Sure, the Porsche Macan has been conquering racetracks with its sports-car dynamics and enthusiasts’ hearts with its not-horrifying looks, but it’s a crossover, and in our hands it faced the toughest test of all: family life.
Face it, if you didn’t need to stick two child seats or a gangly adolescent in back, wouldn’t you get a Cayman or a Boxster? Even if not, we wanted to find out what all the Porsche-hopeful families on the Macan waiting list are in for. In daily life. When not driving on a racetrack. Or carving up a canyon.
But before we get into all that in the Turbo, we have a nice little video by Jeff Voth and the crew at Exhausted Media of the more affordable Macan S. The price starts at $54,300, and Macan features a healthy 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque and all the same practical benefits of the Turbo.
The Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 (adding 0.6 L for its power advantage over the S’s 3.0L twin-turbo V6) that yields 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Really, you’ll usually only need about half of those ponies and torques for upwards of 2,000 kg (as much as 2,110 kg in a fully loaded Turbo) and a couple hundred kilos of family and possessions. Yes, that’s all you’ll need, but you’ll soon learn to appreciate the rest of ‘em. They are habit forming.
Easy to form a habit when the twin-turbo enable you, all of that torque available at 1,350 and sticks around like your weird aunt at the family holiday party, right up until 4,500 rpm. This means the Macan Turbo feels abundantly confident when picking up speed. However, despite the 4.8 second time listed for acceleration to 100 km/h, the Turbo doesn’t feel overwhelmingly fast – at least not in the rarefied air of Turbo Porsches.
Wait, didn’t we say we were going to focus on the more mundane aspects of the Macan? Oh yeah. We’ll save the comprehensive driving impressions for later.