Klaus Zellmer indicated that the company still has plans of bringing the Macan Diesel to the U.S. market. That’s still set in stone.

What isn’t set in stone is the timetable, something Zellmer admitted is a tricky thing to navigate given the steps the company needs to take before the model can be sold in the US. That’s going to take some time considering that Porsche still has to work things out with the proper authorities and do the necessary repairs on the models to make them up-to-stuff (legally) in the market.

The good news is that this isn’t an “if” question, but a “when” question. Porsche has every intention of releasing the Macan Diesel in the U.S. Zellmer even said that customer feedback on the Cayenne Diesel has been overwhelmingly positive and that a lot of customers were disappointed to see the SUV removed from the market.

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2017 Porsche Macan GTS

2017 Porsche Macan GTS

Among the funky concepts and interestingly boxy designs at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is this, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. Slotted between the “base” Macan S and the range-topping Macan Turbo, the GTS offers a sweet spot of horsepower and torque paired with the Turbo’s transmission and AWD system. Sporty looks and a decreased ride height further push the GTS towards the track star Porsche needs to fight rivals from Audi and Mercedes.

Powered by the familiar 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 found in the Macan S, the GTS gets an extra 20 horsepower and 30 extra pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and Porsche’s traction Management system are employed to help get power to the ground. Porsche even offers an optional Torque Vectoring System.

An initial glance at the stats, and the GTS seems very promising.

Porsche claims the GTS will hit 60 mph in five seconds, while the Sport Chrono Package knocks two-tenths off that time. Its top speed is listed at 159 mph. Promising indeed.

Of course, there’s more to the Macan GTS than just its performance stats. Still, it appears Porsche focused the crossover’s entire existence into a more track-ready machine. Black accents match its black wheels, helping to further visually lower the GTS’ center of gravity. A sport exhaust system announces its presence, while an Alcantara and leather-lined interior with exclusive GTS seats coddle all five passengers.

The Macan GTS is set to arrive at dealers in March 2016 with a base price of $67,200.

Updated 10/30/2015: Porsche dropped a new video in which its highlights the sports exhaust system in the new Macan GTS. Enjoy!

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Porsche Unveils 2017 Macan GTS

Porsche Unveils 2017 Macan GTS

Porsche just dropped details on the new Macan GTS, officially filling the gap between the Macan S and the Macan Turbo.

The sporty compact luxury crossover gets standout styling thanks to black exterior accents front to back, including high-gloss window trim and matte strips for the lower profile and rear. Standard equipment includes 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels finished in Satin Black, while options include LED headlights with Porsche’s signature four-point DRLs.

Inside, you’ll find leather upholstery, bolstered sports seats with Alcantara centers, and GTS logos on the headrests. Interior packages include red accents for the tachometer, stitching, and seatbelts. An eight-speaker sound system, USB and auxiliary inputs, SiriusXM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity all come standard. Navigation is optional, while Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also available.

Now for the important stuff. Powering the Macan GTS is the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 found in the S model, but output sees a jump to 360 horsepower (up from 340 horsepower) and 369 pound-feet of torque (up from 339 pound-feet). Power is routed to all four wheels via a seven-speed PDK transmission. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, 0-to-60 mph is achieved in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 159 mph.

Slowing it down are 360 mm (14.17-inch) rotors up front and 330 mm (12.99-inch) rotors in back. Handling the heft is adjustable air suspension, which drops the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inch) next to the Macan Turbo. You’ll also find the Macan GTS offered with a variety of branded go-faster acronyms, both standard and optional. These include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

The 2017 Macan GTS will be made available next March. Pricing starts at $67,200.

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Porsche Highlights Its GTS Models: Video

Porsche Highlights Its GTS Models: Video

Porsche has just released a glorious video showing off its GTS lineup of performance vehicles that currently includes the Boxster, Cayman, 911, Panamera and Cayenne. While we love seeing these souped-up GTS Porsches in action, the real reason for this 78-second GTS cheerleading footage is most likely a primer for the arrival of the Macan GTS. Porsche did not say when the Macan GTS will debut, but it will probably arrive later this year for the 2016 model year.

The Macan GTS was confirmed back in March as part of an annual report on expected developments that listed the trim level as a new arrival in 2015, along with many other upcoming models from Volkswagen Group brands. This was the same announcement where Porsche confirmed the 2016 Boxster Spyder, Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 RS and 911 Targa 4 GTS.

As far as what changes should be expected to a GTS version of the Macan, Porsche is remaining mum on the details. On other models, GTS trim levels generally receive improved handling, styling and engine output, but this latter aspect will probably be the biggest news for the new model. The current Macan lineup consists of the 340-horsepower Macan S and the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo, and no other Porsche GTS stands as the top trim level. On the Boxster and Cayman, the GTS slots below the Spyder and GT4, respectively, while the 911, Panamera and Cayenne position the GTS just below the Turbo model.

Check out the Porsche GTS video above, and stay tuned later this year (possibly L.A. Auto Show) for the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.

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Porsche Increases U.S. Macan Allocation

Porsche Increases U.S. Macan Allocation

Porsche’s problems concerning the availability of the Macan started since the crossover was launched in 2014, but certain markets have had it much worse than others. Following a promise it made in early 2015, Porsche will increase its U.S. allocation for the Macan, and extra cars will begin to arrive in May.

"We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen told Automotive News. "This is the reason we have decided to jump on the allocation for the United States and increase this for this year." Even though Porsche managed to sell 9,841 Macans in the U.S. since the model went on sale in May 2014, Van Platen has said that the demand is closer to 18,000 cars annually, the reason behind the long waiting lists.

