At the first ever rooftop event held at the Furness City Car Park, Lifestyle Motors introduced the brand new Porsche Macan. Improved engine efficiency, and technology and design updates bring additional value to Porsche’s best-selling recent model– the Macan!
After being whisked up to the 11th floor of the new Furness multi-story car park building, we were greeted by polite hospitality staff and enjoyed a welcome drink. The view was simply amazing, flanked by the open ocean on one side and the Port-of-Spain cityscape the rest of the way around.
Although the venue was slightly windy, for me this added to the feeling of exclusivity. Guests were treated to an open bar with custom Grey Goose Vodka cocktails, gourmet style roti prepared by chef Jean Ambrose in veggie or boneless chicken configurations, lamb or chicken sliders, and crab-filled dumplings in a lovely creamy sauce. Did we make you hungry? Sorry about that.
After some mingling time, the formalities were soon underway with ex-Miss T&T, Sarah Jane Waddell capably handling MC duties. Welcome speeches were shared by Porsche Centre T&T’s executives– Avinash Rampersad, Riyad Ali and Savina Ramkissoon.
Following these, two Porsche Macans emerged from the lower floors. They were escorted into the event by Moko Jumbies dressed in all-white and live tassa drummers, bringing some more local flavor to the evening’s proceedings. Patrons were then invited to take a look at the newest machines from one of the world’s sportiest luxury brands– Porsche.
Porsche has updated the LED headlamps, and brake lights of the Macan to reflect the four-point design that has become an integral part of the brand identity. The adaptive Porsche Dynamic Light System is now an available option. At the rear you will also notice the new wraparound light bar, which reminds us a bit of Robocop’s visor from the movie of the same title. The revised front fascia now creates a wider look and four new colours are now available– Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, the popular Miami Blue, and Crayon. Wheels can be sized from the standard 18 inches all the way up to the optional 21 inch units.
Under the hood the base model uses a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine now with improved combustion chamber geometry and a new gasoline particulate filter. Power remains at 245hp and maximum torque is 273ft-lb (370Nm). In combination with Porsche’s seven-gear PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the Macan accelerates from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.7 seconds and can attain a top speed of 225 km/h. Its consumption rate is 8.1 l/100 km or 29mpg according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), a very respectable figure for any SUV-type vehicle.
In the driver’s seat the first thing you’ll notice is the new larger 10.9” touchscreen, that makes the Macan feel more like a Panamera or Cayenne in terms of the interface. The well-integrated screen is actually so large that they had to relocate the air-conditioning vents just to accommodate it. The user interface is has also been updated to the latest version of the Porsche Communication Management system. Of course the system can interface with your smartphone and also features voice control. A new ionizer promises to provide higher quality air inside the vehicle, a bonus for those who suffer with pollen and other allergies, and should provide more protection from the migratory Sahara dust experienced in T&T. Buyers now have the option of specifying the GT sports steering wheel for their Macan, which integrates the vehicle mode switch and sports response button as part of the Sport Chrono package.
Interested in taking a closer look? Contact the Porsche Centre Trinidad & Tobago, located at Lifestyle Motors, San Juan to arrange a viewing or demo drive. You can also visit their website at lifestylemotors.com.