Also Porsche's fifth series is a hit with the customers. With around 100,000 sales a year, the Macan is the bestseller of the Stuttgart. Now it has been redesigned in technical details.
If a Porsche model change is traditionally retouch-like, you should not expect any major changes from a facelift. The Macan is no exception. Anyone who wants to distinguish the current from the built since 2014 version needs insider knowledge. Because most of the innovations play under the pretty sheet metal dress. Above all operating technology, engine and chassis benefit from the fact that the engineers had time for new developments. Their activities remain fine work, but with noticeable changes.
If you look closely, the new Macan identifies with the LED headlights. Unlike other manufacturers, however, Porsche does not use this superior lighting technology to make the light housings narrower or flatter. Because the relationship to the 911 must be written in the face of all Porsche. The identification stands and falls with the typical big eyes for this brand. And behind there is a continuous light strip, as the brand brothers have already received.
That the Macan in the innermost of his SUV soul is an Audi Q 5, you can not see. Technically, the components of the gene donor were also helped. Suspension forks made of aluminum and stronger stabilizers than the predecessor tighten the suspension in addition. They suppress the tendency of sporty SUV and stabilize the straight-line stability. Sure, there are only subtle nuances in the already exemplary driving behavior, but noticeable.
Together with the optimally trimmed on feedback power steering, the car calls formally for brisk cornering. Here he remains neutral for a long time before he begins to push in the transition to the border area. But so gentle that he makes his weight of around 1.8 tonnes forgotten.
The tight vote is not without loss of comfort therefore. The unit of springs, dampers and stabilizers proves to be extremely communicative in terms of the nature of the road surface – not as obtrusive as a stalker, but rather as informative as a spy. After all, the knowledge about the condition of the underground is a not insignificant basis for controlled sporty locomotion.
Here, the Macan has to follow in the footsteps of his fleet brand family. It gave him an engine that creates the right conditions on the drive side. The V six-cylinder Macan S is already known from Panamera and Cayenne. Under the hood of the smaller sport utility vehicle, he develops a superior torque of 480 Nm, which fully attacks already at 1360 rpm and, together with the spontaneously acting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, is looking for the long gear ratio while gliding past.
Here, it is important to close a gap that was torn by a fundamental decision: Porsche has said goodbye to the diesel engine and wants to offer in the turbo gasoline engine with particle filter a powerful and at the same time clean alternative. When fueled by the Euro 6d-Temp certified engine succeeds only conditionally. The NEDC standard of 8.9 liters is hardly achievable in practice, if you move the Macan occasionally as it is conceived, namely as an SUV with sports car characteristics.
The 354 hp power allow the sprint to 100 km / h in just 5.3 seconds and a maximum of 254 km / h, before the high-build Macan results in air resistance. Traction is never an issue, because the power goes to all four wheels and portioned on the center differential so that the standard distribution (20 percent front, 80 percent rear) is adapted to the actual needs. Four-wheel drive and brisk pace drive consumption upwards. Nevertheless, it remained in the test medium at 11.2 liters, which corresponds exactly to the new WLTP value.
The comfort and the design of the interior are absolutely positive. Although Porsche has given the Macan a large monitor, the operation of the most important functions but left on quickly accessible switches and buttons.
The visual highlight is the almost completely leather-covered and occasionally openwork plastic and aluminum backdrop. Since you feel well accommodated. What applies especially to the seats. They are just so tightly padded that they stay comfortable without being yielding. Shape and cut give in every driving situation exactly the stop you want.
It was to be expected that things would be a bit tighter in the back seat than in the Cayenne. But the space is enough to enjoy long rides.
All this can be expected, if you throw the base price of 64,356 euros for the Macan S in the pan. Of course there is still a lot of room in the price list if you want to fulfill a few special requests.
Dieter Schwab / mid
Specifications Porsche Macan S:
Mid-range five-door SUV, length / width / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 4,696 / 1,923 (with mirrors 2,098) /1,624/ 2,807, curb weight: 1,865 kg, payload: 715 kg, fuel tank capacity: 65 l (optional 75 l), boot capacity: 500 to 1,500 l.
Drive: 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection, Displacement: 2,995 cc, Power: 260 kW / 354 hp at 5,400 – 6,400 rpm, max. Torque: 480 Nm at 1,360 – 4,800 rpm, 0-100 km / h: 5.1 s, top speed: 254 km / h, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive, average fuel consumption: 8.9 l Super plus / 100km, CO2 emissions: 204 g / km, test consumption: 12.2 liters / 100 km, emission standard: Euro 6d-Temp, price: from 64.356 Euro.
The item "Porsche Macan S: Spürbar fresher" was on 19.03.2019 in the category News by Dieter Schwab with the keywords Car, Test, SUV, Premium vehicle, Sports car, Presentation, released.
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