There are six flavours of Macan. First is just ‘Macan’, powered by a 233bhp 2.0-litre petrol four-pot and only available through special order at a dealership, where they’ll probably talk you into choosing one of : Macan S (335bhp V6), Macan S Diesel (254bhp V6) or the Macan GTS (350bhp V6).
The range-topping Turbo with its twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre petrol engine, is available in two variants - a standard Turbo Macan that produces 394bhp and 406lb ft of torque and it drives all four wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the Turbo with Performance Package, which ultimately turns the wick up slightly so the small Porsche SUV produces 433bhp. Plenty of power, in other words, to propel a car the size of the Macan – which is 4681mm long, 1923mm wide and 1624mm high – even if it does tip the scales at almost precisely two tonnes.
As you’ll probably have read elsewhere, the Macan is loosely based on the first generation Audi Q5. But in the same fashion that the Cayenne shares its platform with the Volkswagen Touareg, to call this a badge engineering exercise would be taking an extreme liberty.
For a start, there’s the design, which wraps 911-style cues into a four-door body far more successfully, to our eyes, than with the first and second iterations of the Cayenne or first gen Panamera.