The Macan is an attractive midsized four-doors-and-a-tailgate SUV which is available in three trim levels. The Macan S starts at $52,600. The GTS has a base MSRP of $67,200 and includes an adjustable air suspension and Alcantara trim; a few S options are also brought onboard as standard. The Turbo goes back to steel springs (the air suspension is optional, as on the S) but brings other improvements—from a larger powerplant to 18-way power seats—to justify its $76,000 base price.
Only that top model's name advertises the presence of forced induction, but all three Macans are powered by turbocharged V6s. The base Macan S makes 340 horsepower; the GTS boosts that number to 360. Increased displacement helps the Turbo crank out an even 400 horsepower.
In each case power is sent to all four wheels through Porsche's excellent seven-speed PDK semiautomatic gearbox. The chassis is a variation of the one under the Audi Q5, suitably prepped for greater dynamic ambitions.
- The $1,290 Sport Chrono package is required to unlock the maximum performance potential of any of the Macan variants.
- The option lists for the Macans may not be as absurdly long as for some other Porsche models—interior materials choices in particular are more restrained—but the decisions involved in the ordering process will still be time-consuming and perhaps require the involvement of an informed salesperson to explain some nuances.
Weigh your desires carefully; the leaps in MSRP between trim levels may require some creative rationalization, and many options can be startlingly expensive.