Porsche has launched the Macan compact SUV in India, priced at an exorbitant Rs. 1 crore for the Macan S Diesel, while the Macan Turbo costs Rs. 1.11 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price is ridiculously high because the Cayenne which is a bigger vehicle that sits higher in the Porsche line-up is priced from Rs. 79 lakhs in the country. Porsche is taking advantage of the fact that the Macan is completely sold out in global markets while all units allocated to India for 2014 have already been booked. The annual production capacity of the Porsche Macan is 50,000 units. The vehicle is a cousin of the Audi Q5 and is based on VW Group’s MLB platform.
The Porsche Macan S Diesel is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which produces 245 HP of power at 4000-4500 RPM and 580 Nm of torque between 1750-2500 RPM. This oil-burner is matched to a 7-speed PDK gearbox and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 6.3 seconds (a further 0.2 seconds are shaved off with the Sport Chrono package). The top speed of the Macan diesel is 230 km/hr. For the performance hungry enthusiasts, the Macan Turbo is the ideal fit with its 3.6-litre, bi-turbo engine generating 400 HP of power at 6000 RPM and 550 Nm of torque between 1350-4500 PPM. 0-100 km/hr takes 4.8 seconds (Sport Chrono package reducing it to 4.6 seconds) while top speed is 266 km/hr.
The Porsche Macan comes with a range of equipment as standard, including air suspension, all-wheel drive, bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), electronic tailgate operation, Burmester sound system, three-zone climate control and ride height adjustment. The vehicle which means Tiger in Indonesian has been imported to India via the CBU route. Manufactured in Germany, the cost of the imported vehicle is Rs. 37 lakhs but a range of taxes and duties are levied on the vehicle before it goes on sale in our country.