This is not good news for everyone though, as the extra cars that will now go to the U.S. market will be shifted from others, albeit Porsche Cars NA did not disclose which markets will lose their allocations. The huge Macan demand has translated into Porsche reaching its goal of 50,000 cars sold annually in the U.S. four years earlier than it had originally prefigured. A number of North American dealerships have said that they can’t even keep one Macan as a demo car per dealer, since customers want them so badly.

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Porsche Offers New Options For Cayenne, Macan And Panamera

Porsche Offers New Options For Cayenne, Macan And Panamera

Porsche models are arguably some of the most factory-customizable vehicles on the market, but that didn’t stop the Germans from introducing a range of new options for the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne and Macan crossovers. The new features are offered via Porsche Exclusive, the division responsible for a wide array of bespoke models ranging from the Boxster to the Cayenne, and the list includes enhancements for both the exterior and the cabin, as well as a new exhaust system.

The biggest news here is the availability of the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system for all Panamera models. The feature that debuted in the Panamera Turbo S Exclusive Series, a limited-edition, U.S.-spec sedan built in only 100 units, adds two high-resolution 10.1-inch color touchscreen displays in the front-seat backrests. An integrated DVD player, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port provide connection to a wide range of devices, while an integrated camera allows video telephony. The entertainment system also features internet connectivity and mobile access. The system will retail from €3,082.10 (around $3,234 as of 03/13/2015) in Germany.

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2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive

2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive

Launched in late 2013 for the 2014 model year, the brand-new Macan received the love it deserves from Porsche Exclusive a few months after reaching U.S. and European dealerships. In case you missed it, I’m talking about this Sapphire Blue Metallic-painted crossover that proves the Macan is as customizable as any other Porsche. Come 2015, the Macan is already waging war against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 on roads the world over. The folks over at Porsche Exclusive turned to the Turbo model to showcase their wares.

The scenario is pretty much the same. The crossover is wrapped in a bespoke color that’s not available as standard, while the exterior and the interior have several goodies, ranging from blackened body parts to carbon-fiber inserts to a sporty instrument cluster. However, the presence of the turbocharged V-6 engine with its massive output under the hood makes this Porsche Exclusive Macan a more enticing alternative to the blue Macan S we saw back in 2014.

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Porsche Vows To Increase U.S. Macan Supply To Reduce Waiting Time

Porsche Vows To Increase U.S. Macan Supply To Reduce Waiting Time

Not quite unexpectedly, Porsche’s new Macan has been an overwhelming success for the German carmaker, but you can’t have a picnic without inviting a few ants. Apparently, Porsche’s ants in the United States are ever-growing waiting lists for the midsize SUV, with customers having to wait at least six months after ordering their cars. Jumping in to help American dealers keep their customers, some Porsche executive have vowed to increase Macan supplies in 2015, so that buyers should get the ordered cars more quickly.

"We’re certainly pushing because it’s been a big success," said Joe Lawrence, COO of Porsche Cars North America, quoted by Automotive News during a Porsche meeting in San Francisco. "We’re having some issues with customers having to wait longer than we’d like, and we don’t want to lose those customers." On the other hand, Lawrence also mentioned that the Porsche factory in Leipzig is pretty much constrained at the moment, since there is a huge global demand for the model.

During the seven months of 2014 that the Macan was available in the United States, Porsche managed to sell 7,241 units and would have probably increased that number if dealers had been better supplied. To give you a better picture, seven months of Macan availability almost made Porsche North America reach its goal of 50,000 vehicles sold per year four years earlier than the original plan. Unfortunately, despite Porsche’s best intentions, the Macan’s production cannot be increased in the blink of an eye, especially since about a third of the car’s architecture is shared with the Audi Q5 and is dependent on different suppliers.

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Porsche's "Magic Mirror" Makes Any Car Look Like a Macan: Video

Porsche’s "Magic Mirror" Makes Any Car Look Like a Macan: Video

It is not the first time, nor will it be the last time that a car brand tries a novel marketing trick in order to draw in more customers, especially when we are talking about an all-new car without a predecessor. I would probably file the promotion gimmick in the video under "cute," since it is funny but not exactly hilarious.

In short, part of the 2015 Macan’s introduction in the United states, Porsche teamed up with Thinkingbox and created a so-called "Magic Mirror" in Los Angeles. In theory, this mirror will transform the reflection of any car that is driving by into a Porsche Macan. It is not exactly smoke and mirrors, at least not in the traditional "magician" sense, as the system is simply based on a few cameras, two large LCD or LED screens to act as the "mirrors" and motion-tracking software to tie everything together. It seems that the folks from Thinkinbox really know what they’re doing.

The result is, as I mentioned, cute, but the overall editing of the video makes it look a bit too staged for something that should appear as candid as possible. Either way, it seems that over the 10 days that the "magic mirror" was in the parking lot of a mall, no less than 900 drivers "got to see what it’s like to drive up in a new Porsche Macan."

As a refresher, the new Porsche Macan is the Cayenne’s baby brother and it was developed starting with the Audi Q5 as a base. Porsche expects to move quite a lot of them and outsell the Cayenne by a large margin after it reaches most markets, with the U.S. being the largest one. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if someone had actually pulled up in a Porsche Macan in front of that mirror.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B90fb1J4MEM

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10 Best Cars of 2014

10 Best Cars of 2014

With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.

