The Porsche Issue
By Amos Kwon
on 11.25.13

When the Porsche Cayenne SUV took front and center for the Stuttgart automaker in 2002, Porsche purists had exhaust coming out of their ears. A Porsche SUV? The move, at least to them, was tantamount to putting a plaid shirt, leather suspenders and hiking boots on Gisele Bündchen. But the Cayenne turned into Porsche’s biggest seller, providing much-needed funding for more ambitious projects like the 918 hybrid supercar and international racing endeavors. Well, Porsche’s doing it again with the 2015 Porsche Macan ($52,000-$62,000).

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The Macan (its name means “tiger” in Indonesian) gives Porsche a serious contender in the small performance cross-over wars. Just like all of Porsche’s cars, the primary focus has been squarely placed driving experience; the Macan’s taken clear design and technical cues from the 911 and the Cayenne. Even if they had called it the Cajun — its original namesake — we’d have plenty of reason for excitement. To see all the details of this new German mini-ute, check out the breakdown.

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