Porsche’s second-ever EV will be an electric Macan SUV, with prices starting at $80,450

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Porsche’s second-ever EV will be an electric Macan SUV, with prices starting at $80,450 -Gudstory

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Porsche announced its second only electric vehicle, the highly anticipated Macan SUV, with pricing starting at a surprisingly affordable $80,450 for a Porsche. This is the first time that the sports car maker has electrified one of its existing vehicles.

The new Macan will have a 100kWh battery, of which 95kWh is usable, and will have an 800-volt architecture for fast-charging capabilities. Porsche says the Macan will be able to accept fast-charging at up to 270 kilowatts for a 10 to 80 percent charging time of just 21 minutes.

The Macan EV is the second battery-electric vehicle sold by Porsche, alongside the Taycan, which was first introduced in 2019. It will be built on Porsche’s Premium Platform Electric architecture, which has been co-developed with Audi.

Porsche says it will release its EPA-estimated range when the Macan EV gets closer to delivery, but looking at the specs, we can probably estimate a WLTP-rated range of 310 miles. The EPA range will probably be a little lower.

At 400-volt charging stations, a high-voltage switch in the battery enables bank charging by effectively dividing the 800-volt battery into two batteries, each with a nominal voltage of 400 volts. And depending on the right equipment, up to 11 kW of AC charging is possible.

10 to 80 percent charging time only 21 minutes

Porsche is making two versions of the vehicle: the Macan 4 and the Macan Turbo, both with dual motors for all-wheel drive. The Macan 4 will generate 300 kilowatts, or 402 horsepower, and 479 lb-ft of torque, accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds, and achieve a top track speed of 136mph. The Macan Turbo will produce 470 kilowatts, or 630 horsepower, and 833 lb-ft of torque, accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds and achieve a top track speed of 161 mph.

Both Macan models are equipped with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damping control as standard. Porsche says the management system features dampers with two-valve technology, resulting in “a broad spectrum between comfort and performance” and “greatly differentiated characteristics between the different drive programs”. There is no mention of whether the Macan will include the “Active Ride” feature found in the Panamera E-Hybrid that can actively tilt the vehicle with the steering wheel.

The Macan looks ridiculously aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.25. This is achieved with active cooling flaps on the front air intakes, flexible covers on the sealed underbody and air curtains below the headlights.

Porsche says that for the first time, the Macan will come with optional rear-axle steering, enabling a maximum steering angle of five degrees. This allows a compact turning circle of 36.4 feet in urban traffic and when manoeuvring, assisted by front-axle steering.

Porsche is making two versions of the vehicle

The Macan also has a small front trunk, or frunk, with a volume of 2.9 cubic-feet. It is very similar to the Taycan Cross Turismo, and is only usable for the smallest items.

Porsche is positioning the Macan as an all-terrain, utility vehicle. And while it won’t be the same as the 911 Dakar in terms of off-roading capability, the electric Macan sits on 22-inch wheels and will have a wheelbase that’s 3.4 inches longer than the outgoing model. It can tow up to 4,409 pounds, well, I’m not exactly sure about that. What will happen You With a luxury Porsche SUV in tow? Maybe this thing.

Inside the car, drivers can expect to find an all-new version of Porsche’s head-up display, which the company likens to augmented reality. Virtual navigation arrows will appear at a distance of 32.8 feet and correspond to the size of an 87-inch (!!) display. Truly something that needs to be seen to be believed. The central touchscreen is 12.6 inches, while the gauge cluster is 10.9 inches.

Porsche has said it is adopting Android Automotive by the middle of the decade, with the Macan being one of the first vehicles to feature a Google-powered infotainment system. Apple CarPlay will still be available to iPhone users. Drivers can access the voice assistant by using the wake words “Hey Porsche” to get navigation assistance or find a charging stop.

But while pricing for the 2024 Porsche Taycan starts at around $92,550, the Macan will be a bit more affordable – at least for luxury car owners. The automaker says Macan 4 pricing will start at $78,800, plus a $1,650 delivery fee, for a total of $80,450. Meanwhile, the Macan Turbo will be priced from $106,950, including delivery charges.

Pre-orders for both versions of the Macan EV begin today, with Porsche estimating deliveries to begin in the second half of 2024.

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