For a company whose mystique is established on its iconic sports cars and racing track records, Porsche’s high-selling SUVs satisfy every driver in the family. In fact, almost 70 percent of all Porsches that left the showroom floors throughout the world last year were SUVs. Is this a disconnect between Porsche’s image and the realities of its product mix?

Porsche is aware of their perception, and many of their cars are not the traditional sports cars enthusiasts presume. If you test drive competitors’ SUVs and then drive the Cayenne and Macan, you’ll see that Porsche is the sports car of the SUV market. That is their goal: to capitalize on the potential of the SUV market while delivering a sports-car experience. That is how Porsche is protecting their sports-car image they have been building for almost 70 years.

Cayenne SUV

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The Cayenne is at home on- or off-road so you can explore any new territory. When it comes to dynamic driving, the Cayenne is practicality with a range of standard equipment as well as capable of remarkable performance for practically any discipline. The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is easygoing and sporty, and its extensive lineup of features includes a plug-in hybrid, diesel-powered model, and a turbocharged V8 version. It may be the best-in-class crossover on the market. Though enthusiasts were skeptical when Porsche released the Cayenne luxury mid-size SUV, it soon became one of the German automaker’s most profitable and best-selling models. The Cayenne, now in its second generation, offers the family-friendly size, comfort, and handling in a lightweight package with enhanced fuel efficiency and power that made the original such a success. Features include:

  • 6-liter V6 engine delivering 300-hp
  • Top speeds of 142 mph
  • Coasting and auto start and stop functions
  • Direct fuel injection
  • Accelerates to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds
  • Thermal management

The Cayenne is a unique blend of sports-car performance, off-road ability, and luxury, which is just what enthusiasts expect from a Porsche SUV. It easily handles curves and is equally equipped to manage your family business.

Macan SUV

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The 2016 Porsche Macan is an all-new addition to the impressive lineup of Porsche cars that sits slightly lower to the ground than the Cayenne. Its sports car agility and powerful engines make driving it pleasurable and fun. The cabin interior boasts an elegant design with top-notch materials that create comfortable seating. If you want sports car performance from an SUV, it’s hard to beat the Macan with its smooth and effortless acceleration. Both engines in the Macan Turbo deliver an unparalleled seven-speed, quick-shifting, automatic transmission, which heightens the driving experience significantly. The new Macan is designed for an intense lifestyle to quench your thirst for thrills and new challenges. Experience a permanent driving force in the SUV that is built for a life without conventions. It is a direct and intimate SUV that drives like a sports car that provides the intensity and performance you deserve. A compact crossover might seem ridiculous until you drive the Porsche Macan. The Macan is quick and capable both on- and off-road. Available features include:

  • 252-hp. 2.0-liter turbo four base engine
  • 340-hp twin-turbo V-6 on S models
  • The GTS boasts 360-hp
  • Standard seven-speed automatic engine and all-wheel drive
  • The S reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds

The Macan offers an optional surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane change and keep assist, and front and rear parking sensors to help prevent accidents and enhance safety ratings.

Choosing the Best-in-Class

If you’re looking for an exciting and high-performance drive in an SUV, consider the best-in-class options from Porsche. Both the Cayenne and Macan are excellent choices, and all-wheel drive systems in both tprovide sure-footedness when more grip is needed for tight cornering in diminished road conditions. Their extreme range of powerful engines and agile handling on winding roads will surely satisfy the enthusiast in you. Their rich interiors rival the cargo and rear-seat space of their competition, as well as their edge in pricing. While they are not a 911, the Macan and Cayenne are sharper and sleeker in appearance and performance than their SUV competition. They aren’t proper sports cars, but they are the closest thing that an SUV has come to yet. Experience the thrill of driving every day with a Porsche SUV.

Sources:

  1. http://www.caranddriver.com/porsche/macan-s
  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/porsche-cars-north-america-ceo-interview-2016-3