Notably absent since 2008, Porsche has returned to the Canadian International Auto Show in 2014. Porsche brought two significant vehicles to show to Canadian for the first time.
Front and centre was the all-new Porsche Macan compact sport utility vehicle. The latest SUV in the Porsche lineup, the Macan joins the larger Cayenne SUV which has been a runaway success for the legendary sports car manufacturer. Styling is reminiscent of the current Porsche Cayenne which may prove to be a good thing. The Cayenne has proven to be the most popular Porsche model in dealer showrooms.
The new Macan will be available as either a standard S model or the more potent Macan Turbo. All Macan’s will feature active all-wheel drive and the Porsche racing derived, double-clutch gearbox (PDK). Powering the Macan S is a new Porsche-designed twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine that delivers 340 horsepower and can accelerate to 100 km/h in as low as 5.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package.
A larger twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 in the Macan Turbo produces 400 horsepower and sprints to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, again with the sport with Sport Chrono package. Acceleration times are quoted with the Sport Chrono package as the system utilizes an available launch control function.
Not that most Porsche drivers will particularly care but Porsche stresses that fuel efficiency is enhanced with an engine Start/Stop system.
In an unusual step for an SUV, even one from Porsche, the wheel tracks of the front and rear axle will be slightly different with the rear track being 4 mm narrower. Combined with a low centre of gravity and available 21 inch tires, the Macan promises to be a drivers treat.
Pricing will start at $54,300 for Macan S and $82,200 for Macan Turbo when they hit Canadian dealer showrooms later this spring as 2015 models.
Porsche also brought its all-new 911 GT3 Cup car, making its North American Auto Show debut.
The new GT3 Cup car is powered by a 460 horsepower, 3.8-litre horizontally-opposed six cylinder engine. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport which is operated via steering wheel mounted shift paddles – for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car – transmits the power to the rear axle.
The new race car will be competing in the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin series starting May 17th, 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.