Performance-focused SUVs are so common nowadays that it has become difficult for carmakers to launch models that stand out from the pack. However, with the Macan Turbo, we think Porsche has done just that.
First up are the looks. Whereas many of the SUVs which the Macan Turbo competes against are dominated by sharp angles and angular edges with bloated bumpers and swollen grilles, the design of the range-topping Macan is more restrained. In fact, it doesn’t look much different than a standard Macan, making it a bit of a sleeper.
Then there’s the performance which, as The Straight Pipes recently discovered, is pretty special as they comment the SUV handles just like a Porsche should. The reviewers add that it is one of the best-handling SUVs on the market and regardless of what driving mode you’re in, this thing absolutely loves corners. The steering is also said to be excellent, just as you would expect from a Porsche.
Powering the Macan Turbo is a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is rated at 434 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). That is significantly less than rivals like the BMW X3 M / X4 M as well as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, but the Porsche is still able to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in a very respectable 4.3 seconds and max out at 167 mph (269 km/h), while, with the optional sports exhaust, it also sounds very good.