With a maximum of 631 horsepower, the new Cayenne Turbo GT isn’t the most powerful super-SUV on the planet, but it’s nevertheless quickest off the line and fastest over one lap on the legendary Nürburgring…

New 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT is quickest in a straight line and fastest on the Nürburgring

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
The new 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT is the most powerful Porsche SUV ever made, the planet’s quickest utility off the line, and the fastest SUV around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife.

With a maximum of 631 horsepower, the new Cayenne Turbo GT isn’t the most powerful super-SUV on the planet, but it’s nevertheless quickest off the line and fastest over one lap on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack.

Porsche has clearly marked its territory. The 20.8-km mountainside racetrack, otherwise known as the “Green Hell,” is one of the most challenging road courses on earth, and Porsche currently owns the top podium for every sector it sells in.

Sports cars? The outgoing (991.2) 911 GT2 RS recently claimed title to fastest production car with a single lap of 6:38.835 minutes, putting Mercedes-AMG back on the defence with its GT Black Series.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Now that its new Cayenne Turbo GT has reclaimed fastest SUV lap status with a ultra-quick time of 7:38.925 minutes over the 20.8-km track, Porsche once again owns the “Green Hell.”

Sport sedans? That honour belongs to the Panamera Turbo, which ran the ‘Ring in 7:29.81 minutes, while Porsche’s all-electric Taycan four-door coupe is the record-holder for EVs with a time of 7:42.34 minutes, leaving the next-best Tesla Model S a full minute and 7.66 seconds behind in the process.

With the introduction of the new Cayenne Turbo GT, available solely in the Cayenne’s Coupe body style, Porsche has once again taken the top spot away from another automaker, this time Alfa Romeo that claimed the position from the last-generation Cayenne Turbo S (958.2) last November, its Stelvio Quadrifoglio managing the feat in just 7:51.7 minutes. The new top-tier Cayenne didn’t just shave a few milliseconds off the tricked out Stelvio’s lap time, however, but in fact chopped a 12.775-second chunk from its pride, with a new SUV lap record of 7:38.925 minutes.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
A raft of updates to Porsche’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 results in 631 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque.

There’s more to making a winner that simply bolting a more powerful 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 onto its mounts in the engine bay, although upgrades to the powerplant certainly helped. Porsche upgraded the crankshaft drive, turbochargers, direct fuel injection system, induction system, and intercooler, plus specifically revised the crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, timing chain drive, and torsional vibration dampers after starting with the regular Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s V8. The net result is 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, for a respective 90 hp and 59 lb-ft gain.

Porsche also added a faster-reacting eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, plus a new water-cooled transfer case for its Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system, the latter improving the drivetrain’s thermal capacity under heavier loads.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Loads of carbon fibre and a lightweight titanium exhaust system help shave kilos from the Cayenne Turbo GT’s curb weight.

Next is a centrally-mounted sports exhaust system tailpipes, unique to the Cayenne Turbo GT. It’s made from lightweight, heat-resistant titanium, made even lighter by eliminating the centre silencer.

Despite not putting out as much power as some other performance SUVs, such as the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat (710 hp), Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (707 hp), and Lamborghini Urus (641 hp), not to mention Porsche’s own Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (670 hp), Porsche’s engineering team managed to make it quickest off the line overall, with its standing start to 100 km/h taking only 3.3 seconds. Sure, it might be a scant 0.1 seconds quicker than the Urus, but it’s multiple seconds faster than the others, that is until recording top track speed.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
The Cayenne Turbo GT’s Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber on 22-inch GT Design rims join a 15-percent stiffer three-chamber air suspension and 17-mm lower ride height to improve handling.

That’s where the Urus is dominant at 305 km/h, just whisking past the Cayenne Turbo GT’s 300-km/h terminal velocity. Audi’s RS Q8 and Maserati’s Levante Trofeo claim faster top speeds too, but not by much, and we’re curious whether they can keep up with the new Cayenne over the quarter mile, where it scores an official 11.6-second run.

