The Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model ever; it has been for some years now. In 2021, 88,361 units were shipped to customers, representing almost 30% of Porsche’s global sales figures. Now, Porsche is set to capitalize on the SUV’s strong run by expanding the current Macan line-up with the all-new Macan T. It is the first four-door performance machine from the German carmaker with the ‘T’ designation and third, after the 911 and 718 models.
The letter ‘T’ stands for Touring, and in Porsche-speak identifies models that serve up ‘an especially authentic driving experience thanks to precise tuning, exclusive equipment and efficient engines.’ The Macan T is much more than a few cosmetic enhancements. It debuts with clever engineering that genuinely sets it apart from the other variants. It is the first and currently only Porsche model to feature steel suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. The ride height has also been lowered by 15mm, and it combines well with the specially-tuned chassis for responsive steering behaviour and agile handling. The Macan T’s driving dynamics can be ramped even further with the addition of an optional adaptive air suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).
The Porsche Macan T gets its grunt from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 261 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It may not be a lot of power, especially when compared to the Macan S and GTS models. However, it does help to keep the Macan T within an affordable price range. Equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the Macan T will still hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 144 mph (232 kph).
To further differentiate the Macan T from the other model variants, there are Agate Grey Metallic accents on the front, flank and rear of the SUV. It is also available in twenty-inch Macan S wheels, finished exclusively in dark titanium. Customers can also pick from a range of 13 colours for the exterior. Then there is the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur program that should open up customization options even further.
Official pricing for the US is not yet available, but the Macan T slots in between the base Macan which costs $54,900 and the Macan S, priced at $65,400. It will be available for the 2023 model year, and customers will be available to place orders with local US dealers starting this spring.