Spring forward with Porsche

March 5, 2014

In a few days, we’ll be welcoming in the Spring season and what better way to do it than going for a showstopper from this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Marking the first compact SUV in Porsche’s new line, the Macan is impressive both on the inside out and is indeed an attractive sibling to the Cayenne. It may be smaller in size, but that still doesn’t undermine its power and performance. As far as the technical side goes, the SUV is powered by V6 turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The Macan’s name actually comes from an Indonesian word standing for ‘tiger’, which sounds like a fitting analogy seeing as how Porsche considers it to be the sports car of the SUV fleets in the market.

Similar to the style of the 911, the sloped roofline and sleek rear gives it the sporty look. The interior pretty much has the same design with a steering wheel resembling that of the Porsche 918 and very comfortable seats, despite the smaller size. Most would compare the new SUV to the Audi Q5, but with a more athletic look.

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As for the Macan’s top model, the Macan Turbo, it packs a bit more including a standard air suspension. This can basically allow the Macan to adjust its ground clearance so it can be driven in just about any weather condition. In addition, it has a 3.6L Bitrubo engine. Still not convinced SUVs are about to take over your regular coupe trends?

Make sure not to miss out on the world premiere of the Porsche Macan S Diesel at the Geneva Motor Show. It serves as the more fuel-efficient version of the Macans and goes from 0-100kph in about 6.1 seconds. Each 100km will take up 6.1 liters of diesel. So it not only packs a 258 hp three-liter turbocharged engine, the Macan S Diesel can be classified as a long-distance vehicle.

Porsche will also be premiering the 919 Hybrid. Regarding the hot new sports car, Matthias Müller, Chairman of Porsche AG, said: “Crucial in the development of the Le Mans prototype were the newly created and revolutionary racing rules for this class as they relate to energy efficiency. In 2014, it will not be the fastest car that wins the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, rather it will be the car that goes the furthest with a defined amount of energy. And it is precisely this challenge that carmakers must overcome. The 919 Hybrid is our fastest mobile research laboratory and the most complex race car that Porsche has ever built.”

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The 919 Hybrid’s combustion engine is a compact V4 petrol engine and it turns at 9,000rpm with an output of 500hp. Hence, it can be considered a temporary all-wheel drive vehicle.  With lithium-ion batteries to store energy, an electric motor steers the front axle whenever the driver needs to utilize the saved energy.

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Along with the 919 Hybrid, Porsche is expected to showcase its 911 RSR. The motorsport developments reinvent the iconic 911. Seeing as how a lightweight nature is evermore increasing in popularity in the sports car world, the 911 RSR stays true to this with enhanced aerodynamics, once again providing for better fuel efficiency. First revealed last year, the supercar outputs 470hp and in January of this year, the American 24-hour classic in Daytona gave Porsche a reason to celebrate. The 911 RSR’s class victory makes it no surprise to find it this April at the World Endurance Championship series.

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For those unable to attend the shows, not to worry, we’ll be bringing you the updates so stay tuned…

 

 

by micha
Micheline has a a sweet-tooth for dark chocolate and cappuccinos, an almost obsessive-compulsive aversion to dust on Blu-ray discs, and a passion for regularly playing tennis on her Nintendo Wii. Matched with her love of writing, she is the Editor of T3 Middle East's Levant English publication and English website, and the Associated Editor for the GCC English publication.