New Macan S Launched
Porsche has launched an S variant of the new Macan to compliment the existing entry-level version of its popular SUV, revealed in July. The more powerful Macan S features a new six-cylinder 3.0-litre V6 petrol turbocharged engine producing 354hp and 354lb ft torque – it uses what Porsche calls ‘enhanced combustion chamber geometry’ and a particulate filter. The new Macan S features the same distinctive styling cues as its entry-level counterpart, including the LED light-bar across its rear end. In its most performance orientated form with the optional Sport Chrono Package fitted (£804.00), the S will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds (1.6secs faster than the ‘normal’ Macan), its top speed is 156 mph – Porsche states that it will return 31.7mpg (combined cycle).
The new V6 engine is undoubtedly the biggest talking point of this new model, it features a central turbo layout, meaning the blower unit is located within the ‘vee’ of the engine’s cylinder banks. This is said to be advantageous as it shortens the path of exhaust gasses between combustion chambers and turbocharger, the turbo unit itself is of a twin-scroll design known to provide high levels of torque at low engine speeds. In addition, comes refined combustion chamber geometry with the use of a central injector – in unison these advents have helped to reduce emissions (204 g/km). As you would expect the Macan is available only with a 7-speed PDK gearbox.
Specific to the Macan S come larger front brake discs, increased in size by 10mm to 360mm, in addition, disc thickness has grown by 2mm to 36mm – Porsche has used all-new brake pads which are copper-free. Macan S customers can opt for Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCBs) at £5,682.00. A new optional GT sports steering wheel, as seen in the 911, is now available featuring the familiar ‘mode’ switch for altering driving modes. It is also now possible to choose the new Traffic Jam Assist option, a heated windscreen and an ioniser which, in conjunction with the fine particulate air filter, are fitted as standard improving air quality inside the cabin.
The new Macan S is available to order now from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland, prices start at £48,750.00, that’s £2,406.00 more than the 245hp 2.0-litre entry-level Macan. We will bring you our driving impressions in a forthcoming issue of GT Porsche magazine. The official Porsche configurator for the new Macan S is now live.