Colin-on-Cars – New look and power for Porsche Macan

Porsche has released the much updated Macan that gains performance along with a tweaked design and sport-air suspension as standard on the GTS.

As the sporty flagship of the SUV line-up, the Macan GTS sits at the top of the range. Its 2,9-litre V6 biturbo engine now delivers 324 kW – an increase of 44 kW –  and it completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4,3 seconds when fitted with the Sport Chrono package and reaches a top speed of 272 km/h.

The Macan S is now also equipped with a 2,9-litre V6 biturbo engine that produces 20 kW more power than before, with 280 kW. This propels the vehicle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4,6 seconds while it has a top speed of up to 259 km/h.

A newly developed, turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with 195 kW serves as the entry point to the Macan world. It completes the standard 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6,2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h.

All engines are coupled to the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system.

The new Macan models also offer a wide suspension bandwidth, balancing suspension comfort and sports car performance. The chassis has been optimised further and the Macan now responds more directly to the driving situation and road conditions, giving the driver even better feedback via the steering wheel.

For this purpose, elements such as the damper characteristics of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) have been re-adapted specifically for this model. It actively and continuously regulates the damping force for each individual wheel. PASM is available as an option for the Macan and is standard for the S and GTS models.

On the Macan GTS with sport air suspension the body is lower by 10 millimetres and the dynamic benefits mean the suspension is 10% more rigid on the front axle and 15%t firmer on the rear axle compared with its predecessor.

It has a redesigned nose with an inlay in the exterior colour, while on the new GTS, the centre of the nose section as well as other elements are finished in black. The rear is now rounded off towards the road by a diffuser. Here and at the front end it features a new 3D structure, which is also optionally available for the car’s sideblades. The LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard on all models.

The new Porsche Macan offers a substantially enhanced interior and its new operating concept, which makes use of touch surfaces instead of tactile buttons, brings a clear structure to the cockpit. A new, shorter selector lever sits in the centre of the control module.

The analogue clock at the top of the dashboard is now also standard equipment.

The Macan continues to offer many online functions and services as standard. These can be controlled via the 10,9-inch full HD touch display of the Porsche Communication Management or by means of voice commands. The Macan adopts the new multifunction and GT Sport steering wheels from the 911.

Besides the dynamic benefits and black highlights on the exterior, the GTS Sport package available only for the top model also contains specific and exclusive equipment for the interior. This includes 18-way sport seats, the Carbon interior package, Race-Tex upholstery with extended leather elements, various items with contrast stitching and GTS lettering in Python Green.

The Macan, which has seen 600 000 deliveries worldwide since its market launch in 2014, has a special role at Porsche: around 80% of all Macan buyers are new Porsche customers. In addition, the proportion of women buying the Macan has risen consistently in recent years and is the highest across all Porsche product lines.

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