SUV WITH AT­TI­TUDE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - Peter Barn­well

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.

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