Porsche Macan Turbo | Driven

Porsche Macan Turbo | Driven

Friday 20th December 2019

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo | PH Review

The Macan after this will be an electric vehicle; time to bid farewell, then, with the new 440hp Turbo



It was this time in 2018 that we first got behind the wheel of the facelifted Macan, meaning that the wait for a Turbo variant of Porsche's best-selling model in the UK has stretched to over a year. It's 'Turbo' in the modern Porsche sense, however, with both of the existing engine options - a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 - also benefitting from forced induction. As with the definitely-not-turbocharged Taycan, the Turbo moniker here represents increased power, performance and prestige.

This also, of course, could be the last genuinely turbo'd Turbo Macan that we see. With Porsche having already announced that the SUV is destined to follow in the Taycan's footsteps when the next generation goes EV-only in 2021, there's a very good chance that there'll never be an internal combustion replacement for this model. Don't despair, though, because the manufacturer has done its utmost to ensure that the Macan departs the petrol era in style.

The 3.6-litre turbocharged V6 found in the previous iteration may be gone, but is replaced by the 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 used to great effect elsewhere in Porsche's lineup. In this guise it produces 440hp and 406lb ft of torque, giving the new Turbo a 40hp advantage over the old one, and an 86hp head start over the Macan S which sits beneath it in the range. It's quicker, too, 62mph arriving in just 4.3-seconds in this Sport Chrono-equipped car; that's a 0.3- and 0.8-second improvement over the previous Turbo and current S respectively.


So it's the fastest Macan, big shock there - but the Turbo is also the best to drive. Like other variants the steering has Porsche's fingerprints all over it, as weighty and direct as you'd hope to find in one of the manufacturer's bonafide sports cars, though not inappropriately so for something this size. It's that extra power which sets it apart, though, finally bequeathing the facelifted car with the muscle out of corners to match its prowess through them.

Not that it's some rabid canyon-carver; this is still a 1,945kg car, one which in its default setting is perfectly happy to keep progress swift yet steady and can understeer through tighter bends if pushed too hard. But on a flowing B-road, with the dial turned to Sport or Sport+ and using the seven-speed PDK's paddles to keep the needle high above its 5,700rpm sweet spot, the Turbo is capable of covering ground very quickly indeed. And if perhaps not inducing a beaming smile, then at least prompting the corner of your lips into something that certainly resembles a grin.

A good portion of that enjoyment stems from the knowledge that the Turbo is capable of dampening its powder as quickly as it ignited it. The tungsten carbide coating on the standard cast iron brakes meaning that, even on cars not fitted with the Β£3,578 ceramic discs, stopping power is never a concern. The chassis meanwhile, assisted by the optional PASM system's self-levelling air suspension (Β£1,044) and Porsche's Torque Vectoring Plus technology (Β£1,052) does an excellent job of maintaining the Macan's composure at speed - body roll being virtually non-existent - while retaining a good degree of comfort even over rougher tarmac.


Inside you'll find the same combination of design, materials and build quality that we've come to expect, along with superb visibility and up to 1,500 litres of boot space. To travel any distance in the Macan is to be largely as calm and comfortable as you could wish, but there are one or two areas where even Porsche has left room for improvement. The footwell of our right-hand drive car felt rather impinged upon by the bulge of the transmission tunnel, for example. The parking sensors, even in entirely stationary traffic, were overly sensitive to the point of being occasionally infuriating and, with the cabin so well insulated, the exhaust note lacks the excitement of something like Audi's new RS Q3 from within.

The larger, 10.9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay is beautifully crisp and responsive, however and, while the paddles may be a little on the small side, the steering wheel remains one of the nicest to hold in the industry. All of which you might reasonably demand for Β£68,530 - or Β£86,143 once our test car's options are taken into account. The upper echelon of Macan ownership doesn't come cheap, then, but does continue to offer a breadth of ability which makes it feel, if not a bargain, then at least sufficient value for money.

The Macan still isn't, nor has it ever been, a 'driver's car'. What it remains, alongside Alfa's Stelvio Quadrifoglio, however, is one of the best SUVs for people who enjoy driving. That the new Turbo can offer such a complete package, one which doesn't seem to require significant compromise in its Utility in order to deliver the Sport, explains why the mid-size machine continues to stand head and shoulders above its rivals.


