The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe adds a fresh dimension to one of the company's newest model ranges. It combines the sleek look and sporty character of the 4 Series Coupe with the functionality provided by four-doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in the US in early summer of 2014 with two engine choices. The 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW's award-winning 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the much-lauded 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system. All versions will be offered in the US with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014 and makes its US debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014.
Prices in the US will start at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $41,225 (including $925 destination & handling) for the 428i Gran Coupe. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $43,225, including destination & handling while the top-of-the-line 435i Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $46,725, again, including destination & handling.
While this model shares the same length, width, wheelbase and track with the extremely dynamic two-door version, the roofline of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches (112 mm) longer and slopes gently to the rear of the vehicle. What's more, the silhouette is half an inch (12 mm) higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers. This contributes to increased headroom at all seats and the overall feeling of interior spaciousness. At the same time, the short front and rear overhangs, the long wheelbase relative to the vehicle length, and the set-back passenger compartment are typical BMW touches that add to the perfect balance of the body design and the sleek appearance of this car, which is derived conceptually from the elegant BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Elegant Coupe with the convenience of a Sedan
"Taking its cue from a large BMW coupe, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe combines a dynamic and sleek silhouette with additional functionality and more spaciousness in the rear passenger compartment." –Won Kyu Kang, exterior designer responsible for the BMW 4 Series.
Like the two-door version, the sporty dimensions of the 4 Series Gran Coupe are a reflection of its dynamic handling characteristics. The stretched roofline, four frameless doors and a wide, electrically operated tailgate provide the functionality of a sedan within the silhouette of a coupe. The volume of the trunk is 17 cu-ft (480 liters), based on EU measurements. The back of the rear seat can be folded down in a 40:20:40 configuration as desired to increase the load capacity to 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters). The flat floor and a two-part loading strip made of stainless steel are practical convenience elements, combined with premium materials. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can easily transport a baby stroller, two golf bags or weekend luggage for four without using the folding function.
In contrast to a two-door coupe, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers passengers easier access when entering or leaving the vehicle thanks to the four-door configuration. The doors are frameless, having the characteristic design features of BMW midsize coupes. The wide-access tailgate blends perfectly with the overall silhouette. When closed, the precise flow of the lid seams simulates the look of a typical coupe trunk. The standard electric drives that help move the tailgate are installed vertically and require very little space. Thus the area of the rear window is much larger and provides a very good visibility, without limiting available space.
At first glance, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is an expression of dynamics and refined elegance. With a length of 182.6" (4,638 mm), a width of 71.9" (1,825mm) and a wheelbase of 110.6" (2,810mm), the four-door variant has the same dimensions as the two-door coupe. The track dimensions of both versions – 60.8" (1,545mm) front and 62.8" (1,594mm) rear – are identical and highlight the dynamic potential of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The silhouette of the four-door model is 0.5" (12mm) higher than the two-door. The stretched roofline flows gently across both rear doors and blends into the slightly raised and short rear section of the car.
Athletic, elegant and powerful from any perspective.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is instantly recognizable from classic BMW design features such as the iconic kidney grille and dual round headlight clusters. The body contours are executed with precision, with multifaceted surfaces that distinguish the eye-catching look up front. Full LED dual headlights can be ordered as an option to bolster the dynamic aura of the vehicle. The three-part, wide air intakes in the front apron emphasize this effect. The extreme left and right apron corners reveal vertical air channels for the Air Curtains. They generate a veil of air around the front wheels, enhancing the aerodynamic efficiency of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The profile is distinguished by a bold swage line and a subtle light-catching edge that create the impression of forward movement in the design of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Stretched lines and expressively contoured surfaces generate a dynamic interplay of light and shadows. The gentle slope of the roofline stretches the appearance of the sides even more and visually strengthens the presence of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The taut and smooth appearance of the side windows, with a B-pillar finished in high-gloss black that is nearly invisible, creating a homogeneous profile. The rear edge of the side glass provides a modern interpretation of the Hofmeister kink that is characteristic of BMW vehicles. This extended window surface allows more light into the interior and improves the overall visibility in the rear passenger compartment.
The rear of the car features clear horizontal lines that accentuate its athletic elegance. The taillights are positioned at the outer edges to receive the swage lines, thus serving as transitional design elements that join the body side panels with the rear section. At the same time, they highlight the wide track and powerfully flared wheel arches. When viewed from the rear, the roof of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is somewhat wider than that of the two- door version, emphasizing its unique character.
Stylish elegance and sportiness dominate in the interior.
"The interior of the four-door coupe unifies the seemingly contradictory character of a dynamic two-door coupe with the elegance and utility of a BMW Sedan or a BMW Gran Turismo." –Tim Shih, interior designer responsible for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The interior of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe presents a stylish fusion of sporty allure and luxury. An approach known as layering – the intelligent utilization of space through the structuring of lines and surfaces into layers – expresses the hallmark BMW driver orientation without compromising the passenger experience. The stylish and functional elegance of the interior is highlighted by prominent round instruments with a black panel look and the free- standing flat-screen iDrive monitor. The cockpit and rear passenger compartment are visually joined by trim strips originating in the instrument panel and extending along the upper sections of the door panels into the rear, and embellished by dual-color window sills. The B-pillar blends into the side panel design and includes flowing graphic effects across the entire surface. The side supports and slender head restraints in the rear seat are contoured for a modern, seemingly molded one-piece look that adds to the sporty character of the 4+1 seater.
The backrest can be folded in 40:20:40 configurations to create more luggage and storage space as required – with a flat floor for easy loading and unloading. When the seat is completely folded down, the maximum volume capacity is 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters), based on EU measure. If only the center segment is folded, four people can ride comfortably while transporting long and bulky items like snowboards, skis, etc. When not folded down, this middle section provides space for two cup holders. The Smart Opener function of Comfort Access is included as part of the Premium Package on US models, which automatically opens the tailgate via gesture control – namely a foot movement underneath the rear bumper when arms are full carrying groceries, packages, etc.
Exclusive: Choice of two Lines or M Sport.
The premium ambience of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe results from exclusive colors, high-quality and rich material combinations along with special equipment packages for a customized look. In addition to the standard equipment, which highlights the classic character of the vehicle, two design Lines (Sport and Luxury) as well as M Sport are available. These optional packages endow each 4 Series Gran Coupe with a particular character and identity by embellishing the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Sport and Luxury lines offer various renditions of the following elements in contrast to the basic standard equipment: appearance and color of the kidney grille and air intakes, Air Breathers and mirror covers, side window design, front and rear apron trim, door sill finishers, and an interior center stack finished in high-gloss black.
To make the strongest dynamic statement, the M Sport package is also available at model launch with special body elements, exterior colors, light-alloy wheels and interior elements.
Sport Line: In this optional equipment line, special body elements are highlighted in black. The subtle B pillar and the nine slats in the chrome-colored kidney grille have a high-gloss black finish, whereas the side window elements are finished in matt black. The air intakes in the front spoiler and the Air Breathers in high-gloss black draw attention to the aerodynamic elements of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The sporty look is enhanced even more with 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels with a dynamic double-spoke design. The rear is also distinguished by dark elements. A black trim strip and a tailpipe embellisher finished in black chrome stand for sporty dynamics. The interior, by contrast, expresses sporty flair with red accents. For example, the inner rings of the dash instruments and contrast stitching on the steering wheel are red. This character can be highlighted further in the 4 Series Gran Coupe with additional options such as the Coral Red Dakota leather interior with red lower dashboard.
Luxury Line: Bright chrome that highlights subtle accents contributes to the exceptionally elegant character of the vehicle. The 11 grille slats with chrome-colored fronts and the bright dual crossbar in the front apron's air intakes are very classy touches. The Air Breathers and high-gloss chrome window details add to the appealing look. Light-alloy wheels – 18-inch or 19-inch – with an intricate multi-spoke design reflect extravagance. From the rear, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be identified by the tailpipe and horizontal trim strip in the rear apron all finished in high-gloss chrome.
