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Porsche Macan Presents the brand’s first 100% electric SUV

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Porsche Macan EV with Chinese battery and noise simulator

Here, we tell you everything about the new electric Porshce Macan, a model that is expected to become one of Porsche’s best sellers. Now, let’s focus on the battery and the “fake” engine roar simulator.

The New Porsche Macan EV, which will arrive in our country in the second half of the year, promises to be a good proposition for those who want a battery-powered SUV. At the moment, Porsche Macan most compact SUV offers two versions, the Macan 4 and the Macan Turbo, both with two engines and four driven wheels, with different powers and the same battery, which claims a high useful capacity (96 kWh).

It was precisely this high battery capacity compared to the competition, which does not translate into such a clear advantage in terms of autonomy, that led us to investigate the characteristics and origin of the accumulator that Porsche Macan mounts in its most recent tram. As the German manufacturer does not manufacture cells, to avoid the corresponding investment, it chose to purchase batteries from the Chinese company CATL, which supplies the pack with a total of 100 kWh and 96 useful ones.

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Top 10 Specification Of Porsche Macan EV

PriceStarts at $62,550
Vehicle EPA ClassificationSmall SUV 4WD
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive
 Engine TypeIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement2.0 L/121
Maximum Horsepower261 @ 5000 RPM
Maximum Torque295 @ 1800 RPM
TransmissionAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Fuel Economy21 / 19 / 25 (combined/city/highway) MPG
Dimensions4726*2097*1624 mm^3

This Asian manufacturer, known for its low prices and promotions, also supplies many other manufacturers, such as Tesla, which produces the Porsche Macan EV’s biggest rival, the Model Y. However, the North American manufacturer only uses cells from this Chinese manufacturer (supported by the State) in the cheapest and least powerful versions of the Model 3 and Model Y, with LFP chemistry.

The Porsche Macan EV tries to mask lower efficiency with a battery with greater capacity, with 96 kWh compared to 75 kWh for the Model Y, as evidenced by the fact that the Macan 4 advertises 613 km, that is, with a consumption of 15.7 kWh/ 100 km compared to just 14.1 kWh/100 km for the Tesla SUV. But Porsche is moving in the right direction, as the Macan EV is better than the Taycan in terms of efficiency. Just check that at 15.7 kWh/100 km achieved by the Macan 4, the corresponding version of the Taycan, the 4S, covers 511 km with 83.7 kWh of battery, which amounts to 16.4 kWh/100 km. This is despite the Macan having a less good Cx and being slightly heavier, which adds another dimension to the difference found.

Porsche Macan Artificial Engine Noise Is Reminiscent Of The Clio.

To help smooth the transition to electric mobility for customers who wish to opt for the Macan EV, Porsche proposes the Electric Sport Sound as optional equipment for the SUV, which in Portugal requires an additional investment of €467.40. In practice, it is a simulator of the roar of a combustion engine, which is only heard inside the vehicle, as the car’s hi-fi system broadcasts it.

This type of gadget is familiar, existing even in times when only combustion cars existed and when electric cars were not the fastest-growing segment. The Renault Clio comes to mind, which equipped the small and affordable utility vehicle with a series of fake engine noises, thus allowing those traveling on board to be entertained, with an emphasis on younger people.

Unlike the Macan’s fake growl, which you can hear above in a video published by Carscoops, the Clio equipped with the small 1.2 gasoline engine went further and imitated an atmospheric 3.0 V6 from the Clio V6, the 2.0 from the Clio RS, the 3.5 V6 of the Nissan GT-R or the traditional twin-cylinder from Harley-Davidson. And, for the most futuristic, the French utility even imitated the noise of a spaceship, but the (un)success was such that this system (below), which appeared last decade, was never proposed again.

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