New to the popular compact Porsche SUV range is the Macan T, which is now open for pre-order in Malaysia. The ‘T’ designation has represented a unique form of dynamic driving at Porsche since the 1960s. It is given to models that offer an especially authentic driving experience courtesy of precise tuning, exclusive equipment and efficient engines. In short, the ‘T’ stands for ‘Touring’ and the Macan T is the first four-door Porsche that will bear this special designation which was previously the reserve of the 911 and 718 models.
True to the spirit of the Porsche 911 T from 1968, the new Porsche Macan T features an incredibly dynamic set-up and a lightweight, 2.0L 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.
The 2.0L turbo engine that comes with the Macan T is light in weight and compact in packaging to offer better balance of weight and performance. Compared to the 2.9L biturbo V6 engine found in the Macan S and GTS, the Macan T’s engine is 58.8 kg lighter. This gives the vehicle an excellent start-off performance and optimum cornering ability; this engine produces 195 kW (265 PS) and 400 Nm of torque.
Coupled with the engine is a fast-switching 7-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. When fitted with the standard Sport Chrono Package, including the drive 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.
Further, the Macan T is the only Porsche model to feature steel suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. This combination lowers the body by 15 mm. The anti-roll bars on the front axle are also 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 4-cylinder engines. There is also the choice of adding Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus); the system has been adapted to the dynamic characteristics of the T model and further sharpens the driving dynamics.
The Macan T stands out from the others in the range by using design elements painted in Agate Grey Metallic on the front, flank and rear. The exclusive contrast colour can be seen on the painted front trim, exterior mirrors, side blades, roof spoiler and logos on the rear. For the exterior colour, you can choose from a range of 13 plain, metallic and special colours. Additionally, sports tailpipes and side window trims in high-gloss Black are included as standard, and the side blades also feature the ‘Macan T’ logo in Black. Standard also are a set of 20″ Macan S wheels, exclusively in dark titanium.
The Macan T gets 8-way electrically adjustable heated sports seats as standard. The 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 includes a multi-function GT heated sports steering wheel and Sport Chrono stopwatch in the upper part of the dashboard. Meanwhile, the door entry guards come in black aluminium as standard and feature a Macan T logo. Optional features include the multi-function 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″ touchscreen, and online navigation as standard.
Unsurprisingly, the Macan is statistically the introduction model to the Porsche experience, with up 80% of buyers being new to Porsche ownership. If you haven’t yet owned a Porsche, now is the time to visit the nearest Porsche Centre for details.