‘The sports car of the SUV segment’, as marketed by Porsche doesn’t fail to impress us as an off-road beast as well as a sports car; you could trick your friends by racing in it. In order to coincide with the world premiere of the Macan GTS at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 last month, Porsche has made significant upgrades significantly to the Macan range for the new model year. Sturdy, calm and powerful is Porsche’s USP and the Macan is another diamond to the huge fleet of existing Porsche SUV’s. It falls in the league of the Audi Q5. Launched as four pillars of the Porsche sports collection, the Macan (233 BHP) Macan S (335 BHP V6), Macan S Diesel (254 BHP V6) and the Macan Turbo (394 BHP).
The standard 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox and rear-biased four-wheel-drive system helps in pulling off excellent acceleration and traction. Well crafted, the SUV is beautifully weighted and the steering system is engineered to display precision, making it one of the sportiest SUVs around. The Macan zooms through fast corners like a perfect sports car even at low speeds while the optional 21-inch wheels look great would be a perfect fit for the off-road track along with the optional PASM dampers.
The Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) enables the optional LED’s for the first time in the history of Porsche cars. Using their beam colour similar to daylight and improved range, the new headlights assist the driver making driving an ease. The striking light design is highlighted by dark inserts of the headlights and the four silver-anodised LEDs. Don’t fret. PDLS is there to assist you even at night by automatically adjusting the lighting range.
With all electronics taking the lead in the 21st-century cars, the Porsche Macan also hasn’t fallen short. There’s a button for hill descent control, which will take control of the brakes for you on a slippery descent, keeping it at low speeds. It also comes pre-fitted with an optional air suspension rise by 40mm for off-road work, taking maximum ground clearance to 230 mm. The 3.0-litre diesel is so smooth you could be fooled into thinking its six-cylinder petrol. The Macan also shoots from 0-100 kmph in just 5.8 seconds making it faster that the Cayman. Now that’s some impressive credentials for an SUV by all means.