Six of the best: the new Macan S

Spice up your festivities with a hot 'V' under the tree.

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Struggling to find that perfect Christmas present? May we humbly point you in the direction of Porsche’s timely new offering, the Macan S. The second member of the Gen 2 Macan family has just arrived, bringing with it a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that considerably increases power and torque over the entry-level 2.0-litre model.

Using the same ‘hot V’ engine packaging that appeared on the new Cayenne Turbo, the Macan S slots its turbocharger inside the V of the cylinder banks, making it more compact for improved weight distribution. This race-derived layout also shortens the length of travel between the turbo and combustion chambers for better engine responsiveness. The turbo itself is twin scroll too, a technology that provides a continuous feed to the turbine for greater torque at fewer revs.

The new V6 also receives refined combustion chamber geometry, now with a central injector, optimising efficiency of the fuel mixture preparation. Through all these advances, Porsche’s engineers have been able to grow output per litre from 113 to 118 PS, creating a 14 PS gain over the previous generation car while still managing to reduce emissions. This means peak power is now 354 PS (fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 204 g/km) while torque is an impressive 480 Nm, an increase of 20 Nm. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Macan S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 254 km/h.

The lightweight chassis of the new Macan is perfectly suited to this increased performance, with staggered tyres and Porsche Traction Management four-wheel drive as standard, overhauled and optimised as part of this model’s facelift.

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. Newly tuned sway bars also ensure more neutral handling. And, as before, customers can add various options to further improve driving dynamics, including Porsche Active Stability Management active damper control system, height-adjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus.

A lot of detailed work has also gone into the brakes of the new Macan, something you’ll notice most in a real change in pedal feel. This is because the pedal in question weighs around 300g less than the previous steel part, and acts on the brake master cylinder via a shortened lever arm. This results in a more immediate brake response and a very precise pressure point because of the firmer connection. The potential extra braking demands of the new Macan S are reflected in larger front discs, their diameter increased by 10 mm to 360 mm, and disc thickness growing 2 mm to 36 mm. The car can also be equipped with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.

As you would expect, the Macan S benefits from all the innovations included in the latest facelift, including a three-dimensional rear LED lightbar, LED headlights as standard and the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus system.

Inside follows suit, with the new and fully networked Porsche Communication Management which now features a 10.9-inch full-HD touchscreen and includes online navigation with real-time traffic information, twin audio interfaces and intelligent voice control. Other standard features on-board include Porsche Connect Plus (with LTE phone module and SIM card reader), a Wi-Fi hotspot and an array of new Porsche Connect services.

The optional GT sports steering wheel, which appears in the 911, is another asset for the sportier Macan S, especially when equipped with the integrated mode switch – including the Sport Response button – that comes as part of the optional Sport Chrono Package.

And for those moments when performance plays second fiddle to comfort, it is also possible to option such luxuries as the new Traffic Jam Assist, 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.

The new Macan S is available to order now.

Macan S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 204 g/km

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