Current Porsche Macan T – Reviews, Pricing, Specs & Buyers Guide
Porsche is adding a new model to its Macan lineup, the 2023 Macan T, with standard equipment meant to provide sportier handling and performance to the company’s compact SUV. The “T” stands for Touring, and Porsche said it’s the first time a four-door has worn the badge, previously used only on its 911 and 718 cars.
The new Porsche Macan T all about ‘responsiveness’ according to Porsche and it sits alongside the petrol-powered regular, S and GTS variants. The new all-electric Macan will arrive in 2023, and the two will be sold side by side for some time to come.
The Macan T, which is all about focusing on the Macan’s sweet handling and dynamics on the road, that’s lowered by 15mm over a standard Macan, but features stock steel springs interlinked with the PASM system – something Porsche says is unique as the others ride on air. Still, you can spec air springs if you like. Porsche also says the traction control system in the Macan T has been refocused to have a more rear bias with power deployment in the all-wheel drive system.
The Macan T will share its engine with the entry Macan — a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and with a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. As with all Macan models, all-wheel-drive is standard.
The Macan T may not be a rocket ship by Porsche standards, but its combination of brisk – yet not neck-snapping – performance, relatively frugal consumption and impeccable chassis balance puts it in a sweet spot, which is exactly where Porsche intended to position the car.
Standard equipment will include Porsche Active Suspension Management, and a Sport Chrono Package with mode switch on the steering wheel, while the all-wheel system has been tuned for more rear bias. Some optional features have been tweaked for the Macan T, including stiffer anti-roll bars on the adaptive air suspension, and retuning for the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system. The Macan T has a top speed of 145 mph and sprints from 0 – 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
Unique styling cues will include grey metallic exterior trim, dark 20-inch wheels, and gloss black window trim and tailpipes. Standard interior features include heated sport seats in exclusive upholstery, heated multifunction steering wheel, Sport Chrono stopwatch, and aluminum door sill plates with the Macan T logo. Pricing and ordering information will be announced in early spring.
Equipped as standard with the Sport Chrono pack, the Macan T dispatches the 0-100kph sprint in a very respectable 6.2 seconds, but straight-line performance is not really the Macan T’s forte – the more telling number to note is that it carries 58.8 kilograms less over the front axle than the V6-powered Macan S and GTS. This endows it with better balance and greater agility. – Reviewer
Agile and exclusive: Porsche presents the first Macan T
The Macan T has now been added to the successful Porsche model range. This is the first four-door sports car that will bear the special designation, which was previously the reserve of the 911 and 718 models.
The letter T has represented a unique form of dynamic driving at Porsche since the 1960s. It stands for ‘Touring’ and identifies models that offer an especially authentic driving experience thanks to precise tuning, exclusive equipment and efficient engines. True to the spirit of the Porsche 911 T from 1968, the new Macan T features an incredibly dynamic set-up and a lightweight, two-litre turbo engine, combined with an athletic design and a range of standard equipment that is ideal for a sporty driving style. This concept positions the Macan T between the Macan and the Macan S.
Lightweight, for an agile response
The two-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine of the Macan T (fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 10.7 – 10.1 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 242 – 229 g/km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 8.8 – 8.7 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 200 g/km) combines great agility, low weight and a compact design to create a package that offers an ideal balance of weight and performance. Compared to the 2.9-litre biturbo V6 engine in the Macan S (fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 11.7 – 11.1 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 265 – 251 g/km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 9.9 – 9.8 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 225 – 224 g/km) and GTS models (fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 11.7 – 11.3 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 265 – 255 g/km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 9.9 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 225 g/km), the powertrain in the Macan T weighs 58.8 kg less on the front axle. This gives the vehicle an excellent start-off performance and optimum cornering ability.
The Macan T has an output of 195 kW (265 PS) and 400 Nm of torque – characteristics that suit the precise vehicle design and deliver an exhilarating drive. As is generally the case with the compact SUV, the engine is coupled with a fast-switching seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. A broad spread of torque provides responsive acceleration in all driving situations. When fitted with the standard Sport Chrono Package including the mode switch and Sport Response button on the steering wheel, the Macan T accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h.
Specially tuned chassis lowered by 15 millimetres or more
The Macan T is the only Porsche model to feature steel suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, combined with the body being lowered by 15 mm. The anti-roll bars on the front axle are more rigid and the car’s chassis tuning has been optimised to create the perfect suspension for the vehicle and powertrain, resulting in very responsive steering behaviour and agile handling.
The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) has also been adapted to the driving demands of the Macan T and has been specially designed with a rear-wheel bias. Adding adaptive air suspension with PASM and lowering the body by a further 10 mm is also an option – a new feature for Macan models with four-cylinder engines. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) can also be added: the system has been adapted to the dynamic characteristics of the T model and further sharpens the driving dynamics.
Exclusive details inside and out
Design elements painted in Agate Grey Metallic on the front, flank and rear of the Macan T differentiate the vehicle from other models in the series. The exclusive contrast colour can be seen on the painted front trim, exterior mirrors, side blades, roof spoiler and logos on the rear. Sports tailpipes and side window trims in Black (high gloss) are included as standard and the side blades feature the ‘Macan T’ logo in Black. Twenty-inch Macan S wheels, exclusively in dark titanium, come as standard. Customers can choose from a range of 13 plain, metallic and special colours for the exterior.
The interior of the Macan T has its own distinct ambience. The standard, eight-way electrically adjustable heated sports seats feature exclusive upholstery based on the Black leather package. The centres of the front seats and the outer rear seats are delivered with the Sport-Tex Stripe pattern and the front headrests each have an embossed Porsche crest. The contrasting colour from the exterior continues inside the vehicle in the form of decorative silver stitching on the seats, headrests and steering wheel.
Standard equipment also includes a multifunction GT heated sports steering wheel and the Sport Chrono stopwatch in the upper part of the dashboard. The door entry guards come in black aluminium as standard and feature a Macan T logo. Optional features include the multifunction GT sports steering wheel in Race-Tex with carbon trims and an ioniser.
The Macan T also benefits from all of the new elements of the model generation revised in summer 2021, such as the new centre console with its sophisticated glass-look and touch-sensitive surface, as well as the fully networked Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a 10.9-inch touch screen and online navigation as standard.