Keeping the Cayenne Turbo GT in constant contact with the pavement are Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires wrapped around exclusive 22-inch GT Design alloys, these connected to a 15-percent stiffer three-chamber air suspension, which not only receives upgraded performance-oriented control software, but also incorporates a special damper calibration of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management, as well as an improved Power Steering Plus system and a revised rear-axle steering system. Active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is also standard, as is a 17-mm reduction in ride height when compared to the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, while Porsche’s Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system provides stronger stopping power with less fade for yet more racetrack capable performance.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
The Cayenne Coupe’s deployable rear wing is 25-mm larger for its Turbo GT application, adding up to 40 kg of downforce.

As always, aero plays a big part in the Cayenne Turbo GT’s road-holding too. To that end the new model gets a redesigned front apron featuring a more aggressive lip spoiler, plus bigger side cooling air intakes. Following the front fenders rearward, past the standard LED-Matrix headlights, shows muscular black composite wheel arch extensions, while a contoured roof feeds flowing air below a rooftop rear spoiler that pushes it down the rear glass onto a 25-mm larger rear wing, which once again deploys as speed increases, adding up to 40 kilos of extra downforce. Meanwhile, a sizeable rear diffuser directs air traveling below the Cayenne Turbo GT away from its rear end, all combining for one very well-engineered aero package.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
The Cayenne Turbo GT’s interior gets some unique styling details, plus an extended Alcantara package as standard.

That rear diffuser, the larger wing, the end plates of the rooftop spoiler, and the entire roof are made from lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the side mirror housings.

CFRP isn’t the go-to theme inside, however, although illuminated carbon fibre door sill guards, floor mats, and owner’s manual wallet are available. Rather, Porsche applies a matte black finish to key trim areas, while some other unique features include a yellow leather stripe at the 12 o’clock position of the Alcantara-clad steering wheel rim, the latter part of an extended Alcantara package that comes standard. This includes perforated centre panels for the upgraded eight-way powered front sport seats and bucket-styled sport seats in back, while contrasting accents are available in Neodyme or Arctic Grey, and “turbo GT” script is added to the headrests.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
These special sport seats feature perforated Alcantara inner panels front to back.

Additionally, Cayenne Turbo GT owners will be first to experience Porsche’s updated PCM 6.0 infotainment system, which gets an updated user interface, a faster operating logic system, and full integration of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts via Apple CarPlay. On the other side of the smartphone spectrum, Android Auto is finally part of the package.

Those wanting a new 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT can order now, but you’ll be waiting until early next year for delivery. The price is $200,700 plus freight and fees, making it the most expensive SUV in Porsche’s ever-growing fleet.

On that note, Porsche is currently offering factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent on all 2021 models, including the Cayenne. Check out CarCostCanada to learn more, plus be sure to download their free app for access to dealer invoice pricing that can save you thousands off your next new car purchase, plus much more.

Global dynamic premiere of the new Cayenne Turbo GT (1:03):

The New Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT (2:40):

New Performance Cayenne Sets Nürburgring Record (2:21):

Nürburgring Lap Record: Onboard the Cayenne (9:15):

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If you want the purist of 911s, look no further than the fabulous GT3 coupe (we covered in detail here). While not as ultimately fast as the previous-generation GT2 RS, that turbocharged super-coupe once…

New 911 GT3 gets luxury treatment with optional Touring Package

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
A no-cost Touring Package is now available for GT3 customers, providing a more classic look and enhanced luxury for one of Porsche’s best-performing 911 models.

If you want the purist of 911s, look no further than the fabulous GT3 coupe (we covered in detail here). While not as ultimately fast as the previous-generation GT2 RS, that turbocharged super-coupe once again winning bragging rights at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife just a week ago, this time chopping a sizeable 4.747 seconds from the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series lap time on its way to claiming fastest production car status, the naturally aspirated GT3 nevertheless churns out 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine, and makes beautiful 9,000-rpm music while doing so.

How does the GT3 stack up on the track? Of the top-10 fastest production cars to ever course through the old 20.8-km portion of the Nürburgring track, which incidentally is known affectionately as “The Green Hell” due to its forested, mountainside surroundings, 300 metres of elevation, 73 turns, and legendarily challenging nature (racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart originally coined the phrase), five are Porsches and two are GT3s. Sitting in eighth is the current-generation (992) GT3 RS, with a lap time of just 6:55.34 minutes, while the ninth-placed car is a previous-generation (991.2) GT3 RS.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
The large CFRP rear wing is replaced by an automatically deployable wing that’s otherwise tucked away within the rear bodywork.

