The Audi Q5 has become a Porsche.
After several years of development, Porsche has finally unveiled its all-new Macan SUV at this year’s LA Auto Show. We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of it in previous months, but now we have the full skinny. Powered by a choice of two sweet-sounding engines, the S model comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 340 horsepower. 0-60 mph will happen in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 156 mph. Stepping things up a notch will give you the Macan Turbo and its 3.6-liter V6 with 400 hp. 4.6 seconds is all it’ll take to get to 60 and you can go as fast as 164 mph.
Both engines are paired to a six-speed dual-clutch and all-wheel drive is standard. But unlike many other premium compact SUVs in its class, the Macan has pretty darn decent off-road capabilities.
For example, there’s a standard off-road mode where shift points and speeds are geared towards a greater level of traction, the clutch is pre-tensioned to a greater degree, and the standard torque split between the front and rear axle is adapted to rougher terrain. For those wanting a sportier drive, there’s a sport button that allows for the engine and gearbox to be more direct and responsive. Inside is typical Porsche, with plenty of buttons and a centrally-mounted tachometer. Piano Black trim and Alcantara seat inserts come standard, while the Turbo gets leather, brushed aluminum and 18-way power front seats. Official pricing and an on-sale date haven’t been announced yet.