Porsche’s second ever electric car will be an electric Macan SUV, starting at $80,450

Porsche announced its second ever electric car, the highly anticipated Macan SUV, starting at the surprisingly affordable price of a Porsche of $80,450. This is the first time the sports car manufacturer has electrified one of its existing vehicles.

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

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

Porsche says it will release its EPA-estimated range when the Macan EV gets closer to delivery, but judging by the specs, we can probably estimate a WLTP-estimated range of 310 miles. The EPA range will most likely be slightly less.

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

A 10 to 80 percent charge time of just 21 minutes

Porsche builds two versions of the vehicle: the Macan 4 and Macan Turbo, both of which feature dual motors for all-wheel drive. The Macan 4 delivers a power of 300 kW (402 hp) and a torque of 479 Nm, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 210 km/h. The Macan Turbo will produce 470 kW (630 hp) and 833 Nm of torque, reach 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 260 km/h.

Both Macan models are equipped as standard with air suspension and electronic damping control Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Porsche says the management system features dampers with two-valve technology, resulting in “a broader spectrum between comfort and performance” and “many more distinguishing features between the different driving programs.” There’s no mention of whether the Macan will include the “Active Ride” feature found in the Panamera E-Hybrid, which 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 under the headlights.

Porsche says the Macan will come with optional rear-axle steering for the first time, allowing a maximum steering angle of five degrees. This ensures a compact turning circle of 10 meters in city traffic and when maneuvering, supported by the front axle steering.

Porsche builds two versions of the vehicle

The Macan also has a small front trunk, or frunk, with a volume of 2.9 cubic feet. That is the same amount as the Taycan Cross Turismo and can only be used for the smallest items.

Porsche presents the Macan as an off-road vehicle. And although it won’t resemble the 911 Dakar in terms of off-road capabilities, the electric Macan will sit on 22-inch wheels and have a wheelbase that is 8.5 cm longer than that of the current model. It can tow up to 4,409 pounds, well, which I’m not exactly sure. What would you towing with a luxury Porsche SUV? Probably this thing.

Inside the car, drivers can expect an all-new version of Porsche’s heads-up display, which the company likens to augmented reality. Virtual navigation arrows appear at a distance of 10 meters and correspond to the size of an 87-inch (!!) screen. Truly something you have to see to believe. The central touchscreen measures 12.6 inches, while the instrument panel measures 10.9 inches.

Porsche has said it will adopt Android Automotive by the middle of this decade, with the Macan being one of the first vehicles to feature the Google-powered infotainment system. Apple CarPlay remains available for iPhone users. Drivers can access the voice assistant using the “Hey Porsche” wake words to get navigation help or find charging stops.

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

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

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