Porsche launches the Macan III with increased performance, a sharper design and an overhauled operating concept.
The compact SUV now comes equipped with a new 10.9-inch touchscreen, a signature rear taillight strip and the most powerful three variants of Porsche engines the Macan has seen to date.
Sitting at the top of the range is the Macan GTS, with it’s 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that now delivers 324 kW (440 PS) – an increase of 44 kW (60 PS). The outstandingly responsive and rapid Porsche GTS, propels the vehicle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and when fitted with the Sport Chrono package reaches a top speed of 272 km/h.
The Macan GTS stands out from it’s derivatives with the now-standard sport air suspension, which lowers the body by 10 millimetres. The dynamic benefits of the new GTS are above all due to the fact that the air suspension is 10 per cent more rigid on the front axle and 15 per cent firmer on the rear axle compared with its predecessor. The optional GTS Sport package further increases the dynamic potential of the car, with 21-inch GT design wheels with performance tyres, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and the Sport Chrono package.
The still impressive and outstandingly popular entry-level Macan sees its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine uprated to develop 195kW and 400Nm – up 10kW and 30Nm. It completes the standard 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h.
All three models also offer a wide suspension bandwidth, balancing maximum suspension comfort and dynamic sports car performance. Thanks to an optimised chassis the Macan now responds with extra sensitivity and direction to the driving situation and road conditions, fed back via the multi-function, GT Sport steering wheel – borrowed from the 911. Elements such as the damper characteristics of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) have been re-adapted specifically for this model and actively regulates the damping force for each individual wheel. The PASM comes as an option for the Macan and is standard for the S and GTS models.
The Macan has had an imposing image overhaul with a redesigned nose and an inlay in the exterior colour emphasising its width.On the 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 striking diffuser in a particularly technical design. 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.
Buyers can select from Gentian Blue, Papaya or Crayon (grey) leather upholstery and contrast stitching packages, along with a GTS Sport package on the range-topping GTS, which adds 18-way power-adjustable sports seats, a carbon interior package, Race-Tex suede upholstery with leather accents, contrast stitching, and GTS lettering in Python Green.
The new Macan models are available to order now with first customer deliveries anticipated in late September this year. Prices start at $111,900 for the Macan, $134,600 for the Macan S and $156,200 for the Macan GTS.