As the sports car of the compact SUV segment, the Porsche Macan has been setting standards in terms of driving dynamics since it first made its debut. Now, the renowned Stuttgart sports car manufacturer is upping the ante once again; the enhanced driving dynamics and increased agility of the Macan Turbo with the new Performance Package ensures it stands out at the top of the range.
Courtesy of a performance upgrade, the twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine delivers 324 kW (440 hp). With 30 kW (+ 40 hp) more than the Macan Turbo, this horsepower figure places this variant firmly in pole position. The car now accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds (- 0.4 seconds), and achieves a new top speed of 169 mph (+ 4 mph). The maximum torque has also risen to 600 Nm (+ 50 Nm) and is available to the driver across a broad rev range of between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. This also increases the tractive force: in Sport Plus mode, the time taken to accelerate from 49 mph to 74 mph has dropped to 2.9 seconds (- 0.2 seconds) and making overtaking especially swift. Depending on the tyres, fuel consumption (in line with the NEDC) is up to 30.1 mpg.
However, it is not just the engine power that is given a boost in the Porsche Macan Turbo equipped with the Performance Package – a newly developed braking system, lowered body, controlled sports chassis, Sport Chrono Package and sports exhaust system are all fitted as standard. The front axle features grooved brake discs with a diameter of 390 millimetres; 30 millimetres larger than the brake discs fitted on the standard Macan Turbo. The discs are gripped by six-piston brake callipers with a red paint finish.
In addition, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available at the push of a button to further optimise the sporting stance on the road. This damping system has also been optimally tuned to the body, and sits 15 mm lower. Air suspension with a self-levelling function and height adjustment, lowered by ten millimetres, is available as an option.
With the Sport Chrono Package, drivers can further ramp up the performance of the Macan Turbo. In Sport Plus mode, this ensures the chassis, engine and transmission are tuned to more sporting effect – accompanied by an even more emotional sound from the sports exhaust. The seven-speed PDK double-clutch transmission then delivers extremely short response times, optimum gear-changes and increased torque when shifting for maximum acceleration.
To further personalise the Macan Turbo with Performance Package, a range of tailored equipment options are available, such as the Turbo Exterior Package. Options available include 21-inch diameter 911 Turbo design alloy wheels (with lateral spokes painted in high-gloss black), LED main headlights equipped with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) Plus, and numerous other black elements. The Turbo Interior Package offers a black leather interior with lavish Alcantara elements, colour appliqué highlights, and carbon elements such as the door entry guards with the model logo illuminated in white.
The Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package is available to order now from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland, priced from £68,073 RRP and €122,512 RRP respectively. First customer deliveries will arrive towards the end of 2016.