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23 July 2014

Porsche launches the Macan

Porsche's Indonesian tiger is here, but you'll need serious dough to land yourself one

Amaan Ahmed
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The world isn't even half as mad at Porsche now as it was when the Cayenne was unveiled. The Macan is like a Cayenne put through a photocopier at 75 per cent, and since the world – including India – has come to accept SUVs that actually aspire to be sportscars, Porsche's now launched its latest product in our market.

There will be two variants on sale initially: the frugal, sensible version in the form of the Macan S Diesel (3.0-litre V6, 241bhp, 580Nm), and the balls-out, petrol-guzzling Macan Turbo (3.6-litre twin-turbo V6, 394bhp, 550Nm). The Turbo is, obviously, very fast. It'll do 0-100kph in just 4.8 seconds, and top out at 266kph. Not like the diesel is anything you'd call 'slow', since it cracks the run to 100kph in a scant 6.3 seconds, and touches 230kph. Spec your Macan with the Sport Chrono pack, and you shave 0.2 seconds off the 0-100 time. Remember, every millisecond counts.

Both engines are mated to a seven-speed PDK 'box, and all those Stuttgart-bred ponies are sent to all four wheels in measured doses, thanks to the latest generation of Porsche's Traction Management system.

Porsche's asking for Rs 98.18 lakh for the Macan S Diesel, and Rs 1.08 crore for the Turbo (all prices, ex-showroom, Maharashtra). Yes, that is a lot of money to pay for a car that's been spun off the same platform that underpins the Audi Q5 (which, with the same engine as the Macan S Diesel, costs Rs 71.58 lakh, on-road, Mumbai), but just to soothe your frazzled mind, Porsche has very nicely added some features to the Macan as standard for India, including a hi-po stereo, an electrically-operated tailgate, three-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights, lighting package and air suspension.

Still, even with all those goodies, those are properly high prices, especially when you factor in the Cayenne Diesel's ex-showroom asking price of Rs 79.06 lakh. That said, when we reviewed the Macan S, we found it to be the definitive driver's SUV.

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