Porsche launches new four-cylinder Macan at home in Germany image

The sports car automaker has decided the Macan should get a new entry-level engine option in the form of a more affordable variant using a four-cylinder motor.

The base option featuring a four-cylinder engine for the Macan has actually been available in certain markets for quite a while, but only now the German home market is getting the affordability treatment in the form of the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The “new” version can already be ordered and the base Macan with this option will set back prospective owners €55,669 (including VAT), which is a good deal since the previous entry-level variant started at €60,548 (Macan S diesel). The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine packs a good punch as well – 252 horsepower (185 kilowatts) from 5,000 rpm and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton meters) of torque from 1,600 rpm – and has been mated to a standard seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission.

Dubbed the “sports car of the SUV segment”, the Macan will do the usual 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 6.7 seconds and if the optional Sport Chrono Package is also fitted the sprint will be handled in 6.5 seconds, with the maximum speed at 142 mph (229 km/h). The four-cylinder Macan can have a fuel economy of 7.4 liters / 100 km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). It will tip the scales at 3,902 pounds (1,770 kilograms) and will be fitted as standard with the Porsche Traction Management PTM active all-wheel drive system. Design features that set it apart form its range brothers are the black side window trim strips, 18-inch wheels, black brake calipers, as well as modified exhaust system with brushed stainless steel dual tips.