FASTER TIGER MA­CAN

The facelifted Porsche Ma­can S has grown more pow­er­ful and ag­ile fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive up­date.

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PPORSCHE has given its Ma­can SUV (sports util­ity ve­hi­cle) an ex­ten­sive up­date.

But look­ing at it from the front, you might find it hard to tell if it is the new model or the old one, de­spite the re­designed grille, in­take aper­tures and head­lamps, which are now LED units.

It’s far eas­ier to tell the new Ma­can from the old one when see­ing it from the rear. The lat­est model sports the full-width tail­lamps that are now com­mon across the en­tire Porsche range.

In­side, the big­gest change is the new, larger 10.9-inch in­fo­tain­ment dis­play. The op­tional Sports steer­ing wheel with the sport re­sponse dial that’s part of the Sport Chrono Pack­age, is new for the Ma­can range. Other im­prove­ments are re­lated to the con­nec­tiv­ity for the Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment sys­tem. For in­stance, there is on­line nav­i­ga­tion that takes data from the Con­nect Plus Mod­ule and pro­vides real-time traf­fic up­dates.

There is a raft of driver as­sis­tance func­tions, such as adap­tive cruise con­trol with au­tonomous brak­ing.

In crawl­ing traf­fic up to 65km/h, there is a semi­au­tonomous steer­ing func­tion that helps you stay in your lane.

Sys­tems such as these are pre­cisely what buy­ers are look­ing for in a Porsche right? Well, times have changed, but Porsche still stands for an out­stand­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

In­deed, de­spite the in­clu­sion of these “nov­elty” items, the Ma­can has be­come an even bet­ter driv­ing in­stru­ment than be­fore. The Ma­can’s be­hav­iour on the ser­pen­tine roads of Mal­lorca was fab­u­lous. De­spite its taller stance com­pared to ac­tual sports cars, it could be flung around with such aban­don and en­joy­ment.

I felt like the han­dling of older Ma­can S had been trans­ferred to the base Ma­can, and the agility of the pre­vi­ous Ma­can Turbo has been con­ferred on the new Ma­can S.

Re­spon­si­ble for the en­hanced dy­nam­ics of the new Ma­can S are the big­ger wheels and tyres, as well as the lighter and stronger sus­pen­sion com­po­nents. The Ma­can S is pow­ered by new a tur­bocharged 3-litre V6 that de­liv­ers 349hp and 480Nm, or 14hp and 20Nm more than the pre­vi­ous model.

The power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gear­box. The

STORY DR AN­DRE LAM LO­CA­TION MAL­LORCA, SPAIN

The PCM sys­tem in the Ma­can is more use­ful – it now pro­vides real-time traf­fic up­dates.

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