UPDATE: While the text of this post used the term "lease", the title originally said "loan". We've updated the headline to more accurately reflect the nature of the program in question.

Walk into a Porsche dealer today, place an order for a Macan and you'll be looking at a waiting period of six months or more before you can expect delivery. That may be common enough for high-end European automakers, but the Macan is meant to lure new buyers to the brand, and the waitlist could be enough to deter them from sticking around.

The solution? Offer to lease them a Boxster or Cayman until their new Macan arrives. Shorter in term that the usual new-car lease, these six-month terms are designed to keep buyers from turning their backs, all the while experiencing the kind of vehicle Porsche does best.

Of course it doesn't hurt that the dealer then gets a used sports car to sell again once the short-term lease is up. And we wouldn't be surprised to see some buyers asking to hold on to their mid-engined sports car for a little longer, either.

Porsche says it's too early since the launch of the program to tell how many Macan buyers are opting for the short-term leases, but considering how close the prices of the Macan, Boxster and Cayman can be – all starting in the low $50k range – we would be surprised if it weren't a runaway success.


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      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      It seems to me if you're in the market for a Macan, you probably need the backseat area for family members, and that a Cayman isn't going to be much use to you. Maybe they should offer short term leases on the Cayenne S and use it as an opportunity to "upsell" instead...
        graphikzking
        • 5 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Maybe, but my wife has been thinking about a new suv to replace her car. We are waiting for Model X to see how it performs and how the doors actually function in the real world before putting a deposit. Now if the Macan is a nice option, I could have a very nice Boxster for the next 6 months to enjoy. :) I wonder what the costs will be.
          waetherman
          • 5 Months Ago
          @graphikzking
          You mean YOUR WIFE would have a very nice Boxster to enjoy for the next 6 months.. :P It is a good program though - particularly as it's timed with the seasons; drive a convertible for the next few months until the bad weather comes, then switch to an SUV. Heck, if they offered the option to switch back and forth, I'd go for that!
        Cayman
        • 5 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        That's true... But the Macan is probably replacing another SUV the person already owns. If I was upgrading to the Macan for the family and already ran that by the wife, it may be an easy sell to keep my existing SUV for an extra 6 months while getting to lease a 981 at the same time for roughly the same amount of money (assuming the original SUV isn't leased).
          waetherman
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          So then you've got three cars, three payments and a two car garage... I don't know, maybe the typical Porsche buyer isn't so concerned with those kinds of problems as I am. But then again I only have one car, I park on the street and have to move it twice a week for street cleaning. So I'm not really in the target demographic on this one. Yet.
          Cayman
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          Presumably the SUV my mythical family is trading in is already paid off. So you have the same number of payments you would have had before; instead of making a payment towards a Macan, it's going towards a Boxster/Cayman. And I don't think this is intended to cover 100% of the people who can't get a Macan right away, Porsche is probably looking to just keep a percentage (say 10%) that would have gone elsewhere.
        Card13
        • 5 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Many people looking at SUVs this small don't really need a large family vehicle, they just want to jump on the crossover bandwagon. People who actually need the space for family and cargo are more likely to be shopping for a Cayenne anyway
          Cayman
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Card13
          I'm not sure about that. I would think there are quite a few people/families that need/want the room of a small SUV/CUV that don't need/want the full size space of a Cayenne. Saying that someone who needs something larger than a 2 seat mid engine sports car, is probably going to need a full size large SUV is more than a little bit of a stretch. But that's not to say that they couldn't get by with a 981 for a short time by using other vehicles.
        GVIrish
        • 5 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        My thoughts exactly. Someone who wants to buy a Macan is someone who presumable wants a back seat and a little bit of cargo room, a Boxster or Cayman has neither. A Cayenne S is a bit more pricey than a Macan S though, so maybe they could substitute a base Cayenne or a Cayenne Diesel, then a Cayenne S for a Macan Turbo.
      Jay
      • 5 Months Ago
      That's actually a great idea. I'd like to see how one of these 6 month leases is setup.
      Hernan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Is porsche planning on offering a mini panamera to compete with the 3 series etc.? Seems like that would be a logical next step. I agree with those who posted that if you have an order pending for a 4 seat SUV, a 2 seat sports car probably won't fill your needs.
      Jim R
      • 5 Months Ago
      You know I gotta give them credit for this, it's a pretty clever idea. I'm not in a position to take advantage, and I don't really want one anyway, but it's a clever idea nonetheless.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Neat idea.
      psarquis
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't get the hype. The "base" Macan S is still an Audi Q5/VW Tiguan that has been "extensively" modified by Porsche, and it only looks a little bit better than the Audi SQ5, IMO. Why not just go for the SQ5? You could probably get one on short order and for a much better price.
        SteveL
        • 5 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        The Macan and Q5 only share 30% per Porsche. Test drive a SQ5 and then a Macan S and tell us if there's a difference.
        Bradford
        • 5 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        "I don't get it. An M3 is just a 328i that has been 'extensively' modified by BMW... Why not just go for the 328i?"
          Keith
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Bradford

          It's not quite the same, the Audi and Porsche are much closer in specs and price

          Audi SQ5             MSRP 52,7K with 354 HP and 346 lbs/ft 6 Cyl

          Porsche Macan S MSRP 49,9K with 340 HP and 339 lbs/ft 6 Cyl

          Instead,

          BMW 328i       MSRP 37.5 with 240 HP 4 Cyl

          BMW M3        MSRP 62K  with 425 HP 6 Cyl


        Matt Mossberg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        Every review I've seen puts the porsche way ahead of its q5 cousin in handling and fun/good to drive factor. Prices are actually pretty competitive between the two. The porsche comes with almost the same power as the Qs5 but starts at a lower price of about 10k if I remember correctly.
      david.bergman1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Ordering an SUV/Wagon that won't be here for several months? It's okay, we'll loan/lease you a two sweater in the interim. Umm, where are the kids going to sit? Leave them at home.
        Gator
        • 5 Months Ago
        @david.bergman1
        Exactly what I was thinking. They still would not want to wait and get a substitute. In addition, most people that buy 50k+ cars don't keep them long anyway. They can get into one later on when they become more available.
      RomanM
      • 5 Months Ago
      cayene and macan are priced the same, why not just get the bigger one, and call it a day.
        Cayman
        • 5 Months Ago
        @RomanM
        They aren't priced the same. And if they were priced the same and someone wanted the smaller one, what makes you think they would suddenly want the larger one?
        Basil Exposition
        • 5 Months Ago
        @RomanM
        I think you are misreading.
      ferps
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is the world we live in: Porsche practically has to give away Boxsters and Caymans (arguably the best sports cars you can buy) in order to placate people who are waiting for their new min-ute.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have to admit... I have been watching this develop and I have never bought a car I couldn't see in some form, so this is of no help, even though the replacement would be fine for me. It's surprising that the car has been under development for years but no plans to build enough of them? Bizarre.
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