This car proves that Porsche is a money magnet.
The Macan has become a smash hit on Porsche's sales books. It's hugely profitable and the fact that it resides in a sweet spot between the Cayenne and the Panamera while being cheaper than both means that Porsche executives can now light their cigars with hundred-euro bills. Apparently, Porsche thinks there is room to make even more cash on the Macan and they're doing this by offering a new entry-level version of the crossover that will appeal to buyers with less cash who are flirting with the outer limits of their price range.
The new Macan gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger over the next tier's 3.0-liter V6, although this four-cylinder wont be the same turbo flat-4 that the 718 Boxster gets. Don't think that less displacement means that this Macan is a compromise; it still whips out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. The smaller engine also means that this Macan will be the lightest, weighing in at 3,894 pounds. The low displacement and low weight of the car will help with fuel economy and acceleration, allowing this Porsche to average 31 mpg and hit 60 mph from standstill in 6.7 seconds (or 6.5 seconds if you opt for the Sport Chrono-Package) on the way to its 142 mph top speed.
Starting price for the German variant is supposed to clock in at $61,345, although rumor has it that the base Macan will sell in the US for under $48,550. The next tier of Macan costs $54,400, so this is a nice chunk of savings for Macan buyers who are happy with a four-cylinder. Germany gets the new Macan in June this year and it's really anyone's guess as to when the car will migrate to the Americas.