If you felt the 2.0-litre four banger Macan introduced by Porsche Malaysia in June, with a mere 252 hp and 370 Nm does not match up to the badge it carries, there’s now a Macan S with a bit more punch starting from RM625,000.
That extra punch comes from a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 354 hp and 480 Nm of torque – an increase of 14 hp and 20 Nm from the old model.
The Macan S rivals the Golf R from 0 to 100 km/h, with a time of 5.1 seconds – 0.1 second faster than before – but with more allowance for five passengers and undoubtedly higher levels of comfort. The base model Macan does the same in 6.7 seconds.
Power is sent to all four wheels (mix sized) via a 7-speed PDK transmission, safeguarded by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) System.
The exterior remains largely a familiar one – sharing similarities with the base model Macan with 18-inch wheels, LED headlamps and a very catchy rear LED light bar with 3D “Porsche” lettering.
With power comes responsibility and the Macan S is not just a charging bull without leash. Emphasis has been placed on its braking performance and pedal feel for the driver to feel a very precise pressure point.
Like the Macan, the Macan S also gets larger front brakes, with a 10mm increase in diameter to 360 mm and 2 mm thicker discs.
On board the Macan S, you’d find features like the 14-way power adjustable seats, a Bose Surround Sound System, a 10.9-inch touchscreen display (up from 7.2-inch) supported by the Porsche Communication Management System, just like in the Cayenne and Panamera. A GT sports steering wheel, like in the 911, can also be specified as an optional extra.