Before the successful, star- studded launch of the Porsche Macan in June, at the Potato Head Garage in Jakarta, there was the Macan Challenge. Presented by Porsche to all of its Macan fans, this featured a series of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping adventures that tested the limits of their resolve. Four teams from Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand (each team comprising three daredevil participants and a celebrity captain) battled against each other in Taiwan from May 9 to 12 to compete in a series of five challenges, including slalom, brake and acceleration tests, Euro Bungee Jump, a cooking contest, and a relay race at Taipei 101. The challenge was held as part of the progressive campaign by Porsche to celebrate the arrival of its new premium compact SUV, the Porsche Macan, and to enable die-hard Porsche fans to be among the first to get behind the wheels of the Macan.
The four teams tussled in the final weekend of the challenge for a coveted grand prize: a trip to Germany to visit the Porsche factories and the Porsche Museum, with all expenses covered, and to have an out-and-out Porsche experience. The Taiwan team, captained by TV personality Janet Hsieh, came out as the winner after beat- ing the others. “We kept reminding ourselves that we were here to feel the sheer power of the Porsche Macan, and to win. And when the final results were announced, what a feeling it was to know that we had come out on top!” exclaimed Ted Chang, a Taiwan team member.
“This entire weekend has been an exhilarating experience! I can truly say that the Macan Chal- lenge tested our physical prowess, mental grit and determination to succeed; gave us that life, intensified experience,” added Janet. The Singa- pore team, headed by presenter Dominic Lau, and the Thai team, led by Navin Yavapolkul, came in second and third, respectively. Team Indonesia, helmed by Indonesian heartthrob Rio Dewanto, finished fourth. Members Nanang Hamdani, Risyad Budiono, and Panggawi Jaya said they were thankful for all the excitements and fun they got to experience in the Macan Challenge.
“The main intention behind the Macan Challenge was to give everyone a chance to experience the Macan and its promise of ‘life, intensified.’ We are thrilled that we were able to offer that opportunity and experience to participants in Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand,” said Martin Limpert, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific.
Porsche made its foray into the premium compact SUV segment with the launch of Porsche Macan. Porsche’s fifth line, the Macan comes in three models, the S, the Turbo, and the S Diesel, with each poised to raise the bar for the world of driving dynamics, luxury, and enjoyment both on city roads and uneven terrains. The Macan features bespoke finishing, with a spacious cabin laced with state-of-the- art features and luxury materials, including premium leather, brushed aluminium, and a mélange of exquisite trims, from the Dark Burl Walnut to Carbon, accented with shimmering silver strips.
The driving seat emulates that of a racing car and can be adjusted to your needs via automatic controls. Inside the hood is a marvel. The Macan Turbo boasts a 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine that delivers an output of 400hp (294kW). Meanwhile, the standard Macan S uses a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, which produces an output of 340hp (250kW). The twin- turbocharging engines in each model work in parallel with its in-house seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission (with both manual gearshift and an automatic mode) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. The 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.