2018 Macan New Car Test Drive
The Porsche Macan crossover is the best-selling Porsche. It's based on the Audi Q5, but it's longer, wider, and lower, so it's roomier. It looks like the Porsche Cayenne, but it's six inches shorter on a wheelbase that's 3.5 inches smaller. It technically seats five but realistically only four adults, as that center rear passenger must be very small, and even then won't be happy.
The entry-level Macan uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and a strong 273 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.1 seconds and reach 142 miles per hour.
The Macan S uses a 3.0-liter V6 making 340 horsepower; it can hit sixty in 5.0 seconds and reach 156 mph. The Macan GTS was new for 2017; it's a high-performance version that takes the V6 and raises the horsepower to 360. It will do zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds and reach 159 miles per hour. Last but not least is the Macan Turbo, with 3.6 liters and a zero-to-sixty time of 4.4 seconds, top speed 164.
Every model is all-wheel drive with a bias toward the rear, and uses Porsche's race-bred 7-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission.
The only new feature for 2018 is an embedded SIM card.
Fuel mileage for the base model is an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon City, 25 Highway and 22 Combined, which is low for a 2.0-liter four. In the Macan S and Macan Turbo it goes down to 17 miles per gallon City, 23 Highway, and 19 Combined, about the same as the Audi SQ5.
The 2018 Macan ($47,800) comes with leather and Alcantara seat upholstery, eight-way power seats, bi-xenon headlamps, 11-speaker sound system, power liftgate, Porsche Communication Management system, twin stainless exhaust tips, and a rearview camera. Things like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors are optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Macan S ($55,400) with its V6 engine can be distinguished by its four round exhaust tips.
Macan GTS ($67,800) gets gloss black window trim, a matte finish on the lower body, and satin black 20-inch wheels.
Macan Turbo ($79,200) has four square exhaust tips. One of its standard features is the ability to mate with Porsche Car Connect, a mobile app that enables remote unlocking, vehicle location tracking, and other data. So if your Porsche gets stolen and hidden in a freighter bound for Africa, Scotland Yard can track it for you.
There's a lot of expensive available equipment and features for each model. For example, there's a 16-speaker, 1000-watt Burmester sound system. And there's a Performance Package for the Turbo that jumps the price to $87,700.