If you were hoping for a V6-powered Porsche Macan, you’re in luck.
Late last month I wagered that Porsche planned at least two variants of the forthcoming 2015 Macan: a twin-turbo V6 and a diesel. Now we’ve learned, thanks to Chinese automotive website Autohome (by way of Carscoops), that the miraculous little Macan will be offered in three models: Macan S; Macan S Diesel; and Macan Turbo.
The entry-level Macan S will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. If those power numbers sound familiar, they should. This engine is likely based upon the slightly more powerful motor that propels the Audi SQ5. Under the hood of the Macan S, the engine will be good for a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.
The Macan S Diesel, which we hope very much that will see here in the U.S., will get a diesel turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 258 hp and 428 lb-ft. Not only is torque good for pulling stumps from the stubborn, frozen earth, it’s also good for 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds. While the diesel might be slowest, it’ll certainly get the best fuel economy.
Last – and certainly not least – we have the Macan Turbo. Just as I had speculated, this top-ender will be driven by the all-new, Porsche-exclusive twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6, derived from the 4.8-liter V8. It’ll make an impressive 400 hp and 406 lb-ft. and thrust the Macan Turbo to 62 mph from a dead standstill in 4.8 seconds.
Sure, the Macan might not be the fastest Porsche, but it’ll certainly be one of the best selling. Four-door Porsche’s have claimed sales dominance over the two-door models in recent years. And the Macan’s ability to draw in buyers who might have otherwise shopped a BMW X3, Audi SQ5, or Infiniti QX70 (formerly FX37) will likely be staggering.
While the Macan might only have three models at the initial launch, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Hybrid model or plug-in hybrid model in the future.
Remember, these are leaks so the information might be off. We’ll know for sure soon, though, as the Macan sees its global debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show. We’ll be on the show floor snapping live pictures and video so be sure to check back next week for the official reports.
(Secondary photo credit: Autohome)