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Beijing reveal for new four-cylinder petrol-powered Porsche Macan, and it's available by special order in the UK
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24 April 2014

Porsche has provided official details on its new entry-level four-cylinder petrol-powered version of the Macan, which will be available in the UK on special order.

The new Macan, seen at the Beijing motor show, runs parent company Volkswagen’s EA888 engine – as used by a wide range of models from Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat, making it the first Porsche model since the 968 to use four-cylinder power. 

The turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder direct injection unit, boasting the same state of tune found on the VW Golf GTI Performance Package, develops 234bhp and 258lb ft of torque between 1500-4500rpm. Porsche claims the new model will return 37.6mpg on a combined cycle.

By comparison, the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 powered Macan S possesses 335bhp and 339lb ft.

For Asian markets, the Macan’s four-cylinder engine is mated to a standard seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox boasting remote steering wheel shift paddles.

Porsche claims an official 0-62mph time for the Macan of 6.9sec, an in-gear 50-75mph split of 5.1sec and a 139mph top speed. The Macan is visually distinguished by standard 18-inch wheels and twin trapezoidal-shaped tail pipes.   

The entry-level Macan is available to order now at a price of £40,276, with only low volumes destined for the UK.

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Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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fadyady 25 April 2014

Won't be long

before this diminutive Golf engine makes an appearance near you in a Cayenne (Touareg/Q7/Bentley/Lamborghini and cheap as chips Skoda/Seat SUVs).
McJohn 25 April 2014

Good grief

Porsche makes car other than 911 ... people get hysterical.
Good grief ... Grow up!
AV 24 April 2014

Porsche?

This is, of course, a rather cynical bit of badge engineering.
It's a hotchpotch of VW bits with a couple of Porsche styling cues and and that fancy badge. And some people will lap it up. It's the kind of nonsense that Rover got away with for a while: dross with a posh badge = fat profit. The trouble is that it squanders what I believe marketing folk call "brand equity", but which you and I might describe as treating your customers as idiots. Whatever, at some point anyone with half a brain realises that they have bought a (highly polished) turd.
Comparisons with the 914/916 are invalid. That was a proper mid engined sports car co-engineered with appropriate (boxer) engines from VW. Interesting that this car has been airbrushed from Porsche official history, Stalin style, even though the concept lives on today as the Boxster.
Enjoy those profits, VW.
Paul73 25 April 2014

AV wrote:This is, of course,

AV wrote:

This is, of course, a rather cynical bit of badge engineering.
It's a hotchpotch of VW bits with a couple of Porsche styling cues and and that fancy badge. And some people will lap it up. It's the kind of nonsense that Rover got away with for a while: dross with a posh badge = fat profit. The trouble is that it squanders what I believe marketing folk call "brand equity", but which you and I might describe as treating your customers as idiots. Whatever, at some point anyone with half a brain realises that they have bought a (highly polished) turd.
Comparisons with the 914/916 are invalid. That was a proper mid engined sports car co-engineered with appropriate (boxer) engines from VW. Interesting that this car has been airbrushed from Porsche official history, Stalin style, even though the concept lives on today as the Boxster.
Enjoy those profits, VW.

Bit of an extreme response? No doubt significant part share and platform share will exist now and even more so in the future across the VW empire, however there is still highly significant brand specific engineering in each unit.

It doesnt look like an Audi, feel like an Audi to sit in and by all accounts from road tests doesnt drive like one so what exactly is the average Macan customer going to care?

I love Porsche and drive one but I couldnt care less if there's now a small SUV in their range based on an Audi Q3 that has an engine that features in a Golf. Why the heck does it matter? it still wouldnt stop me buying a 911 and i wouldnt imagine it'll stop anyone else.

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