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Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package review Porsche Macan Turbo New Performance Package adds dynamism for dollars performance bike

Yes, spanning just . inches long, the Macan is on the small side, so it doesnt have quite the same utility as some rivals, either in cabin space or particularly in cargo room . cubicfeet with the seats up or with them stowed. However, that tidy footprint partially explains how this Porsche changes direction with an athleticism you just dont find in the segment even compared to performanceminded gems likeJaguars FPaceandAudis SQ. To drive home the whole experience, the Macan sounds properly snarly with its dualmode exhaust cracked open, and its sport seats hug you just right.

It wasnt all that long ago that people wondered if buyers would pay grand for aLand Rover Range Rover Evoque, mostly because it was so small. And here we are, just seven years later, and Stuttgart is asking nearly double that amount for this compact CUV.

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. Beyond its occasionally bland graphics, the main problem is that the touchscreens modest inch dimensions dont allow for multiple s of information to be easily simultaneously ed. Want to have the map up and see whats playing on satellite radio? Youll need to glance at the small configurable TFT screen in the gauge cluster for one or the other. At least the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay.Android Auto? Not so much.

In ct, at an astested price of , delivered, this Macan still doesnt have an upgraded stereo, panoramic roof, premium leather treatments, or any number of other features from Porsches legendarily lengthy options list. With options like the aforementioned inch Turbo Design wheels wrapped in Continental summer rubber , and a Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus electronically locking differential ,, this test vehicle has clearly been specd for driving enthusiasts, not sybarites. Thats generally fine by me, but even so, there are still some basic boxes Id check, like keyless go Entry Drive in Porschese.

The BadSlighty dated infotainment, an astronomical price tag and middling efficiency means this model wont be for everyone.

While Im on the topic of those seats, the cabin that surrounds them is a pretty nice place to spend time. Material quality and fit and finish are very good, though that carpet of transmission tunnel buttons that covers everything from HVAC settings to the active exhaust baffles takes some miliarization. Speaking of which, Im still not a n of the companys obsession with hardclick switchgear, but its something you get used to.

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As it turns out, many of them dont. The Macan is actually one of Porsches oldest models, yet so r this year, its outselling thePorsche Boxster,Cayman,and Panamera. Combined.

, pickups, and crossoverSUVs. But neither group assumes the same thing when it comes tosports cars. So why should shoppers put a ton of stock in those things when it comes to a crossover that drives like sports car?

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The result? The Macan Turbo PP isnt really a conventional luxury crossover at all, and it certainly isnt a roughstuff SUV. Think of it as a ,pound, allwheeldrive sports car thatll let you throw a mountain bike in the back and still close the hatch.

The Bottom LineA very special compact crossover SUV for those with very special wallets.

. Its not even a regular Turbo, which is ordinarily the ranges top model, at ,.* Its the brandnew Macan Turbo with PerformancePackage, which gives its twinturbo, .liter V poundfeet of torque more than the standard Turbo as well as additional horses. Plus, its got a lowered chassis,sporthaust and even bigger brakes to handle that extra muscle.

This thing corners as flatly as a proper sport sedan, and you can feel what its doing through your backside, the pedals and the wheel. Even without Porsches costly optional carbonceramic binders, the Macan will detach your retinas under full braking as often as you like,Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package review Porsche Macan Turbo New Performance Package adds dynamism for dollars performance bike and the speed dualclutch gearbox fires off shifts as quickly as you can call for them. This one rides on ridiculously large optional inch alloys, and while the airsuspended ride is firmer, its no worse than key rivals.

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Im going to pause to give you a second or two to absorb that number.

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Before we go any further, you need to know one number related to the blue beauty seen here. No, its not the amount of horsepower this particular Porsche MacanTurbo has. Nor is it ., which is how quick this little crossover SUV is to miles per hour. Its not even its top speed. Its . As inNinetySix Thousand Dollars.

The GoodA dynamic standout, with fierce acceleration, poised handling and real feel. Its sharplooking, too.

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Adding to the pain is fuel economy, which is listed at miles per gallon in the city and mpg highway for the standard Macan Turbo. This higherpower Performance Package model has yet to receive EPA ratings, but considering that its engine runs more boost, if anything, those figures are likely to drop slightly. I saw an average of . mpg in spirited mixed driving.

Listen, Im not talking strictly numbers here. Those figures I mentioned earlier mph in . seconds and mph? Those are very similar to that of Porsches own Cayman S, and nobodys ever going to take issue with that models sterling sports car credentials. But anyone can throw a big engine in an SUV and generate spectacular numbers. Just ask Jeep. Im talkingfeel. That intangible, tactile, almost magical quality that transcends spec sheets and lights your soul afire. The Macan Turbo? It doesthatbetter than just about any utility vehicle Ive ever driven.

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