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Porsche Macan behaves strangely in the moose test

In Teknikens Värld's latest test where the BMW X4, Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan are included, the latter behaves strange in an evasive maneuver.

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Teknikens Värld's moose test is unique when it comes to testing cars. The acute and panicky evasive maneuver has become the standard for many manufacturers in the industry.

Porsche has long distinguished itself as a car manufacturer with brilliant performances and results in our moose test. For example the new 911 (991) Carrera, under total control, almost hits record speed with 81 km/h (50.3 mph) in the moose test track. As a matter of fact, all 911 models hits speeds over 80 km/h (49.7 mph)!

Therefore our expectations were high when we tested Macan S Diesel first time (Teknikens Värld issue 11/2014). But the result was really bad, almost a disaster when we talk about the normally roadsafe Porsche. Most competitors in the SUV class excels with significantly better handling, control and level of security.

Compared to other standards in automotive testing, the size (width and length) at Teknikens Värld's evasive maneuver track is constant, regardless the type of car. In other countries the dimensions of the track are adjusted to fit larger or heavier cars, but we always base our testing on reality, for instance a road cannot be resized.

When we drive another individual, still a Macan S Diesel, the results are equally bad. Here is a copy/paste from test driver Linus Pröjtz's notes after the moose test with Macan:

”Porsche Macan S Diesel behave very strange in the moose test, most especially because the left front brake locks up in the middle of the maneuver. This is really strange.”

The moose test starts at 70 km/h (43.5 mph) as usual, we drive into the test track and swerve the vehicle to the left. Then we turn sharply to the right to ultimately take us back to the correct lane as soon as possible - then it happens.

Left front brake locks up and the result is that the car continues straight ahead for a moment, instead of continuing the turn to the right to get back into the correct lane. In other words, the car with its passengers remain unnecessarily long in the opposite lane, which is never to be recommended in an emergency.

Macan's behavior is repeated over and over again in the moose test, and we have seen the same behavior in previous tests of the Porsche Macan. BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque perform significantly more secure, both steering and brakes are working effectively. Some course changes from the track, like the Macan does, never occurs.

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