This evening I’m flying to Germany with Porsche – to do something I’m really looking forward to.
No, it’s not a lap of the ‘ring in the 918 – nor is it an Autobahn blast in a Panamera.
Technically, it’s not even a launch. And I won’t be doing any driving. But it is a close look at Porsche’s new compact SUV, the Macan.
So why is the Macan such a big deal that it’s worth travelling across Europe just to look at it? Well, when we first saw the Macan at the LA Motor Show last month, we reported that Porsche expects to sell 50,000 a year. To put that into context: Porsche sold 143,000 cars in total last year.
I expect Porsche will try and gloss over the fact the Macan is very closely related to the Audi Q5 – but I’m keen to find out what they’ve done to make it into the ‘sports car’ the manufacturer insists it is.
We know that there’ll be a choice of three V6 engines when the Macan first arrives in the UK in Spring – including a 3.0-litre diesel (as seen in the Cayenne and Audi SQ5), a 3.0-litre petrol and a 3.6-litre turbo, capable of reaching 62mph in 4.8 seconds. We recently configured our ideal Macan, and opted for the diesel.
But is performance enough to make it desirable to buyers of compact SUVs? Its main rivals will be the already mentioned Q5, as well as the BMW X3. It’s more Freelander size than Evoque, but if we see a hot Evoque launched soon, it’ll be a direct rival.
What would you like to know about the new Porsche Macan? Comment below or tweet me (@TheAndrewBrady) and I’ll put your questions to the experts.