SPECIFICATION - PORSCHE MACAN TURBO
Engine:
2,894cc, V6 twin-turbo
Transmission: 7-speed PDK dual-clutch auto, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 440@5,700-6,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 406@1,800-5,600rpm
0-62mph: 4.3 seconds
Top speed: 167mph
Weight: 1,945kg (DIN, unladen)
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
Price: from Β£68,530 (Β£86,143 as tested)






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V12GT

Original Poster:

59 posts

42 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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25% of the cost are options? 😬

What was missing from standard? Wheels, 1/2 the engine?

I thought 10% options on the top spec model would be extravagant

Dave Hedgehog

12,559 posts

156 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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V12GT said:
25% of the cost are options? ??

What was missing from standard? Wheels, 1/2 the engine?

I thought 10% options on the top spec model would be extravagant
that's not the porsche way, you can take the taycan to nearly 200k with options lol

janesmith1950

5,360 posts

47 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Is the engine just a fettled version of the Audi one? If so, seems a bit toss.

I 8 a 4RE

163 posts

193 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Tested in the right colour ... boring, anonymous grey.

The epitome of Porsche banking on the PCP crowd; drivers most concerned with the badge.

Doubt Herr Dr. Ferry would be particularly proud.

Nerdherder

1,662 posts

49 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Go Mamba Green or be a boring f0ck€r.

P.s. I like Macans but if would be good to see no more SUV articles on PH. Ever again.

GregorFuk

516 posts

152 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Two tonnes!!

nickfrog

11,399 posts

169 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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V12GT said:
25% of the cost are options? ??

What was missing from standard? Wheels, 1/2 the engine?

I thought 10% options on the top spec model would be extravagant
Press cars are always highly optionned.

Sport220

170 posts

27 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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How is this a better steer than a GTS?

Cupramax

8,769 posts

204 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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janesmith1950 said:
Is the engine just a fettled version of the Audi one? If so, seems a bit toss.
Yes, it’s actually defettled if that’s a word, it produces more torque in the RS4/5

janesmith1950

5,360 posts

47 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Cupramax said:
janesmith1950 said:
Is the engine just a fettled version of the Audi one? If so, seems a bit toss.
Yes, it’s actually defettled if that’s a word, it produces more torque in the RS4/5
Oh.

25 years ago, people with a fast Audi 80 were impressing mates with "it has parts on it fettled by Porsche". Now you have Porsche owners loudly not saying to anyone "It has a detuned engine out of an Audi A4".

T1berious

1,258 posts

107 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Can't believe I'm looking at this and thinking "Yeah, my next car will be a sporty SUV", Most likely not a new Macan S but definitely a pre reg 4 x 4 SUV. I'm still horrified at the realisation.

So tomorrow, I'm driving from Geneva to Val d'Isere, with heavy snows recently I'm dreading it but if I had a sporty 4x4, quick enough to make progress and surefooted enough to take the drive in the resort a non event and have space for ski's etc, what's not to like.

Think something like this (or its ilk) is making more sense as a main vehicle and keep the Toy as well, a toy.

I need a shower, I'm disgusted at myself

aeropilot

20,097 posts

179 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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janesmith1950 said:
Cupramax said:
janesmith1950 said:
Is the engine just a fettled version of the Audi one? If so, seems a bit toss.
Yes, it’s actually defettled if that’s a word, it produces more torque in the RS4/5
Oh.

25 years ago, people with a fast Audi 80 were impressing mates with "it has parts on it fettled by Porsche". Now you have Porsche owners loudly not saying to anyone "It has a detuned engine out of an Audi A4".
The design of this new 2.9 V6 was a joint Audi/Porsche engineering design from the outset, and is exclusive to both badges, it not being used elsewhere within VAG.
So, its not just a re-fettled Audi engine, nor is the Audi version a re-fettled Porsche engine etc.





ate one too

1,856 posts

98 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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T1berious said:
Can't believe I'm looking at this and thinking "Yeah, my next car will be a sporty SUV", Most likely not a new Macan S but definitely a pre reg 4 x 4 SUV. I'm still horrified at the realisation.

