Produced since 2014, the Macan has been an extraordinary success from the moment it arrived near St-Hubert, as it has elsewhere in Canada and around the world. It must be said that the prowess offered by the various versions of the Macan from the start were clearly unrivalled, providing a level of luxury, versatility and performance unmatched in luxury SUVs with a sporty vocation. The new Macan is a freshly restyled version that combines this recipe even more brilliantly, especially in its most powerful variant, which has also been redesigned. Porsche Rive-Sud, your Porsche dealer of choice in St-Hubert, not far from Brossard and Longueuil, gives you its opinion and driving impressions following a test drive of the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo!
Exterior styling: a Porsche look with a charisma unequalled near Brossard!
Our meeting with our 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo test model took place on the parking lot of Porsche Rive-Sud in St-Hubert. It was, as always with Porsche, a privilege and, above all, a truly memorable experience. It's not the first Porsche we've tried in these columns, and yet the charm works, with renewed intensity each time. In the case of our 2020 Macan Turbo, we are faced with a born seducer, with its very muscular looks. Streamlined headlights, an airy front fascia, curved wheel arches with gorgeous 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and a sharp taillight strip overlooking quad exhaust tailpipes: our Macan is very demonstrative without being ostentatious! This impression is confirmed by the colour of our Macan, which was the stunning Mahogany Metallic: it further enhanced the exhilarating curves of our Porsche compact SUV with a rare elegance. So you can see that the 2020 Macan Turbo seduced us at first glance!
Insane technical specifications for performance at all times in St-Hubert!
It's not uncommon, especially among generalist manufacturers, for SUVs to display an exaggeratedly athletic stature in the face of their true dynamic capabilities. And with the Macan's highly sportive looks, you might expect a similar situation. But our 2020 Macan Turbo is a Porsche, and that changes everything: its performance will necessarily be in line with its size, no matter what road you drive on the South Shore of Montreal.
And the technical data on paper announced by Porsche Canada only confirms this. A turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 with 434 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, and a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission: the theoretical technical configuration of the new 2020 Macan Turbo is anything but a figment.
And that's also reflected in the performance figures, with, according to the automaker, a 0–100 km/h sprint achieved in just 4.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. The top speed is also astonishing (270 km/h). And the best part is? The 2020 Macan Turbo is able to deliver them in any condition, thanks to the ultra-evolved Porsche all-wheel drive system that comes standard. Once again, we're impressed with these top performances that are available to the driver, even in the middle of winter in Brossard. Hats off to Porsche!
An interior dedicated to dynamic yet luxurious driving on the South Shore of Montreal.
After being amazed by the exterior curves and technical data of our Macan, it's time to take a seat inside it. But before waking the beast up, we take a few minutes to take a look inside. It's an authentic Porsche cockpit, perfectly suited to dynamic driving. With pronounced side seat reinforcements, an ascending centre console, a sleek, horizontally styled dashboard and a steering wheel with optimal grip, our 2020 Macan Turbo is definitely built to perform, even inside!
But don't think that this seemingly circuit-elusive cockpit is Spartan. Quite the contrary! Our tester was equipped with a ventilation function for the front seats, which were also heated, as were the rear seats. The latter, as well as the rest of the interior, were covered in the highest quality natural Espresso leather, which contrasted beautifully with the silver grey appliqués that dotted the cabin. Add to that an incredible audio system signed by none other than Burmester, and the interior air ionization system, and you get nothing less than one of the most inviting interiors we've ever experienced. Once again, our opinion is clear: we love the interior of our 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo!
On the road: a driving pleasure that combines extraordinary performance and rigorous behaviour.
With everything we had just seen, we were eager to fire up the engine to confirm our first impressions. So we left the Porsche Rive-Sud parking lot in St-Hubert and headed towards Highway 30 in the direction of the Magdeleine district in La Prairie. The first few laps of the Promenade Boulevard put forward the Macan's perfect mastery of absorbing the road's irregularities. Impressive!
We now start on the 30, and take advantage of the opportunity to test the acceleration potential of the little Porsche SUV to insert ourselves. No sooner do we tickle the right pedal than our 2020 Macan Turbo jumps forward and glues us into the seats. This vigorous thrust is even more impressive than the 0–100 km/h predicted by Porsche. What colossal strength! We confirm this feeling of power with a first passing move. The acceleration maneuvers are very expeditious, and we have to watch the speedometer to stay within the highway limit.
We test the qualities of the chassis again, but at a higher speed this time, with the fast curve near the Rona next to the Quartier DIX30. No rolling! The handling is breathtaking: you quickly forget you're behind the wheel of an SUV because the driving experience is so close to that of a real sports car. That's saying a lot! We're now heading out near La Prairie in the Magdeleine area. But before we turn around, we want to confirm the comfort at low speeds on this more degraded road (strewn with potholes). The most powerful Macan is doing well again! On the way back, we get an unexpected opportunity at the end of March: a heavy rain shower mixing rain and melted snow! This is the perfect opportunity to test the driveability of the legendary Porsche all-wheel drive system. No surprise there, the 2020 Macan Turbo is literally welded to the road. What a machine!
Conclusion: the 2020 Macan Turbo is quite simply the benchmark in sporty compact SUVs!
Incredible speed, sporty handling that's as close to a high-performance car as well as comfort and luxury worthy of much more expensive vehicles: this new version of the Porsche compact SUV is a truly perfect! That's our opinion on the 2020 Macan Turbo following our road test. All you have to do now is book your own test drive with one of our specialists at your Porsche dealer on the South Shore of Montreal, so that you too can experience the incredible performance and versatility of this amazing Macan Turbo. We look forward to sharing with you our passion for vehicles designed in Zuffenhausen!