2023 Porsche Macan Performance

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2023 Macan Performance

All models come as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. It's an active AWD system with a rear-biased setup, leaving the front axle free to handle only a portion of the power and most of the steering. The base Macan and the T derivative have a turbocharged four-cylinder with 261 hp and 295 lb-ft. It can do 0-60 mph in six seconds, which drops down to 5.8 seconds if you opt for the Sport Chrono Package. It has a top speed of 144 mph and can do the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds. The S comes with a twin-turbo V6 packing 375 hp/383 lb-ft and gets to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package and 4.6 without. It tops out at 160 mph and does the quarter-mile in 13 seconds dead. The GTS model is equipped with the same twin-turbo V6 but with a power hike up to 434 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That's enough power for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.3 seconds without the Sport Chrono Package and 4.1 seconds with it. The GTS can do the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds and tops out at 169 mph. All models have a maximum towing capacity of 4,409 lbs, which is quite impressive in this segment.

2023 Macan Performance Photos

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2023 Porsche Macan Engine

Engine and Transmission

Base model Macans are equipped with the same inline turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Golf GTI. In this application, it produces 261 hp at 5,000 rpm and 295 lb-ft from just 1,800 rpm.

In terms of engine upgrades, the S model benefits the most. It gets a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 used in various Audi RS models. It's a gutsy engine, delivering 375 hp at 5,200 rpm and 383 lb-ft from 1,850 rpm. The GTS uses the same twin-turbo V6, but Porsche fettles with the ECU and equips it with a Sport Exhaust. The result is 434 hp at 5,700 rpm and 405 lb-ft at 1,900 rpm. The maximum engine speed for all models is 6,800 rpm and all models are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

We know from experience that the base model's four-cylinder packs a surprising punch, and is connected to Porsche's super smooth and quick-changing seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Macan S model's 375 hp is more potent with a super-smooth delivery and an exhaust note that adds to the thrill, particularly when it snarls and pops coming back down the gears.

Topping out the engine range is the boosted GTS twin-turbo V6 designed to give an even bigger thrill than the S model's version. Thrilling drivetrains are one thing, but the beauty is how smooth they are for everyday driving, and a lot of credit goes to the Porsche dual-clutch (PDK) transmission. The shifts are as smooth as butter, but the real magic is in how quick it is in reacting to changing conditions.

2023 Porsche Macan Performance Specs:

Porsche Macan TrimsPorsche Macan EnginesPorsche Macan HorsepowerPorsche Macan TransmissionsPorsche Macan DrivetrainsPorsche Macan MPG/MPGE
Base2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas261 hp @ 5000 rpm7-Speed AutomaticAWD21 MPG
T2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas261 hp @ 5000 rpm7-Speed AutomaticAWD21 MPG
S2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas375 hp @ 5200 rpm7-Speed AutomaticAWD19 MPG
GTS2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas434 hp @ 5700 rpm7-Speed AutomaticAWD19 MPG

2023 Macan Gas Mileage

As you might expect, the base turbocharged four-cylinder is the most fuel-efficient of the lot. EPA gas mileage estimates are 19/25/21 mpg for city/highway/combined cycles, which dip to 17/23/19 mpg for S models with a little more power. The GTS sits at the top of the pack in terms of performance, and only takes a slight hit over the S model in terms of fuel economy. It's rated at 17/22/19 mpg.

All models come with a 19.8-gallon tank, and you can expect between 375 to 415 miles between refills depending on the trim.

2023 Porsche Macan Fuel Capacity

Porsche Macan TrimsBaseTSGTS
Porsche Macan Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)19/2519/2517/2317/22

2023 Porsche Macan Trailering

Porsche Macan TrimsBaseTSGTS
Porsche Macan Maximum Trailering Capacity4,409 lbs.4,409 lbs.4,409 lbs.4,409 lbs.
Engine2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
Transmission7-Speed Automatic7-Speed Automatic7-Speed Automatic7-Speed Automatic
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