Look for Porsche to give the range-topping version of its upcoming Macan small crossover a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated at more than 370 hp.
The Macan will be the first recipient of a direct-injection gasoline engine planned for service in a range of Porsches. The forced-induction engine was road-tested in Audi Q5 and Cayenne prototype mules.
The 90-degree powerplant will sit longitudinally and provide drive through an Audi-engineered, and Porsche-modified, torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system. The aluminum-block engine is based on the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine in the Cayenne and Panamera, which kicks out 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque.
Porsche execs see opportunity. There are no dedicated performance variants for the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti EX, Mercedes-Benz GLK or the Range Rover Evoque. Starting next year, the Macan will be assembled alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Germany and is likely to arrive in the United States in late 2013.