SUV WITH ATTITUDE
DOESN’T matter which one you choose, even diesel Porsches are going to be quick and the petrols are much quicker again.
Such is the case with the new Macan Turbo, a 3.6-litre, turbo petrol, fire breathing, premium, medium size SUV. Back in the origin of the species, the Macan shares stuff with Audi’s Q5 SUV but you wouldn't know.
Macan Turbo goes like the clappers despite tipping the scales at close to two tonnes.
That’s because it has a 294kW/550Nm V6 under the bonnet that pushes the muscular looking Porsche from 0100km/h in 4.6 seconds - that's in the optioned up test car with Sports Chrono that turns up all MacanTurbo’s sporty dials. Costs an extra $2700 but is worth every cent.
The Macan Turbo 3.6 is top of the range with 3.0-litre V6 twin turbos in both diesel and petrol. The 3.6-litre engine is derived from the 3.0-litre petrol and features a bi-turbo system, variable cam timing and lift, direct fuel injection and staged ancillaries among a raft of performance and efficiency boosting technology.
It’s a technology showpiece on many fronts: the electronically-controlled active allwheel drive system for example, the drive mode select system, thermal engine management, off-road mode. And you can take this $122,400 car off road if you must.
Drive goes to all four wheels selectively according to measured grip, but principally to the rear axle.
A seven-speed PDK dual clutch auto handles gear change duties and offers a paddle shift on the wheel (not the steering column where it should be).
Nevertheless, the Macan Turbo is set up for sporty driving and when put to the task, is brain-snappingly good – even for a SUV.
It can be dialled in to full firm, near track spec’ or dialled back to full luxo' comfort, fuel miser spec’ at the push of one or two of the many buttons on the dash and centre console.
It’s equipped to luxury levels with premium audio, reasonably good connectivity though you have to reset the phone Bluetooth every time you start it up.
Climate control, reverseparking camera, adaptive cruise control with brake function, leather, electric tailgate, all included.
But there are too many high priced options such as the 21inch wheels at $4190 and the torque vectoring system at $3590. It quickly pushes the price skywards.
We suspect the standard Macan Turbo would be just as good to drive and look just as good. In running costs, the Macan Turbo is surprisingly good, achieving about 9.0litres/100km on premium unleaded.
Driving is what a Porsche is all about and we couldn’t get enough of it. Even took it out after dinner for a quick blatt down the road.
Speaking of blatt – it sounds awesome or makes no sound at all, depending on how active your right foot is.
Verdict: No real competition, much more handsome than the Cayenne and just as much street cred. Probably more.
Space, pace and street cred aplenty in Porsche's Macan.