Redesigned Macan S V6 ups straight-line performance and overall drivability
When the thoroughly refreshed 2019 Macan arrives at Porsche Centre Vancouver next summer it will feature a very special update in its popular Macan S trim line.
The Macan S starts one notch above the base Macan, the latter model continuing into 2019 with the same fuel-efficient yet formidable 2.0-litre four-cylinder as the current model, which is good for 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, resulting in 6.7 seconds from zero to 100km/h in standard form or 0.2 seconds faster when upgraded with the Sport Chrono Package.
New 2019 Macan S gets quicker turbo response and more power
This said the 2019 Macan S now places a single twin-scroll turbocharger within the new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine’s “V” for a significant performance boost. This engine was first introduced to the base Cayenne and then in the Panamera, and despite maintaining the same three litres of displacement as the previous Macan S engine, yet losing half of its turbos, it now produces an additional 15 lb-ft of torque for a new total of 354 lb-ft.
Additionally, the engine’s increased torque now arrives at a very tractable 1,360 rpm, which is 1,000 rpm sooner within the rev range than with the outgoing V6, while its horsepower is now rated at 348, an increase of eight horsepower over its predecessor. This means the new 2019 Macan S can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds, or 5.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, which is a 0.1-second gain over the outgoing model, while its top track speed remains a healthy 254 km/h.
Both base and Macan S powertrains power all four wheels via Porsche’s highly efficient, quick-shifting seven-speed automated dual-clutch PDK transmission.
Less suspension weight and staggered wheels improve handling
Along with the powertrain and driveline upgrades, the new Macan’s front suspension uses more aluminum for 1.5 kilograms of weight reduction, while new staggered wheel sizes provide easier turn-in up front and more grip at the back where a set of 295/40R20s combine with 265/45R20 front rubber in Macan S trim. Lastly, an available adaptive suspension system allows for greater comfort in Normal mode and better performance when Sport+ is selected, all adjustable from a switch on the centre console.
Of note, the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system is capable of distributing all of the Macan’s torque to the rear wheels when warranted, or alternatively up to 70 percent to those in the front if traction requirements cause need. What’s more, the 2019 Macan’s traction can be further enhanced via newly developed 20- and 21-inch performance tires.
High-tech 10.9-inch infotainment display modernizes Macan interior
Inside, the most obvious 2019 Macan upgrades are digital, beginning with a new 10.9-inch full-HD Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen replacing the 7.2-inch unit in the outgoing model. The new interface makes for a stunning visual statement, thanks to much sharper, clearer resolution, plus enhanced graphics to complement the improvement in screen quality and increased size. Likewise, the system’s operating system is faster, which will no doubt improve the speed of new standard intelligent voice control and the now standard navigation system’s mapping adjustments, plus other functions, while it’s more intuitively designed for easier use, this due in part to predefined tiles that allow personal customization. Additionally, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now standard.
Porsche also makes its Connect Plus module standard, which means that every new Macan is fully networked for real-time traffic information. A key element of this system is “Here Cloud”, which utilizes swarm-based traffic data to find you the quickest route to your destination. What’s more, the Macan’s new Offroad Precision App makes it possible to record and analyze off-road driving experiences.
With the centre stack now housing a larger, wider infotainment display it was necessary to move the air vents from their previous positions at each side of the screen to a new location just below the display. Additionally, the audio/HVAC control panel, which slots between the two, is now wider and narrower.
Plenty of options will allow for ample personalization
While the latter features are standard, the 2019 Macan will let you upgrade its standard steering wheel to a special GT sports version sourced from the 911, while adding the Sports Chrono Package will place the brand’s Sport Response Button on the right-side spoke.
Comfort options will also improve, with a new ionizer and heatable windscreen now available, while the Macan’s suite of advanced driver assist systems adds adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, which allows semi-autonomous driving amid congested, slow-moving traffic at speeds up to 60 km/h, with the ability to automatically steer, accelerate and brake.
New Macan remains as practical as ever
On a more practical note, the rear seating area remains large enough for two adults side-by-side in comfort, whereas the cargo compartment carries up to 500 litres of gear with the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks upright and 1,500 litres when they’re folded flat.
The base four-cylinder powered Macan will start at just $55,500, while the Macan S will be available from $63,000. To find out more about the 2019 Macan, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver by phone at (604) 736-7911, or visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Photo credits: Porsche
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