On first impressions, it seems little ostentatious to clad a Porsche Macan Turbo in the carmaker’s racing colours. After all, crossovers, especially something mid-sized like the Macan, aren’tknown for being racy.
But this isn’t just a Macan Turbo, but the Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package. A mouthful to pronounce, this is the new range-topper in Porsche’s Macan line-up. Visually, the car gives little away of its abilities. Save for a specially developed (and larger) set of brakes, you would have to peek under the bonnet to tell that the 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 receives the ‘Exclusive Powerkit’ treatment, or stare hard enough to make out that it sits closer to the group, 15mm to be precise.
Where it matters, the car’s performance has been cranked up a few notches. With a remapped engine, the car now makes 440hp with torque hitting a peak of 600Nm. If these numbers hint at 911 territory, consider also the 4.4 seconds it takes for the car to blast from 0 to 100km/h.
The figures though, do more than just stoke egos. They have been put together harmoniously with stoppers, sports chassis, Sports Chrono Package and sports exhaust system all combining to permanently leave a smile etched on this writer’s face.
As the car gets to speed with thunderous ease, it’s the buttery smooth manner in which power surges from the engine to all four wheels that impresses. The car’s seemingly inexhaustible ability to continue building momentum indulges any desire to enjoy speed and all its raw grace.
Depending on tastes, one could dial performance to your desired levels with the Sport Chrono Package and take revs to the limit in Sport Plus as the dash-mounted chronograph tracks progress while the deep throaty exhaust note adds aural effect. Worthy of special mention, is the agility, precision and assuredness of the car as it grips corners seemingly on rails while the active dampers and stiff steel springs combine to soak up body roll.
The best part? The Macan Turbo with Performance Package is one of those cars you’d love to have without any buts. Because as you trade fastest lap times with your mates in sports cars, you won’t be thinking “what if the family could have come along to see this…”? In this car, they can, and you could even haul luggage in it.
Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package
Engine: 3,604cc, 24V, V6, twin-turbo
Torque: 600Nm at 1500-4000rpm
Gearbox: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Top Speed: 272km/h
0-100km/h: 4.4 seconds
Fuel efficiency: 9.7L/100km