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Macan model breaks new ground for Porsche (pictures)

Now that the Cayenne has become accepted among the Porsche faithful, the Macan should be no surprise. Yet this new compact SUV is something of a revelation, featuring phenomenal handling, power and new tech features.

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The Porsche Macan has been in the works for some time, with rumors leading up to the introduction last year at the Los Angeles auto show.

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This new model retains all the street performance for which Porsche has become legendary.

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As a compact SUV, the Macan gives Porsche a model in a hot, new segment.

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In the US, the Macan comes in S and Turbo trims.

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An adaptive air suspension is available in both trims.

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Shown are the standard exhausts, but Porsche makes a sport exhaust system available.

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With its Offroad traction mode and an air suspension that adds 1.5 inches of clearance, Porsche promises some off-road capability.

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Big air intakes feed the engine's twin turbochargers.

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The rear cargo space looks surprisingly large, considering the compact SUV body.

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With excellent handling, off-road capability and comfort for daily driving, the Macan is an all-around car.

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Six piston calipers at the front wheels modulate well and have the stopping power necessary for the Macan Turbo's 400 horsepower engine.

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The hood lifts around the headlights.

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Both the Macan S and Macan Turbo come with twin turbocharged engines, but the Turbo model has a higher displacement V-6.

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The cabin befits the Macan's high base cost, and can be configured with many different looks.

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Rear seats are a bit cramped.

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Porsche design currently dictates a very linear dashboard.

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The Chrono option, also seen on Porsche sports cars, adds this analog timer.

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Electric power steering could use a sport program to become more responsive.

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As in other larger Porsche models, the console becomes a control center for vehicle settings.

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The instrument cluster includes an LCD in the right opening that can show navigation, trip data, phone, and stereo.

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The navigation system maps render buildings in major downtown areas.

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The maps also show rich terrain detail.

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Voice command is available as an option on the Macan, and offers comprehensive control over infotainment features.

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The music library screen appears for audio sources plugged into the USB port, the SD card slot and the car's own hard drive.

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The music playback screen can show album art, when available.

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HD radio comes standard with the Porsche Communication Management option.

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Satellite radio is also available.

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The Burmester audio option includes digital signal processing profiles.

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