Porsche’s worst-kept secret has finally been revealed, as the German carmaker displays its Macan compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Named after the Indonesian word for tiger, the Macan is recognizable as a Porsche since many of its design elements were taken from the brand's other products.
A wraparound hood and gently sloping roofline accentuate the car's sporty elegance and powerful dynamics, while the lines that run toward the Macan's rear emphasize the broad sculpted fenders. Check the window silhouette and it becomes evident that the small SUV's lines pay tribute to the 911.
The sideblades at the bottom of the doors, meanwhile, are reminiscent of the lower door seams of the 918 Spyder. Combined with the door handles, these make the Macan's doors appear narrower and its sides sportier and more streamlined.
Even the Macan's cockpit design echoes that of Porsche's sports car. The standard multifunctional sports steering wheel, for example, is based on that of the 918 Spyder. Three round dials, including a centrally positioned tachometer, form the instrument cluster, while the ignition is positioned to the left of the steering wheel--as is customary on Porsche models.
The Macan will be available as two variants: the Macan S and the Macan Turbo.
Although the two variants utilize twin-turbo V6 engines paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the Macan S has a 3.0-liter displacement and puts out 340hp and 460Nm, while the Macan Turbo has a 3.6-liter engine that produces 400hp and 550Nm. Zero-to-100kph times and top-speed figures have been pegged at 5.2 seconds and 251kph for the former, and 4.6 seconds and 264kph for the latter.
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