Scoop: 2016 Porsche Macan Has 211 HP in Belgium

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Scoop: 2016 Porsche Macan Has 211 HP in BelgiumScoop: 2016 Porsche Macan Has 211 HP in BelgiumScoop: 2016 Porsche Macan Has 211 HP in Belgium
Every few weeks, we check official Porsche websites from across the world, and this time, we've discovered another one of those underpowered models. It's called the Macan S Diesel 211 pk, and it's probably only available in Belgium.
This is by no means the fist such car. For example, we were the first to discover 211 PS version of the Cayman and Cayenne. So you could say that this is our specialty.

But this Macan has got to be the stupidest one of all. I mean, why did they have to leave the S in there? This thing isn't sport at all.

Belgium has very specific taxation laws that are based on specific benchmarks for power output, 211 PS or 155 kW being the barrier between normal cars and what the government considers luxury.

In every way except the power output, we are dealing with a carbon copy of the regular Macan S Diesel. So you've got a 3-liter turbodiesel engine that still produces 580 Nm of torque. Even the price is the same: €63,041.

From 0 to 100 km/h, the 211 pk model is said to take 7.7 seconds while its top speed is rated at 216 km/h. If we look at the regular Macan S Diesel, we'll find that its 258 horsepower allows it to reach 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and top out at 230 km/h. So it's basically something like the difference in performance between a Golf GTI and a Golf GTD.

The same kind of money can also get you a Macan S with a gasoline engine that's much faster and sportier. But in that situation, you'll be paying more taxes. Like in most other countries, the base Macan engine is the 2.0T borrowed from the Audi Q5. For some odd reason, they haven't made a 211 pk version of that one. Maybe it would have been the slowest Porsche in recent history, since it lacks torque anyway.

Will it hurt the brand? Of course not. Is it embarrassing? Slightly.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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