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Will the base Macan with a 2.0-litre powerplant do justice to the Stuttgart sports carmaker?

03 Sep 2014

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When the Macan made its debut at the L.A. Auto Show late last year, it was introduced in three variants - the Macan Turbo, the Macan S and the Macan S Diesel. 

But when Porsche launched its junior SUV in Singapore last month, we saw a fourth new member. Filling the 'entry-level' spot is a 2.0-litre variant, which is one of the smallest (in terms of engine size) to be made by Porsche in almost three decades.

Hence, naturally, the first thing that comes to our minds is if this base variant still has what it takes to bear the sports carmaker's badge.

'Special' colour on our test car is a $9.6k option, and is a rather acquired taste 

Up close and Personal

The base Macan is no less striking than its more expensive brothers. In fact, besides the rear moniker, the only way to tell of its more humble status is its twin tailpipes (all three other variants get quad pipes). 

It even comes with 19-inch sport shoes, even though they look much smaller within those sizeable wheel arches.


Likewise on the inside, the base Macan feels every bit a Porsche. The cabin is furnished with cow hide from top to toe, which is contrasted nicely with expensive-looking metallic trims.

Even when doing without carbon fibre bits found in the flagship Turbo, the interior feels fittingly sporty - even by sports car standard. The ergonomic and low-slung driving position also deserves credit for making the Macan feel like a sporty crossover rather than a hefty SUV.

And despite being the 'junior' in the lineup, the Macan boasts a practical cabin for five on board and an accessible 500 litres of load lugging space.

Porsche's new light signature - four-point daytime running LED - is standard on all Macans in Singapore

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1984cc

Horsepower

:

174kW (233 bhp) / 6800 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4500 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) PDK

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

6.9sec

Top Speed

:

223km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.9km/L

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