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Unread 17th December 2018, 09:27 PM
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I have been given the use of an almost new vehicle for the month of December. It is an SUV, has all wheel drive with off road mode and is about the same size as a Forester (on the inside) with the exception of cargo space where the Forester is way ahead. The only disappointment is I am not permitted to take it off road but I am allowed to give it a good squirt on bitumen.

I intend to give a report in installments but thought I'd make this interesting and turn it into a bit of a puzzle for the first installment.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/T5HAtSsp5LU and see if you can guess what it is.
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Sure it’s not a Subaru? With acceleration like that, I immediately thought of an RV.
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Unread 18th December 2018, 02:56 AM
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No definitely not a Subie though it has very close to a symmetrical AWD layout with only a small difference in length between the front axles. It doesn't have a boxer engine either.
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Mercedes GLA AmG?
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Unread 18th December 2018, 08:11 AM
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New Porsche Macan or Audi Q....?
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Unread 18th December 2018, 08:36 AM
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Well done. It's a Porsche Macan. Photos and more comment to follow tomorrow.
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Unread 19th December 2018, 03:14 AM
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porsche side.JPG

porsche under car.JPG

porsche central console.JPG

This is the car and I have to admit it looks very nice from any angle.

The Porsche Macan is a car for the man/woman who really wanted a sports car but realised the kids wouldn't fit in and has in the back of their mind that some day they might want to drive down a dirt road somewhere. This is not to say it isn't capable off road. It has a very slick off road system that could be compared to a sophisticated version of X Mode including hill descent control. It has 195mm of ground clearance standard but selecting "Off Road" raises it by 45mm. (selecting "Sport") lowers it by 10mm.

I was surprised that the underside is completely flat and looks like body armour has been fitted to it from the lip of the front spoiler through to the back bumper but a close look reveals it is made of composite that probably wouldn't survive more than a gravel attack. Turns out it's designed to assist with aerodynamics.

I have concluded after two weeks of driving around town that the Porsche Macan is intended to go very fast and handle very well on bitumen but not seriously intended for off-roading. I would put Subarus in the same category except not as good at performance or handling.

Some time before the end of the month I intend to try it out on my favourite hill climb, the western side of Mount Glorious. I might even post some video.
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Unread 19th December 2018, 03:16 AM
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One day I'll figure out how to get some decent sized photos into my posts.
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Well it had to be German, just got the wrong one
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Unread 19th December 2018, 08:06 AM
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What led you to conclude it had to be German?
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