Porsche Macan EV prototype

2024 Porsche Macan EV prototype review

Porsche is moving towards an all-electric future with the introduction of its second-generation Porsche Macan. Developed in collaboration with Audi’s Q6 E-tron, the Macan is the second fully electric Porsche model. While production is set to begin later in the year, prototypes were made available for testing in the US. A delay in development was necessary to ensure the latest software for power electronics and infotainment, driver assistance, and other functions was up to standard.

The petrol-powered and electric Macans are intended to coexist in all current Porsche markets. Each model has its own unique design, including the EV version with distinctive features such as split headlights, a larger wheelbase, frameless doors, and a more aerodynamic rear tailgate. The interior is also distinct from the existing Macan, with a dashboard design similar to the updated Cayenne.

Porsche Macan EV prototype
Porsche Macan EV prototype

The Macan will offer a full range of single-motor, rear-wheel-drive, and dual-motor, four-wheel-drive variants. Each will feature a 100kWh battery and a range of at least 500 kilometers. The nickel-manganese-cobalt battery pack can be fast-charged at rates of up to 270kW.

The top-tier Macan Turbo features two synchronous motors producing over 450kW and 1000Nm of torque, offering quick acceleration, achieving 0-100 km/h in less than 4.4 seconds. The Macan’s handling and dynamics have been finely tuned to ensure they have a genuine Porsche feel. The car’s power distribution is rear-biased, providing agility and confidence-inspiring grip. The ride quality is firm but comfortable, with the top-tier Macan equipped with air springs and twin-valve dampers. The brakes offer good feedback and regenerative braking without decoupling the front axle.

Porsche predicts that the Macan will be a major contributor to the company’s electric vehicle sales in the second half of the decade.

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