First things first, we know that some purists are upset that Porsche makes anything other than the 911, let alone a pair of crossovers. But those crossovers help finance the development of things like the GT3 RS, and are still 100% Porsches. Go around the first corner in either the Cayenne or the Macan, and you’ll definitely know that you’re in a Porsche. They really do handle like nothing else in the world. But what’s the difference between them? They certainly look similar.
The Cayenne more or less paved the way for sport SUVs when it was introduced. It was an experiment to package the legendary Porsche performance into a utilitarian body. Fifteen years later, it is still amazing. Being able to have everything from a V6 to a twin-turbo V8, to a hybrid, all in a full size SUV with all of the bells and whistles that the Porsche brand has to offer is a winning combination.
If the Cayenne is the quintessential sport SUV, the Macan is a tightened up version of that. Take the Cayenne, but make it a little shorter, a little narrower, and a little lighter. That’s the easiest way to make increase performance and responsiveness: cut weight. The smaller and lighter a car is, the better it will go, turn, and stop. Simple physics. Oh, and swap the Cayenne’s Tiptronic transmission for the astounding PDK dual clutch gearbox for good measure.
While the Porsche Cayenne and the Porsche Macan are almost identical, they are their own unique vehicles. The Cayenne is designed to go anywhere, in extreme comfort, all while delivering the Porsche experience you love. The Macan takes that same general idea, but distills it down even farther, cutting some of the luxury and space in exchange for a more direct driving experience. Whichever you choose, they both carry that Porsche pedigree. If you have any questions, please let us know.
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