Car And Driver Macan Turbo

24 Oct 2019

The Western Cape has some of the best driving roads in the world, that's a fact. Whether or not those roads are devoid of trucks or tourists traversing them at glacial pace is another story.

But sometimes, everything falls into place and I found myself in the latest iteration of Porsche's Macan Turbo on Clarence Drive, Du Toit's Kloof Pass, Franschhoek Pass and Bain's Kloof Pass.

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Before I get to that, let's take a glance at what Porsche has changed on its flagship Macan derivative, which retails for R1.65-million. First up, it sports a new 2.9-litre biturbo V6 engine that produces a healthy 324kW and a meaty 550Nm.

We’re driving the new Porsche Macan Turbo on some of the Western Cape’s best roads. Power comes from a 2.9-litre biturbo V6 engine.

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Dec 03, 2014 The Macan Turbo has a base price of $73,295, while the Macan S, which also happens to be turbocharged, starts at $50,895. But the one you see pictured here rings the bell at an almost-completely.

  1. The 2017 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV offers a pretty roomy cargo space of 53 cu.ft. When all seats are in place. However, the cars Cargo capacity is somewhat average and falls behind some of its competitors. The car with the biggest cargo space is the 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV that provides a maximum of 76.7 cu.ft. Of storage space.
  2. The 2016 Porsche Macan is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV available in two trim levels: S and Turbo. Standard equipment on the S includes a no-cost choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels, a power.

Porsche quotes a 4.3 second 0-100km/h sprint time and it runs out of puff at 270km/h. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (PDK) swaps cogs, paddle shifts are available too. Power is sent to all four wheels, and believe me when I say this car has tons of grip.

Inside, there's a larger touchscreen (27.6cm to be exact) that houses the infotainment system, while ahead of the driver there are conventional analog dials. It might seem a little dated to some, but I like it.

Other standard features include electrically-powered leather sports seats, alcantara headlining, a brushed aluminium interior package, an impressive Bose surround system, 20' wheels, and a sports exhaust system that emits a decent roar via its real authentic tail pipes.

So, let's get to the crux of why I was nestled on the 'wrong', left hand side of the Macan Turbo, sporting German number plates. The international media launch was conveniently taking place in Cape Town, and most of the visiting media come from left-hand drive countries. Well, I was on the local rotation to evaluate whether it could take on a mountain pass and cruise on the highway.

Current situation: Porsche Macan Turbo.

— Sean Parker ?? (@Sean_ParkerSA) October 22, 2019

What’s it like to drive?

Three words to describe being behind the wheel: Fast, assured and comfortable.
The steering has a lovely mechanical heftiness to it that felt rewarding when Sport + mode was engaged and the shifts rocketed into the next cog.

Porsche claims a dry weight of 1945kg, so it's a heavy car and one can feel it.

On the fast, sweeping bends of Clarence Drive, the car hugged the mountain as the biturbo engine punched dollops of torque with the power of a Pieter-Steph du Toit tackle.

I had a lovely open run on Clarence Drive and Du Toit’s Kloof Pass, and was impressed at how the four-wheel drive system came to the fore at every occasion (when on the power).

Went sightseeing around the gorgeous Western Cape in the latest iteration of Porsche’s flagship Macan model: the Turbo. Note the German ???? plates and left-hand drive.

— Sean Parker ?? (@Sean_ParkerSA) October 22, 2019

The seven-speed dual clutch gearbox is stupendous in Sport and Sport + mode, lacking the finesse of the more recent 8-speed automatic ‘boxes experienced in other performance cars.

But it does a good job and even in normal driving mode, it’s perfectly capable of making the commute a doddle.

Porsche has revamped the chassis and added high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) as standard, and they do a helluva job to bring the close-to-two-ton mid-sized SUV to a stop.
As the Turbo is the top model in the range, it benefits from a Turbo-specific front end and the fixed roof spoiler with its double-wing design set.

Is it special enough?

It's a difficult one to answer, as the engine is a powerful but could add more aural excitement while the steering has an old school feel to it, some may want a more assisted approach in that regard.

The fact that I tested it on these roads is arguably the deciding factor for me in answering the question with an unequivocal yes.

It stays planted in every situation and comes into its own when driven hard, and is a rewarding vehicle to drive even for an SUV.

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But the Macan Turbo does have serious competition in this segment from other German brands, however it is difficult to fault.

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  • Excellent handling
  • Surprisingly capable off-road
  • Quick acceleration with the twin-turbo V-6

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  • Twin-turbo V-6 suffers from lots of turbo lag
  • Clunky transmission
  • Cramped interior

New for 2018

The 2018 Porsche Macan gets a new cabin air filter and an updated instrument cluster display that shows cabin air circulation.

Slotting below the midsize Cayenne, the 2018 Porsche Macan is the brand's entry-level compact luxury crossover and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Two engines are available in the 2018 Macan including a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in the base model or a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the S, GTS, and Turbo variants. The twin-turbo V-6 is rated at 340 hp and 339 lb-ft in the Macan S, 360 hp and 369 lb-ft in the Macan GTS, and 400 hp and 406 lb-ft in the Macan Turbo. With the optional Performance package, the Macan Turbo's output rises to 440 hp and 442 lb-ft, and adds bigger brake pads, active suspension, the Sport Chrono package, and a Sport+ mode. The only transmission available on all Macan models is Porsche's seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/25 mpg city/highway for the base Macan and 17/23 mpg for all models equipped with the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. There's 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and it can be expanded to 53 cubic feet with them down. All variants of the Macan can tow up to 4,409 pounds of payload when properly equipped.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, the PCM multimedia interface, parking sensors, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7.0-inch multi-information display, a power tailgate, HID headlights, power front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, and tri-zone climate control. Options include navigation, alloy wheels up to 21 inches in diameter, leather upholstery, adaptive sport seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a premium audio system from Bose or Burmester, a rear entertainment system, active air suspension, Porsche's torque vectoring system, a sport exhaust system, and carbon ceramic brakes on more powerful variants.

The NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash tested the 2018 Porsche Macan. Lane change assist can be had as a standalone option or bundled with lane keep assist. Adaptive cruise control comes bundled together with Porsche Active Safe system, which combines forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

In a 2015 First Test, we said that the Macan drives as a Porsche should, offering strong acceleration and sure-footed handling when the road starts turning. Steering feel, however, could be improved with more feedback. When the pavement ends, the Macan is surprisingly capable; however, it's no rock crawler and should be limited to light trails and not extreme rock crawling. Pricing -- especially when equipped with desirable options -- is a bit above some of its rivals.

Car And Driver Macan Turbo Reviews

The mid-level Macan GTS splits the difference between the Macan S and Turbo but also provides an even more driver-centric experience just like every GTS model. In terms of handling, the Macan GTS is superior to the other models in the lineup including the more powerful Macan Turbo thanks to its superior suspension setup. On the road, we noted in a 2017 First Test that the Macan GTS drives just like one would expect out of a Porsche, offering confident handling and quick acceleration with its twin-turbo V-6.

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However, some issues caused the Macan GTS to place third in a recent comparison test to the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and the Jaguar F-Pace S, which was the winner. Its cabin, for instance is cramped and the seats give up too much comfort in the name of sporty driving, and it felt out of its element on the highway. Surprisingly the Macan GTS' twin-clutch automatic isn't as polished as it is on other Porsche vehicles, shifting harshly and sometimes interrupting power delivery. The twin-turbo V-6 also suffers from turbo lag and runs out of power the closer you get to its redline.

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The base 2.0-liter turbo-four in the Porsche Macan is shared with the Audi A4, A5, A6, Q5, and Q7.