As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.

Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?

Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.

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Porsche Claims There is No 911 or Macan Hybrid in the Works

Porsche Claims There is No 911 or Macan Hybrid in the Works

There’s been a lot of talk about Porsche’s rumored plans to develop a hybrid version of the 911. The rumor surfaced in early 2014 and brought the prospect of a sports car that could deliver around 700 ponies while being able to run on electric power for a limited amount of time. Better fuel efficiency was also on the table for a scenario that sounded exciting to say the least. However, it seems Porsche is in no hurry to build a 911 hybrid, at least not during the current generation’s lifetime.

According to Top Gear, which spoke to an unnamed Porsche spokesman, the Germans aren’t planning to bring plug-in technology to the 991-gen 911. With the current model having been introduced less than three years ago, a hybrid iteration is out of the question for at least three to four more years. What’s more, the company official added it’s unlikely for the generation that replaces the 991 to get it as well, which means another six to seven years without a plug-in 911. That’s not to say Porsche is ruling out a 911 hybrid, but it could be a possibility "within the next 15 years." If you’re still excited about that 911 hybrid, then you’re a very patient gearhead.

The 911 isn’t the only Porsche that’s not getting a hybrid drivetrain anytime soon. It seems a hybrid version of the Macan is out of the question as well, mainly because the hybrid powertrain motivating the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is too big for the crossover. The company is considering a more compact hybrid system, Porsche hybrid powertrain manager Manfred Shurmann told Top Gear, but "no development is taking place at the moment."

All told, Porsche’s hybrid lineup is set to continue with its three-car range, which includes the 918, Cayenne and Panamera, for the foreseeable future.

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The Porsche Macan Diesel Set to Arrive in the US

The Porsche Macan Diesel Set to Arrive in the US

Porsche plans to expand the U.S.-spec Macan lineup, which was introduced 2015, to include a diesel-powered model for 2016. That’s the word from Auto News, who quotes vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Andre Oosthuizen and adds that sales of the diesel Macan would begin in late 2015 or early 2016.

"We are now busy with the development and the engineering," Oosthuizen confirmed, adding that the U.S.-spec Macan’s 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine will deliver about 245 horsepower. The Macan S Diesel cranks out 255 ponies at 4,000 rpm and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm in its Euro-spec guise.

Equipped with a PDK transmission and all-wheel-drive, the Macan S Diesel sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 143 mph. We expect the U.S.-spec model to boast the same top speed and a 0-to-60 mph benchmark of around 6.4 seconds. Naturally, the Macan Diesel will become the most fuel-efficient member of the U.S. Macan family, surpassing the S’ 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined by a significant margin. The U.S. unveiling is reportedly set at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Asked whether or not Porsche is planning on bringing the four-cylinder Macan to the U.S. as well, Oosthuizen said the model is "not under consideration for the foreseeable future."

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Video: Porsche Macan Diesel S Fails Moose Test; Porsche Issues Response

Video: Porsche Macan Diesel S Fails Moose Test; Porsche Issues Response

The folks over at Teknikens Värld are back in the news after an alarming review of a Porsche Macan S Diesel failing a moose test. If this rings any bells, we’d like to remind you that Teknikens Värld has had a history of “failed” moose tests, most notably on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee back in July 2012. This time, test driver Linus Pröjtz performed the same test on the Macan S Diesel with strangely similar results as the Grand Cherokee.

During his test, Projtz noted that the Macan S Diesel’s left front wheel locked up during the move, which is designed to test the car’s maneuverability when the driver has to swerve because of a suddenly appearing obstacle. The locked wheel poses a problem because in real-life conditions, the Macan could veer into a different lane for a longer period of time. This increases the risk of an accident, which is obviously the last thing Porsche needs to happen to its brand new SUV.

Needless to say, Porsche issued a quick response to Projtz claims. According to the German automaker, the left front brake locked because the Macan’s Active Rollover Protection system engaged so the Macan doesn’t tip over to its side. It seems like a reasonable explanation, except that Porsche went into greater detail about how the system is supposed to work, adding that “the precise, momentary application of brake force to the front wheel at the outside of the bend down to the low slip range minimizes cornering forces to avoid critical or instable driving conditions such as oversteer, rollover or detachment of the tire from the wheel."

Judging by Teknikens Värld’s back-and-forth with Chrysler went after the 2012 Grand Cherokee’s moose test in July 2012, something tells me that this issue is far from over.

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Porsche Macan to Get Several New Versions, But No Two-Door

Porsche Macan to Get Several New Versions, But No Two-Door

In today’s episode of “Car Company’s Gaining Sanity” it appears that Porsche will not be making a two-door version of its new Macan SUV. A new report from the Australian site Motoring claims that Porsche is in fact working on several new versions of the Macan from a Turbo S and GTS model all the way to a plug-in hybrid version like the Panamera S E-Hyrbid I just drove. This information comes from a spokesman for the brand named Paul Ellis.

According to Ellis, the Macan family will eventually grow to have the same number of members as the larger Cayenne. Despite these plans to grow, Ellis reiterated that there are no plans to drop 4WD and no plans for a two-door like the Range Rover Evoque. "All our SUVs are four-wheel drive," he said. "For me two-wheel drive is not an option.” He also stated “For us the Macan is [already] a coupe. It’s closer to the [BMW] X4 than X3. Evoque two-door is only 20 per cent [of sales].”

