Porsche does not often, if ever, build lackluster vehicles. Rather, its stock in trade are automobiles that catch your eye just before their power makes you stop to catch your breath. Consider, then, the exception that is the new-for-2017 base model Porsche Macan, the entry-level follow-up to the outstanding Macan S, GTS, and Macan Turbo trio that have dazzled since first introduced a mere two years ago. Now equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder motor in place of the turbo six found in its siblings, the most affordable Macan makes a clear trade: scintillating performance for mass market appeal.
Volume sales are the lifeblood of any automaker seeking to rise above niche status, and Porsche has done a commendable job in courting bigger numbers by way of the larger Cayenne SUV, the Panamera sedan, and the previous versions of the Macan. Each of these models, while stepping far outside the lines penciled in by the brand-defining 911 sports car, are titans of speed and handling in their respective classes, and have found an enormous audience.
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