Porsche adds some power to its Macan SUV

For 2017, Porsche is adding a little more power to its Macan line of SUVs. 40 horsepower, to be exact. Its prior top of the line Macan, the Turbo, already had a V-6 engine which produced 400 horesepower and 403 lb-ft. It could accelerate the small SUV from 0-60 acceleration in 4.4 seconds. Porsche’s new addition to the lineup, named the Macan Turbo with Performance Package, gets a 10 percent bump in engine performance with an additional 40 horsepower. This brings total power output to a maximum of 440 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque from 1500 rpm-4000 rpm. The Performance Package version uses the same twin turbo V-6 engine that’s in the Turbo and GTS versions. All the additional torque and power improve 0-60 acceleration from 4.4 to 4.2 seconds. It also improves top vehicle from 164 mph to 169 mph. The twin turbos help the vehicle, which has a curb weight of 42oo lbs, get up to speed very quickly with a wide band of low end torque. A seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with manual mode pairs with the twin turbo engine to get all of its power to the ground. The Performance Package’s double overhead cam engine is variably timed and has a bore and stroke of 96 mm x 83 mm as well as a compression ratio of 10.5:1. It uses a dry sump oil system to lubricate the engine for better oil supply, improved performance and reliability, and a lower center of gravity for the vehicle. Both the engine block and the cylinder heads are of aluminum construction to reduce weight while maintaining engine block durability and reliability. Gas is fed into the engine via direct injection.

Porsche does a great job with its engineering and this instance, once again, is no exception. It already had an extremely quick and capable vehicle with the Macan, especially with the turbocharged V-6 versions. The twin turbo, all-aluminum 24 valve V-6 engine is powerful, efficient and has a lot of low end torque. Overall, the Macan with Performance Package is proof that Porsche continues to push the capabilities of their vehicles, including their engines.

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