When it comes to those new models, Ellis was not willing to divulge details about the potential Turbo or GTS versions of the small SUV, but he did say that the PHEV version would use the exact same drivetrain that the other E-Hybrid models currently use. That means 416 horsepower, an EV range of around 15 miles and fuel economy that should crest the 30-mpg mark. Sounds pretty awesome.

That is all good news in my book. I am frankly quite tired of all these ridiculous SUVs that are not really SUVs. Porsche, I personally want to thank you for keeping your head on straight and staying away from obnoxious sales fads that water down your brand and performance image.

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Video: Porsche Macan vs BMW X4

Video: Porsche Macan vs BMW X4

Some people see the infiltration of compact SUVs into the luxury realm as a bit of a waste. They are only marginally larger than hatchbacks, get worse fuel economy than most hatchbacks and simply aren’t as composed as most hot hatchbacks. But most people haven’t driven the BMW X4 and the all-new Porsche Macan; specifically, the Macan S Diesel and the X4 xDrive30d.

Steve Sutcliffe had the opportunity to not only test out both SUVs, but he also got a chance to test them out back-to-back. What’s more, Steve refrained from doing the typical "how fast does it go" test. Though he did get into straight-line speed, he also tested out their light off-road capabilities, roominess and handling.

The BMW X4 xDrive30d carries with it 258 horses, 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph time of 5.8 seconds and a 234-km/h (145-mph) top speed. The Porsche Macan S Diesel carries 258 horsepower, 580 Nm (428 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 6.3 seconds and a 230-km/h (142-mph) top speed. On paper, it appears as if the X4 will trot to an easy victory, but Sutcliffe goes beyond paper to see if the X4 can hold up in real life too.

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2015 Porsche Macan Sport Design by Porsche Exclusive

2015 Porsche Macan Sport Design by Porsche Exclusive

The Porsche Macan probably doesn’t need any more aesthetic upgrades; it already looks like a born and bred Porsche, right down to the subtle styling hints attributed to its big brother, the Cayenne. But who am I to tell Porsche what it can and can’t do, especially when it comes to offering new personalization options for its new crossover? The truth is, Porsche Exclusive’s new options for the Macan are added luxuries to the Macan. You don’t need it, but it’s nice to know that it’s being offered, you know, just in case you want to give your Macan a personalized touch.

Porsche Exclusive’s Sport Design package comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades, including lights and aero upgrades. New bi-xenon headlights are available, as are dark-colord LED rear lights, both of which are part of the Sport Design package. These lights come with the new Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and are matched with smoked LED rear taillights with their own dark red lenses.

A new front apron, side-sill panels, side blades, and a new lower rear bumper section are also being offered in case an owner wants a more dynamic-looking Macan. You can also opt to install a new set of 21-inch Sport Classic wheels that Porsche is offering in three color options and finish off your personalized Macan with a new sports exhaust system with modified silencers and a pair of stainless steel chrome-plated twin tailpipes.

Don’t worry. The Macan’s interior was also given its due attention. The Sport Design package features a new ’Limed Oak’ interior package that includes overlays to the decorative trim on the doors and instrument panel.

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Video: Porsche Macan Turbo S Caught Testing on the 'Ring

Video: Porsche Macan Turbo S Caught Testing on the ’Ring

Although the brand-new Macan is already on sale in the United States, Porsche has yet to expand the lineup to include as many models as the Cayenne range. But that’s likely to change next year, as the Germans are testing what appears to be a more powerful iteration of the Macan. We’re obviously talking about the Turbo S, which was spotted in prototype guise on the Nurburgring track.

How do we know that? Well, although the crossover is slightly camouflaged, its quad, trapezoidal exhaust tips and front bumper design are of Macan Turbo origin. Then there’s the way the black Macan dances around the legendary course. The crossover acts like a sports car, attributes seen only in the case of Porsche SUVs, and slices through the curves with great precision and minimal slide.

The exhaust note also suggests we’re listening to a turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. That’s the same powerplant offered in the Macan Turbo, but we expect the Turbo S to benefit from more than 400 horsepower. At least 430 ponies if you ask us, coupled with around 440 pound-feet of torque. Enough for the Turbo S to render its competitors obsolete, at least until BMW and Audi come to their senses and release M and RS versions of the X3 and Q5, respectively.

Expect the Porsche Macan Turbo S to go on sale for the 2016 model year in the United States, with pricing set to start from around $90,000. Meanwhile, enjoy the Turbo S prototype stretching its legs around the "Green Hell" in the video above.

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2015 Porsche Macan by TechArt

2015 Porsche Macan by TechArt

Porsche already has a hit on its hands with the new Macan. Intended to be a smaller, sportier brother to the Cayenne, the Macan shares its wheelbase and basic suspension design with its corporate sibling, the excellent Audi Q5, but very little else. With TechArt offering up a host of aftermarket upgrades for the Macan, it is truly separated from its platform mate.

Performance is stout, with a choice of two twin-turbocharged, V-6 engines coupled with the acclaimed, seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission. Power is routed to the ground via Porsche’s rear-biased, all-wheel-drive system.

The base Macan S makes 340 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V-6, while the Macan Turbo uses a larger, 3.6-liter version that increases output to an even 400 horsepower.

Both models have been very well-received by critics. The Macan’s performance is impressive and has been commended for typical excellent Porsche driving dynamics, and many professionals feel the Macan offers a superior driving experience; more so than even the company’s own Cayenne.

However, that’s not stopping the aftermarket tuner TechArt from upping the game for enthusiasts.