Chrome accents also harmonize with the luxurious interior. The enclosure surrounding the audio system and air conditioning controls, as well as the circular rings highlighting the instrumentation, are eye-catching touches. Premium leather, finely crafted with precise stitching, is available in four classic and elegant colors such as Saddle Brown as well as the new Ivory White that is exclusive to the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
M Sport: The technology, functions and extraordinary driving dynamics that distinguish every BMW automobile are also evident in the DNA of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Of course, these can be augmented with M Sport which is available at launch. This equipment package is comprised of elements that emphasize street performance – for example, aerodynamic features like the large air intake up front, the diffuser insert in the rear bumper and rocker panel trim matching the color of the vehicle. The characteristic M styling of the 18-inch and 19-inch light-alloy wheels adds to the bold impression. Six exterior colors are offered with M Sport, including exclusive choices such as Carbon Black Metallic (which is available for the first time on any 4 Series) and Estoril Blue Metallic.
Inside the car, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver's footrest shape the sporty yet elegant ambience. The driver and front passenger can settle into the dynamic-looking and elegant sport seats upholstered in either SensaTec or supple Dakota Leather.
Technical features of this package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with calipers in contrasting blue paint finish.
Engines feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers a choice of two powerful, and efficient engines in the US featuring the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range includes the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine in the BMW 435i Gran Coupe ‒ as well as the light and powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the BMW 428i Gran Coupe.
The power from the engines is delivered to the rear wheels via the standard eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission. All BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe feature the Auto Start Stop function.
At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology.
The performance and torque delivered by ultramodern BMW engines is due in large part to TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology includes innovative solutions such as high- precision direct injection, a turbocharger operating according to the Twin-Scroll principle, double VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. The low-friction engines are also equipped with an aluminum crankcase. This technology package is unrivalled worldwide and combines high performance with utmost efficiency.
BMW 435i Gran Coupe: inline six-cylinder engine with bold performance, powerful torque and silken smoothness.
The large-displacement, inline six-cylinder in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé delivers power with high-revving characteristics and extraordinary smoothness. The 3.0-liter power plant delivers 300 hp between 5,800 rpm and 6,000 rpm, thus contributing to the sovereign dynamics of the new Gran Coupe. Peak torque of 300 lb-ft is generated as low down as 1,300 rpm and remains on tap up to 5,000 rpm. The new BMW 435i Gran Coupé sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. While official US EPA numbers are not yet available for the 435i Gran Coupe, they are expected to be in line with the 435i Coupe, which is rated at 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.
BMW 428i Gran Coupe: four cylinders and the ideal balance between sportiness and efficiency.
Superior performance, spirited power development, high-revving characteristics and low weight: These are the qualities of the innovative four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 428i Gran Coupe that ensure a perfect balance between dynamic performance and efficiency. The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine combines high-revving characteristics and high-performance output with low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. The 2.0-liter engine delivers a maximum power output of 240 hp, which is reached between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm. Peak torque of 255 lb-ft is generated between 1,250 rpm and 4,800 rpm. The new BMW 428i Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Official US EPA numbers are not yet available for the 428i Gran Coupe, they are expected to be in line with the 428i Coupe, which is rated at 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway/27 mpg combined.
BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for two engine variants.
At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology as an alternative to classic rear-wheel drive. In addition to the typical all-wheel drive benefits, such as optimal transmission of engine power to the road, outstanding traction and maximum safety, BMW xDrive reduces understeer and oversteer in curves and thus contributes to agile and precision handling, especially when entering into and accelerating out of curves. The all-wheel system even compensates for sudden load shifts with ease – drivers will immediately feel the dynamic qualities of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 435i Gran Coupe will be made available with xDrive later in the year.
Eight-speed sport Steptronic automatic standard.
Fast gear changes and outstanding shift comfort are qualities delivered by the eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission. Extra shift phases keep increases in rpm small between gear changes, and that contributes to optimal transmission of engine power in every driving situation. Numerous technological innovations and a remarkably high degree of internal efficiency ensure that fuel consumption and emissions do not rise. The intelligent management and control technology also results in extremely short shifting and response times, along with direct gear engagement.
The standard eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission also rewards drivers with a sporty, "hands-on" experience – they can rely on automatic shifting or manually change gears themselves by using shift paddles on the steering wheel. Drive Mode and Sport Mode are selected with the Driving Dynamics Control on the center console.
Elaborate suspension technology for the highest degree of comfort, typical BMW handling characteristics, steering and driving precision.
Rear-wheel drive, steering free from drivetrain influences and well-balanced 50:50 weight distribution create the ideal preconditions for dynamic performance, excellent directional stability and agile handling characteristics. A low center of gravity, a meticulously tuned suspension setup and an intelligent lightweight construction concept result in a first-class overall package that combines seemingly contradictory qualities such as maximum dynamics and outstanding riding comfort in a unique way.
The BMW 4 Series Coupe provides the basis for sporting performance.
The suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is modeled on that of the two-door model variant and has the corresponding dimensions. The wheelbase measures 110.6" (2,810mm), the track width 60.8" (1,545mm) at the front and 62.8" (1,594mm) at the rear. The rear track on xDrive variants is 62.6" (1,544mm). While the axle and elastokinematics correspond to that of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, suspension and damping were tailored exclusively to the four-door version.
Lastly, specific car body reinforcement measures and an innovative strut concept within the front and rear sections of the vehicle help to enhance steering precision and response. Nevertheless, the four-door coupe is only marginally heavier than the two-door variant and even lighter than its competitors. Consequently, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is characterized by driving dynamics, agile handling characteristics and a high level of precision. Ride comfort remains at a very high level, so the dynamic four-door presents itself as a vehicle that is completely suitable for everyday use.
Aluminum double-pivot spring-strut suspension up front.
The front suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the tried and tested double-joint spring-strut aluminum construction, which combines maximum stiffness with minimum weight and significantly reduces unsprung masses. Furthermore, a torsion bar located between the front axle support and the sill creates an overall stiffer connection between the front wheels and the vehicle. Models with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive technology feature a special combination comprising a load-bearing strut and transverse brace. An additional strut connecting the suspension domes and the bulkhead significantly enhances the stiffness of the front end. Therefore, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe responds very directly to the driver's steering inputs, resulting in sporty and agile handling and allowing the car to corner effortlessly and with the highest degree of precision.
Five-arm rear suspension for comfort and active driving.
The rear suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe plays a critical role in boosting the car's dynamic ability and motoring comfort. The proven five-arm concept features extra- wide mounts and supports on the wheel carriers for track and camber, slightly repositioned pivot points, ultra-stiff control arms and axle subframes. It uses thrust arms to connect the suspension with the body. This layout provides the basis for a sporty overall set-up combined with excellent comfort characteristics. As a result, the rear suspension guarantees precise wheel guidance, maximum directional stability and exemplary ride comfort.
Servotronic as standard, variable sports steering as an option.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coup features standard Servotronic power steering. The system provides speed-sensitive power assistance and the clearly defined mapping results in sharper steering feel and feedback. The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be equipped with variable sports steering as an option. This uses different steering ratios depending on the amount of lock applied. Only a small amount of steering effort is required for maneuvering, for example, while unbeatable tracking and straightline stability at high speeds are guaranteed.
High-performance and lightweight brake system.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes equipped with powerful swing-caliper or fixed- caliper brakes and large, inner-vented brake discs. The front calipers are made of aluminum. As well as boasting low unsprung masses, the brakes also give superior heat tolerance, excellent wet braking performance, ease of use and excellent feel. A brake pad wear indicator and the Brake Drying function are standard on all models.
Intelligent lightweight construction: reduced weight, maximum stability.
The weight optimization of all components significantly influences the dynamic performance of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Intelligent lightweight design, a complex bodywork construction and the innovative strut concept all provide a level of body stiffness that is on par with that of the two-door model variant. This is why the four-door Gran Coupe provides levels of agility and precision that one would expect of a BMW sports coupe. The use of high-strength and extra-high-strength multi-phase steel as well as tailored blanks – customized precision components for specific applications – maximizes the degree of stability at an optimized weight. Crucial, stiffness-enhancing components are made of micro-alloyed steel. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features torsional rigidity that matches that of the two-door model variant.
