First drive: 2015 Porsche Macan

LEIPZIG, Germany — As hard as it might be to express sympathy for people with far more discretionary income to spend on a vehicle than I, I feel for Porsche Cayenne owners. They are about to see their performance-oriented sport-utes relegated to former glory status by something smaller, faster and infinitely better handling — and it comes from the same company.

As much as the Cayenne — at least the higher-horsepower versions such as the S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S — can be ungodly fast for something weighing more than 2,000 kilograms, there are certain dynamic limitations to them despite the engineering wizardry of an iconic automaker such as Porsche. Team Canada goalie Carey Price might be a superstar between the pipes, but ask him to perform a quad jump while wearing his pads. By comparison, the Macan is Patrick Chan, despite the fact this newest Porsche weighs in between 1,870 and 1,920 kg depending on the model.

Nonetheless, Porsche, not normally given to hyperbole, has declared the Macan — the name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger — to be the first compact sport-ute “that is also a sports car,” further explaining that the 4

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