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While Waiting for Your Macan, You Can Lease a Boxster or Cayman

While Waiting for Your Macan, You Can Lease a Boxster or Cayman

The Porsche Macan has proven to be quite a popular model in the U.S. At least its popular enough that the crossover is already sold out for the year and a wait of more than six months faces every interested buyer of Porsche’s surprisingly popular SUV. So what to do if you want a Macan and you’re faced with that excruciatingly long wait? Well, how about short-term leases on the Boxster or the Cayman?

According to Automotive News, that’s the strategy Porsche Cars North America is employing. While customers wait for the arrival of their Macans, they can take advantage of short-term leases on the two Porsche sports cars. At the very least, the open-ended lease eases the wait until the Macan arrives.

The dilemma is serious enough for the company to take this kind of step. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen indicated that a majority of the Macan’s customer base are first-time buyers of the German brand and making them wait so long isn’t a good introduction to the Porsche brand.

With this lease program, customers can still enjoy other Porsche models until their Macan orders are filled. It’s a bold and risky move, but Porsche is banking on customers liking the idea.

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2,500 New Porsche Macans Under Investigation for Faulty Brake Boosters

2,500 New Porsche Macans Under Investigation for Faulty Brake Boosters

In the pure German tradition surrounding the company, Porsche-built sports cars and SUVs are synonymous with perfection. Or at least they were until a few months ago, when some fire-related issues affecting the 911 GT3 began staining the company’s reputation.

As it turns out, the Stuttgart-based company has a new problem to cope with, this time in regard to the newly launched 2015 Macan crossover. According to statement released by the automaker, approximately 2,500 models delivered since the Macan went on sale need checked for potential brake booster problems.

The manufacturer didn’t share too many details, but it appears that an in-house quality test revealed some brake boosters fitted in the Macan might have been damaged during the assembly process. If you’re not familiar with the device, a brake booster is a mechanism than multiplies the energy applied by the driver to the brake pedal. Despite the possible issue, Porsche claims the crossover’s braking function still "complies with legal requirements."

Additionally, Porsche says the affected Macans were "predominantly" delivered to customers located in Europe, which means U.S. customers have no reason to be concerned until further notice. Nevertheless, Porsche will contact all owners to have their vehicles checked for free. Porsche will replace defective brake boosters at no charge to the customers.

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Porsche Macan Gets a Four-Cylinder Engine, but Not for US Consumption Yet

Porsche Macan Gets a Four-Cylinder Engine, but Not for US Consumption Yet

Porsche has finally revealed the first details for the entry-level model that will fit below the Macan S in the company’s new SUV lineup. The news comes to confirm rumors saying that the brand new vehicle was set to receive a four-cylinder engine.

Getting right to the point, the base Macan will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers 234 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm through a PDK transmission. In this configuration, the Macan has a top speed of 138 miles per hour and needs 6.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph.

Moving over to fuel economy, the four-cylinder Macan will definitely be more efficient than the V-6 offerings. The Germans have yet to release final figures, but their estimates claim the base Macan will be able to return up to 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.

For the record, the Macan S is estimated to provide 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. That’s a big improvement over the non-turbo V-6 model, but don’t get your hopes up because Porsche doesn’t plan on bringing the four-pot version to the United States as of now.

For now it appears the new model will become available in a number of Asian markets, with a European model being "special order only." Pricing for this model has yet to be announced.

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2015 Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive

2015 Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive

The newly launched Porsche Macan, which will wage war against the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, has yet to reach U.S. showrooms, but that didn’t stop the folks over at Porsche Exclusive from meddling with the compact SUV.

Having already seen its take on the 2014 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet, we know What Porsche Exclusive is capable of when it comes to adding unique features inside and out. Flashy body colors, blacked-out headlamps and deep chocolate brown seats are just a few of the options that can be acquired form Porsche’s individualization program.

The same amenities are available for the brand new Macan as well, and the customized entry-level model you’re about to see below is proof enough. As with most Porsche Exclusive builds, this specific Macan S looks more aggressive without having that "in your face" statement attached to it.

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Porsche CEO Hints at a Macan GTS

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan By TOPCAR

2015 Porsche Macan By TOPCAR

TOPCAR is no stranger to modding high-end cars, with some of its favorites hailing from Porsche. Well, it didn’t take the tuner too long — it’s only been about a month since its official unveiling — to get to work on the Macan, as it has released a sweet aesthetic kit for the upcoming SUV. Sure, these images are all simply renders, but they are enough to keep our attention turned to our friends from Russia to see just how the final product turns out.

TOPCAR left the under-hood bits alone, but we’re pretty sure these performance mods will come at a later date. As for the exterior, TOPCAR left no stone unturned, as it completely transformed the look of the Macan.

The aerodynamic updates includes new bumpers, spoilers, side skirts and diffusers. All the new elements are made from a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar — typical TOPCAR quality, of course — and, according to the tuner, these mods will significantly improve the driving dynamics of the Cayenne’s little bro, likely from the added downforce and reduced weight.

TOPCAR also announced that a series of updates for the interior, plus some updates for the engine lineup are also under development and should be ready for the spring of 2014.

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Porsche Macan to Get a Four-Cylinder Engine in 2014

Porsche just unveiled the new Macan, which is essentially a smaller version of the Cayenne SUV, and reports already suggest a few updates are in the works for 2014. Currently the Macan is offered only with V-6 engines, but now it looks like the lineup will also carry a new, four-cylinder engine.

