THE PORSCHE MACAN DEBUT AT L.A. AUTO SHOW
I’m at the world debut of the 2015 Porsche Macan, during press days at the L.A. Auto Show, and people are smiling everywhere, especially the people from the Porsche factory.
They let the media crawl all over it; poking and prodding, opening and closing doors, windows, secret compartments…(make sure to catch the 360Revo story below to get a detailed look you can’t see in pictures)
Across a great delivery system, Porsche puts out a vast array of products to satisfy nearly every taste, and the Macan was conceived to fill one more niche that I guess has gone wanting; the ass-kicking compact SUV.
Consider this: Porsche makes a net profit of over $20,000 per vehicle, and no other manufacturer comes close. Not Ferrari, not Lamborghini, not nobody…
“Macan” is Indonesian for tiger, but in German probably means “cash-cow” because this little machine is going to be on everyone’s Christmas list, birthday list, Arbor Day list, etc. People that never wanted an SUV are going to want this car for the nameplate and for the ability to tailgate a F-Type Jaguar, while hauling the family and a canoe.
Shorter and smaller than the Cayanne, the diminuitive SUV is aimed squarely at the Ranger Rover Evoque and the new and soon to be released Audi Q5 and Q3.
• PDK double-clutch transmission
• 4 wheel drive
• 3 Liter 300 HP V6 Macan S does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and appears to be priced just over $50k
• 3.6 Liter 400 HP twin turbo V6 cuts a full second off the 0-60 time, but you’ll pay more than $20,000 more for the added grunt
Also in the works is a less expensive 4 cylinder, which is a new engine from Porsche. Pricing and acceleration times have yet to be released.
Want to see how much it would cost if you tricked it out?