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Driving pleasure with Porsche Macan

Who says you can’t enjoy the prowess of a sports car with a full passenger cabin?

Six and a half seconds is all it takes to go from naught to 100km/h, thanks to a robust two-litre engine under the bonnet. Producing 252bhp, it propels the car to a top speed of almost 230km/h. These stats probably paint a picture of a sports coupe or sedan but here’s the kicker — these numbers actually belong to a compact SUV. The Porsche Macan, to be exact.

Since its debut in the automotive world in 2013, the younger brother of the Porsche Cayenne has been winning over many hearts in the segment. And what’s not to love? The five-seater has a beautiful and striking design. It’s a spacious and practical ride with ample leg- and head-room. Yet it has also been engineered to deliver just as thrilling a drive as the German marque’s beloved 911. This is thanks to the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission that allows for a dynamic and agile drive experience.

As a car made to stand up to the rigours of family life, it keeps both the driver and its passengers firmly in mind. A firm suspension means a high level of comfort for all on board, whether it’s taking on the corners or travelling over bumps on the road. Across the Macan range, interiors are, without question, crafted from exquisite high-quality materials such as leather, carbon and aluminium. Not to mention, the crossover has also been equipped with nifty features such as the three-zone climate control and optional seat ventilation. Upping its practical factor is the large boot space. With a loading capacity of 500 litres, this can be further extended to 1,500 litres when the rear bench seats are fully folded down.

Of course, as a family ride, the SUV does not compromise on safety, even though it is crafted to deliver a sporty performance. Advanced safety features, including a Porsche Stability Management control system, allows sensors to monitor the car while in motion. Other standard features include the Porsche Entry & Drive that lets you unlock the car easily without having to fiddle with your keys, Park Assist for both front and rear, integral anti-lock braking system (ABS), front, curtain and side airbags, as well as sensors to detect frontal collision.

With such technology in place, drivers can be sure the family will be well taken care of with the Macan. Those who enjoy long road trips, especially, can add on a Rear Seat Entertainment system so youngsters are kept entertained throughout the journey. And because the automaker understands that there’s nothing wrong with craving a louder growl under the hood or a more boisterous drive even in this family-friendly chariot, Porsche has sportier options to satisfy every need for speed.

For a little more spark: Macan S

Save for 18-inch wheels with brake calipers in titanium grey for a sportier stance, the Macan S doesn’t look any different from the base model. But behind the wheel is where you can savour Porsche’s fighting spirit. A three-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine delivers 340bhp for a top speed of 254km/h. If you prefer, the Macan S also comes with a diesel engine for an impressive 258bhp of power, boosting the car to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds (6.1 with Sport Plus).

For the inner racer: Macan GTS

Like all Porsche GTS models, the Macan GTS draws inspiration from motorsports. Engineered as an exciting urban sports car, this iteration is capable of sprinting 100km/h in 5.2 seconds (five seconds flat with Sport Plus), thanks to its three-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. An advanced Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) promises exceptional comfort, despite the car being swifter. Distinguishing features of the GTS include its 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin black, GTS badging, matte black air intake grilles, and a loud-and-proud sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes in black. Interiors include the eight-way electric sports seats and exclusive GTS leather package with Alcantara.

For top-notch performance: Macan Turbo

Leading the range in terms of performance is the Macan Turbo, with 400bhp and a top speed of 266km/h on its twin-turbocharged heart. Acceleration from naught to 100km/h is at 4.8 seconds (4.6 with Sport Plus). If that’s still not enough, go for the Performance Package that gives 40bhp more power for a timing of 4.4 seconds — comparable to the 911 Carrera. Like the GTS, the Macan Turbo is powered by Porsche’s PASM suspension. Design- wise, the Macan Turbo rides on 19-inch wheels and sports a more aggressive body kit with SportDesign exterior mirrors and wheel hub covers with coloured Porsche crest, sports exhaust system with black tailpipes, as well as high-gloss black accents on the air inlets, side blades, trim strips of the side windows and rear underbody panel.

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