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Porsche Macan
Last modified: 03/17/14
This is not just a people mover with leather seats and a nice sound system. Neither is it merely a rebadged Audi Q5, with which It shares a platform.

The Macan features a choice of two asphalt-rippling twin-turbo V-6 engines: a 3.0-liter that generates 340 hp and a 3.6-liter that makes 400 hp. In top trim, the Macan will zoom from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. Putting that power to the pavement is Porsche's PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and its proprietary all-wheel-drive system. A choice of three suspensions is available, including electronically adjustable shock absorbers and an air suspension with leveling and height adjustment.

The Macan -- the word is Indonesian for tiger -- may be designed for performance, but it can also deliver respectable fuel economy. All models come with a stop-start system, the standard awd system automatically adjusts power sent to the wheels based on traction detected, and options include an air suspension system that lowers the vehicles height and torque vectoring to improve high-speed handling.

The $50,000 Macan arrives in May or June of 2014. The Macan may be hard to find on dealer lots this year, as about a third of the 50,000 production run will come to the U.S., and the rest are going to China and Europe. A plug-in hybrid is possible down the road.
 
Segment: Compact CUVPowertrain: Conventional (gasoline)
Release Year: 2014New Product Category: New
Drive: AWD

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