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Porsche adds an entry-level option to the Macan range

AFP Relaxnews | 2016-03-09 15:45:46.0

A new addition to the German carmaker's most popular car range -- the compact sporty Macan SUV -- promises to perform despite having just four cylinders.

When it goes on sale in June, the new model will cost from €55,669 (roughly R908,936 before taxes and destination charges) yet will still be able to keep up with its more expensive six-cylinder brethren.

Porsche claims that the two-litre turbocharged engine under the car's hood was specifically developed for this model and will deliver a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds, a top speed of 229km/h and has 252hp on tap.

That power goes via a seven-speed paddle-operated PDK dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. Helping owners make the most of the engine's capabilities is a traction management control system that is as good at keeping the car planted when driving on the limit as it is at finding grip in icy conditions.

And Porsche hasn't scrimped on the interior. Many of the features and equipment on the new model are the same as those found on faster, more expensive models, including electrically adjustable seats, Alcantara trim, the Porsche infotainment package and an automated tailgate.

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