Porsche Macan underwent a mid cycle update for 2019, the Macan Turbo was noticeably absent. It turns out Porsche had some additional work to do on this range-topping variant, which it revealed on Wednesday. The small performance SUV is slated to arrive at dealerships in late 2019 as a 2020 model.
By now every Macan is turbocharged, but here the old 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 has been swapped out for a new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 borrowed from the Panamera and Cayenne. It makes 434 horsepower, which is 34 more horsepower than the last iteration from 5,700 rpm to 6,600 rpm and 405 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 all the way to 5,600 rpm. The horsepower picks up right where the torque drops off.
The Macan Turbo takes 4.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop, though selecting the optional Sport Chrono package shaves three tenths of a second from that time. The six-cylinder engine spins the four wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, while improved brakes coated in an ultra-hard layer of tungsten carbide keep the cavalry in check. Porsche notes the coating reduces brake dust — and it fitted white brake calipers to drive its point home.
Thus, the two are pretty close in terms of performance. Porsche also announced that the Macan Turbo comes with Surface Coated Brakes. Their rotors are coated in an ultra-hard layer of tungsten carbide that reduces brake dust by up to 90 percent and provides sharper a response to pedal input from the driver. Interesting stuff nonetheless. The problem the Macan has is that BMW also has the X4 M Competition on offer and that’s even more powerful and faster.
Pricing for the 2020 Macan Turbo starts at $84,950, including destination.