Aerodynamics: clever detail solutions for reducing consumption.
The reduction of air resistance enhances driving dynamics and reduces consumption. Optimization measures on the front apron and at the rear as well as the streamlined, smooth-surfaced underbody help the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe achieve a remarkable aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27. For example, the BMW Air Curtains in the front apron generate a veil of air that reduces turbulence – and therefore drag – around the front wheels. In order to further optimize driving dynamics, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features aerodynamically designed wheel arches and air lips positioned in front of them. The Air Breathers positioned rearwards of the front wheel arches divert some of the air flowing through the wheel arches, thereby reducing air resistance.
Adaptive suspension, M Sport suspension and M Sport brakes.
An M Sport suspension with a firmer spring/damper set-up and more robust front and rear anti-roll bars is available as an option for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and can also be ordered separately from the M Sport package. 18-inch or 19-inch M light alloys are also included in this particular case. Alternatively, customers may prefer to specify adaptive suspension – with its focused sporting set-up and electronically controlled shock absorbers – which adjusts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation at hand. BMW also offers an M Sport brake system for the new Gran Coupe. The team of aluminum fixed calipers (four-piston at the front, two-piston at the rear) and generously sized discs provide ideal preconditions for very short stopping distances.
Sportier, more comfortable or more efficient at the push of a button.
In addition to superior driving dynamics, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers a high level of motoring comfort. Using Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can change the vehicle's overall characteristic according to each driving situation or personal preference to either a sporty or comfortable setting. Accelerator pedal progression, engine response, power steering characteristics and response thresholds of DSC Dynamic Stability Control are influenced by this. The system also interacts with the Steptronic transmission and the optional Dynamic Damper Control. Drivers can select their desired mode – ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and even SPORT+. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components.
BMW EfficientDynamics: better performance, better fuel economy.
Impressive performance coupled with exemplary efficiency is based on the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, the results of which are implemented in almost all areas on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The optimized fuel economy of the engines, transmissions delivering a high level of efficiency, the intelligent lightweight construction concept, honed aerodynamics and other efficiency-enhancing technologies incorporated into the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe all help to optimize driving dynamics, while at the same time reducing consumption and emissions.
Package of measures to consistently reduce emissions and increase the pleasure of driving.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features an Auto Start Stop function to bring about additional economy advantages. Brake Energy Regeneration, which is also a standard feature, ensures that the generation of electric current for the onboard electrical systems concentrates on the overrun and braking phases. ECO PRO mode in particular helps the driver of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency. ECO PRO influences the engine control unit and the characteristic curve of the accelerator pedal. In addition, it contributes to intelligent energy and climate management. The driver is also provided with tips on how to reduce energy consumption even further for the best possible motoring efficiency.
In conjunction with the Steptronic transmission, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe also features a coasting mode. At speeds of between 30 and 100 mph (50 and 160 km/h), in ECO PRO mode, the drivetrain is disconnected as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vehicle is able to 'sail' without engine power, thereby also achieving maximum fuel efficiency.
The ancillary units are also incorporated into the intelligent energy management system of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Examples include the demand-controlled coolant pump, the map-controlled oil pump as well as electromechanical power steering, whose electric motor only uses energy when power steering is required. The same is true for the on-demand air-conditioning compressor which reduces the system's power loss to a minimum.
Intelligent lightweight construction reduces consumption.
Systematic lightweight construction plays a major part in increasing efficiency and agility. This concept is applied in all areas of development and comprises all components. The targeted utilization of plastics, state-of-the-art composites and the increased deployment of aluminum components in the manufacture of engines and suspensions have helped reduce the weight of the corresponding assembly groups. All these measures have a positive effect on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's driving dynamics.
BMW ConnectedDrive: Comfort, safety and infotainment.
The networking of driver, vehicle and the outside world with new assistance systems and information and entertainment features is increasingly enhancing safety and comfort within the vehicle. BMW was early in recognizing the significance of networking and began integrating the digital world in its cars many years ago. The BMW ConnectedDrive systems offered in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe either as standard or as an option underline the technological leadership. The extraordinarily high level of development in mobile automotive communication is reflected in the fact that even after purchasing a BMW, customers can, for a limited period of time, flexibly order and subscribe to a range of technologies and services.
Navigation System: operation with touch controller.
The latest generation of the Navigation System has a significantly greater breadth of functionality and a high-resolution, contrast-rich, color display. The graphics of the previous user interface have been completely revised and the navigation system's maps now have 3D elements. The central Control Display is operated in the familiar way using the ergonomically perfectly positioned iDrive touch controller in the center console, which now has an integral new, touch-sensitive surface and proximity sensor technology for even more convenient use. Users can use their finger to write characters or to enter destinations in the navigation system. They can now choose between using their handwriting or conventionally entering the destinations by rotating and pressing the controller.
Head-Up Display: full-color, high-resolution.
In the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, all information relevant to the driver is presented by the Head-Up Display directly in the driver's line of vision. The information from the assistance systems, the navigation system or information pertaining to speed is projected onto the windshield in a particularly brilliant resolution using the full color spectrum. The wide variety of driver assistance systems now available brings the amount of information that can be shown in the Head-Up Display to a whole new level.
Advanced Real Time Traffic Information: the smart way to avoid congestion.
The quality of traffic management depends on the quality and timeliness of traffic data available. The optional ARTTI (Advanced Real Time Traffic Information) system from BMW transmits data quickly and accurately via the mobile phone network. A SIM card integrated in the vehicle receives traffic data in real time and then calculates routes or detours instantly. ARTTI covers interstate highways and state highways as well as primary, secondary or even tertiary roads. Data is additionally obtained from local authority traffic management systems to provide precise information on traffic density. ARTTI is included with the Navigation System option in the US.
Active Driving Assistant warns the driver of potential collisions – including those involving pedestrians.
The Active Driving Assistant uses intelligently networked camera-based assistant systems and image processing to detect any people or vehicles within its field of vision. The movements of pedestrians are difficult to anticipate – they stop or suddenly change direction. Therefore, they impose much higher demands on the detection capabilities of assistant systems than vehicles driving ahead. When the system recognizes a looming risk of collision, it produces an acute audible warning and a visual signal appears in the instrument cluster or the Head-Up Display to alert the driver that he or she is drawing too close. The system ideally avoids a collision or, should worst come to worst, significantly reduces the consequences of an impact.
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function: a system of many talents.
More active safety and more comfort are provided by the latest version of BMW's Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function (ACC Stop&Go). It uses the data provided by the full-range radar sensors, continuously measures the proximity of the vehicle ahead and warns the BMW driver if necessary. Active Cruise Control with automatic distance control is now available at speeds between 20 and 130 mph (30 km/h and 210 km/h).
Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning systems use sensors and camera monitoring.
Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning are convenience and safety- enhancing assistance systems. These systems employ radar sensors and use the data from the front camera to alert drivers to potential collision risks when changing lanes or if they veer out of lane unintentionally and also issue a warning when driving too close to the vehicle ahead. The Lane Departure Warning system is only available as part of the Active Driving Assistant.
Speed Limit Info: always up to date.
In conjunction with the Navigation System, Speed Limit Info helps to keep the driver informed of the speed limit for the current stretch of road. The front-mounted camera ensures that additional signs or variable overhead gantry signs are taken into account. In addition, the system is able to reliably identify and react to temporary speed limits. When the window wipers are active, the system also detects signs that are valid in wet conditions only. In conjunction with the exact onboard time, speed limits are presented which are only in force at certain times of day or night.
Improved sight at night: full LED headlights with High Beam Assistant.
The bright white light emitted by full LED headlights illuminates the road ahead with an exceptional intensity. The High Beam Assistant can also adapt to the traffic situation by switching to low beam. In conjunction with the front camera, the system reliably detects well lit stretches of road and switches to low beam when passing through cities, for example. The LED headlights with High Beam Assistant significantly increase the usage of high beam and therefore provide for better sight and increased safety when driving at night. When LED headlights are fitted, the optional fog lights are also implemented in LED technology, which further accentuates the premium character of the car's features and equipment.
