Remember the world premiere of the facelifted Porsche Macan in July? Well, there’s now a Macan S with a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 making 354 hp and 480 Nm but that’s not all.
When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Macan S can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, 0.1 second quicker than the previous model, with a top speed of 254 km/h.
Using a central turbo layout, where the turbocharger is positioned in the “inner V” of the V6 engine, this ensures shorter exhaust gas paths between the combustion chambers and the turbocharger, for better throttle response.
The Macan S’ features staggered tyres (wider rear tyres compared to front), supplemented by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive system.
On the front axle, spring forks made from aluminium replaces the previous steel components. The new light alloy design is more rigid yet reduces unsprung mass, for more precise steering and improved ride comfort. Even its sway bars were fettered with for more neutral handling.
The options list in that aspect includes height-adjustable air suspension, Porsche’s Active Stability Management (PASM) active damper control system and the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).
As for the brakes, the pedals supposedly weigh 300 g less than before and along with a shortened lever arm, offers more immediate braking response.
The front is now fitted with larger diameter and thicker brake discs, paired with copper-free brake pads. If that’s not enough, there’s always the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
Aesthetically, the three-dimensional rear LED light bar is by far the biggest change in the Macan’s exterior. Inside, the Macan S gets the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which now features a 10.9-inch full-HD touchscreen.