The Porsche Macan Turbo is to receive a new Performance Pack, which will boost the power output by 40 bhp. This will make it fast. Very fast. I mean, it was fast anyway but now it’ll be… really fast.
The Macan Turbo has a 4.6 litre V6 engine, and the original car can produce around 400 bhp. The original car also has around 550 Nm of torque (at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm), and the Performance Pack will also raise this, up to 600 Nm.
Once the Pack has been fitted, Porsche claim that the Macan will be able to hit 62 mph in a staggering 4.4 seconds, knocking nearly half a second off the time of the standard Macan Turbo. It will also then be able to hit a top speed of 169 mph, rather than the original’s 165 mph.
Unfortunately, the additions mean that the Macan will now emit 221 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre – that’s 13 grams more than the regular car’s 208 grams per kilometre. So it doesn’t do much for the environment. But that’s not really the point of the car.
Included in the Performance Package as standard will be: a sports exhaust, the Sport Chrono Package (“sportier tuning of chassis, engine and transmission” – Porsche), with lowered suspension and controlled sports chassis. Porsche have also equipped a new, more powerful braking system, where the front discs have been increased in diameter by 30 mm.
You will also be able to get further optional customisation, with the Turbo Exterior Package. This will include LED main headlights, black panels on the body and 21 inch wheels.
The Performance Pack will cost around £5,500 – that’s not cheap, but if you can afford a Macan Turbo anyway, it shouldn’t be too much of an object to you. Since the regular car has an RRP of £62,540, the Package will cost less than a tenth of the car itself. But is it worth it?
The most obvious competitor for the Macan Turbo is the Jaguar F-Pace. We will use the most expensive, top of the range F-Pace model to compare, as this is about the same price as a Macan. So: the F-Pace First Edition.
The First Edition has a 3.0 litre V6 Turbocharged diesel engine, producing 300 PS (296 bhp). It can do its 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, maxing out at 150 mph. On paper, then, the Macan trumps basically everything. The F-Pace does have more torque, but that’s not what most people look for.
Overall, I’d say it depends on who you are. If you are a classy, smooth person looking to for luxury, get the F-Pace any day. But if you’re after an SUV with ridiculous speed, power and acceleration… it’s the Macan any day. (Especially with the Performance Pack upgrades).