Beijing reveal for new four-cylinder petrol-powered Porsche Macan, and it's available by special order in the UK
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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23 April 2014
It may be the first 4cyl Porsche for a long time, but I dont see anything wrong with this, the Macan is, by all accounts Ive read, great to drive. So giving buyers the option to own a petrol powered version that doesnt cost the earth to run should go down really well. 6.9secs to 60 is still fast and Im sure it will be just as much fun to drive as the bigger engined versions. Hurry up and bring this to the UK Porsche!

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

23 April 2014
VW 4 cyl golf engine, Aldi (oops, Audi ) platform-not particularly Porshe is it? Except for the styling-that's definitely down to their usual (sub) standard.

24 April 2014
Lightningduck wrote:

VW 4 cyl golf engine, Aldi (oops, Audi ) platform-not particularly Porshe is it? Except for the styling-that's definitely down to their usual (sub) standard.

It's all sounding like the 914 and 924 all over again.

23 April 2014
Sadness...

23 April 2014
Porsche used to stand for something. It used to be the antithesis of cars like this. VW have destroyed that.

23 April 2014
Norma Smellons wrote:

Porsche used to stand for something. It used to be the antithesis of cars like this. VW have destroyed that.

Lots of manufacturers used to stand for something before they went bankrupt. Where would the likes of Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini etc be today if it were not for VAG?

23 April 2014
36.7 mpg !!!!

A bottle of champagne to the first person who can honestly acheive that with any sort of regularity.

23 April 2014
Skoda uses Porsche engine would have been more palatable.

23 April 2014
Bankruptcy would have been preferable, as each company would have at least preserved its character and stood a chance of recovering. It is hard to argue that Bentley has been improved by selling tarted up VW Phaetons. Or that a two ton SUV is a proper Porsche. Falling into VAG's orbit has destroyed these brands. A Porsche used to represent, amongst other things, independent spirit. Now it is just another drone from the VAG "production matrix" and everyone can see that. Meanwhile, the Continental GT is one of the ghastliest vehicles ever conceived. That is, until the Bentley SUV appears.

24 April 2014
"Brand values" are constructed by manufacturers and perpetuated by the gullible and romantics. Good cars stand on their own, separate from any "brand" image. Porsche make a lot of very good cars. Its only in the heads of the gullible and romantics that Porsche manufacturing the Macan can in any way affect the 911, other than to keep it in production. Enjoy all the brilliant cars being manufactured now and in the future. Oh, and Porsche's MPG claims are pretty accurate - I've owned two now and can achieve what it says in the brochure.

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