While the GT3’s track exploits are praiseworthy to say the least, it’s a race-ready supercar that can be easily seen as such by passersby (including the constabulary) while also purposely lacking a few modern-day 911 refinements, with an obvious leaning toward sport, rather than luxury. Porsche hopes its new Touring Package, available at no additional cost to 2022 GT3 buyers, will help those wanting to fly under the radar escape scrutiny, without being forced to give up on owning one of the most sought-after 911 models available.

Visually separating the regular GT3 from the new Touring Package-equipped variant is a switch to the more conventional deployable rear wing used on most other 911 models, which pops up out of rear deck lid when needed and otherwise hides away. This provides a more classic 911 coupe profile that attracts a lot less attention than the super-sized carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) one found on the original, but of course doesn’t deliver the same level of ultimate downforce, therefore reducing high-speed stability through corners. It’s a trade-off that some buyers won’t mind, however, especially when laying eyes on the specially designed rear grille. Additionally, the front fascia on Touring Package cars is body-colour, while high-gloss anodized silver-tone aluminum trim surrounds the side windows and polished metal highlights the tailpipes (Satin Black is an option for both).

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
Porsche purists will likely appreciate the Touring Package’s cleaner, more retro lines.

The Touring Package doesn’t swap out the regular GT3’s CFRP hood and front spoiler for lesser variants of each, fortunately, and doesn’t mess with anything under that just-noted rear wing either, although a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission can now be had with either GT3 model, and like the Touring Package itself, is a no-cost option.

Silver-painted versions of the same 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged alloy rims come shod in respective 255/35 and 315/30 ZR performance rubber with the new Touring Package, once again encircling Satin Black centre locking caps with regular Porsche crests rather than “GT3” logos.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
While the radical rear wing disappears, the regular GT3’s twin-vented CFRP hood stays, as does its carbon fibre front spoiler.

If you choose a subtler exterior colour when for your Touring Package-equipped GT3, like Agate Grey Metallic or GT Silver Metallic, rest assured GT3 badging will still be part of the ownership experience. Still, along with the new rear engine grille, Porsche revised its designation to read “GT3 touring”. Of note, this wide-body 911 is still available with every exterior colour and shade offered for the regular GT3, including Chalk and more outlandish hues like Lava Orange, Python Green and Shark Blue.

The Touring Package interior gets upgrades too, including an extended black leather upholstery package that enhances the steering wheel rim, gear lever, centre console lid, door panel armrests, and door grips, while edging the dash and both door uppers with a special embossed surface treatment.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
Silver-painted versions of the same 20-inch alloys complement the metal brightwork around the side windows.

This said, quick glance at the racing-style seats in the Touring Package might make you believe they’re unchanged, but closer inspection shows a unique fabric used for their centre panels, plus embossed Porsche crests in place of the usual GT3 logos on the headrests. Finally, Touring Package door sill guards receive a brushed black aluminum treatment that’s also applied to some dash and centre console components.

It should be noted that GT3 Touring Package buyers can also opt for multiple two-tone cabins that add coloured leather to the interior’s lower half.

Those wanting to upgrade their GT3 Touring Package-equipped car even further will be happy to know that most regular GT3 options can still be had, including all wheel colours, the Porsche Dynamic Light System and Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, every driver assistance system, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Smart Front Axle Lift, and all the same alternative seats, while an available Bose Surround Sound System is on the menu too, plus, of course, the Sport Chrono package.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
How do you want your 911 GT3? Regular or classically-inspired?

Any added weight (which is not accounted for on Porsche’s retail site or in any press releases) hasn’t impeded performance, with both regular GT3 and Touring Package-equipped models sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds when fitted with the six-speed manual GT Sport transmission, or 3.4 seconds with the standard paddle-shift-operated seven-speed PDK transmission. Likewise, terminal track speeds remain identical at a respective 320 km/h (199 mph) and (318 km/h (198 mph), but it’s possible that removing of the larger rear wing could allow Touring Package-equipped cars a slightly higher top speed, possibly even 322 km/h (200 mph).

The two GT3 models incorporate identical suspension setups as well, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with ride-height lowering (by approximately 20mm). Therefore, both should provide near identical handling, although once again, elimination of the fixed rear wing will make a difference at high speeds, not to mention when scrubbing off speed via both GT3s’ sizeable 408 mm front and 380 mm rear brakes.

