The updated 2019 Porsche Macan S has broken cover, featuring a single-turbo V6, shared with VW Group vehicles like the Audi S4.
With 3.0-litres of that V6 providing 260kW and 480Nm, the Macan S is set to live just below the GTS in the Porsche SUV hierarchy.
Porsche says this is possible in part thanks to the turbocharger placement. Rather than being located outside the ‘vee' the turbocharger is between the two cylinder banks to retain more heat, respond faster, and be more efficient.
Because of the Macan S's newfound power and responsiveness, 100km/h arrives in 5.1 seconds, a tenth sooner than for its predecessor, and only a tenth off the pace of the current-gen GTS, a facelift of which is still a while away.
Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive and aluminium front axle forks in place of steel forks are claimed to improve steering accuracy and ride quality, while optional Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM), adjustable air suspension, and shock absorber hydraulics are available to create a more sporting Macan.
Porsche even says it’s altered the brake pedal to, it hopes, improve feeling and responsiveness for the driver.
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“The pedal in question weighs around 300g less than the previous steel part, and acts on the brake master cylinder via a shortened lever arm.
“This results in a more immediate brake response, and the driver can also feel a very precise pressure point because of the firm connection.”
Porsche Australia says the Macan S is available to order and expected to arrive locally in Q1 2019, starting at $97,500.