Superb overview and convenient parking.
In addition to the rear view camera and PDC Park Distance Control, customers can also opt for the Surround View function with Side View and TopView, which provides a bird's eye view of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the area around it, enabling the driver to carry out precise maneuvers in tight spaces. If the car's speed is under about 12 mph (20 km/h), the Side View function can additionally be activated to allow the driver to keep an eye on cross traffic. Convenience is further enhanced by the BMW Parking Assistant system which is able to maneuver the car into parking spaces parallel to the direction of travel. Sensors detect possible parking spaces while driving by and the system perfectly maneuvers the car into the parking spot if desired. The driver controls the speed by applying the accelerator and the brake pedal as well as switch between the forward and reverse gear.
Services and apps: innovative services and infotainment in its purest form.
Due to the ever-increasing popularity of smartphones and other digital devices, Internet, apps and digital services have been an integral of everyday life for some time now.
BMW ConnectedDrive offers high-performance interface technology and provides top-of- the-range infotainment and entertainment capability that enables the driver and passengers to make extensive use of external mobile phones and music players. Through the optional ConnectedDrive Services, the world of apps can be integrated into the vehicle. Browser- based BMW online applications are loaded directly into the vehicle via an embedded onboard SIM card. These applications put at the driver's disposal online services such as weather, news or office functions. Smartphone apps allow in-car use of innovative services like Stitcher, Audible, Amazon Cloud Player, Twitter or Facebook.
The latest-generation Navigation System features a full speech recognition function and an optimized voice control system to complete the portfolio of office functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive. The full speech recognition system enables drivers to dictate text freely and compose short text-based messages by voice. In addition, Internet-based services, as well as calendar entries and text-based messages, can still be viewed in the Control Display of the iDrive operating system and read out via the Text to Speech function.
The all-new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in US showrooms in early summer.
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Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement
- The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
- Coupé and Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
- Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
- Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.
The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp), - of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.
The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1™. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.
The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.
‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.
Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.
The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.
The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.
‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’
The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.
The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupéand Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
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Porsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment - on both paved streets and off-road terrain.
The Porsche Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What's more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognisable in the design. The Sports Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics. Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sportscars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment. The Macan is "Made in Germany", produced at the Leipzig plant. Porsche has invested 500 million euro in the plant and has established an entire production line there. The line is set up to produce around 50,000 vehicles per year - all manufactured with the utmost precision and to the highest level of quality. Just what you would expect from Porsche.
The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 bhp (250 kW) and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km.
The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its 3.0-litre, six-cylinder V-engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 value of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0 to 100 km in just 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted) thanks to its 258 bhp (190kW) engine, and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h.
As the top model in the Porsche Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine, which is being used at Porsche for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400 bhp (294 kW) and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, it is even possible to achieve such a speed in 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 litres/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.
Its name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain The sporty all-wheel drive is ultimately a Porsche invention, designed and first implemented by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 in the Lohner-Porsche racing car with its four electric wheel-hub motors. In 1947, Porsche developed the Type 360, better known as the Cisitalia Grand Prix racing car. The car became a true driving legend, not only as a result of its supercharged 12-cylinder engine and consistent lightweight construction, but also thanks to its permanent all-wheel drive. The design was based on the idea that drive power around bends or on roads with low frictional values can be converted into propulsion more fully and more reliably.
The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive - known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) - has produced one of the world's most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.
A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakeable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) bring the vehicle's characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road, making for a true Porsche driving experience. The driver and passenger seats feature the low position typical of sportscars.
The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate. The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. There is also the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which has been specially tailored to the Macan. This system distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. The list of Porsche options includes the much sought-after dynamic high beam forming part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.
Deeply rooted in Porsche's legacy of sportscars
The sportscar heritage of the Macan is evident in many details of its design. The designers have pulled out all the stops to ensure the model's proportions and lines live up to this claim. The result can be summarised in two words typical of a sportscar: broad and low.
The design embodies sportiness, dynamism and precision, together with elegance and lightweight construction. Round lines are combined with strategically positioned precision edges. With its harmonious proportions, the Macan appears compact, powerful and close to the road.
Even when stationary, design details taken from Porsche sportscars highlight what the Porsche Macan has to offer in terms of performance. For instance, the side view window graphics and the sloping roof line at the rear end, known at Porsche as the flyline, are a clear nod to the 911. The rear wings also have the soft profile of the 911.
The 918 Spyder is already regarded as a vehicle that propelled the Porsche design DNA further forward. The Macan adopts this current DNA, for instance the basic shape of its main headlights is based on that of the 918 Spyder, while the sideblades at the bottom of the front and rear doors are reminiscent of the lower door seams on the hybrid super sportscar. Inside, the Macan is fitted with a multi-function sports steering wheel as standard, the design of which is completely new and based on the 918 Spyder.
A true Porsche from all angles
The impressive, assertive front of the Macan is a distinctive component of the design. The large air intakes are typical of Porsche and highlight the performance class to which the brand's vehicles typically belong. In the Macan Turbo, stylistic elements known as C-blades fitted in the air intakes on the right and left of the vehicle accentuate the sporty look and provide a sophisticated aerodynamic response.
The wraparound bonnet creates an impressive design detail, enclosing the headlights and extending down to the wheel arches. The imposing size of the bonnet and its precision lines running to the front of the vehicle give the Macan a broad and powerful appearance, while the seamless surface of the bonnet presents a clean front to the vehicle. The Macan's concentration on the road is particularly evident when viewed from the front.
The side view with its sporty sloping roof line creates a sharp profile and emphasises the dynamic nature of the vehicle, while the design lines running to the rear of the vehicle accentuate the broad, sculpted wings. Together with what are known as the window graphics - the edges of all lateral glass surfaces - and the shape of the D-pillar, these design lines are a nod to the design of the 911.
A further design highlight of the side view, and another means of customising the vehicle, are the sideblades at the bottom of the front and rear doors - dynamically formed inserts that are available in different materials as an option. The design of these sideblades is reminiscent of the lower door seams on the 918 Spyder, as is the front door entry guard. Combined with the sophisticated door handles, this makes the doors appear narrower and the sides significantly more sporty and streamlined.
On the Macan S and Macan S Diesel, the sideblades are painted in Lava Black as standard. The Macan Turbo features sideblades painted in the same colour as the exterior (optional for Macan S and Macan S Diesel), adding to the classic elegance of its look. Sideblades in Genuine Carbon, available for all models as an option, add extra emphasis to the Porsche Macan's sporty character.
A further striking design detail of the Macan is its continuous side sill. Together with the long black roof spoiler, this feature adds to the vehicle's flowing design. The mixed tyres, which are up to 265 mm wide on the front axle and 295 mm wide on the rear axle. Alongside wheels of up to 21 inches, the tyres also underline the Macan's sporty intentions.
With its subtle lines and harmonious curves, the rear end is a fusion of sportiness and elegance. It has been consciously designed as a large, mainly undisturbed area to give the vehicle a broader look. To maintain this clean look, the switch for the powerlift tailgate has been concealed in the foot of the windscreen wiper, and the numberplate is located in the lower rear area.
The rear lights on the Macan are another striking feature, boasting an extremely compact three-dimensional design and LED technology - a further reference to the 918 Spyder. On all models, the rear diffuser is flanked on both sides by twin tailpipes - round on the Macan S and Macan S Diesel and square on the Turbo. All models are available with sport tailpipes made from chrome-plated stainless steel as an option.
Porsche interior design
The focus on agility and breadth continues into the Porsche Macan's interior. Sophisticated lines, precise transitions and high-quality workmanship create a harmonious fusion of sportiness, quality and elegance.
From the low front seats, the sloping centre console and the display and operation concept through to the extensive range of customisation options, the interior offers both a sense of familiarity and striking new features, such as the new multi-function sports steering wheel.
The cockpit features all the character familiar from a sportscar. The eye is immediately drawn to the standard multi-function sports steering wheel, the design of which is completely new and based on the 918 Spyder. Additional multi-function buttons fitted as standard for the telephone, radio and on-board computer, together with the ergonomically positioned shift paddles, ensure that drivers' hands are free to stay on the steering wheel and their concentration remains on the road.
