Remember the initially criticised Cayenne, which turned out wasn’t a daft idea for Porsche to grow from its sports-car roots? That model began a trajectory of attracting new customers to the brand and record profits. So far the smaller Macan has rewritten the sales records and it’s the brand’s current best-seller, with more than 73,000 units delivered globally in 2018, and the Cayenne selling 49,000 in the same year. The newly updated Porsche Macan, which has just gone on sale in SA, doesn’t have a full battery electric version yet but the model that will replace it in a few years’ time will include a battery-powered one alongside conventional petrol engines. The 2019 Macan is available in two petrol models: an entry-level version powered by a 2.0l turbo four-cylinder engine with 185kW and 370Nm and the Macan S that’s powered by a 3.0l turbocharged six cylinder with outputs of 260kW and 480Nm. Both models feature a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and drive is to all w...

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