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
Variety is the spice of life, and no automaker understands the need for personalization better than Porsche.

For a bit of history regarding the “Touring Package” name, it first came in use for a version of the 1973 911 Carrera RS, likewise providing a more luxurious trim upgrade for a model that could be seen as the GT3 of its generation. The Touring Package name was also revived for the sixth-gen 991-based GT3 in 2017.

If you’d like to bring your GT3 Touring Package experience into the office or back home, a special Porsche Design chronograph watch can be had as well. It boasts a sophisticated mechanical movement with a flyback second hand function, plus its winding rotor, seen through a caseback window, shares styling cues with the car’s wheel design. The rotor is even available in six different versions to correspond with your car’s personal configuration.

Each dial bezel is finished in Agate Grey Metallic, however, plus all dials receive a matte black surface, but each chronograph hand matches the bright luminous yellow colour of the GT3’s tachometer needle for another nice tie-in to the actual car. Attaching the beautiful watch head to your wrist is a strap made from the same embossed leather as that used in the Touring Package-equipped GT3, along with some black decorative stitching. This new chronograph is made in Porsche Design’s own Swiss watchmaking factory, and is only available to GT3 customers.

This means in order to qualify for the watch you’ll need to ante up at least $180,300 for either the regular GT3 or Touring Package-equipped version. Notably, Porsche is offering 2022 911 models with factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent, so be sure to check out the 2022 Porsche 911 Canada Prices page at CarCostCanada for more details, and remember to download the free CarCostCanada app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store in order to have all their benefits, including dealer invoice pricing, on your device when needed.

The New Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package (2:13):

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Whether on the road or track, history tends to repeat itself with Porsche. After attaining the highest podium position in the Canadian Black Book (CBB) “2021 Overall Brand Award – Luxury” for three…

Latest Canadian Black Book study shows Porsche maintains best retained value leadership

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS
The impressive Panamera four-door coupe has taken top spot for retained value in the Prestige Luxury Car class for eight years running.

Whether on the road or track, history tends to repeat itself with Porsche. After attaining the highest podium position in the Canadian Black Book (CBB) “2021 Overall Brand Award – Luxury” for three years in a row, the German performance brand once again secured top spot in the 2021 study.

While Porsche scores strongly within all the categories it competes in, the Panamera retained the highest percentage of any rival in the Prestige Luxury Car class, and has done so for eight years running. Likewise, the Macan, which took first in its Compact Luxury Crossover category once again, has held the position for three consecutive years, while the 911, dominating the Premium Sporty Car class, is enjoying its second year on top.

2021 Porsche Macan GTS
The superbly sporty Macan, shown here in GTS trim, has retained its value best amongst Compact Luxury Crossover competitors for three years in a row.

“We are honoured and delighted to accept the Overall Brand Award – Luxury as well as three model accolades from Canadian Black Book this year,” stated Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “Consumers have many available choices in the market and we welcome these recognitions, which provide an additional reason to consider the brand. These outstanding acknowledgments by the leading authority highlight strong value retentions which ultimately benefit the customer.”

To be clear, the CBB study ranks vehicles on the retained percentage of their manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) after four years. Retaining the highest value means ownership costs less when it comes time for resale or trade-in.

2021 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The 911, a legend amongst sports cars, managed to earn best retained value in the Premium Sporty Car segment for two consecutive years.

To learn more about the latest Panamera, Macan and 911 models, which are now offered with factory leasing and financing rates from zero-percent, check out the 2021 Porsche Panamera Canada Prices page, the 2021 Porsche Macan Canada Prices page, and the 2022 and 2021 Porsche 911 Canada Prices pages on CarCostCanada, where you can see up-to-date pricing including trims and options, find out about available manufacturer rebates, access dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands, and more.

Find out how a CarCostCanada membership can keep money in your wallet when you purchase your next new car, and be sure to download their free app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store, so you can have all of this critical info at your fingertips when you need it most.

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Porsche’s new Taycan is one of the most technologically advanced electric vehicles available today, but that doesn’t mean non-engineering folk need to stay in the dark about how it works. Fortunately,…

Bill Nye The Science Guy stars in fun and informative Porsche Taycan technology video series

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
Bill Nye The Science Guy finds a fun way to explain some unique Porsche Taycan technologies.

