In order not to embarrass the owners of the current Porsche Macan, the designers have kept the exterior innovations subtle. Or, to put it in Dutch: you don’t really see a ball of it. Until you start looking with a magnifying glass. Then the air scoops in the front bumper appear to have been given a different place. At the rear, the changes are more noticeable. Here the black diffuser at the bottom of the bumper has crawled up, as it were. The reflectors are also slightly pressed upwards. Smart LED headlights and SportDesign door mirrors are now standard on all Macans.
Colorful offer Macan
Unlike many other suppliers of expensive SUVs, Porsche does not only offer the Macan in grey, white and black. It is available in no fewer than fourteen shades, including the new colors Papaya metallic and Gentian blue metallic and Python green for the Macan GTS with the GTS Sport package.
In the interior we find the biggest change on the tunnel console. It used to have a huge collection of physical switches, now we find soft-touch buttons with haptic feedback. Furthermore, the selector lever has been shortened a bit and an analog clock on top of the dashboard is part of the standard equipment. 911 drivers who like such a suv ‘just for the sake of it’, experience the feast of recognition when gripping the steering wheel; that is in fact the same as in the iconic sports car.
Extra power for entry-level Macan
As before, the base model of the Macan has a four-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of two liters. After the facelift, this engine does not deliver 245, but 265 hp. It sprints to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h. Unfortunately, this power upgrade will cost you 500 euros per horsepower. In other words: the cheapest Macan is 10 mille more expensive than before: 101,900 euros costs the entry-level. The Macan S will be 8,500 more expensive and now costs 120,800 euros. It still has a double-blown 2.9-litre V6 in the nose, but it now delivers 380 horsepower, 26 more than before. With a 100th sprint of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 259 km/h, this version certainly delivers Porsche-worthy performance.
Macan Turbo clears the field
Something strange happens at the top of the Macan range: the Turbo clears the field, but the GTS gets as much power as the old top version: 440 hp. This ensures a sprint time to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 272 km/h. Strictly speaking, the GTS has become about 9 mille more expensive with its new price of 139,300 euros. Compared to the equally strong, ‘old’ Turbo, it is slightly cheaper. All engine variants again come with the seven-speed PDK transmission, coupled with four-wheel drive.
According to Porsche, fine grinding on the chassis provides improved, more direct feedback to the driver. The GTS has air suspension as standard, which means that it is 10 millimeters closer to the asphalt than its predecessor
If you now feel one to a small one and a half tons burning in your pocket, you can immediately drop it off at the Porsche dealer, which the Macan can be ordered immediately. And do us a favor: don’t buy gray or black.