The entry price to get into a Porsche is just about to drop, with the new Macan crossover SUV arriving in Australian showrooms next year priced from $84,900 for the diesel SD base model -- about $15,000 less than the currently lowest-priced Cayenne, and likely to overtake it as the sales hero.
On sale from next June, the Macan will arrive with a three-model line-up, with the diesel sitting under the $87,200 twin-turbo V6 S and the range-topping $122,900 Turbo.
All three get a a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, all-wheel drive and a V6 under the bonnet. The Macan S carries a twin-turbo 3.0-litre developing 250kW of power and 460Nm of torque, delivering a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono pack, and a top speed of 254km/h with claimed fuel economy of 8.7L/100km.
The Macan Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo 294kW/550Nm 3.6-litre that gets to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops at 266km/h, with 8.9L/100km fuel economy. The 190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre turbodiesel in the Diesel S delivers 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h with frugal 6.1L/100km fuel economy.
Later models will include a future base variant with a turbo 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder and a fuel economy leader with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel.
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