Daniel Resnik was offered to test drive one of the world’s most esteemed sports cars, evoking all kinds of exhilarating thoughts of speed, luxury and style.
First developed in 1931 in Stuttgart Germany, the Porsche is one of the most esteemed and recognisable brands. So, when the opportunity came to drive three new 2022 updated Porsche Macans, I couldn’t say yes quickly enough.
To enhance this thrilling experience even more, we were transported to our test-driving venue at the luxurious Sweven Estate in Cattai by Sydney Heli Tours in a helicopter.
On the day we got to test drive all three new Porsche Macans: Porsche Macan, Porsche Macan S and the Porsche Macan GTS, all on a 165km Wiseman’s Ferry and Berowra Waters street circuit.
As a sports car in the SUV segment, the Macan has played a major part in Porsche’s success story. Over 600,000 units have been delivered worldwide since 2014. Following an extensive upgrade. The new Macan is the next step of the product line into an exciting future that features classic Porsche-style performance on any terrain and offers ultimate suitability for everyday driving and also looks magnificent.
We road tested the three-turbo charged all-wheel drive Macan’s making three pit stops every 55 kms so each driver had the opportunity to test drive each different model. The drive took us through an incredible variety of road conditions taking in national parks, major highways and testing narrow curvy roads.
The Porsche Macan drove exquisitely, the Porsche Macan S stepped it up in power and again you notice a difference in sound and guttural brute strength of the Porsche GTS even though it has the same engine capacity of the Macan S.
Australian model range:
The new Macan model range is available with two petrol engines:
A twin-turbocharged (biturbo) 2.9-litre V6 (Macan GTS, Macan S)
A single-turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder (Macan)
New 2.9-litre biturbo V6 engine (Macan GTS, Macan S):
In the new Macan GTS, this 2.9-litre (2,894 cc) biturbo unit produces a peak power level of 324 kW (440 PS*), 44 kW (60 PS) more than in the previous Macan GTS. Peak torque in the Macan GTS has increased from 520 Nm to 550 Nm (+30 Nm), available between 1,900 and 5,600 rpm, delivering exceptional acceleration.
In the new Macan S, this free-revving 2.9-litre biturbo V6 replaces the previous 3.0-litre single-turbo engine. It’s maximum power in the new Macan S is 280 kW (380 PS*), 20 kW (26 PS*) more, and its peak torque has grown 40 Nm to 520 Nm, which is also spread between 1,850 and 5,000 rpm for strong acceleration, especially from lower speeds.
Like all Porsche V engines, the two turbochargers in the 2.9-litre biturbo V6 are fitted between the cylinder banks in a central layout. This shortens the distance for the exhaust gases to travel between the combustion chambers to the turbocharger turbines, helping give the engine instant response.
New 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine (Macan):
The new Macan is fitted with a newly developed 2.0-litre (1,984 cc) turbo-charged inline four-cylinder engine. This new engine’s larger turbocharger helps deliver 195 kW (265 PS*) of maximum power and a torque increase of 30 Nm to a peak of 400 Nm (available between 1,800 and 4,500 rpm).
This new engine features various enhancements to optimise efficiency, friction and acoustics, resulting in increased power and lower internal engine emissions.
Compared to the Macan’s previous four-cylinder engine, fuel pressure has been increased to 350 bar, resulting in improved fuel distribution to each cylinder for optimised combustion, which in turn results in fewer soot particles in the combustion gases.
Modifications to the timing chain, new piston rings and a correspondingly adapted engine oil have reduced friction, resulting in improvements to refinement and efficiency.
The updated range is on sale in Australia now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road cost):
2022 Porsche Macan 2.0T: $84,800
2022 Porsche Macan S 2.9TT: $105,800
2022 Porsche Macan GTS 2.9TT: $129,800
With the responsiveness and power delivery typical of Porsche GTS cars, the new Macan GTS accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds in the now standard Sports Chrono package (0.4 secs than its predecessor). Its top speed of 272km/h is 11km/h higher than the previous model.
The new Macan S accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono package (previously 5.1 seconds). Top speed is 259km/h (previously 254 km/h)
The new Macan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono package (previously 6.5 seconds). It can reach a top speed of 232 km/h (previously 225km/h)
A brilliant day’s test driving 3 outstanding cars on a course that was perfectly selected ensuring we experienced a variety of road conditions and terrains.