Three round dials with a centrally positioned tachometer combine to form the instrument cluster. The right-hand tube is home to the high-resolution, 4.8-inch colour display. As you would expect, the ignition lock is positioned to the left of the steering wheel - as is customary on Porsche models.
The forward-sloping centre console with the high-set gear selector typical of racing cars draws the driver even further into the cockpit. The buttons for the most important functions are clustered in logical groups on the centre console, allowing for simple and intuitive operation of individual functions.
Even the standard equipment on the Macan S with the Piano Black interior package and the comfort seats with Alcantara seat centre conjures up a sense of sportiness and quality. The Macan Turbo is fitted with adaptive sports seats as standard, including the 18-way power seats with memory package in leather and the brushed aluminium interior package. In addition, all models are available with the Dark Burl Walnut and Carbon décors as an option.
Performance and efficiency
Porsche is offering the Macan with three advanced engines. All combine rich torque with impressive power, ensuring each variant features trademark Porsche qualities. The engines are also highly efficient and environmentally friendly, with all three versions of the Macan meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard. The NEDC fuel consumption figures range from 9.2litres (Macan Turbo) to 6.1 litres/100 km (Porsche Macan S-Diesel).
The Macan Turbo is unrivalled in the compact SUV segment in terms of its driving performance. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine unleashes its maximum output of 400 bhp (294 kW) at 6000 rpm. Two turbochargers with a boost pressure of 1.2 bar ensure powerful ventilation. This power results in acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 266 km/h. The Macan is the first Porsche to feature this engine. The engine is based on a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with a stroke that has been increased by 83 millimetres. All of the dimensions and specifications are based on decades of Porsche experience in developing sport engines.
The Macan S is powered by the new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine from Porsche. The engine is particularly high-revving, thanks to its 96-millimetre bore and short 69-millimetre stroke. When tuning the new engine, the engineers focused on providing uniform performance development and an even torque curve. By combining two turbochargers, positioned in a compact format on the left and the right, which together deliver a boost pressure of 1.0 bar, exceptional performance values have been achieved: The engine reaches its maximum power of 340 bhp (250 kW) at between 5500 to 6500 rpm. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 5.4 seconds and the vehicle reaches a top speed of around 254 km/h.
The Porsche VarioCam Plus valve stroke variable system in both of the V6 biturbo engines ensures that the variable inlet and outlet camshaft control is continuously and infinitely adjusted and allows the engine to respond in a flexible manner to the relevant performance requirements. The result is spontaneous acceleration and exceptionally smooth running. The revised direct fuel injection (DFI) concept with multi-hole injectors and a high pressure of 200 bar enables optimum fuel distribution. The jet and taper angles have been optimised with torque, power, fuel consumption and emissions in mind. DFI also improves internal cooling within the combustion chamber as the fuel-air mixture is generated in the cylinder directly. The resulting higher compression ratio provides greater engine power and better engine efficiency. The turbochargers have been specially tailored to the engines and are capable of building up the boost pressure very quickly in response to power requirements.
Integrated dry-sump lubrication and a modified oil sump shape have been developed for the petrol engines destined for use in the Macan. These modifications enable optimum engine lubrication - even in extreme driving situations - and contribute to a particularly low centre of gravity while allowing the ground clearance to be increased. The diesel engine relies on a pressure-fed lubrication concept with a wet sump.
With its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine, the Macan S Diesel is a true long-distance sports car that combines an excellent performance level with minimum fuel consumption. The 258-bhp (190-kW) engine, taken from the Cayenne and subsequently enhanced, has been specially designed for the Macan. It also works perfectly alongside the PDK transmission and is consistent with the vehicle's sportscar characteristics. The high torque of 580 Nm at between 1750 and 2500 rpm allows confident acceleration in every driving situation. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 230 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted). The optimised common rail fuel injection system enables quiet combustion development while also allowing high turbine speeds within the turbocharger, even at a low engine speed, thereby creates a higher boost pressure. Some of the results of this set-up include better volumetric efficiency, increased power and more torque. The advanced diesel engine is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for lower emissions. This system injects a urea solution (AdBlue) into the exhaust gas, and the resulting chemical reaction transforms nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water.
All Macan models feature an engine with sportscar characteristics and they sound like a sportscar too: The sound of the Macan engines is robust and emotive, indicating that the vehicle is always ready to demonstrate its capabilities on any terrain. As part of the sound design, the petrol models include an exhaust flap, in addition to various other components. The flap is map-controlled and load-dependent, which dictates when it opens and shuts.
Power and efficiency in perfect harmony
Performance is not the only attribute of the Macan - maximum efficiency is another one of its defining features. Multiple technologies contribute to the vehicle's low fuel consumption level alongside the standard PDK and the intelligent mix of materials used to construct the Macan.
Together, all of these measures result in fuel consumption figures that speak for themselves. The standard automatic Start Stop function shuts off the engine as soon as the Macan brakes to a speed of 2 km/h - even when the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is activated. When the brake is released, the engine is restarted quickly and smoothly by the system. When drivers lift their foot off the accelerator pedal, the coasting function decouples the engine to allow the vehicle to roll over a longer distance than if the engine was engaged. As soon as the accelerator pedal or brake is actuated again, the PDK selects the appropriate gear and engages the clutch. Up to 1.0 litre of fuel can be saved per 100 kilometres in everyday driving situations.
Electro-mechanical power steering is another of the efficiency technologies in use in the Porsche Macan: Thanks to this feature, the electric motor is only supplied with energy if steering intervention takes place - the advantage for fuel consumption being a saving of up to 0.1 litres per 100 kilometres. Depending on the driving situation and cooling requirements, the radiator shutters on the Macan can also be closed - a function that is controlled by the engine management system. Similarly, the underbody shield keeps drag to a minimum by optimising the air flow under the vehicle and reducing turbulence. Electrical system recuperation is another of the efficiency measures featured by the Macan: This concept charges the battery more intensely during the braking and overrun phases. Restricting the charging current of the generator when the battery is fully charged in turn reduces the load on the combustion engine during acceleration phases because the engine does not have to use as much power to charge the battery. In addition, the intelligent thermal management system in the Macan manages the temperature of the engine and transmission to reduce friction losses during the warm-up phase following a cold start. To do this, the thermal flows are managed in a targeted manner and the different coolant circuits are switched on gradually when needed, allowing the engine and transmission to heat up faster.
Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) as standard
For the first time in a new Porsche model range, all variants of the Macan feature the high-performance seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) as standard. The advantages of this transmission design include excellent start-up performance, extremely fast gear changes without any interruption in tractive force, short reaction times, low fuel consumption and outstanding shift comfort. As in virtually all Porsche vehicles that feature the PDK, there are two shifting gates: On the right, the required switching level is engaged via a typical Porsche gear selector, while the left-hand gate can be engaged manually, or with the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.
In every Macan model, the PDK enables the vehicle to "coast": When drivers lift their foot off the accelerator, the PDK automatically decouples the engaged gear and the vehicles coasts in idle until the required speed is reached. When the accelerator pedal or brake is actuated, the PDK selects the appropriate gear once again and engages the clutch. The PDK contributes to minimum fuel consumption in every Macan and adapts the required driving profile with the help of an intelligent management system.
Active all-wheel drive and Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
Active all-wheel drive is part of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system and comes as standard for all Macan models. Together with the other elements of the system - the electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, the Automatic Brake Differential (ABD) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) - the all-wheel drive looks after traction and safety.
The all-wheel drive system is one of the systems with the fastest response times on the market and its design underpins the sportscar characteristics of the Macan. The rear axle is always driven, The front axle receives its drive torque from the rear axle, and the torque is dependent on the locking ratio of the electronically controlled multi-plate clutch.
For situations in which the rear axle wheels are on a surface with a significantly lower friction coefficient in comparison to the front axle wheels (for example on ice) which would cause the rear axle wheels to spin when moving off, up to 100% of the necessary torque can be transferred to the front axle. However, the rear axle is never uncoupled in these situations - instead, 100% of the torque from the rear axle is transferred to the front axle via the multi-plate clutch.
