More muscle for Zuffenhausen's facelifted compact crossover.
Porsche reset the clock on its hot-selling compact crossover when it revealed the facelifted Macan this past summer, opening the doors to more powerful versions that are sure to follow. And this is the first of them.
Coinciding with our first drive of the sporty new crossover, the German automaker has revealed the new Macan S, offering more powerful than the base four-cylinder version we saw in Paris a few months ago. And as you might expect, the new S model is both quicker and more potent than the outgoing version of the same, despite employing one fewer turbocharger.
Both the outgoing and incoming models employ a 3.0-liter V6. But where the previous version was twin-turbocharged to the tune of 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, the new one uses a solitary twin-scroll snail to kick out 348 hp and 354 lb-ft. That's enough to send the Macan S scurrying to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, or as little as 4.9 with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted. Either way, the 2019 Porsche Macan S tops out at 157 mph (or would with enough open Autobahn to play with) – a single digit faster than the old one.
It's the same engine available in the Panamera and Cayenne, and Porsche says it's more responsive than the old twin-turbo engine, owing to the shorter distance from the combustion chambers to the turbocharger.
The Macan S also gets bigger front brakes than the base model, and can be optionally fitted with carbon-ceramic rotors. Otherwise it's essentially the same as the four-cylinder version we saw in Paris. Order books are open now for delivery in the summer, with prices starting at $58,600 (plus $1,050 destination), representing a $3,200 bump over the outgoing version. Now, about those GTS and Turbo models....