Every Macan is turbocharged, but there's only one Macan Turbo.
When it comes to a visceral driving experience in a luxury compact crossover, Porsche's Macan Turbo has been a benchmark since its launch in 2014. Last year the Macan got a light update and the Turbo trim disappeared from the roster. Now it's back and the Macan is better, stronger, faster. It's now the fastest and most expensive Macan in the lineup.
By now every Macan is turbocharged, but here the old 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 has been swapped out for a new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 borrowed from the Panamera and Cayenne. It makes 434 horsepower, which is 34 more horsepower than the last iteration (without the optional performance package).
According to Porsche, the new Macan Turbo will thrash its way to 60 mph in just 4.3 second, or 4.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package equipped, but it isn't just the engine that's been upgraded.
Porsche has also added more standard equipment to the Macan Turbo, including its tungsten carbide Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) that ares designed to reduce brake dust and slow down the vehicle faster. If that's not what you want, then Porsche will sell you ceramic composite brakes as an option instead. Also helping performance is Porsche's Active Suspension Management dampers and a sport exhaust system.
Aesthetically, the Macan Turbo gets a subtly refreshed body with its own unique front bumper, a cute little spoiler at the back of the roof, and LED headlights. Inside, Turbo trim gets 18-way power sport seats, Bose audio system, and a faux-suede headliner as standard. It also features a 10.9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot as standard, but still no Android Auto. For 2020, all Macans gain the option for wireless charging.
The 2020 Macan Turbo will be on sale later this year, priced from $83,600 (before the $1,350 destination charge). That's over $6,000 more than the previous incarnation, $25,000 more than the next-best Macan S, or $33,700 more than the base model (both models pictured below).