The Porsche Macan EV has become a reality and is now available for purchase. Following repeated delays caused by Volkswagen’s software troubles, Porsche is officially releasing the second version of the Macan, which is brimming with new technology. There is a lot to unpack here, so let’s get started.
2024 Porsche Macan Ev specifications
Two variants are available: the $84,500 Macan 4 with 408 hp twin-motor drivetrain and the monster $107,000 Macan Turbo with 639 hp on tap. The porsche Macan 4 has 649 Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds (0 to 60 mph in 4.9 s). The Macan Turbo boasts 1,129 Nm of torque and a sprint pace of just 3.3 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds).
Both variants use the same 100 kWh battery pack, with 95 kWh accessible for use. The Macan has an exceptional driving range thanks to its constantly excited motors (both front and rear), Cd of under 0.25, regenerative braking capable of recharging the battery with up to 240 kW of electricity, and sophisticated software. The Macan 4 and Macan Turbo have WLTP mixed cycle ranges of up to 381 and 367 miles, respectively. The new Macan has a range of 487 miles for the base model and 475 miles for the Turbo when traveling at city speeds.
Both variants are built using the new 800V PPE platform. Finding an 800V competent charger may be difficult at first, but if successful, the Porsche Macan can charge at up to 270 kW. That amounts to a 10-80% recharge time of 21 minutes – under ideal conditions, of course. However, Macan has a trick up its sleeve: when hooked into a 400V DC charger, it simply splits its battery pack into two 400V portions, each capable of receiving up to 135 kW. Home charging is supported at up to 11 kW; however, it will take time.
For the first time, we can enjoy the Porsche Macan without any camouflage, and while the previous camouflage did not cover much, the final Macan is rather impressive. The low-slung hood, prominent wings, and iconic DRL set are all undeniably Porsche. The headlights have been relocated lower into the bumper, and when not lighted, they mix in perfectly with the air vents. The back lights are sleek and hug the entire rear, the car is somewhat longer and sits lower than the previous model (4,784 mm long, 1,938 mm wide, and 1,622 mm high), and the 22″ rims (optional) fill in the arches wonderfully – it’s a highly accomplished design, without a question.
When you step inside, the feeling of being in an SUV disappears. The driving posture is low, and the dashboard, similar to that of the Taycan, is broad but maintained low to provide an unobstructed view forward. The center console is positioned high, hugging both the driver and the passenger. When you turn on the ignition, three panels appear: a dedicated 12.9″ instrument panel and two 10.9″ infotainment screens, one central and one for the passenger. Add to it an 87-inch HUD and an LED light across the dash and doors that not only illuminates but also communicates, and you have a complete and fairly sophisticated solution.
The infotainment system runs on Google’s Android Automotive platform. It is voice-operated, has a variety of functions with sophisticated navigation, including charging pauses, and allows third-party programs to be downloaded directly.
Fortunately, Porsche has neither disregarded or softened the driving sensation. The new Porsche Macan appears to be a capable performance that competes with both the Cayenne and the electric Taycan. We have complete air suspension (optional on the Macan 4) with Porsche’s renowned PASM electronic dampening. The dampers now feature two-valve technology for substantially faster response and more accurate control. There is an optional rear-axle steering system, which reduces the turning radius to 11.1 m with 5 degrees of movement. All of this, combined with the low driving position and low center of gravity, results in a car that handles much better than its predecessor.
However, the Porsche Macan is an SUV, and it does not forget its load-carrying job. Porsche managed to squeeze in 540 l of cargo space behind the back seats, which expands to 1,348 l with the seats folded down. Add to it an 84-liter trunk and a towing capacity of 2,000 kg, and we have one pretty capable SUV.
The wait is done; the new Porsche Macan has arrived at a very busy EV table, laden with gifts. Fast, capable, capacious, and nimble – but not cheap or even economical. Truly a premium, no-compromise EV, and with 800,000 units of the first-generation Macan sold in the last decade, Porsche will have no trouble finding buyers for the new model.