Porsche’s new Taycan is one of the most technologically advanced electric vehicles available today, but that doesn’t mean non-engineering folk need to stay in the dark about how it works.

Fortunately, Porsche hired Bill Nye The Science Guy, a popular TV personality, to explain the science behind the tech, resulting in a five-part short video series. The episodes, which run from just under one minute to a-minute-and-a-half long, focus in on those technologies that separate the Taycan from key competitors, such as the model’s 800-volt battery, innovative aerodynamics, regenerative braking, two-speed transmission, and repeatable performance.

Named “Bill Nye Explains The All-Electric Taycan,” the YouTube series is filmed at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, California. The zany host helps clarify subject matter that would likely be difficult to understand for most viewers. He uses simple terms and silly antics, resulting in an entertaining series that’s fun for all ages.

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
It might look like science class, but it’s certainly more enjoyable than we remember high school being.

The Taycan only arrived on the electric scene last year, but it’s already available in two body unique styles and four separate trims, the latter including the 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S.

The low-slung Taycan four-door coupe is available in three of the four trims, including 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, whereas the new Taycan Cross Turismo can also be had as a base model. What’s more, the Cross Turismo can be optioned out with an Off-road Design package that increases its ride height, and adds beefier, more aggressive styling upgrades.

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
Check out the videos below for a fun way to learn about EV tech.

Top-tier Taycan Turbo S trim is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds, due to its 750-horsepower twin-electric-motor power unit, while standard all-wheel drive means that all four tires maintain adhesion to the road no matter the surface below or surrounding conditions.

Porsche is currently offering the 2021 Taycan with factory leasing and financing rates from zero-percent, so make sure to link through to CarCostCanada to learn more. Take note that CarCostCanada also provides its members with dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands off your next new vehicle purchase, so find out how their system works, and be sure to download their free app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store while you’re at it.

Now, sit back and enjoy the five quick videos.

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Two-Speed Transmission (1:11):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: 800 Volts (1:17):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Regenerative Braking (0:52):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Aerodynamics (1:14):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Repeat Performance (1:34):

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After Porsche’s intelligent choice to enter the electric vehicle market with a practical four-door coupe, and following the Taycan up with an even roomier Cross Turismo version, which even offers crossover…

New virtual and physical prototypes of upcoming Macan EV revealed

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche has been running laps in new Macan EV prototypes at its Weissach development centre.

After Porsche’s intelligent choice to enter the electric vehicle market with a practical four-door coupe, and following the Taycan up with an even roomier Cross Turismo version, which even offers crossover SUV-like design elements and an off-road package, the performance-oriented brand will soon be anteing up with a full EV version of its best-selling Macan compact luxury SUV, and thanks to some early photos and info, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of what we can expect.

The all-electric Macan, as Porsche refers to it, is planned for a 2023 launch, which allows plenty of time to get it right. So far the German brand has been digitally and physically testing it on the proving grounds of its Weissach Development Centre, but now it’s about to enter the public domain wearing camouflage to hide its second-gen Macan body panels.

“Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Two camouflaged prototypes of the new Macan EV can be seen here with Michael Steiner, Member of Porsche’s Executive Board, Research and Development.

Porsche is targeting 3,000,000 km of global testing in all types of conditions before the new Macan EV arrives in dealerships, and that doesn’t even include the “countless” virtual km the model has accumulated before and since the prototypes shown in the accompanying photos started hot lapping the proving ground’s track.

Developing the electric SUV digitally saves money and time, plus of course it minimizes environmental impacts. Instead of running actual prototypes, a digital computational model replicates the types of true-to-life “properties, systems and power units of a vehicle to a high degree of accuracy,” stated a Porsche press release. Porsche utilized 20 digital prototypes to simulate various development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management, operation and acoustics.

“We regularly collate the data from the various departments and use it to build up a complete, virtual vehicle that is as detailed as possible,” commented Andreas Huber, manager for digital prototypes at Porsche, and one of the first aerodynamics engineers to ever work with digital prototypes. “This allows previously undiscovered design conflicts to be swiftly identified and resolved.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche uses digital Macan EV prototypes to create and refine the physical prototypes, and vice versa uses the data derived from the physical SUVs to enhance its digital prototypes.

