Porsche Macan Gets Performance Package Upgrade
The Macan Turbo has never exactly been short of punch from its 3.6-litre, twin-turbo V6. That hasn’t stopped Porsche releasing a Performance Package which raises the bar yet further in power and overall dynamics.
Courtesy of the upgrade, the Macan’s twin-turbo V6 delivers 440hp – up a not insignificant 40hp over the standard Macan Turbo. Torque is, as you would expect, up too, with an additional 37lb ft of torque which brings the total that can be deployed to 442lb ft available between 1,500 and 4,500rpm. Obviously there are improvements in performance with the pack. In an SUV that was never short of shove the 0-62mph time is down 0.4 seconds to just 4.4 seconds – or on par with a 911 Carrera running the PDK gearbox. Four is clearly the magic number with the Macan Turbo running the Performance Package, with the top speed up by 4mph to 169mph. Thanks to the prodigious torque on offer the 49-74mph is dispatched in just 2.9 seconds in Sport Plus mode. According to the NEDC cycle, fuel consumption is 30.1mpg.
As well as the power hikes, the Performance Pack also brings with it chassis enhancements to further improve the Macan’s driving dynamics. New brakes, a lower ride height, sport chassis, the Sport Chrono Package and a revised exhaust are all fitted as standard. The front brake discs are grooved with a diameter of 390 millimetres; 30 millimetres larger than the brake discs fitted on the standard Macan Turbo, and are gripped by six-pot callipers. PASM is fitted, and features newly tuned dampers which make the car sit 15mm lower. Air suspension is a cost option.
Known and loved by many Porsche owners, the Sport Chrono Package is standard fitment with the new Performance Package. With its selectable modes, the engine, chassis and transmission can be altered to deliver the best dynamics for the driving situation. Porsche’s renowned seven-speed PDK gearbox, which swaps cogs in milliseconds, is one of the key means of achieving this.
A range of tailored equipment options are available, such as the Turbo Exterior Package. Options available include 21-inch diameter 911 Turbo design alloy wheels (with lateral spokes painted in high-gloss black), LED main headlights equipped with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) Plus, and numerous other black elements. The Turbo Interior Package offers a black leather interior with lavish Alcantara elements, colour appliqué highlights, and carbon elements such as the door entry guards with the model logo illuminated in white.
The Macan Turbo with Performance Package is available to order now from Porsche Centres in the UK, priced from £68,073 RRP. Deliveries are expected to begin towards the end of 2016.