So tomorrow, I'm driving from Geneva to Val d'Isere, with heavy snows recently I'm dreading it but if I had a sporty 4x4, quick enough to make progress and surefooted enough to take the drive in the resort a non event and have space for ski's etc, what's not to like.

Think something like this (or its ilk) is making more sense as a main vehicle and keep the Toy as well, a toy.

I need a shower, I'm disgusted at myself
Ahem ... try winter tyres ...

janesmith1950

5,360 posts

47 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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aeropilot said:
The design of this new 2.9 V6 was a joint Audi/Porsche engineering design from the outset, and is exclusive to both badges, it not being used elsewhere within VAG.
So, its not just a re-fettled Audi engine, nor is the Audi version a re-fettled Porsche engine etc.
It's still a less interesting version of that found in an Audi A4. Ahhm oot!

thelostboy

3,811 posts

177 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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I 8 a 4RE said:
Tested in the right colour ... boring, anonymous grey.

The epitome of Porsche banking on the PCP crowd; drivers most concerned with the badge.

Doubt Herr Dr. Ferry would be particularly proud.
I have a Macan... diesel... in grey!

Why? I like the brand, I like the quality and I like the dealership experience. Performance wasn't high up my list (although I am glad I have the discontinued 6 cylinder diesel over the petrol 4cyl that replaced it), but I believe this is still the only SUV you can get sideways on a wet road. More importantly, as a mile muncher, sitting in it is the same as any other Porsche, which I like.

I'm under no illusion that it is a fettled Audi, but drive a Q5 against it and you can appreciate that Porsche have worked on everything to make it feel... well... more like a Porsche.

They are not cheap; a little eye watering on PCP compared to more mainstream rivals, but then they also hold their money pretty well. It's not as fun as my old RS6, but I still enjoy driving it and it's been great on its winter tyres amongst the floods this past week - the elevated position is great for visibility too.

Your comment comes across as nothing other than inverse snobbery. There's a car out there for everyone; just because the rationale isn't there for you, doesn't mean it doesn't suit someone else.

Oh yeah, and getting a Macan meant I got an allocation for a new Cayman GT4 smile

aeropilot

20,097 posts

179 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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Nerdherder said:
Go Mamba Green or be a boring f0ck€r.
Yep, Mamba Green with red leather interior - that should give any OPC salesman a heart attack biggrinlaugh


aeropilot

20,097 posts

179 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
quotequote all
T1berious said:
Can't believe I'm looking at this and thinking "Yeah, my next car will be a sporty SUV", Most likely not a new Macan S but definitely a pre reg 4 x 4 SUV. I'm still horrified at the realisation.

So tomorrow, I'm driving from Geneva to Val d'Isere, with heavy snows recently I'm dreading it but if I had a sporty 4x4, quick enough to make progress and surefooted enough to take the drive in the resort a non event and have space for ski's etc, what's not to like.

Think something like this (or its ilk) is making more sense as a main vehicle and keep the Toy as well, a toy.

I need a shower, I'm disgusted at myself
I had this epiphany 3 years ago, and changed my BMW 135i for a X5.......not regretted it at all, suits everyday transport duties perfectly, and I have the vintage toy for fun.

I did look at a Macan and the Cayenne at the time, and now kind of wish I'd gone the Porsche route, but put it off for the next change. Circumstances are now somewhat different 3 years down the line, and I doubt I'll be in the position to change again before retirement.

Would love one of these new Macan Turbo's, but even a 'lesser' S would suit my future needs in my dotage perfectly OK laugh



ate one too

1,856 posts

98 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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This looks better value, a delivery mileage, pre-regd. Cayenne ... same manufacturer, same engine, same price but more space.

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...


WalterGeoffery

668 posts

75 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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PH is on a mission to convert us all into SUV lovers with this daily good news love it

rockin

7,544 posts

197 months

Thursday 19th December 2019
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ate one too said:
This looks better value, a delivery mileage, pre-regd. Cayenne ... same manufacturer, same engine, same price but more space.
I take it you've never driven these vehicles. Macan is a much better drive.