But, none of these matters once you start driving. This, the Macan Turbo, is powered by a 400bhp, V6, twin turbo petrol engine. The engine is mated to a fine, quick responding and intuitive 7-speed dual clutch automatic. Together, even though the Macan weighs almost two-tonnes, it still manages to dispatch the 0-100kmph run in under five seconds! This is a fast SUV.
And it is fast no matter what mode you choose. The Macan comes with three pre-programmed driving modes – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, which alter the steering, throttle and gear shift responses. Sport Plus is our pick. It makes the Macan taut, alert, and as close to the Porsche legend as an SUV can get. Every time you call on the accelerator pedal, the Macan just raises its nose and goes about chasing the horizon as if all it ever wanted was to fly. Chances are you will run out of road or guts or both before the Macan runs out of grunt.
Here are some performance figures to whet your appetite. The Macan Turbo gets to 100kmph in 4.69 seconds. In 18.26 seconds it is already flying past 200kmph. Top speed for the Turbo is a limited 266kmph. But, you don’t need the Christmas tree off the drag strip every time you feel the need for speed; no matter what speed or driving mode, just stamp on that throttle and brace yourself to be taken for a fast, exhilarating ride. Just to bring things in perspective, the Macan only takes 3.21 seconds to complete the 20-80kmph kickdown, and 3.81 seconds for the 40-100kmph run.
Straight-line performance is only part of this delicious recipe, because the Porsche Macan can corner as well. And how! Its cornering ability has to be experienced to be believed. It has a quick steering rack and an equally alert front end. In fact, the Macan’s is the quickest responding front end on any SUV I have ever driven. You turn and it goes. No hesitation, no vagueness, and hardly any understeer. What’s more, once turned in, the Macan doesn’t roll too much and thanks to its smart all-wheel-drive system working alongside various other electronics, it doesn’t matter when you get on the gas in a corner, the Macan just pulls you out of it as if there was endless grip. It really is outstanding.
There is one issue though – the low speed ride. It is stiff, noisy and unlike a luxury car. You can hear the suspension and feel the side-to-side movement on anything but perfect tarmac. Pick up speed, however, and it almost feels plush. But no, it is not a car I’d recommend for our monsoon-ravaged roads…