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2015 Porsche Macan Features and Specs Announced

Debuting at the 2013 LA Auto Show featuring two engine sizes and a plethora of technology

Toni Avery
Nov 18, 2013

    2015 Porsche Macan Details:
  • First entry into the compact sports utility vehicles segment
  • Macan S features 3.0L V6 twin turbo engine with 340hp, 0-60mph in 5.2sec (5.0sec with Sport Chrono package) and top speed of 156mph
  • Macan Turbo features 3.6L V6 twin turbo with 400hp, 0-60 in 4.6sec (4.4 with Sport Chrono package) and top speed of 164mph. First Porsche to feature this engine, based on 3.0L V6 twin turbo with stroke increased from .55in to 3.3in
  • Three chassis types: 1. steel spring design, 2. combination of steel spring design and the PASM system, 3. optional air suspension with leveling system, height adjustment and PASM (exclusive to this vehicle segment)

Porsche has announced the world premiere of the 2015 Macan crossover utility vehicle at the 2013 LA Auto Show in CA. This will be Porsches fifth model line and its first entry into the compact sports utility vehicle segment. The Macan won't be the only Porsche revealed at the LA Auto Show this year though. The new 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet will also be revealed along with the Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive, which celebrate their North American debuts alongside the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder.

2015 Porsche Macan engine chassis Photo 2/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan


Two variants will complete the crossover model lineup including the Macan S and the Macan Turbo. The S model features a 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engine that produces 340hp, reaches 0-60mph in 5.2sec (5.0sec with Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 156mph.

The Macan Turbo features a 3.6L V6 twin-turbo with an available 400hp - the first Porsche to feature the stroked variant of this engine. The powerplant is based on the existing 3.0L V6 twin turbo with stroke increased from .55in to 3.3in (14mm to 83mm). The Turbo S reaches 0-60mph in 4.6sec (4.4 with Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 164mph.

Both are mated to a 7-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) and feature an all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch.

2015 Porsche Macan front three quarters in motion Photo 3/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan

Brakes and wheels:

To slow the car down are 6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper front brakes. The Macan S brake calipers press on 13.78in brake discs, while the rotors on the Turbo have a larger diameter of 14.17in. In both models, braking action at the rear is achieved by a combined floating caliper with integrated electric parking brake. The Macan S rear discs have a diameter of 12.99in, while the rear discs of the Turbo have diameter of 14.02in.

The Macan features braking technology similar to that of the yet released 2015 VW e-Golf. The brake system automatically slows down the vehicle when involved in a crash to reduce residual kinetic energy following a collision. The multi-collision brake function is triggered when the airbag sensors detect a primary collision, then the system initiates maximum braking. But the driver can override the system by accelerating or braking at a higher rate of pedal pressure.

Surrounding the highly efficient brakes are various wheel sizes and rim styles. The Macan S is fitted with 19" Macan Design wheels as standard, while the Macan Turbo is fitted with 19" Macan Turbo wheels as standard. Six other rim design options from 18-21" include: 18" lightweight forged, 19-20" produced using flow forming lightweight design technology, and 21" lightweight forged. Tires are available in staggered sizes up to 10.4in (265mm) wide front and 11.6in (295mm) wide rear.

2015 Porsche Macan rear three quarters in motion 02 Photo 4/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan


Three different chassis options provide an even more dynamic driving experience. The first of three features a steel spring design, which improves ride quality for performance and off-road capabilities. A separate arrangement of the springs and dampers on the rear axle improves ride comfort and handling.

The second suspension features a combination of steel spring design and the PASM system (this is a shock absorber system featuring three PASM programs of 'comfort' 'sport' and 'sport plus' at the touch of a button), which comes standard on the Macan Turbo. PASM can be selected as an option for Macan S.

