That the Macan would succeed the Cayenne as Porsche’s best-selling model was just further proof of public acceptance. This continues today; the company recently released worldwide sales figures for the first half of 2019 with the Macan accounting for 35 per cent of those sales, and the Cayenne 32 per cent. If you love the 911, Boxster, Cayman, or Panamera, respect the fact the two crossovers provide the vast majority of the profits that allow Porsche to continue building great sports cars.
As with literally every model Porsche makes, the Macan is offered with multiple trim/performance levels — base, Sport Edition, S, GTS, and three variations of the Turbo. The 2019 model year sees a freshening of the base and S. In addition to a redesigned front fascia, with notable changes to the grille, lower air intakes and headlights, the latter features a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 mated to a seven-speed PDK transmission.
The engine generates 348 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, slight increases compared with the 3.0L twin-turbo V6 used in previous S versions. Official figures released by the company indicate the revised S will accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, five seconds even with the optional Sport Chrono package. Top speed also increases slightly to 254 km/h, for the armchair quarterbacks who hold such numbers dear.
I’m not going to try to convince you the Macan S is a 911 in crossover disguise. That’s an argument not worth the effort. But I will say the Macan S is a sports car among crossovers — there is nothing soft or flouncy about it, no compromise for gentler aesthetes. Even left to its own devices, without switching from Normal drive mode to Sport or Sport Plus, or activating the Sport Chrono, there’s an eagerness to it just waiting for the opportunity to prove itself. This Porsche is in the business of pushing boundaries, happily sacrificing a measure of civility in exchange for a rewarding drive.
Not that the S is overtly harsh, but it’s nonetheless very firm, with a ride somewhat compromised by the tester’s optional 21-inch performance rubber ($5,060, including the Spyder Design rims). While nothing really filters up into the passenger cabin, you will still become aware of any tarmac irregularities encountered, the upside being able to take corners flat and at a higher speed — should that be your jam — than what is typical of the crossover segment.
Never content to leave well enough alone, Porsche engineers made a few chassis revisions as part of the Macan’s 2019 facelift. On the front axle, strut forks made from aluminum replace the previous steel components, thereby reducing unsprung mass. Newly tuned anti-roll bars also ensure more neutral handling, and furthermore, the S gains larger and thicker front brake discs.
Everything about the Macan has a muscular heft to it, and I don’t just mean the crossover’s curb weight, which exceeds 1,900 kilograms. The steering, naturally, but even things like the gear shifter actuation and the way the doors shut. There’s no sports car lightness to this machine, despite the fact, as I said earlier, it’s a sports car in crossover form. The seeming contradiction makes itself clearer the more the S is pushed; then it reveals Porsche’s DNA with a surge and a snarl, the latter amplified through an optional ($3,350) sport exhaust system.
And speaking of options, the tester certainly had enough of them, inflating what might be considered a reasonable base price ($63,000) for a Porsche, to a borderline obscene $93,670. I know plenty of Porsche buyers are more than happy to pay the freight to get their vehicles just so, but the depth to which the company is willing to extract what it believes it’s due still bewilders. Let’s talk cosmetics, for example: The tester’s bright and bold Carmine Red paint job sets one back $3,560. OK, you like red, who doesn’t? But then Porsche wants another $770 to paint the sideblades the same colour. Plus another $840 for tinted LED taillights. Plus $270 to paint the window trim black, and another $460 for complementary-coloured roof rails. The worst: $330 for the Porsche crest to be embossed on the front headrests. It’s nickel-and-diming to me, but hey, it’s your money.
The Macan’s interior has been singled out for being kind of downmarket, a judgement that seems unduly harsh. No, you won’t find the finest leathers, the most exotic wood inlays, or blinding chrome-plated trim bits; but as with all of Porsche’s models, it’s business above all, with all necessary information at eye level and all secondary functions at hand, many of them grouped as buttons on a crowded centre console. Still, the front seats are comfortable, the larger 10.9-inch touchscreen’s graphics are crisp and clear, and the Bose audio system (yes, an option) cranks out the tunes at ear-bleed decibel levels.
A more valid criticism is the paucity of rear legroom, certainly so if the front seat occupants are on the taller side — with the front seat set for my six-foot-two frame, I could not get into the back seat at all. Yes, many compact crossovers are equally deficient in this regard; it just compromises any attempt to justify the segment as valid family-oriented transportation. The same complaint can be lodged about the Macan’s cargo area: 501.2 litres (17.7 cubic feet) of space with the rear seats up — and a more usable 1,501 litres (53 cu.-ft.) with them folded — is OK, but still more compact than most of the Porsche’s competitors.
The Macan S is not the only one out there with a decided emphasis on sporty dynamics. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic, and BMW X3 M40i, as well as Jaguar’s F-Pace 300 Sport and a couple of others priced around $63,000 will all provide fun, exciting drives. But it’s the Porsche that, among these crossovers, delivers the most sports car-like thrills for the money. Just show some restraint when ticking the option boxes.
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