Imagine the handling and gas-fueled power of a Porsche, but with a more commanding view of the area around you. Well, thanks to the Macan, such dreaming is not necessary. Porsche has relaunched their Macan SUV crossover for the 2018 model year, and it is just as impressive as you might imagine.

When the new models first rolled in, the team here at Porsche of Beachwood were rather excited. The tall, handsome new Porsche acts as a more practical version of the range’s famous supercar models while retaining the poise, prestige, and pizzazz of these more compact vehicles.

We’d love to invite fans of Porsche’s extensive range for a test drive, but first, let us provide a rundown of some of the finer points of what makes the Macan so special.

To begin with, there is that famous Porsche engine beneath the hood. Expect 400 horsepower and 406 pounds per foot of torque from the standard model, and experience up to 440 horsepower and 442 pounds per foot on the turbo model.

So what does this mean in real terms, i.e. raw power? Well, drivers will be hitting 60 mph in 4.2 seconds from a standing start on the turbo version, and, even in real life driving situations, all that power beneath the surface is palpable. 

However, this is tempered with finely balanced steering and a superb ride quality, thanks to the monstrous 21-inch wheels. Yes, 21 inches; this is partly why the view from the cabin is so commanding.

The Macan is also a safe model, with a raft of safety features designed to provide peace of mind and security on the road. Blind spot monitors, lane deviation protection, and adaptive cruise controls are all available on the standard model.

All of these features are wrapped up in the sort of aesthetically pleasing package that drivers have come to expect from Porsche. Inside, everything looks great – from the layout of the Macan’s intuitively designed semi-digital controls to the plush, comfortable seats. Meanwhile, the story is the same on the outside; the Macan represents a diminutive version of the Cayenne, with the same sleek lines and curves that Porsche fans love.

Have we got your attention? The 2018 Porsche Macan is a car which needs to be experienced before it can be truly believed. Why not pay us a visit at Porsche of Beachwood and enjoy a test drive, and maybe more?