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Launched last week, the Porsche Macan is already making Sime Darby Auto Performance’s showrooms busier then ever. This will be a proper volume seller for Porsche, much more so than the Cayenne and Panamera. No surprises there, considering the new Macan’s (relatively) attractive prices.

The base Macan starts from RM420,000. We say start because that’s the figure before you factor in the various optional packages available. Start ticking all the boxes and you’ll be paying a lot more than the base price. And before you say that that will make it too close to the base RM550,000 Cayenne V6, remember again that that, too, is the pre-options price.

Prices aside, the Volkswagen-sourced but Porsche-tweaked 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine pushes out 237 hp and 350 Nm of torque here. It’ll do 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 223 km/h through the range-standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. It’s claimed to consume just 7.2 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.

Exterior wise, you can spot the base Macan by its badge on the rear hatch, black brake calipers (instead of silver on the Macan S/Macan S Diesel and red on the Macan Turbo; optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is yellow) and two rhombus-shaped tailpipes (quad round pipes on Macan S/Macan S Diesel, quad rhombus on Macan Turbo). Other visual differences (chrome highlights, aluminium roof rails, carbon-fibre side blades, etc.) are optional extras.

Inside, you get a choice between piano black, brushed aluminium, wood or even carbon-fibre trim on the dashboard. The tidy clock above the front fascia is part of the optional Sports Chrono Pack, and the cabin looks rather bare without it installed. Available as cost options are 14-way comfort seats, 18-way sports seats, leather-covered dashboard, panoramic sunroof and plenty of other details.

Standard features vary between the variants. For instance, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dynamic dampers is standard across the range, but all models above the base Macan (RM545,000, 245 hp/580 Nm Macan S Diesel, RM560,000, 340 hp/460 Nm Macan S and RM785,000, 400 hp/550 Nm Macan Turbo) get air suspension with ride-height adjustment too.

All prices are Nett Selling Price before OTR costs (registration fee, road tax) and insurance. As usual, all Macan models come with a four-year warranty as well as a four-year free service, parts and maintenance package.

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Porsche Macan S Diesel
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