The ASR also reduces wheel spin. Exactly the right amount of propulsion force is transferred to the front wheels on corners to achieve optimum lateral support.
Working with the newly developed Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, the PTM interacts with all systems to secure the appropriate distribution of power for excellent propulsion in every driving situation: on long straights, around tight corners or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. Traction is also improved by the ABD on surfaces with different friction coefficients. If a wheel is in danger of spinning, the PTM brakes the relevant wheel via the ABD and in doing so transfers more drive torque to the other wheel on the same axle.
As a result, the new PTM system not only offers advantages in terms of traction and safety, but it also supports agile driving behaviour for enhanced handling and better dynamism in the Macan.
Off-road mode comes as standard in the Macan, and the function is activated by pressing a button in the centre console at a speed of between 0 and 80 km/h. This function switches all the relevant systems to a traction-oriented off-road programme:
For example, the shift revolutions and speeds are geared towards a greater level of traction, the clutch is pre-tensioned to a greater degree in order to provide the front axle with the appropriate drive torque more rapidly, and the standard torque split between the front and rear axle as well as the accelerator pedal response are adapted to off-road conditions. What's more, the ground clearance can be increased by 40 millimetres above its normal level thanks to the optional air suspension chassis, which gives a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimetres.
Another button in the centre console activates downhill assistance from the Porsche Hill Control (PHC) system. The PHC keeps the vehicle speed constant during descents, and can be adjusted to between 3 and 30 km/h.
Option: Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus)
The Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system has been specially tailored to the Porsche Macan in order to improve driving dynamics and driving stability. The PTV Plus uses a variable standard torque split at the rear wheels combined with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. In response to the steering angle, steering speed, accelerator pedal position, yaw rate and vehicle speed, the PTV Plus improves steering behaviour and steering precision through targeted brake interventions on the inside rear wheel to enhance agility. This gives the outside rear wheel a greater propulsion force and enables an additional turning impulse in the steered direction. The result is direct and dynamic steering into the bend. The PTV Plus also makes a positive impact when the Macan is taken off-road: On loose ground, rear wheel spin is reduced through targeted locking and braking interventions.
Sport button as standard
All Macan models are fitted with a SPORT button as standard, which can be found on the centre console to the left of the gear selector. When the SPORT button is pressed, the electronic engine management system makes the engine even more responsive: A touch on the accelerator pedal results in a noticeably more direct response from the engine, the rev-limiter is set to a more specific level and the engine dynamics take on a motorsport feel. In addition, the PDK enables the shift points to be moved towards the upper speed range, adding an even sportier touch. The response times are shorter, while the gear changes are tighter and instantaneous, particularly for double-clutch downshifts. The engine sound is also adapted to sound even more robust. In addition, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis control system (part of the standard equipment in the Macan Turbo) is set to sport mode to achieve a sportier feel for the suspension and direct steering, therefore offering even more agile handling characteristics.
Option: Sport Chrono package
The optional Sport Chrono package offers improved performance at the push of a button. The Sport Chrono package enables the chassis, engine and transmission to be tuned to an even sportier level, accompanied by a sound that is even more emotive. The Sport Chrono package is characterised by the analogue and digital stopwatch on the dashboard, as well as the additional Sport Plus button in the centre console. Another element of the package is the performance display on the optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which provides information on the total driving time, distance travelled around the current lap or the time taken for each lap, for instance. "Launch Control" is also included - this function enables a level of acceleration similar to that required in a race when moving off. The time advantage gained in a standard sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is 0.2 seconds for all models. "Launch Control" enables improved lap times and a better spread between comfort and sportiness when it comes to the vehicle handling to achieve a significant boost in driving pleasure.
An all-rounder for urban traffic and off-road driving
The complex chassis of the Porsche Macan illustrates just how much effort has gone into making the vehicle an imposing figure both on and off road. As a sportscar, the Macan sets completely new benchmarks for compact SUVs on asphalt.
The chassis components, tuning, weight distribution and brakes allow the Macan to take on an exclusive position as the sportscar in its class. No other vehicle in this market segment can drive on asphalt with such precision and stability, and especially not at high speeds.
The basic geometry of the Macan creates the best conditions for achieving these benchmarks. The low centre of gravity and the wheel base of 2807 millimetres, plus the front track width of 1655 millimetres and 1651 millimetres at the rear provide enhanced driving stability, particularly when cornering.
The road performance of the Macan has also been enhanced by its outstanding off-road abilities. The ramp angle of 17.1 degrees (with air suspension at "High Level I": 19 degrees), a ground clearance of 198 millimetres (230 millimetres), a front overhang angle of 24.8 degrees (26.6 degrees) and a rear overhang angle of 23.6 degrees (25.3 degrees) also present a consistent message: Overall, the features of the Macan fulfil the exact requirements of many SUV customers, i.e. the perfect performance on the road plus the special reserve capabilities embodied by all-wheel drive and off-road performance.
Three chassis versions for the Porsche Macan
There are three chassis versions available for the Macan. The steel spring design fulfils the very highest of standards for performance, driving pleasure, off-roading capabilities and comfort. The consistent lightweight construction philosophy embodied by the aluminium axles and chassis components contributes to driving dynamics and comfort. The front axle is based on a five-link design while the rear axle is formed by a trapezoidal-link design. At the rear axle, the separate arrangement of the springs and dampers on the wheel carrier improves ride comfort and the handling response of the dampers. This arrangement is also responsible for the large loading width of luggage compartment.
The second version of the Macan chassis is a combination of the steel spring design and the PASM system, which comes as standard in the Macan Turbo top model. The PASM can be selected as an option for the Macan S and the Macan S Diesel. Combining the steel spring design and PASM allows the vehicle to fulfil high standards for long-distance comfort, performance and agility even more successfully. This chassis variant also offers a considerably better spread of the suspension damping across the three PASM programmes of "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus" at the touch of a button.
PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management)
The electronically controlled PASM adjustable shock absorber system increases driving pleasure, safety and comfort and is part of the standard equipment for the Macan Turbo. The system actively and continuously regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Vehicles normally demonstrate noticeable body movement in response to a very dynamic driving style involving sharp acceleration and brake phases or when off-roading. The PASM is designed to intervenes and reduce body movement. Depending on their preferences and requirements, drivers can choose between three programmes: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus".
Air suspension: Unique in the market segment
The third version of the Porsche Macan chassis, and exclusive in this vehicle segment, is the optional air suspension including levelling system, height adjustment and PASM. This chassis variant also satisfies the highest demands for comfort, sportiness and performance, and puts the vehicle in pole position in comparison to every other chassis design.
In comparison to the steel spring design, the Macan with air suspension sits 15 millimetres lower at Normal Level and, due to the associated lower centre of gravity, it offers both increased driving dynamics and improved comfort. The air suspension maintains a consistent vehicle position automatically, regardless of the load distribution. The ground clearance can be adjusted to three different levels as required: "High Level I", "Normal Level" and "Low Level". In "High Level I, the vehicle sits 40 millimetres above "Normal Level", with a maximum ground clearance of 230 millimetres. This option is activated via the off-road button and can be used at speeds between 0 and 80 km/h.
Pressing the PASM button or the Sport Plus button lowers the vehicle by 10 millimetres to "Low Level". Doing so allows for a maximum ground clearance of 180 millimetres. Using the "Low Level" setting in combination with Sport Plus mode gets the maximum performance from the Macan, as the centre of gravity is even lower and the PASM is optimised for these conditions.
To allow the luggage compartment to be loaded easily, vehicles fitted with air suspension can be set to loading level, which lowers the rear end to 50 millimetres below the normal level. Loading level is activated by pressing a button in the luggage compartment.
Powerful brakes offering a top-class performance level
The brakes of the Porsche Macan match the vehicle's exceptional performance level. In line with the usual high standard set by the brand, the Macan is leading the way with the most powerful braking system in its market segment.