AutoExpress, which spoke to Dr Thomas Casper, manager of transmission and drivetrain development at Porsche, reports that we should expect a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine with a horsepower rating that will position it under the current 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, which delivers 340 horsepower.

More precisely, we are likely looking at something under the 300-horsepower mark. With two fewer cylinder sucking down fuel, on should expect a considerable jump in fuel economy.We also expect to see this engine find its way into the Boxster and Cayman — that likely won’t happen until a few months after the Macan.

We expect the four-cylinder Macan to check in at around the £40k area in Europe — about $65k at the current exchange rates.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan Caught Testing in Germany

Last time we caught the 2015 Porsche Macan, Porsche was testing around the Nurburgring race track. This time around, Porsche tested it in a more natural habitat: on the streets of Germany. The model that our spy photographers caught this time appears to be the standard version, not the Turbo one they caught last time.

The upcoming Macan will be a smaller alternative to the very successful Cayenne. Additionally, much of the Macan’s design language and technological features will be shared with its big brother.

What will be slightly different is the engine lineup, as Porsche will focus on making the Macan efficient rather than powerful and fast. This means it will be offered with a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower for the base, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter, V-6 rated at 370 horsepower.

Rumors suggest that the new Porsche Macan will be unveiled in November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan Hits Nurburgring and Shows off Some Goodies

Porsche is busy testing the upcoming Macan, and it looks like with every test the crossover starts losing more and more camouflage. The latest test took place on the Nurburgring race track, and,as you can easily see, the prototype caught here is almost completely uncovered.

The only camouflage we can see is on the headlights — they are hidden under stickers in an attempt to make them bigger — on the small side windows and on the thinner taillights. Everything else is revealed in all its glory and it is now obvious that the Macan will look like its big brother, the Cayenne.

When it comes to the engine lineup though, the Macan will be a little bit different than the Cayenne. The base version will get a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

Expect to see the Porsche Macan at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan Shows its Turbo Trim

Its been more than half a year since our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Macan out testing, but it looks like all Macan chasing has been worth, as today Porsche decided to take the Turbo version out for a test drive.

Also, as you can see from these spy shots, the test models have dropped the common black paint and are now painted a glossy gray, which is a clear sign that we are looking at the pre-production models — no more mules and prototypes. Porsche also removed almost all of the camouflage, leaving stickers only on the headlights and taillights.

In these spy shots you can see the standard Macan and the Turbo version. We can easily distinguish the Turbo model from the standard on, thanks to its more aggressive front end and a different exhaust system with quad tailpipes.

When it comes to the line of powerplants, rumors suggest that the base version will get a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan Starts Winter Testing

It’s been a while since we last saw the 2014 Porsche Macan out for a testing session, but today our spy photographers caught it playing around in the cold. As you can see, unlike the earlier prototypes, the Macan has dropped the Audi Q5 body and now shows off its production shape – or so we expect.

Set to be placed under the current Cayenne, the future Macan will be produced in Leipzig with production beginning late in 2013. Just like its big brother, the future SUV will be offered with many engine variants, starting with a 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine and capping off with a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the Macan S version.

For those craving more power, there will also be a Turbo variant powered by a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that will produce 370 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Diesel fans will get a 190-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine and it has also been rumored that we are going to see a hybrid powertrain.

Expect to see the new Porsche Macan launched in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Porsche CEO Confirms Two Additional New Models, Including 928’s Spiritual Successor

Porsche’s future looks quite promising – according to its CEO, Matthias Mueller, at least – as it plans to expand its lineup even further. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Mueller announced that the company plans to expand by at least four new models by 2018, with the first two to arrive being the 918 Spyder and the Macan.

One of the remaining two is a new sports car — rumored to be called 961 — slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder. The final new model will be a new sedan that is smaller than the Panamera. A final decision on the new sports sedan will be made by the end of 2013, but, if approved, it will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MMB architecture, which will also be used for next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8.

As for the baby-Panamera, Mueller confirmed that it will target models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The next-generation Panamera will also see a few more derivatives, including a coupe defined as a successor for the famous Porsche 928.

Neither of the latter two models are close to production – neither is approved, actually – but stay tuned and we’ll bring you all of the information on these potential models as soon as we get it.

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Porsche Claims the Macan is Not a Posh Copy of the Audi Q5

Slated to be announced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Macan will mark the entry of Porsche into the premium crossover segment that is dominated by cars such as the Range Rover Evoque.

Porsche has confirmed that the Macan will be based on the Audi Q5, but will have a completely different dynamic proposition from that of the Q5. In other words, it’ll be different despite the same platform. According to R&D Chief, Wolfgang Hatz, everything has been modified in this vehicle, ranging from engines, to transmission, to suspension systems. "It’s all new and Audi can’t believe what we’ve done.”

Hatz also claims that Audi shouldn’t fear the Macan disturbing the sales of the Audi Q5, which have been great. He says that the Macan is targeting a different type of customer; more like the young and rich folks that also drive the Evoque’s growth.

In the design department, the baby Cayenne’s design will be influenced by the recently announced Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, where the design combines certain key elements from the 911 and the Boxster. If you want an idea of what it would look like in flesh, take the Panamera Sport Turismo and bloat it up. Voila, the Porsche Macan is served.

In terms of performance, Hatz confirmed that the Macan will be the first modern-day Porsche to be powered by four-cylinder engines in its lineup, but don’t get your checkbooks ready as Porsche won’t be launching the 4-cyl versions in the beginning. Along with that, there will be a 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 295 horsepower.

