New ‘Tiger’ on the road

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Expect the school run to get extra busy in April next year, with a new compact 4x4 poised to set new standards in the SUV segment.

The new Porsche Macan, made its debut at the LA Motor Show this week, and is ready to step up to the likes of the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.

With a name that comes from the Indonesian word for tiger, the Macan has lapped the Nurburgring in the low eightminute bracket, which is in par with the BMW M3.

Priced from £43,000, this 4x4 combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision.

What's more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability.

The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognisable in the design.

The Sports Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof-line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.

The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive - known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) - has produced one of the world's most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty allwheel- drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.

Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. As the top model in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo1 is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment.

The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine achieves an unrivalled 400 bhp (294 kW) and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

The Macan S2 is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 bhp (250 kW) and also features an active all-wheel drive. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models.

The Macan S Diesel3 with its 258 bhp (190 kW) engine is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models.


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