The Macan relies on six-piston fixed-calliper front brakes with aluminium monobloc brake callipers. In the Macan S and the Macan S Diesel, the brake callipers press on brake discs with a diameter of 350 millimetres, while the brake discs in the Turbo have a diameter of 360 millimetres. In all models, the braking action at the rear is provided by combined floating calliper brakes with an integrated electric parking brake. The rear brake discs for the Macan S and Macan S Diesel have a diameter of 330 millimetres and the rear brake discs of the Turbo have a diameter of 356 millimetres.
The electric parking brake offers greater comfort and safety when parking the vehicle. The parking brake is released automatically when moving off. Another feature making its debut is the hold function.
Mixed tyres: Functional and visual benefits
The use of tyres on the Porsche Macan is typical of a sportscar: The vehicle is designed to use mixed tyres with different dimensions at the front and rear axle. The mixed tyres emphasise the sportscar look of the Porsche Macan and also offer some functional advantages: In combination with the all-wheel drive system designed for tail-heavy vehicles, the wide tyres on the rear axle increase traction and enhance driving stability. The narrower front tyres enable sporty yet precise steering manoeuvres, thereby contributing to the agility of the vehicle, too. Overall, the mixed tyres play a key role in the excellent driving performance of the Macan.
235/60 R 18 (front) and 255/55 R 18 (rear) tyres are standard equipment for the Macan S and Macan S Diesel, while the Macan Turbo features 235/55 R 19 (front) and 255/50 R 19 (rear) tyres.
The wheels available for the Porsche Macan perfectly capture its character. And on the road. There is a vast range of wheels in attractive designs to choose from. The range includes wheels of up to 21 inches in size, which are available for all Macan models.
The Macan S and the Macan S Diesel are fitted with the 18-inch Macan S wheel as standard, while the 19-inch Macan Turbo wheel is available as standard for the Macan Turbo. In addition to these options there are six other wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 18 to 21 inches in size. The 18-inch wheels are lightweight forged wheels, while the 19 and 20-inch wheels are produced using flow forming lightweight design technology. The 21-inch wheel is a lightweight forged wheel.
The roll resistance, typical Porsche performance in terms of handling and braking distance, and weight of all the standard tyres have been optimised.
All Porsche Macan models come with Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM) as standard. The TPM system increases driving safety and comfort by warning the driver when the tyre pressure is too low or if it detects any rapid drops in pressure. Sensors in all four of the drop-centre rims constantly monitor the air pressure. The driver can check the pressure of all four tyres on the 4.8-inch colour monitor in the central instrument cluster.
Electromechanical power steering
The electromechanical power steering system - the first to be found in a Porsche SUV - allows the Macan to be driven precisely and more directly with the responsiveness typical of the Porsche brand in all driving situations. The steering system also offers a number of fuel consumption benefits: In comparison to conventional hydraulic steering systems, electro-mechanical steering saves up to 0.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres because the system only requires energy for steering. An important effect of the system is the fact that the Macan can be fitted with a lane departure warning system that works with the electro-mechanical power steering and controls the active steering interventions when they are necessary.
Developed for the sportscar within the compact SUV segment
A key consideration for the development of the Macan body was the aim to create a vehicle that immediately stood out as a Porsche in comparison to other compact SUVs, i.e. to create a sportscar for this market segment. This aim has certainly been achieved. as demonstrated by several of the vehicle's features:
For example, the bonnet covers the wheel arches and encloses the main headlights, making the front of the car look broad and robust. The crisp design lines on the bonnet that extend forward emphasise the width of the vehicle even further. The body is manufactured completely from aluminium, leading to a reduction in weight and therefore contributing to efficiency and dynamism.
The sportscar requirements of the Porsche Macan played a significant role in the design of the body. The rigidity of the front end is based on the high standards set by the 911 and the Cayman. Thanks to the addition of more bars, this level of rigidity enables optimum driving agility and stability. Another good example is provided by the selective use of materials to achieve a lower centre of gravity: The body platform and doors are manufactured from high and super-high strength lightweight steel sheets, and the bonnet and rear lid are made of aluminium.
With a width of 1923 millimetres (excluding the exterior mirrors) and a height of 1624 millimetres, the Macan is a compact and dynamic vehicle. The low centre of gravity and wheelbase of 2807 millimetres provide enhanced driving stability, particularly when cornering. These features, combined with a length of 4681 millimetres (Macan Turbo: 4699 millimetres), mean that the Macan has the sportiest proportions in its segment. Another distinctive feature of the Macan is the comparatively short overhangs of 924 millimetres at the front (Macan Turbo: 942 millimetres) and 950 millimetres at the rear, which also emphasise its sportscar character. The luggage compartment volume is 500 litres, which expands to 1500 litres when the back seats are folded down fully.
No compromises were allowed when it came to the downforce values either: The value at the rear axle is 0.01 negative - guaranteeing high lateral stability even when changing lanes quickly.
Light and wide: The panoramic roof system
As important as it is for the driver to focus on the road, every passenger appreciates being able to glace up to the sky. This is particularly true thanks to the optional, two-part Panoramic Roof System on the Macan, as the front glass element can be uncovered and opened electrically and an electrical roll-up blind dims the entire pane of glass when required.
A sporty seat position
For an SUV, the Macan has a sporty seat position and a more steeply inclined steering column to give it a sportscar feel. As a special feature, the front headrests can be adjusted both vertically and longitudinally,while the seat height, seat cushion, backrest angle and the longitudinal position of the standard electrical 8-way comfort seat on the driver's side can be adjusted.
while the seat height, seat cushion, backrest angle and the longitudinal position of the standard electrical 8-way comfort seat can be adjusted. Adaptive sports seats with 18-way adjustment for the driver and front passenger are also available as an option, and as standard for the Macan Turbo. Optional front seat ventilation is available for even greater seating comfort, with three-stage control of the ventilation for the seat surfaces and backrests, independently adjustable for both the right and the left seat.
The rear seat system provides space for up to three passengers. The rear seat backrests are split 40:20:40 and can be folded down separately, providing plenty of room for all items of luggage in the luggage compartment.
High level of passive safety
By delivering ideal body rigidity values, the consistent lightweight steel construction makes a key contribution to safety. All elements of the vehicle body shell are designed and connected in such a way that, in the event of a crash, the vehicle structure deforms in a defined manner, thus absorbing the energy from the crash. In addition, super-high-strength steel reinforcements protect occupants in the event of a side impact. High strength and clearly defined deformability are two properties that also come together in the multi-phase steels used.
Multi-collision brake to dissipate kinetic energy
Around a quarter of all accidents resulting in personal injury are "multi-collision accidents", where a second collision follows the first. The multi-collision brake system automatically brakes the vehicle involved in a crash to reduce the residual kinetic energy inherent following the initial collision. The multi-collision brake is triggered when the airbag sensors detect a primary collision, at which point the system initiates maximum braking. The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system limits this action to a maximum negative acceleration of 0.6 g, thereby ensuring that the driver can maintain control of the vehicle even in the event of automatic braking.
The driver can override the multi-collision brake system at any time. If the system detects that the driver is accelerating, the automatic multi-collision brake is deactivated. The same applies if the driver initiates a full braking manoeuvre at an even higher rate of deceleration. As a general rule, the assistance system brakes until a residual vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached. This residual speed can then be used to drive to a safe location after the braking action.
Outstanding, high-quality equipment
The passenger compartment of the Porsche Macan picks up on the current Porsche sportscar design, delivering a premium look. Among the equipment on offer in the interior is the high-end Burmester® surround sound system, available for the first time in a vehicle of this class.
Other new equipment options include the lane departure warning system and lane change assist system. Features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Porsche Active Safe (PAS) deliver a further boost to comfort and safety.
Ergonomics support sporty driving: The forward-sloping centre console and the driver's seat position ensure a very short distance between the steering wheel and gear selector, while the driver is now even more closely integrated within the interior thanks to the high-set gear selector typical of racing cars. Controls for all the key functions and settings are clustered in logical groups on the centre console, with buttons located within easy reach to ensure quick, intuitive operation. As with all Porsche models, the ignition lock is positioned to the left of the steering wheel.
