He assured us that "this is a sports car."

Porsche took the wraps off its all-new 2015 Macan at the LA Auto Show last week, and while it's easy to write it off as just a badge-engineered version of the Audi Q5, you'd be very, very wrong. For starters, 75 percent of the car's platform was re-engineered by the Porsche team, and with a choice of two twin-turbocharged engines, the Macan should absolutely live up to the brand's pedigree.

During the LA show, West Coast Editor Michael Harley spoke with Mike DePetro from Porsche Cars North America, who assured us that "this is a sports car." The Macan has unique suspension tuning, beefy brakes, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and comes packing either 340 or 400 horsepower, depending on trim. Heck, you can even get it with launch control.

There's a whole lot more to the Macan story, and you can hear all about it in Harley's interview with DePetro below.
2015 Porsche Macan: 2013 LA Auto Show


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      jrmosery86
      • 1 Year Ago
      4200 pounds is lightweight?
      stergis3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is no sports car. I drove a '56 550 once .that was a sports car.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stergis3
        Effing THANK YOU! Marketing ploy or not, they should be completely ashamed of trying to tout this vehicle as a "sports car." Period.
      Brian Rautio
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would suggest that based on the height of those dudes vs. the height of the car, either, 1.) Porsche's marketing department consists entirely of retired NBA centers. -- or -- 2.) The Macan is indeed a sporty to drive, because, it's actually a hatchback.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        the car has an air suspension which definately is in the lowest setting on those pictures. i actually bet it's sporty to drive since they even made the elephant cayenne fly.
          ground
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          Yup for how heavy the cayenne is it sure drives great.
        Phlegming Liberal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        Maybe the Germans like to hire tall people? I flew a few times on Lufthansa, and the flight attendants were mostly TALL and BLOND.
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks nicely proportioned. If I had to have an SUV, I wouldn't mind if it were this one. Even better if the base model comes with Manual Transmission.
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      title should actually be "a view of two guys in suits"
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't recall what engines this will come with but if they're both twin-turbocharges I think they should call them Macan tt and Macan TT instead of [base] and 'Turbo'.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Why would they use the same lettering for two different models? If the only differentiation is that one is in capitals and the other is not you're asking for trouble by the time various reviews, marketing material and anything else mentioning the products runs through a word processor in addition to any human error. It's simply too confusing and illogical. Can you imagine car dealers trying to place emphasis one the larger T's or a consumer trying to describe what they purchased. "Which one did you get?" "Oh I got the TeeeTeee over the teetee". "I can't tell the difference"
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          You're right, that would be an issue -- but at least it would accurately indicate which trim lines have turbochargers.
      Carlton
      • 1 Year Ago
      FYI, the S is not actually the base model. In a few months, Porsche will launch the Macan with a 2.0L turbo I4, the Macan Diesel with a 2.0L turbo diesel I4, and the Macan Diesel S with a 3.0L turbo V6 (Europe only.)
      Dave M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wah wah wah wah wah, Porsche started out building tractors, I don't think the farmers ripped them for building a car.....who said they could only build two seaters? (no I do not count the back seats of a 911 as additional seating). If a company that makes great vehicles makes a model for all my needs, that's just smart.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      He assured us that "this is a sports car." That's when you know it's not a sports car.
      hellyenmtp
      • 1 Year Ago
      A badge engineered of the Audi Q5.
        Carlton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hellyenmtp
        Badge Engineering means that only the badge/name of the vehicle is changed. This is not badge engineering, though it does share a common platform with the Audi Q5/A4/A5.
      Phlegming Liberal
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing weighs over a thousand pounds MORE than my Cayman S! That's a porker, not a sports car.
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phlegming Liberal
        ....do liberals drive Porsches? Just kidding. I do agree that it's a poor choice for the categorization of this vehicle, I like to think of Sport CUV. Whatever you want to call it, it works for me, And Phlemmy, you cant drive your "Lizard" too far off the road.....
      poopoohead100
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this would be a lot more appealing if it was a hatchback or wagon instead of a crossover, like a mini Panamera.
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