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2018-12-11 11:46
Porsche Macan S

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Porsche has expanded its range of compact SUVs with the addition of the powerful Macan S. The new model from the sports car manufacturer features a new three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine.

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It delivers 260kW and has a maximum torque of 480Nm, representing an increase of 10kW and 20Nm compared with the previous model.

When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, it accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than its predecessor.

The vehicle’s top speed is 254km/h, whilst the fuel consumption is 8.9 litre/100km. The compact SUV offers all the product innovations of the latest generation Macan model range, including an LED light bar at the rear and the new Porsche Communication Management system with a 10.9" touchscreen.

New V6 goodness

The Macan is now equipped with a newly developed 3.0 litre V6 turbo engine.

The new twin-scroll turbocharger provides high torque at low engine speeds. With twin-scroll technology, the exhaust gas flows are continuously fed to the turbine wheel as separate streams significantly reducing any charge cycle disadvantages.

In addition to the increase in the power output per litre, emissions have also been reduced.

Newly tuned chassis

As distinctively sporty as ever, the chassis features mixed-sized tyres and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive, and has been overhauled and optimised as part of this model’s facelift.

Porsche Macan S

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On the front axle, spring forks made from aluminium replace the previous steel components. The new light alloy design is more rigid and reduces unsprung mass, making the steering on the Macan more precise and improving ride comfort.

Porsche Macan S

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Newly tuned sway bars also ensure more neutral handling. As before, the Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) active damper control system, height-adjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are optionally available to improve the model’s driving dynamics and handling even further.

Enhanced stopping power

A lot of detailed work has also gone into the brakes of the new Macan, and the driver will notice this most of all in the form of a changed pedal feel.

The pedal in question weighs around 300g less than the previous steel part. This results in a more immediate brake response, and the driver can also feel a very precise pressure point because of the firm connection.

The more sporty approach is reflected in the larger front brake discs, with disc diameter increased by 10mm to 360mm, and disc thickness growing from 2 to 36mm. All new brake pads are copper-free. It can also be equipped with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

Streamlined design and functionality

The Macan S also benefits from all the innovations available with the latest facelift, including a three-dimensional rear LED light bar. The headlights are LED as standard, and the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) system is available to customers.

The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which now features a 10.9" full-HD touchscreen, comes as standard and includes navigation, mobile phone connection, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control.

Porsche Macan S

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The optional GT sports steering wheel, originating from the 911, bolsters the sporty interior design of the Macan S. The mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including the Sport Response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package.

For added comfort and convenience, it is possible to optionally include a heated windshield and an ioniser which, in conjunction with the fine particulate air filter fitted as standard, improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle.

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