We said it would come about, and it’s occurred even earlier than we anticipated: Porsche has dropped a a number of-tube engine into its Macan SUV.
Especially, it’s a 2.-litre a number of-tube turbo, carefully relevant to the motor found in the Golfing GTI ‘Performance Pack’ and giving 233bhp and 258lb feet of torque towards the tires by way of Porsche’s several-velocity ‘PDK’ gearbox.
Porsche claims the entrance-levels Macan is certain to get from -62mph in 6.9 seconds, using a 139mph best speed.
Compared, the Macan S – with its 3.-litre V6 petrol making 335bhp and 339lb feet of torque – is going to do the -62mph sprint in 5.4 seconds and top out at 159mph.
The foundation Macan will legally profit 37.6mpg and 168g/km of CO2. Don’t forget the 919 – Porsche’s new LMP1 racer – uses a 2.-litre V4 turbo, albeit mated to hefty electric modules, though it’s the first road-going Porsche since the 968 of the mid-Nineties to get a four-pot.
Costs? We’re afraid we can’t do that, Dave, because the four-pot Macan hasn’t yet been officially confirmed for Britain, or indeed anywhere in Europe. It’ll start in Chinese suppliers, a marketplace that offers regulations and tax breaks on sub-3.-litre motors.
Our Porsche sources tell us they expect the four-cylinder Macan to reach the UK ‘in very small numbers’, most likely some time next year.
So, a four-cylinder Porsche. Sacrilege? Alternatively, smart thinking?