It’s a big year for Porsche. For the first time in brand history, the automaker has announced a four-door T-Series model that will arrive within the acclaimed Macan lineup.
As with the Porsche 911 T and 718 T models of the past, the “Touring” moniker symbolizes a Macan with refined, precise tuning, an efficient powertrain and on-board equipment, exclusive to a vehicle of its nature. The Macan T holds an athletic prowess with lightweight agility and a sporty character, separating it from its Macan brethren.
The biggest indication of the Macan T’s lightweight classification comes from its engine, a two-litre, four-cylinder turbo that is compact and light in construction, which allows for a balance between weight and performance engineering. When compared to the Macan S and its 2.9-litre biturbo V6 engine, the Macan T is relieved of 58.8 kg on the front axle, allowing much greater agility.
In terms of engine performance, the four-cylinder turbo boasts 261 hp and a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. And with a max speed of 232 km/h, Porsche has proved that powerful performance can arrive in small packages.
The Macan T arrives with a unique chassis setup, with Porsche lowering the body by 15mm. It is also the first Porsche model to have a steel suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) coming as standard. The Porsche Traction Management has been adjusted to support a rear-wheel bias, meeting the model’s performance demands, while additional changes have been made to the overall platform. Stiffer anti-roll bars on the front axle and a tuned chassis create a heightened responsiveness on the road.
In this latest generation of a compact SUV sports car, Porsche has introduced a wholly redesigned exterior facade, with a new front grille, side blades with black “Macan T” logos, and rear end with subtle black diffusers. An exclusive Agate Grey Metallic, applied to the front trim, exterior mirrors, side blades, roof spoiler and logos on the rear, increasingly creates a poignant contrast to the rest of the vehicle’s exterior ambience.
As for the interior, elements of sophistication and comfort command the cabin. The eight-way electrically-adjustable heated sports seats come standard with a Sport-Tex Stripe pattern and embossed Porsche crest on the front headrests. A revitalized centre console as well as the Porsche Communication Management system with a 10.9-inch touch screen and online navigation further assist the driver, while the GT heated sports steering wheel and the Sport Chrono stopwatch add elements of convenience.