The instrumentation is also typically Porsche, offering three conventional round dials with a centrally positioned tachometer. A gear indicator within the tachometer tells the driver which gear has been engaged by the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).
A high-resolution, 4.8-inch colour display is contained in the right-hand dial. In addition to the most important on-board computer functions, this feature also displays the maps for the optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation module.
Audio systems and Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Located high up and in the centre of the console, the CDR Plus audio system, which is fitted as standard and features a high-resolution, 7-inch colour touchscreen display, is clearly visible and offers convenient access to a whole host of functions. Features include a universal USB interface for connecting external storage media and end devices, 11 loudspeakers and a total output of 235 watts.
The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which is included as standard in the Macan Turbo, comprises all of the stated CDR Plus functions. In addition, it offers a navigation module with a hard drive, which boasts a capacity of 40 gigabytes, enough for up to 5000 MP3 files, as well as map data for most European countries, including a perspective map view and 3D navigation map.
Burmester® sound system for perfect sound
As the top-of-the-range option when it comes to sound systems, Porsche is also offering a special sound system in the Macan that was developed and made in Germany in cooperation with Burmester®. Building on the feedback acquired from the systems featured in the Panamera, Cayenne, 911 and Cayman models, this sound system achieves a total output and sound quality that are unparalleled in this class of vehicle. The system comprises 16 individually controlled loudspeakers, including an active subwoofer with a 250-millimetre diaphragm diameter and an integrated 300-watt Class D amplifier. The total system output is more than 1000 watts.
The Bose surround sound system features 14 loudspeakers, including a 200-watt active subwoofer, a total of nine amplifier channels and a total output of 545 watts. The system taps into the sound spectrum of 5.1 digital surround sound recordings. AudioPilot noise compensation technology guarantees a consistent, balanced aural experience, whatever the driving conditions.
Online connection for the PCM via the Aha Radio app
Online features can be accessed in the PCM using the Aha Radio app, available free of charge for Apple and Android devices. This app facilitates use of content such as online radio with personalised web-based music, news feeds, podcasts and audio magazines, as well as weather information and integrated social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. The results of a Google "Points of Interest" search can also be adopted as the navigation destination.
Perfect connection: Porsche Car Connect (PCC)
Porsche Car Connect (PCC) makes it possible to access information and control individual vehicle functions remotely using a smartphone. Corresponding apps are available for both Apple and Android devices. Amongst other functions, the PCC can be used to call up vehicle data and display the vehicle's position, as well as lock the vehicle by activating the central locking system.
If stolen, a vehicle can be located with the help of the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS). A separate contract with a service provider recommended by the relevant Porsche partner is required to use Porsche Car Connect. Porsche Car Connect can be supplemented to include the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS Plus). This system delivers additional safety measures for the PVTS, such as a plated mounting, shear bolts and two driver authentication keys.
Comfort and safety: assistance systems for the Macan
There is a wide range of assistance systems available for the Porsche Macan. These include the lane departure warning system and lane change assist system, both of which enhance the level of active safety and driving comfort. The reversing camera facilitates reverse parking and manoeuvring and also assists with hitching a trailer. What's more, the ACC system together with PAS supports the driver by emitting visual and audible warnings in dangerous situations, and also initiates an additional brake jolt if required.
Providing support: lane departure warning and lane change assist system
The optional lane change assist system helps the driver to stay in lane by monitoring the lane markings on both sides of the vehicle by means of a camera. If the vehicle threatens to leave the lane, active steering interventions guide it back on course. The function is activated from speeds of 60 km/h and above, and is temporarily deactivated by switching on the indicator. The driver can also activate and deactivate the assist system independently using a button on the centre console.
The lane change assist system is also available as an option and aids the driver when changing lanes. The system monitors the area behind the vehicle and the blind spot using radar sensors. At speeds of 30 km/h or above, the system informs the driver of vehicles approaching quickly from behind or located in the blind spot by providing a visual signal in the exterior mirrors. However, the system does not intervene in the controlling of the vehicle. The function can be activated and deactivated by pressing a button in the driver's door.
Greater comfort and safety: ACC with PAS
To enhance driving comfort and safety in the Macan, Porsche offers ACC with PAS safety function. The ACC function is based on a radar sensor located in the vehicle front end, used to monitor the road up to 200 metres ahead of the vehicle. ACC maintains a speed-dependant distance from a vehicle travelling ahead over four pre-selectable stages, and automatically adjusts the driving speed, if necessary down to a halt. This relieves the pressure on the driver, particularly in traffic jams and slow-moving traffic.
PAS builds on this system and can help avoid bumper-to-bumper collisions - even when ACC is switched off. To deliver this function, the front radar system monitors traffic on an on-going basis, looking for vehicles travelling much more slowly up ahead. If the system detects an impending hazard situation, the brake system is preconditioned and the brake assistant is sensitised. If the situation becomes more critical, PAS emits visual and audible warnings, and the driver is alerted to the need to intervene by a jolt in the brake pedal. If the driver responds with an inadequate braking action, the system can increase the brake pressure up to full braking, depending on the situation in question.
Always in view: The speed limit display
The speed limit display is available as an option in conjunction with the PCM system. This information system uses a camera to detect speed limits, no overtaking zones and the ends of these zones. The speed limit is displayed to the driver on an on-going basis via the colour screen in the instrument cluster and the PCM screen. When entering a no overtaking zone, information to this effect is also displayed to the driver. If the camera's view is restric -
ted, the system uses the speed information present in the navigation data.
Lighting systems in the Macan
The lighting systems and design of the Porsche Macan form a unified whole, delivering exceptional functionality. The distinctive features at the front of the Macan include the generously proportioned main headlight modules, the daytime running lights and the arrangement of the fog lights. The tail lights with their slim design underscore the vehicle's sportscar character, making the Porsche Macan unmistakable even in the dark.
Projector-type halogen main headlights are fitted as standard on the Porsche Macan. Bi-Xenon main headlights are also available as an option (fitted as standard in the Macan Turbo). Also featuring projector type technology, these lights include static and dynamic cornering lights (Porsche Dynamic Light System [PDLS]).
The dynamic cornering light swivels the main headlights towards the inside of a bend, depending on the steering angle and driving speed; the static cornering light activates the auxiliary headlights to illuminate the bend, for example when performing turning manoeuvres.
Control of the driving light is speed-sensitive. This light adjusts the range and contour of the dipped beam at higher speeds for enhanced illumination of the road, for example when travelling on motorways. By turning off the upper light beam in conditions where there is poor visibility, such as fog, the bad weather light can reduce reflection, meaning oncoming drivers are less likely to be dazzled.
The Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) can enhance lighting technology, offering two additional functions: The dynamic high beam variably and continuously adjusts the lighting range in keeping with oncoming traffic and vehicles travelling ahead. When approaching a crossing, the junction assistant activates the static cornering light on the left and right-hand sides, making the beam of light broader. This improves illumination of the area directly surrounding the vehicle, thereby enhancing safety for both the driver and other road users.
The Macan S and Macan S Diesel feature halogen daytime running lights, while the Macan Turbo is equipped with 4-point LED technology. Fog lights are also included as standard for all Macan models to ensure safety on the road, even in poor weather conditions. The Porsche Macan S and Macan S Diesel have round halogen fog lights integrated in the front end. On the Macan Turbo, these lights are draw on LED technology.
The tail lights are implemented in full using LED technology, and are similar in design to those in the Porsche 918 Spyder. The lights give a highly sophisticated and broad appearance, further reinforcing the sportscar characteristics of the Macan. The 3D design is particularly striking and makes the Porsche Macan unmistakable - by day and by night: The circular brake light emphasises the slender details of the horizontal tail light, simultaneously accentuating the direction the 3D light effect, which is just as impressive by day as it is by night, ensures that the vehicle is easily recognisable.
The light comfort package
The optional light comfort package provides pleasant illumination in the vehicle interior. All lights are implemented using LED technology. The package comprises dimmable ambient lighting in the door panels and overhead console, front and back footwell lighting, reading lights in the rear of the vehicle, plus ambient lighting in the exterior mirrors. The make-up mirrors in the sun visors on both the driver's and passenger's side are also illuminated.
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