The third is exclusive to this vehicle segment, which is an optional air suspension including a leveling system, height adjustment and PASM. This system sits .59in lower than normal level while ground clearance can be adjusted to three different levels: 'high level 1' (1.58in above normal and can be adjusted at speeds between 0-50mph), 'low level' (lowers .39 by pressing the PASM button or Sport Plus button) and the loading level, which drops the rear to 1.97in below normal - activated by pressing the button in the luggage compartment.

2015 Porsche Macan front end in motion Photo 5/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan


The 918 Spyder demonstrated that Porsche can build an energy efficient vehicle that still offers incredible performance. The all-new Macan is no different, utilizing these efficient features: standard Auto Start Stop function, which shuts off engine as soon as Macan slows to speeds of 1.2mph even when the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is activated. Electro-mechanical power steering only uses energy from the electric motor when steering takes place. The underbody paneling keeps drag to a minimum by optimizing airflow under the vehicle and reducing turbulence, increasing aero. The low center of gravity, with a wheelbase of 110.51in further ensures a more aerodynamic and efficient vehicle. Finally is Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), exclusive to Macan models, which distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock.

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The exterior of the Macan is similar to the current Cayenne SUV, but incorporates design cues from several models in the Porsche lineup. The Macan's light weight construction, round lines and strategically positioned precision edges differentiate this new model from its Cayenne cousin. Starting at the front are large air intakes with C-blades fitted on the right and left of the car that accentuate a sporty look and provide aerodynamic efficiency. The Wraparound hood encloses the headlights and extends down to the wheel arches.

The profile is sharp featuring a window silhouette with the edges of all lateral glass surfaces and shape of the D-pillar nodding to the design of the 911. The side window silhouette and sloping roof line at the rear, known at Porsche as flyline, is also a nod to the 911. The sideblades at the bottom of the front and rear doors feature dynamically formed inserts that are available in different materials as an option. The Macan S features sideblades painted in Lava Black as standard while the Macan Turbo sideblades are painted the same color as exterior (option for Macan S). If you want to take it to another level, the side blades are available in optional carbon fiber for both model variants.

The rear fender has the profile of a 911 featuring extremely compact rear lights, referencing the 918 Spyder. The rear diffusor is flanked on both sides by the dual exhaust - round on the Macan S and square on the Turbo. Available on both models is an optional sport exhaust made from chrome-plated stainless steel.

Conveniences and technologies outside the Macan include: Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continually adjusts headlight level with oncoming traffic. Bi-Xenon headlights fitted as standard while Bi-Xenon headlights with PDLS is standard on the Macan Turbo or available as an option on the S. A two-part Panoramic Roof System features a front glass element that can be uncovered and opened electronically while the electrical roll-up shade dims the entire pane of glass when required.

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Just as you might expect from a Porsche, the interior is assembled with beautiful detail and care. Standard on the Macan S is a Piano Black interior package and comfort seats with Alcantara. The Macan Turbo comes standard with 18-way adaptive sport seats including 18-way power seats with memory package in leather and brushed aluminum interior trim. Both models are available with optional Dark Walnut and carbon fiber trim.

Conveniences and technologies inside the Macan include: the Light Comfort Package, which provides illumination in the Macan's interior including dimmable ambient lighting in the door panels, overhead console, front and back footwell lighting, reading lights at rear of the vehicle, plus ambient lighting in exterior mirrors. Standard CDR Plus audio system features a 7in touchscreen display, with USB interface for connecting external storage media devices, 11 speakers and a total output of 235 watts. A Bose Surround Sound system with 14 speakers, 200 watt active subwoofer, nine amplifier channels and a total 545 watt output. Porsche Car Connect (PCC) makes it possible to access information and control individual vehicle functions remotely via a smartphone. Multi-function sports steering wheel is based on the 918 Spyder with these standard buttons: telephone, radio, on-board computer plus paddle shifters.

2015 Porsche Macan rear three quarter in motion Photo 11/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan

The Macan S and Macan Turbo offer more crossover versatility for those looking for the highest quality interiors, dynamic exterior, the latest in technology, and performance-oriented ride for the road ahead.

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