PORSCHE Macan Turbo
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The facelifted version of the Macan Turbo has arrived in showrooms in 2019.
It is based on the same MLB platform used for the first generation Audi Q5 since 2007. But the new Macan received extensive other features, which make it look better and move faster than before.
Under the hood there is a new 2.9-liter V6 bi-turbo engine with 440 hp. Its displacement is 20 percent smaller than the previous model, but gives a lot more punch. The sprint from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) can be achieved in 4.3 seconds. It benefits from the latest evolution of the PDK gearbox (Dual-clutch system) and transfers the torque to all four wheels.
As an option, Porsche offers a height-adjustable air suspension, which can stiffen during hard cornering, and also has a vectoring traction system (Porsche Torque Vectoring), which sends more torque to the wheel with the best traction. For stopping power, the Macan Turbo can be equipped with ceramic brakes. The 20” wheels are standard.
Inside, there is a Bose surround sound system, but, as usual with the Porsche brand, only connectivity with Apple CarPlay is available. It still doesn’t works for Android users. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) has a 10.9” full HD touchscreen.
The cross-over and light SUV market have expanded that much that even Porsche tried to take a piece of the mid-size premium market with its Macan model.
And then, it added a Turbo version.
The Audi Q5 platform found its way under a Porsche SUV bodywork. Even if the manufacturer tried to sell the Macan as an alternative for the Cayenne, it was more like for those who were looking for a 911 with four doors and higher ground clearance.
The Macan took most of its outside details from the big Cayenne. The LED headlights, the greenhouse shape, and the rear tailgate are all from the same Cayenne design book. The rear 3D taillights are somehow similar too. Unfortunately, the weight is also very close to a 2-ton vehicle, which is not that good.
Inside, Porsche offered all the luxury needed for its occupants. Unlike other Macan version, the Turbo featured more amenities than the base models. The center console had some similarities in design with the Panamera. And, like the rest of the Porsche family, it doesn’t offer an Android Auto connectivity. It has only Apple CarPlay.
Under the hood, the twin-turbo 3.6 liters V6 engine offered 400 hp. It was mated to a standard 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. Its performances were good enough to grab the attention to someone who would like a 911, but need room for 4 passengers and the Panamera was too big.