Lowering aerodynamic drag will help the all-electric Macan achieve its EV range targets. Even small flow enhancements can make a big difference.

“We started with a flow-around model when the project first started about four years ago,” said Thomas Wiegand, Director of aerodynamics development.

Porsche’s team of engineers use simulations to fine-tune every surface of the SUV, with particular attention paid to the various air ducts used for cooling. These calculations help the engineering team arrange each component to optimize efficiencies, while also providing the necessary data used for estimating variances in real-world temperatures. In fact, Porsche claims the new testing procedures allow for a very precise simulation of both aerodynamics and thermodynamics.

“The digital world is indispensable to the development of the all-electric Macan,” continued Wiegand.

Back to air ducts and cooling, the Macan EV’s motive electric system incorporates a totally different cooling and temperature control concept than the conventionally-powered version of the SUV. To clarify, the various internal combustion engines in the regular Macan need 90- to 120-degree (Celsius) temperature range, while the new electrically-powered model’s power unit electronics and high-voltage battery require a temperature window between 20 and 70 degrees.

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Some of the initial Macan EV running prototypes were made by hand.

Also unique to the EV, where a combustion engine might increase its temperature when starting and stopping in heavy traffic, a battery-powered vehicle requires the most cooling during high-power charging, especially in warm weather. Porsche is overcoming this problem by calculating and digitally optimizing “position, flow and temperature” with the same virtual prototypes noted earlier.

The use of virtual prototypes can start early in a vehicle’s developmental stages. Porsche has created a wholly new driver interface for its second-generation Macan, which of course features a revised driver display. Once ready for testing, Porsche brought it to life in a “seat box” capable of simulating the driving environment.

“Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures and the changing influences during a journey from the driver’s point of view,” says Fabian Klausmann of the Driver Experience development department. “Here, the ‘test drivers’ are not just the specialists themselves but also non-experts. This allows all interaction between driver and vehicle to be studied down to the last detail, enabling selective optimization even before the first physical cockpit has been built.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche uses a “seat box” to recreate the all-electric Macan’s driving environment.

The first physical Macan EV prototypes were created out of the information garnered from the digital prototypes, at which point those running examples provided yet more data back to the digital prototypes. This allowed Porsche’s engineers to continually update both digital and physical prototypes, refining each element of the SUV along the way.

“Endurance testing on closed-off testing facilities and public roads in real-life conditions is still indispensable to ensure that the vehicle structure, operational stability and reliability of hardware, software and all functions meet our high-quality standards,” added Steiner.

The all-electric Macan continues to undergo a demanding test program, in which it endures climate extremes and all types of topographical conditions. This includes the real-world charging and conditioning of its high-voltage battery, with a focus on everyday reliability plus segment-leading performance.

“Like the Taycan, the all-electric Macan, with its 800-volt architecture, will offer typical Porsche E-Performance,” continued Steiner, citing development goals like the model’s long-distance range, high-performance fast charging, and targeted best-in-class performance. “The all-electric Macan will be the sportiest model in its segment.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
The first physical all-electric Macan prototypes are seen here leaving the Porsche development centre in Weissach, wearing camouflage to disguise their generation-2 body panels.

The Macan EV must be as efficient as possible, after all, which is why it will be first in Porsche’s lineup to utilize the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture. Nevertheless, being that most Macan buyers will continue choosing a conventional internal combustion engine over the electric alternative for the time being, especially in markets where consumers aren’t penalized for doing so, gasoline-powered models will continue.

“In Europe, demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world,” said Steiner. “That’s why we’re going to launch another attractive conventionally-powered successor to the current Macan in the course of 2021.”

A new second-generation Macan will be launched later this year, with a full assortment of gasoline-powered engines to choose from. The Macan EV will follow, but only after its digital and physical prototypes have accumulated millions of km in tests.

Until then, the current 2021 Macan starts at $57,800 and can be had with factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent. Make sure to check out every available trim, configure the ones you’re interested in with every option and colour, and then use the CarCostCanada system to maximize your savings via dealer invoice pricing, which can save you thousands when negotiating your best deal. Find out how the CarCostCanada system works, and be sure to download the free CarCostCanada app at the Apple Store or Google Play Store too, so you can have all of their money-saving info at your fingertips when you need it most.

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche