What is it?
An entry-level petrol variant of the Porsche Macan, cheaper by almost Rs. 35 lakhs (price of an Audi A4) than the diesel variant!
How does it look?
Aesthetically, there is no difference than the Macan Turbo or the S Diesel variants.It will remind you of its elder sibling, the Cayenne upfront, thanks to the similar family face, especially the headlights but there are certain giveaways like the ‘tiger claw’ vents up front. The coupeish SUV silhouette looks nice and sporty in my opinion and the 19-inch wheels that our car came equipped with look very well synchronised with the overall side profile.
How’s it from the inside?
A typical Porsche cabin greets you as soon as you open the door. Everything on the dashboard is very well laid out and the cockpit inspired centre console is home to a host of buttons, again something that we have seen in the Cayenne before. A lot of stuff on the inside like the dual tone interior layout, panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable front passenger seat, sport chrono package are all optional extras which our test car came equipped with and can amount to a lot once you add all them. The PCM infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and comes with BOSE speakers which will leave the audiophiles impressed. The overall cabin is quite utilitarian and it doesn’t have all the tech gimmicks that you might find in the new 5 series, but that again is something that Porsche’s aren’t known for. As one can make out from the car’s dimensions, the cabin isn’t very spacious on the inside(neither is it supposed to be, it a sports SUV) but can still accommodate four adults comfortably(the panoramic sunroof adds an airy feel).
How does it drive?
Porsche’s are known for their great driving dynamics and the Macan is no different. It retains Porsche’s classic driving dynamics and does not feel like an SUV from behind the wheel- which is a good good thing. Throw it in around a couple of fast corners and might actually mistake it for a sportscar, thanks to some great feedback from its electromechanical steering unit and the very clever four-wheel drive system which has offers oodles and oodles of mechanical grip.
Under the hood of the Macan R is the new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit which is good enough for 252bhp of power and 370Nm of torque. The engine feels nice and punchy and considering the huge price difference from its diesel counterpart, this is definitely the engine to buy is you are considering to buy the Macan. In fact, when you compare the R4’s actual performance figures with the Macan Diesel S, they are almost identical as the R4 does the 0-100kmph dash in 6.5 seconds.
Our test car came equipped with an optional Launch Control (thanks to the Sports Chrono package) and once that is engaged, you can definitely not call the R4 underpowered by any means. It revs nicely all the way up to 6500 rpm and even gives away a nice little snarl while upshifting. There are three driving modes- Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. Our test car came equipped with the optional air suspension which ensures that you glide over city potholes without bothering a bit. The 7 Speed PDK gearbox works like a charm and makes sure that you can extract every bit of those 252 horses. There are paddle shifters as well which let you take charge of things manually but the PDK gearbox is just so precise with every throttle input that you really don’t need to use the paddle shifters to drive dynamically.
Should I buy one?
Well, I had my doubts when I first heard about this ‘four-cylinder’ Porsche but spending some time with the car has completely changed my opinion. The Macan R4 is every bit what a Porsche is known to be and by no means feels underpowered. At Rs. 76.84 lakh, buying this variant make a lot of sense over its diesel counterpart no matter how many kilometres you drive daily. Yes there are cars like the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG and the Jaguar F Pace snarling up its neck but at the end of the day Porsche’s are known for one thing- Agility and the Macan has got plenty of it!
ENGINE – 2.0-litre turbo petrol
POWER- 252 bhp, TORQUE- 370Nm
TRANSMISSION – 7 Speed Auto, AWD
ACCELERATION – 0-100kmph- 6.7 seconds
TOP SPEED -229kmph
Price- Rs. 76.84 Lakhs (ex-showroom)
REVIEWED BY – KONARK TYAGI