Porsche, the name before anything, brings motion, and when placed before Macan, brings excitement to that motion. Porsche Macan is just not a baby Cayenne but a practical entry into the Stuttgart giant or rather least expensive way to park a Porsche in your garage. No wonder it has lightened up more than 600,000 driveways worldwide since its first launch in 2014. Its 2022 facelift avatar has been repackaged and thoroughly refreshed to get its share of attention. Globally, Macan has been playing cupid and been introducing up to 80 per cent of new customers to the Porsche brand.
There are three options to pick from, Macan, Macan S and Macan GTS, while I drove the base variant and spent a few nights in the Mahabaleshwar hills and did not really miss the S or the mighty GTS. It has a two-litre inline four-cylinder engine which has been tweaked from its predecessors and feels more refined. The timing chain has been modified, and the use of new piston rings reduces engine friction which harmoniously establishes a seamless connection between the engine and wheels.
In the winding roads of Mahabaleshwar, Macan screams confidence in every twist and turn, and no matter how hard you steer at corners, Macan will keep its posture correct. Also, because the fully variable limited-slip rear differential sends more drive torque to the rear wheel on bends, thus giving it supreme cornering ability.
The power figures of Macan are not something to blink your eyes for, but they will ensure you maintain a wide grin while driving, and it does not feel underpowered at all. The rear seats are not the greatest, but it is comfortable with a great sense of ride quality, even for long drives.
The top of the line is the Macan GTS, and Its 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 delivers 440hp and does 0-100 in 4.3 seconds. Then comes the Macan S is now also equipped with a 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that produces 380hp with 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.But what I drove was the refreshed 2-litre turbo petrol charged inline-four-cylinder engine mated with a 7-Speed gearbox, which churns out a maximum torque of 400 Nm and 261hp of power. It has all the agility and characteristics you expect from a Porsche. I know the Macan GTS would have been ideal, but for starters, the Macan would straight away catapult you from standstill to 100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds. With comfortable seats and a light steering that could have been more rubberised with layers of plastic to make it thicker to grip. The touchscreen is now 10.9 inches and looks beautifully tucked with a crisp resolution. It is a lot better than the 2019 model, but it only supports Apple CarPlay and does not support wireless CarPlay and wireless charging.
Wireless charging should have been made standard and not having ventilated seats hurts in our tropical weather. The good part is it doesn’t require front row massage seats because driving a Porsche can itself be some form of therapy. And that therapy starts with its driving mechanism, its all-wheel drive, with sports mode and off-road mode, enhanced by the aluminium alloy paddle shifters bringing out a sensory feeling every time you put the paddle shifters to use. The rear seats are cramped, but the panoramic sunroof stretches to its full potential. The analogue clock integrated on top of the dashboard or rather on the 10.9-inch HD display would remind you of all nostalgia and is now a standard feature on the new Macan.
The Macan is equipped with a larger grey cast iron braking system, and with its refreshed design, it does look menacing. Yes, indeed, it loses out with its cramped rear seats and higher price tag when compared to the specs of its competition. But if you want to have excitement parked in your garage that can do the daily chores and pull over in a Michelin star restaurants with pride , earn you more bragging rights even while parked, then the Macan is just for you.