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The newest SUV from Porsche will begin production in 2013, which means details on the smaller Cayenne cousin are going to start appearing.
Now named the Macan, the German automaker will be releasing its top-of-the-line turbo variant with a new 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 powerplant believed to be based on the larger engine from the base-model Cayenne. The Macan Turbo will have 370 hp and aims to establish a niche as the fastest and most dynamic model in its class. Thanks to a pair of Borg Warner sequential turbos, it’s believed the 370 hp will be backed with 400 lb-ft of torque.
The Macan will be based on Volkswagen‘s new MLB platform with a V6 and an Audi-engineered, Torsen torque-sensing differential that Porsche has tweaked for the Macan to power all four wheels. Transmission choices will include a seven-speed manual, or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK.
“We’ve surprised even ourselves,” said Porsche development boss Wolfgang Hatz said about the Macan. “It drives incredibly well and, from what we’ve seen from the competition, will be the most sporting car in its class.”
In addition to the 3.0-liter V6, the Macan will be the first Porsche since 1995 to have a four-cylinder engine offering. Though it’s not confirmed, it’s widely believed that the base-model Macan will have a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with around 220 hp. A turbodiesel option may also come in the form of a 2.0-liter with 190 hp.
[Source: Autocar UK]
For decades now, Porsche has reserved their turbocharged engines for its top-of-the-line models, such as the 911 Turbo, Panamera Turbo, or Cayenne Turbo. But given the success rival German automaker BMW has been having with its turbocharged powerplants across several of its models, it appears that Porsche may be interested in doing the same.
Turbochargers are being used by several automakers to help boost performance while maintaining great fuel economy with smaller, four-cylinder engines. Now that reliability with turbos isn’t a major issue, a Porsche engineer hinted recently that a four-cylinder, turbocharged boxer engine isn’t out of the question.
The last time the German automaker used a turbo-four in any of its model was back in 1995 on the 968. This move would make sense for Porsche considering their extensive knowledge with turbochargers, and could increase performance in their lower-end models like the Carrera and Carrera S. Whether or not those models will sport the Turbo badge is another question because clearly Porsche wouldn’t want to dilute the prestige of their higher-end models.
Interestingly enough, the engineer also spoke about the potential of a 911 Hybrid, stating that the automaker has no hybrid version of the 911 planned as of yet. The move hasn’t been made due to the extra weight the technology brings, but he did reiterate that it’s not entirely out of the picture. “But, never say never. The required technology is in-house, as seen with the hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne, and the platform is suitable for the powertrain.”