Porsche recently unveiled the 2024 Macan EV, an entirely new electric crossover boasting up to 630 hp (470 kW) and a zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of just 3.1 seconds in the admittedly, oddly-named Turbo trim.
That’s faster than the 911 GT3 and considerably quicker than the internal combustion-powered Macan GTS. The latter sports a 434 hp (323 kW) 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine, which enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a manufacturer claimed 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 169 mph or 272 km/h (with summer tires).
Our question of the day to you is, which Macan would you prefer to own for the long haul until it reaches the end of its life?
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There’s no denying that both are capable performance vehicles, as they should be. The GTS version of the ICE Macan, which has been in production since 2014 having received multiple facelifts over the years, has a starting MSRP of $86,800. On the other hand, the all-new, all-electric Macan EV 4 begins at $79,000. However, those who desire the top-end Macan EV Turbo will need to invest a minimum of $105,300.
That upfront cost is pretty serious but perhaps the real thing to worry about is the long-term cost for an owner who, like many Porschephiles, intends to keep the car for a long time. Electric vehicles are generally linked to lower routine maintenance, but on the flip side, replacing a battery in any EV can be expensive and intricate. Electric motors also fall into this category. There’s a reason why used plug-in hybrid variants of the Cayenne are priced on the lower end of the spectrum.
At the same time, maintaining a twin-turbocharged V6 and the rest of that powertrain is a costly venture as well. One could end up paying more over the life of a gas-powered Macan for fuel and routine maintenance than they do for an EV and a one-time battery replacement, especially once the factory warranty is up.
Here’s the real kicker though. Both of these SUVs are sure to offer miles of smiles throughout their lifetime. We already know that the ICE Macans are quick, they handle well, and they’re classy. It’s highly probable that the Macan EV will not disappoint in these aspects either, with added technology, improved acceleration, increased interior space, and reduced routine maintenance.
The Macan GTS is likely the final bastion of truly fast combustion-powered Macans. It will never demand a battery replacement that rivals the cost of a beat-up Miata, and it’ll always sound better—unless, of course, you’re a fan of the artificial sound option Porsche is providing for the Macan EV.
Our question to you is simple. Which of these two performance machines would you rather live with if you were saddled with maintenance costs that occur outside of the warranty period? Let us know which one you’d pick with our poll below and leave a comment about why you decided the way you did.