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When Porsche introduced the Cayenne everyone thought they were nuts and had ruined the Porsche brand. Well that obviously did not happen and it has taken them a while to branch out even further than just an SUV and a few sports cars. Porsche is starting to have a full lineup of vehicles and they are also becoming more affordable as a result. First the Cayenne, then the Panamera luxury sedan and now the Macan: a small-to-mid-sized crossover based on the Audi Q5 platform.

Unlike some brands, Porsche didn’t just take the Q5 and slap a Porsche front end on it and a badge and call it a day. Porsche has tweaked the platform considerably, so much so you would be hard pressed to find the similarities between the two, rather than the differences.

2015 Porsche Macan S

Of course the styling is all Porsche inside and out, it looks very much like a shrunken Cayenne from afar but looks sleeker when you compare the two side-by-side. The front is unmistakably Porsche with its signature headlamps, while the rear pulls off their newest wide-butt design that I can’t keep my eyes off.

Under the hood of the S is a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 that produces a reasonable amount of power at 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. Of course I’d like more power from a Porsche, but that is available in the Turbo model. No manual transmission here, but Porsche offers their very slick seven-speed PDK transmission as standard. To be honest, I’m a convert and in a vehicle like the Macan it is a perfect match.

No snow currently to test out the all-wheel drive but the dry roads give me a chance to find out how sporty this Porsche crossover actually is — I for one suspect this is Porsche’s raised hatchback for the 21st Century, a 928 reincarnation perhaps?

2015 Porsche Macan S
Base Price: $54,300
Options: Air Suspension ($3,140) — Reverse Camera with Park Assist ($1,670) — 19-inch Macan Turbo Wheels ($1,440) — Sport Chrono Package ($1,480)
A/C Tax: $100
Freight/PDI: $1,115
Price as Tested: $63,245

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