Rumor has it Porsche may produce a performance version of the upcoming Macan. Autocar reports the German manufacturer is working on a Macan Turbo that may be good for as much as 370 horsepower thanks to an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine. The article suggests the 3.0-liter mill will borrow heavily from the 3.6-liter unit found in the base Panamera and Cayenne. That would mean the cylinders will be arranged in a 90-dergree V configuration. Torque output would likely be in the neighborhood of 400 pound-feet.

Autocar also hints that the vehicle will be available with either a seven-speed PDK gearbox or a new seven-speed manual transmission converted from the piece found in the 911. We certainly like the idea of a row-your-own crossover, but we're not entirely sure how that will work given that the Macan rides on the Volkswagen large front-wheel drive platform. Even with a Torsen differential shuttling power to the rear wheels, that's a significantly different configuration than the company's rear-engine sports car.

Of course, all of these whispers come without so much as a hint of a source attached to them, so it remains to be seen exactly how much is true. Look for the Macan to touch down in October.


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      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whats with the drawing, they could have just took a picture of a current Cayenne. It looks exactly the, except they were unsure about wheels to put on it this time. Lol Porsche design sucks so bad.
      Professor Gascan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Panamera uses the 90° V6 that Porsche developed. The Cayenne still uses the VW sourced 10.6° VR6 engine.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a sharpened and edited version of a Cayenne. I like it....
      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you'd have mentioned 20 years ago that Porsche would have not one, but two SUV's in their lineup, you'd have been laughed right out of the room.
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      rendering looks like a Camaro on 32's...
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a joke. Porsche losing more and more cred by the minute.
      Cain Gray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tired of seeing a new CUV every 30 seconds.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cain Gray
        And none of these are collectible in the future, or hold their value very well.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          You are certainly correct. I have seen a first gen Cayenne turbo S for less than $30K.
        TT NYC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cain Gray
        you are absolutely reading my mind. they suck. and like throw pillows, they serve no real purpose. they are the throw pillows of the road. and WTF Porsche?? you built us a sedan that was MADE to be a wagon, but no--you refuse to square off the back and give us your version of an E63 Estate or M5 wagon. i dont get it.
        ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cain Gray
        Yes!!!!
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 Porsche SUV's........ Just ....no.
      Artemiy Pavlov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Macan is based on Q5, and that is not a FWD platform as I know. It has a longitudinal engine layout and is tailored for AWD.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      So reading through the comments, a lot of people agree that SUVs do not belong in the Porsche lineup. Let me for once, stand up in their defense. In the 1950's Bill Paley, the CEO of CBS said that he could afford Morrow (hardcore news) because he had Gleason (money making entertainment). Remember that the SUVs andt the Panamera are subsidizing the less-than-money making Carrera and Caymen and Boxster.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the most part I have no need for the German SUV. However, this may be a handy upgrade to my Forester XT...
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