Porsche has announced further information about the 2024 Macan Electric, which is the company’s first vehicle built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) EV architecture. In November 2022, Porsche provided a preview of the 2024 Macan EV and its platform.
The latest details primarily concern the vehicle’s chassis, with top-of-the-line models featuring a fully variable electronically controlled rear differential and a “Performance rear axle,” which includes an electric motor placed far towards the rear, providing a weight balance with a ratio of 48 to 52 percent.
The powerful electric motor on the rear axle, in combination with the dynamic torque distribution of the all-wheel drive and the rear-axle steering, will provide excellent agility when accelerating out of turns. Additionally, the all-electric Macan will feature a completely redesigned double wishbone axle with a detached strut level at the front, which Porsche claims will improve responsiveness, steering precision, and straight-line driving.
The multi-link axle at the rear is connected to the body through an elastically mounted sub-frame, while the rear electric drive unit is securely attached to the structure at four points, improving the driving dynamics and NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) behavior. The range-topping models will also come equipped with the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus electronically controlled differential lock on the rear axle as standard for enhanced traction, driving stability and transverse dynamics.
The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system will take advantage of the dual-motor AWD powertrain’s capabilities by providing fully variable and demand-based torque distribution between the front and rear axles. The powertrain design also enables the inclusion of rear-axle steering, a first for the Porsche Macan.
At speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph), the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction of the front wheels, with a steering angle at the rear axle of up to five degrees. This helps decrease the turning radius by approximately one meter (3.3 feet) and enhances the steering response when cornering. At speeds above 80 km/h, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front axle, effectively lengthening the wheelbase, which further improves driving stability.
The automaker Porsche also highlights that the electric Macan will be equipped with an electronic Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which is paired with the air suspension. The two-valve shock absorbers can be adjusted independently of each other, resulting in improved performance due to a greater range of damper characteristics and increased comfort.
This added versatility will make the differences between the driving programs more pronounced. Additionally, the body can be lowered in conjunction with the air suspension at certain speeds, which improves aerodynamics and increases the range.
Finally, the Macan EV will come with mixed tires featuring distinct wheel widths on the front and rear axles, and sizes up to 22 inches. With an estimated output of around 450 kilowatts (603 horsepower) and torque exceeding 1,000 Newton-meters (737 pound-feet), the Porsche Macan EV is shaping up to be a formidable vehicle.