GoAutoLogo
MENU

New models - Porsche - Macan - Turbo

Porsche raises the stakes with 324kW Macan

Cop that: Coincidence or not, Porsche announced a Special Performance version of its Macan Turbo just hours after Mercedes-AMG confirmed its GLC43 Coupe for the Paris motor show.

Macan set for two new variants as Porsche goes on the SUV attack in Australia

Gallery

Click to see larger images

Porsche logo1 Sep 2016

By RON HAMMERTON

PORSCHE Cars Australia (PCA) is set to top and tail its Macan SUV range in 2017 by adding a new blistering twin-turbo 324kW V6 flagship and a fresh entry level four-cylinder base model that is destined to become the German company’s most affordable car in Australia.

So far, PCA has only confirmed the high-end version, called Macan Turbo Special Performance, saying it will arrive in March.

But GoAuto understands the Audi-engined four-cylinder petrol Macan that has long been available in some other markets will finally be ready for Australian launch at a date to be confirmed in 2017.

To date, all Macans sold in Australia have been powered by six cylinder petrol or diesel engines, with prices starting from $91,900 for the S Diesel.

We are guessing the new variant, called simply Macan, will undercut that by some thousands of dollars and thus open the Porsche range to a whole new influx of buyers.

To date, the Macan has been a sell-out success in Australia, with long queues of buyers waiting months for deliveries.

But with capacity finally freeing up at the Liepzig factory in Germany, PCA feels the time is right to get on the front foot with attractive new variants.

While the four-cylinder Macan will be powered by a 185kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the new Macan Turbo Special Performance with its bi-turbo 3.6-litre V6 will hammer out 324kW of power and 600Nm of torque - 30kW more power and 50Nm more torque than the current Macan Turbo range topper.

It can scurry from standstill to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds – 0.4 seconds quicker than the “standard” Macan Turbo and a neat 0.5s faster than the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe that makes do with 270kW and 520Nm from its 3.0-litre V6.

Of course, Mercedes is expected to up the ante next year with a bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 AMG version of its GLC Coupe that will be faster again.

Priced at $143,500 plus on-road costs for deliveries starting in March 2017, the Macan Turbo Special Performance carries a $13,200 premium over the $130,300 Macan Turbo that currently serves as the flagship of the range.

Apart from extra go, the Special Performance delivers new six-pot front brake callipers gripping 390mm grooved discs – 30mm larger than those on the Turbo – along with a lowered sports chassis, Sport Chrono package and sports exhaust as standard equipment.

Sports Chrono offers hard-edged motoring via sports driving modes that beef up engine, transmission and chassis performance.

Active air suspension is also standard, but this time riding 10mm lower than the Turbo and 25mm lower than the Macan cooking variants.

Porsche says the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission is ramped up to deliver shorter response times, optimum switching points and increased torque during gear changes for maximum acceleration.

As always, the Macan comes with a range of option packages to enhance the vehicle and blow the budget.

If waiting lists for current Macan variants is any guide, buyers will need to get in quickly to take delivery of a Macan Turbo Performance Package close to March.

Porsche Cars Australia public relations director Paul Ellis said that because the Macan Turbo Performance Package had come out of the blue, the initial buyer queue would be short.

So far this year, PCA has sold a record 1442 Macans, up 27.2 per cent on the same period of last year.

Read more

Enquire on or Test Drive a New Macan

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires

Agreement

This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
close
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only
*** Prices exclude on road costs and dealer delivery fees

Share with your friends

Porsche models