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Macan Magic


The Porsche Cayenne is a very desirable vehicle but it is also very big. Now though, Porsche have come up with the answer. The Macan. That’s it in the image and we promise you can get it in colours other than yellow. There has been a trend recently for smaller SUV type vehicles and most manufacturers have something of the sort in their line-ups. The Audi Q5 for example is a scaled down version of the bigger Q7. Now Porsche have followed suit.

The Macan, styled as a sporty off-roader, is due out in time for Spring next year and is rumoured to be priced from around £36,000 which puts it right in the path of the the hugely successful Range Rover Evoque. It will be formally introduced to the automotive world in November at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

This new addition to the Porsche list will be based on the same platform as the above mentioned Q5 but it will be more than just that vehicle in a posh frock. The Macan will make greater use of aluminium components which will make it lighter than the Audi to the tune of 130kilos.

Four-wheel drive is standard and it is expected to be powered, initially at least, by a choice of six-cylinder petrol or diesel engines. It may well be that the new four cylinder Porsche engines will make an appearance later on in the car’s life. As with the other models in the range there will be an S-version and the inevitable hybrid.

Along with the lighter body, the Macan will differ from its Audi sibling by utilising some different chassis parts and suspension tuning unique to Porsche. The cabin will be as well appointed as you would expect from this prestige car maker and will follow the style seen currently in the 911 and Panamera.

Obviously there will be the usual Porsche family resemblance. The tapered rear lights are reminiscent of the 911 but the big grill, bumpers and the butch stance are strictly Cayenne. The company is keen to disassociate the Macan from the idea of car as fashion statement. This may be due to the fact that they are a little late to the small SUV party and are therefore aiming for exclusivity.

The car is to be built at an enlarged factory in Leipzig. This means that there won’t be capacity for another model which may signify that the rumoured Pajun saloon is still some time away. In the meantime they are banking on the Macan which, at some ten thousand pounds cheaper than the base Cayenne, offers a genuine alternative to the big brother.

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Big Torque


It’s a funny old world. Not so long ago, big 4×4’s were castigated for being ‘gas guzzlers’ and ‘Chelsea tractors’. They were also frowned upon by those of the green persuasion as being the work of the very devil himself. Because it was also very expensive, a bit ugly and laughed in the face of its detractors, a special sort of ire was reserved for the Porsche Cayenne.

Since then of course opinions have moved on and pretty much every manufacturer has a big 4×4 or soft-roader in its range and as all-purpose family vehicles they are hard to beat. Couple this with tremendous strides forward in the field of fuel economy and the modern all wheel drive has a lot to offer.

The Cayenne has always been good and now, in its current face-lifted form isn’t bad looking either. Obviously buyers can’t go wrong with Porsche technology and engineering – it is simply amongst the best in the world and the company’s cars are a byword for reliability.

The present Cayenne is physically lighter and considerably greener than its predecessor. MPG across the variants is around the mid 20’s – not terrifically frugal to be honest but then these are big vehicles. They certainly compete well with the competition in this regard. It also depends on how it is driven as well. The Cayenne is powerful and displays remarkably good handling for its size. In short – it is great to drive and the temptation to put the pedal to the metal is strong.

To enhance the range Porsche are introducing a new and more powerful oil-burner – the Cayenne S Diesel. This is powered by a 4.2L twin turbo motor that develops a relatively normal 381 brake horse power but offers a frankly astonishing 850 torques. That’s real pulling power.

Despite this, the carbon dioxide output is a modest 218g/km and the company’s mpg number is 34. Presumably they arrived at this figure by doing an economy drive second to none to achieve that many miles to the gallon. Expect the real world figure to be less, although, to be fair, the car does have stop/start.

This model has the Porsche Traction Management System as standard and all S cars are also fitted with Porsche vehicle tracking system which is approved to the highest Thatcham rating. As ever the car’s interior is of the highest quality and the Cayenne comes with all the modern technology you’d expect from this brand.

The inevitable downside is that it costs the thick end of 60 grand. Never mind – after all it is a Porsche.

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