The Porsche Macan: For those people who like to ferry their family around in an Audi with a Porsche badge, but can’t afford a Cayenne or a Panamera. This is certainly interesting for us.

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Confirmed: Styling Keys of the Panamera Sport Turismo will make it across the Entire Porsche Lineup

No one except the top guns at Porsche really know whether the newly released Panamera Sport Turismo Concept will ever reach production or not. That said, if you are a fan of its styling cues, particularly the headlights and taillights (which we definitely are), you are in for a good surprise. Porsche has just announced that these cues will be transferred to the entire Porsche lineup.

If you hadn’t noticed already, the two styles already exist in the sport car builder’s lineup, as the taillights are derived from the 911 and the headlights are obviously slightly modified mockups of the new Boxster’s headlights. This smashup of the two styles, according to Matthias Müller’s interview with Motor Trend, will see first production life on the Porsche Macan, and will be carried to other models from there.

In the same interview, Müller also confirmed that the plug-in hybrid drivetrain that we saw in the Sport Turismo concept will see production sooner rather than later. It will debut in the Panamera next year and then appear in the Cayenne in 2014. There is no confirmation on whether the impressive 428 horsepower will carry over too, but we think it’s safe to assume it will.

To say the least, it looks like Porsche is ready to revolutionize the supercar and sports car arenas once again with these coming additions and we are excited to see how the dominos fall. Add in the fact that the 918 Spyder will soon hit the market and you can color us flat-out excited to see how the Porsche lineup evolves in coming years. These changes are exactly what Porsche has needed for many years and avoided in the past out of what we can only assume is a fear of change.

Keep it up, Porsche, we love it!

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Report: Porsche Nearly Doubling the Macan’s Production Forecast for Next Year

Even though the Baby Boxster is still supposedly on hold, we all know that the Baby Cayenne (AKA the Porsche Macan) will make its debut sometime next year. We also learned, via Autocar, that the Macan will bear a 370-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 at its top end and will likely feature a 220-horsepower 4-cylinder at the bottom end. Mixed in the middle may be a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder and a 2.0-liter diesel engine with 190 horsepower.

Additionally we knew that Porsche was planning to limit first-year production to just 45,000 units. According to Automotive News Europe, via WirtschaftsWoche, Porsche has recently upped that number to 75,000 units. There’s no rhyme or reason to the increase, but apparently Volkswagen, Porsche’s new majority owner, sees the Macan as a key piece to hitting the 200,000-unit sales number goal by 2018.

The reports of this increase come without any sources cited, so we are not sure of its validity. Porsche will certainly make an announcement of this increase in production numbers soon, given it is a true report. Hopefully, VW seeing that there is a market for Porsche to get into smaller and less-expensive versions of its existing vehicles will lead to a restarting of the Baby Boxster project, but, we’re not holding our breath on that one.

We’ll update you with any more information that pops up on the Macan as we inch closer to its debut.

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Spy Shots: Take a glimpse at the Porsche Macan’s interior

In the past few weeks, Porsche has been busy developing both the 918 Spyder and the upcoming Cayenne Junior - aka Macan. Today, our spy photographers have caught the car testing one more time, and luckily, they have also managed to take the first shots of the interior.

The interior images aren’t as clear as all of us would like them to be, but they are still enough to see that the next Macan will be stuffed with all of the latest technology. Some of these elements may even be borrowed from the new Boxster’s interior, including the information on the on-board computer, communication, audio settings, and the navigation system being displayed on a high-resolution TFT color screen. Other elements include a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and all kinds of leather goodness.

As for the engines to be used in the next Macan, Porsche has already confirmed that the SUV will get a 370 HP 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Turbo version, as well as a new four-cylinder engine with an output of about 220 HP. There will also be a diesel version for markets like Europe, and a hybrid version that could combine a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor.

The new Porsche Macan will go into production in 2013, so we should get tons more information before that time comes. Stay tuned!

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A Look Ahead: Porsche's Plans For the Foreseeable Future

A Look Ahead: Porsche’s Plans For the Foreseeable Future

With Volkswagen buying out the rest of Porsche, there are definitely some changes afoot, but for the most part, the changes are going to be the same as we have known since before the buyout, err, “corporate restructuring.” The production line, fortunately, will not change under the new ownership, and we felt it was time to outline what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years.

The Pajun has been one of the most on-and-off models recently, as was the baby Boxster. The baby Boxster is all but eliminated from consideration, but the Pajun looks to be a distant possibility. Also in design and testing phase are the 918 Spyder and Macan models.

In planning we have “Project 960,” which is Porsche’s potential answer to Ferrari. This is far and away the most intriguing of the group, as it’s something that Porsche has lacked since its inception.

While many Porsche enthusiasts may complain about their beloved automaker expanding its lineup, it is clear that this expansion is to allow the super-exclusive automaker to hit its goal of 200,000 new vehicle sales by 2018. That is a rather lofty goal, but with controlled lineup expansion and no reduction in quality, this is attainable.

Click past the jump to read a more detailed summary on all of Porsche’s upcoming plans.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan caught testing for the first time

Previous spy shots of the Porsche Macan were a little deceiving because the luxury SUV was well-hidden under the Audi Q5 body, but now we’re getting the real deal! Our spy photographers were able to catch the future baby SUV testing for the first time wearing its full body. Porsche tried to hide it under the usual array of camouflage, but it is clear that the future Macan will share design elements with its bigger brother, the Cayenne.

