The Macan Turbo is your humble scribe’s ideal new machine in a fantasy 2015 new-car hunt.
Everything to all men and women, the 400HP V6TT, AWD, 7-Speed DSG are a solid base for a German GT-R SUV. But then we add PTV, Sport Chrono and PASM Air Suspension… 21-inch Turbo alloys and all the carbon options available?
You land sideways, grinning your face off around corners, and loving the unstoppable torque rush at all times.
As the videos show, the Macan Turbo covers ground like a low-flying jet fighter. This is a truck that would excel at the Isle of Mann TT race. Somewhere its big grip, power and wheel travel could show up the WRX STi in its home element.
The biggest advantage of stumping for the Turbo Macan versus the Macan S?
Tail-out shenanigans. The Macan S needs some kind of road wetness to hang its tail out, chucking tarmac with all four paws. The Macan Turbo is happy to do this on a dry summer day. The result is a supercar-like rush of power that can hang wild tail-slides on command.
The turbo 3.6-liter unit is clearly a torque monster, yet even in Sport Plus does not get shouty enough. This applies in the car as well as from the exhaust pipes. This quick video lets you hear the Macan Turbo exhaust note.
High-tech and boosty, but not gargle-y like the best AMG and Bentley turbo notes.
Secondly, the carbon side blades are embarrassing and not for all tastes. The equipment list is respectable as well from base — but goes really out-of-control half-way down the window sticker on the test truck.
Dozens and dozens of options. Perhaps better bundled somehow? The 18-way powered and cooled seats might be the must-have shortlist that also includes air PASM and PTV via the Sport Chrono pack.
Third, we are still deeply obsessed with the quad-LED DRL style of hot Porsches like this Macan Turbo. But disappointed to learn that the Macan Turbo disables its DRLs when headlights are on. For that setting, a lower LED strip in white and amber blinker strip are still some of the sexiest on the road.
If you want one 2015 crossover to be the fastest, most fun and most lux car you’ve ever owned — it must be the Macan Turbo.
The photo and video supply for our Macan Turbo first drive review is overwhelming in volume. Enjoy these 200-plus photos. Truly all sides, and even the suspension in raised mode for half the grassy marina shoot location.
Updated with 50 New Photos – 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo July 17, 2014, 1 pm A few new pieces of information about the Macan S and Macan Turbo thanks to this latest photo set from Porsche: -- The Macan S on its optional 21-inch 911 Turbo wheels looks as good as the Macan Turbo - with both wearing quad pipes in back. Round for S, squared for Turbo. -- The Macan is so fast.... that the photographer could not keep up! Many of these photos are out-of-focus. Here are all the latest Macan photos, specs, pricing and details from Porsche -- plus a few of the legendary 1978 911 SC Rallye just for fun.…
2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Is Fast, Athletic and Nimble in 50+ Real-Life Photos June 4, 2014, 12 pm I've been a huge fan of the Macan since first seeing the finished show cars last Fall. With Macan S and Macan Turbo variants in the USA launch line-up -- it seems like it is hard to go wrong with this latest -- and sportiest-so-far -- Porsche crossover. But how does its $49,900 base price feel in real life? Is that a bit steep considering the Cayenne also carries that same base price for 2014? The base pricing, as many Porsche owners know, is really just a starting point. Finding a car without a single option would be…
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Update1 70 New Pics – 2015 Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS Feature Ripping Exhaust! February 2, 2015, 9 pm BIG news about the new 981 Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS! They feature a roaring, stonking and rip-snorting exhaust note. In perhaps the least-kept-secret of the last year, the Cayman and Boxster are officially available with a new top-level GTS trim level. In addition to more focused dynamics and style all around, the GTS models pack 340-horsepower each. (Edit: the Boxster appears to have ten fewer ponies than the hardtop Cayman.) Even so, this is a pretty substantial leap for the 911's siblings, which until now have been capped well below this total -- even in the Boxster and…
Goodwood 2014 Galleries – PORSCHE Macan Turbo, Panamera S E-Hybrid, RS Spyder, 962 and 917 July 2, 2014, 4 pm My huge crush on the Macan is an open secret. Great to see how wonderful it looks being pushed to the edge up the hill! Also including a cool photo I found recently of the 917 doing a jump test, plus that monster 16-cylinder 917 prototype from last week... 917 MACAN TURBO PANAMERA S E-HYBRID RS SPYDER GT1 LM Check out the tarts in the right of this photo testing the Lola Aston Martin... 962 and 935