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Porsche updates the Macan Turbo

Porsche updates the Macan Turbo Porsche updates the Macan Turbo
New Porsche Macan Turbo gets 440hp twin-turbo V6 and tweaked looks.

Following on from the revamp of Porsche's highly successful Macan late last year, it's time for the range-topping model to join the high-performance SUV fray. Give it up for the new Porsche Macan Turbo, revealed today, presumably before making an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Twin-turbo power FTW

Out goes the big twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 and in comes the rather more modern 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. That may sound like a retrograde step, but we're familiar with this particular powerplant and it's a corker. For the Macan Turbo, it puts out 440hp, while maximum torque of 550Nm is produced between 1,800- and 5,600rpm. That's all put through a seven-speed, dual-clutch (PDK in Porsche-speak) automatic transmission to all four wheels (PTM - or Porsche Traction Management - again in Porsche-speak). Porsche quotes a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds (when you opt for the Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 269km/h.

Brake upgrades and options galore

To haul the Macan back down from such shenanigans it comes as standard with Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) discs, which are coated in a tungsten carbide coating and signified by the presence of white brake calipers. Those who want even more stopping power can pay to upgrade to Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, along with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and air suspension if your pockets are particularly deep.

Design and equipment upgrades

The Macan Turbo gets its own design of front bumper, LED headlights as standard and a new design of 20-inch alloy wheel. Sport Design side sills and door mirrors are in body colour and there's a unique roof spoiler design and silver finish for the sports exhaust outlets.Adaptive sports seats are included in the price with 18-way electric adjustment and a memory function. The trim is brushed aluminium and there's an Alcantara headliner as standard. Porsche fits the Macan Turbo with its 10.9-inch PCM (Porsche Communication Management) HD touchscreen system, which is jammed with connectivity services and functions, too.

Irish pricing for the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo has yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be considerably more than the current range-topper, the €88,726 Macan S.

Published on August 28, 2019
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