The Porsche Macan is based on the Audi Q5 platform, but it will come with an improved chassis, better brakes, and other wheels. Under the hood, Porsche will also be using engines borrowed from Audi in both petrol and diesel variants, but tuned to deliver better performance. A hybrid version is also expected and will combine a 210 HP 2.0 TFSI with a 44 HP electric motor. This system will help the Macan deliver a Co2 emissions of only 130 g/km - a target that needs to be hit by all manufacturers by 2015 according to the new European regulations.

Porsche has already confirmed that the new Macan will be produced in Leipzig starting 2013. The model will initially be offered in a four-door configuration, but a sportier looking two door version is also expected.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Cajun Caught Winter Testing in Sweden

News on the future Porsche Cajun has quieted down as of late, but a few spy shots have catapulted the baby Cayenne back to the headlines. Our spy photographers have caught the Cajun doing a bit of winter testing somewhere in Northern Sweden.

The Porsche Cajun will be built on the same platform as the Audi Q5, which is why this mule looks identical to Audi’s SUV. However, somewhere under that wider track lies Porsche’s future baby crossover, packed with better brakes and wheels. The engine line-up will also be borrowed from the Q5, meaning both both petrol and diesel variants, fine-tuned to Porsche specifications for higher power figures. A hybrid powertrain may also be in the works and may combine a 2.0 TFSI engine that produces 210 HP with a 44 HP electric motor. This will help Porsche get closer to the average CO2 emissions goal of 130 g/km that all car manufacturers need to reach by 2015.

At the initial launch, the Porsche Cajun will be available with four doors, but a sportier two-door model will follow shortly thereafter.

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Porsche gives production green-light for the Cajun in 2013

Porsche gives production green-light for the Cajun in 2013

The Cayenne’s long-awaited little brother, the Cajun, has finally been given the ’go-signal’ for production by Porsche, officially confirming what we’ve all known for quite some time.

The confirmation was made through a press release that announced the company’s new multi-million dollar investment towards its production facility in Liepzig, Germany. While that was the main onus of the release, news that the Cajun will be produced in the site beginning in late 2013 is what’s gotten the industry’s attention.

For all of the Cayenne’s popularity, there were still some people that thought that the Porsche SUV needed a smaller version, a crossover that would appeal to people who thought of the Cayenne as to big and bulky for their liking.

The Cajun will answer all of that, as it is being prepared to be an agile crossover that will challenge the likes of the BMW X3, the Mercedes GLK-Class, and the Range Rover Evoque in the crossover market.

Details behind the Cajun were not announced, but the popular consensus is that it will carry a wide range of powerplants that will include a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 223 horsepower, a supercharged V6 that will carry an output north of 300 horsepower, a 2.0-liter TDI (diesel) engine that will see 200 horsepower, a 3.0-liter V6 TDI that will have 314 horsepower, and a hybrid TFSI engine with 211 horsepower to go with an electric motor that produces 44 horsepower.

For those that have long wished for a smaller version of the Cayenne, your prayers have been answered. Production for the Porsche Cajun will begin in 2013.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Porsche Cajun Mule Spotted

Spy Shots: 2013 Porsche Cajun Mule Spotted

Now that the next generation Porsche 911 is up and ready - as illustrated in the first official images of the sports car - Porsche can focus more on the Cayenne’s baby brother: the Cajun. Caught by our spy photographers while cruising the Nurburgring, this Porsche Cajun mule doesn’t look much like the design of the real Cajun, but just the fact that it is testing at Porsche’s facility is proof enough that this is the real thing.

The Porsche Cajun will be sharing many of its components with the Audi Q5, including the platform and power sources, but Porsche will go the extra mile to tweak the chassis and engines to make it Porsche-ready. Audi’s full line of diesel and petrol units will be available , but the Cajun may also be offered with the Q5’s Hybrid drivetrain. This would mean a 2.0 TFSI delivering 210 horsepower which would then be combined with a 44 HP electric motor. This combination will help Porsche come closer to the average CO2 goal of 130 g/km that all car manufacturers need to reach starting in 2015.

The Porsche Cajun should be ready to go by 2013 as a four door model, but down the line, a sportier two-door may become available.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Porsche Cajun

TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Porsche Cajun

Doesn’t it seem as though the veteran sports car manufacturers are hanging up their speedy baseball caps and whipping out some family-oriented fedoras? What’s worse is that at the top of the list of manufacturers selling out on the game is our beloved Porsche. Their most recent family-mover catastrophe is the Porsche Panamera, but before that was their first take on the family vehicle: the Porsche Cayenne. Now the Cayenne is getting a little pint-sized brother called the Porsche Cajun, and it seems as if all hell is breaking loose on the go-fast front.

Should we be this upset with Porsche? After all, the Cajun is ready to roll with a 3.0-liter V-6 producing 290 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. There might even be a Cajun Turbo S with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in the works. This setup is rated at 350 hp. Each model will come with Porsche’s typical add-ons such as the Sport Chrono pack with launch control, excellent brakes with optional carbon-ceramic discs, wheels and tires, and a complete exhaust system including a switchable free-flow sport muffler.

Well, maybe we shouldn’t be all that upset. After all, people should be able to get their kids to school while also having their fun on the weekends. But if Porsche comes out with a pick-up truck called the Hot Tamale, we’re taking our business elsewhere. Until then, we’ll try to keep an open mind when it comes to the Cajun.

Check out our rendering of the 2013 Porsche Cajun, and let us know what you think of Porsche’s most recent ode to the family in the comments section below!

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