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Old 10-19-2019, 07:29 AM   #1
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Default 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo Is Predictably Excellent

HIGHS: More power, strong brakes, sublime chassis tuning.

As easy as predicting that night will follow day, forecasting the performance evolution throughout Porsche's model lineup is simple. When the Porsche Macan underwent a mid-cycle refresh for 2019, the Macan Turbo was noticeably absent from the order guide. But as day follows night, Porsche's juiced-up compact luxury SUV makes its return for the 2020 model year.

Visually, the Turbo is distinguishable by the subtle design elements of its model-specific front fascia, side skirts, mirrors, and roof spoiler. More telling are the standard Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) stuffed within the standard 20-inch wheels, measuring a beefy 15.4 inches across and clamped by six-piston calipers in the front. In the rear, 14.0-inch rotors pinched by a single-piston caliper are tasked with stopping duties. The tungsten-coated brake rotors reduce the amount of dust accumulated on the wheels and, by Porsche's claim, increase the rotors' lifespan. Here on the Macan Turbo, we found the PSCB system to be less grabby, with linear modulation during low speed driving, than we've previously experienced with the Macan's big brother, the Cayenne. Porsche tells us that the Macan's revised braked pads are now fitted to all Cayennes with the PSCB stoppers. For an extra $4660, carbon-ceramic rotors can be optioned for a virtually dust-free experience.

Diving Underneath
Though the Turbo's exterior might look to be a lot of the same, what's packed under its hood is noteworthy. To give the Turbo additional oomph, Porsche dipped into its engine catalogue and selected the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 also found in the Cayenne and Panamera.

The engine is good for 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, and it only takes a single shove of the right pedal to quantify the substantial gains of the additional 86 ponies and 46 lb-ft over the single-turbo 3.0-liter in the Macan S, and 34 hp more than what the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 made in the previous Macan Turbo (although the Performance Package variant made 440 hp).

The twin-turbo V-6 exhaling through the standard sport exhaust system lacks the character and breakneck thrust found in the more powerful Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe, and the BMW X4 M Competition, but the Macan Turbo shouldn't be considered a slouch. When equipped with the $1360 Sport Chrono package, we estimate the Turbo should reach the mile-per-minute mark in 3.8 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than the Macan S we previously tested.

LOWS: Lacks the soundtrack it deserves, more powerful competitors, price can escalate quickly.

Like all Macans, power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The dual-clutch 'box can be a bit drowsy in its softest setting, but a quick spin of the steering wheel–mounted drive mode selection knob injects some life into the transmission's programming. In Sport mode, gear swaps occur quickly and with great force, as a Porsche should shift.

Steering that Doesn't Lie
Dynamically, the Turbo drives very much like the S model, and we're completely fine with that. With revised anti-roll bars and aluminum suspension components in place of the former steel bits, the Turbo benefits from the same refinement found in its lesser brethren. Our drive in the Macan Turbo was our first exposure to its optional air springs since the mid-cycle refresh, and for the $1390 asking price, they are a no-brainer. Calm and confident when in their relaxed setting to poised for attack when stiffened up, the setup has the bandwidth to satisfy any palate, even on the optional 21-inch wheels.

Up and down Stuttgart's saturated hillsides, the Macan Turbo begs to be pushed harder. The optional GT steering wheel—a $330 extra—provides a connection between the driver and road that remains largely absent in this segment. Driven aggressively, and sensations of the Porsche 718 flicker throughout one's brain. Porsche's optional torque vectoring system allows controllable rotation on corner entries and welcomes early returns to wide-open throttle when exiting bends. The Macan Turbo is a seriously fun, surefooted SUV that drives like a sports sedan probably more than it needs to.

Of course, all this praise comes at a price. The Turbo variant starts at a substantial $84,950, a $24,700 premium over the Macan S. Our nearly maxed-out test vehicles exceeded $100K. The Turbo, however, does include more standard equipment, including but not limited to the extremely comfortable and supportive 18-way power-adjustable seats, a suede headliner, brushed aluminum trim, and full LED exterior lighting. As days turn into weeks, and—well, you get the point—this certainly isn't the end of the Macan's performance timeline, as Turbo S and GTS variants surely can't be far away.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback


twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
177 cu in, 2894 cc
434 hp @ 6600 rpm
405 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Wheelbase: 110.5 in
Length: 185.0 in
Width: 76.1 in
Height: 64.0 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4350 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 11.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.4 sec
Top speed: 167 mph

Combined/city/highway: 20/18/22 mpg
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:33 AM   #2
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The green is horrible but the car is still awesome. I’ve had the opportunity to drive a Turbo Macan through some twisty mountain roads and god damn, car drives like it’s on rails. It’s such a fun experience.
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:26 AM   #3
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There was a Macan turbo on track with me earlier this summer. The guy was a good driver and fearless. I was impressed with how well it did.
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