Smaller engine, bigger power. It’s also the quickest Macan yet!

Having updated the first-generation Macan after five years on the market, Porsche unveiled a revised version of the Turbo model for the 2020 model year. The refreshed Turbo remains heavily based on the regular Macan, but Porsche made big changes under the hood, replacing the old 3.6-liter V-6 with a smaller 2.9-liter unit. While it’s not the most powerful Macan ever produced, it’s definitely the quickest. Let’s find out why.

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is a 911 on stilts

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By moving the DRLs higher, Porsche made the Macan Turbo look even more like the 911

Granted, the design of the Macan Turbo is far from new. We’ve already seen the SUV’s design language when the standard model debuted for 2019, but the Turbo-specific features make it look even more like a 911 with a more prominent hunch and a taller ride height.

Changes from the regular Macan are quite significant, starting with the LED daytime running lights having been relocated at the top of the front side vents. On the regular Macan, they’re placed at the bottom. By moving them at the top, Porsche made the Macan Turbo look even more like the 911. The bumper grille is also thinner, while the side vents have just one strake instead of two. The front fascia is rounded off by standard LED headlamps with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).

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The Turbo’s profile isn’t a massive departure from the regular Macan, but it now features Sport Design side skirts and mirror caps, which basically means that they’re painted in body color and 20-inch wheels as standard. Around back, we can see a unique roof spoiler in a double-wing design, as well as a four-quad exhaust pipe layout with silver end pieces. A "Macan Turbo" badge adorns the tailgate right under the "Porsche" lettering embedded in the taillights.

The lizard-like green paint is also a very cool choice for this car, but Porsche will surely offer more traditional colors like white, black, or red.

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is sporty and fancy inside the cabin

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The heated GT sports steering wheel based on that of the 911 is optional on this model

The Macan Turbo benefits from all the upgrades we’ve seen in the regular model launched for the 2019 model year. It has a new, 11-inch infotainment display, a revised Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that eliminates some of the buttons from the center stack, repositioned A/C vents, and redesigned seats. The Turbo comes with the fanciest, adaptive sports seats as standard. They’re wrapped in leather and feature 18-way adjustment. The SUV also features Alcantara roof lining and brushed aluminum trim as standard, items that are optional on non-turbo Macans.

The heated GT sports steering wheel based on that of the 911 is optional on this model. The PCM system comes with a BOSE Surround Sound system with 14 speakers generating 665 watts on this model. It also includes online navigation, real-time traffic information, and smart voice control. The long list of standard features also includes Porsche Connect Plus, which comes with an LTE telephone module, an integrated SIM card, and a slot for an external SIM card, as well as Wi-Fi hotspot.

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo Packs a Smaller Engine with a Solid Punch

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Porsche dropped the old 3.6-liter unit in favor of a 2.9-liter mill

The Macan Turbo continues with a V-6 engine under the hood, but Porsche dropped the old 3.6-liter unit in favor of a 2.9-liter mill. Shared with the bigger Cayenne and the Panamera sedan, it features a cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head for more efficient combustion and short exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers for rapid build-up of power and better response.

How much power does it generate? The 2.9-liter V-6 cranks out 440 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s 40 extra horses and identical torque compared to the outgoing Macan Turbo. It’s also on par with the old Macan Turbo Performance Package in terms of horsepower but misses 37 pound-feet. So technically speaking, it’s not the most powerful Macan ever made.

However, it’s by far the quickest. The revised underpinnings and the new engine help the Macan Turbo hit 62 mph in 4.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. That’s three tenths quicker than the old Macan Turbo and a tenth second faster than the old Macan Turbo Performance Pack. Top speed is rated at 168 mph, four mph higher than the old model. However, this rating puts the new Macan Turbo on par with the outgoing Turbo Performance Pack model.

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The Macan Turbo features a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission

As before, the Macan Turbo features a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system. The SUV also comes with the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) system as standard. These high-performance brakes feature a tungsten carbide coating on the discs, which allow a faster response, less wear and up to 90 percent less brake dust compared to conventional cast iron brakes.

To further increase the Macan Turbo’s performance, Porsche offers an optional height-adjustable air suspension with new shock absorber hydraulics, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo specifications
Engine layout Front-engine
Design and cylinders Twin-turbocharged V6
Bore 84.5 mm
Stroke 86.0 mm
Displacement 2.9 l
Max. power 434 hp
Max. power at rpm 5,700 – 6,600 rpm
Max. engine speed 6,800 rpm
Max. torque 406 lb-ft
Max. torque at rpm 1,800 – 5,600 rpm
Max. power per liter 149.0 hp/l
Power-to-weight ratio 10.3 lb/hp
Cooling Water-cooled
Valves 2 intake / 2 exhaust
Valve timing VarioCam Plus
Drivetrain All-wheel drive
Automatic transmission 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Top track speed 167 mph
0 – 60 mph 4.3 s
0 – 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 4.1 s
Length 184.5 in
Width w/ mirrors folded 76.2 in
Width 82.6 in
Height 64.0 in
Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.37 Cd
Wheelbase 110.6 in
Front track 64.8 in
Rear track 65.2 in
Turning circle 39.3 ft
Curb weight 4,430 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 5,687 lb
Maximum load 1,257 lb
Towing capacity 4,409 lb

Further reading

2020 Porsche Macan S
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Macan S.

2019 Porsche Macan Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Macan.

The new Macan Turbo has taken the top spot in the Porsche compact SUV model range, with immediate effect.

The new 2.9-litre, six-cylinder biturbo engine in this extensively reworked top model offers 324 kW (440 PS; Fuel consumption combined 9.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 224 g/km), ten per cent more power output than its predecessor with 20 per cent less displacement. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, this car can get from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds – three tenths faster than before. The car’s top speed is 270 km/h (plus four km/h). Deceleration has also been improved: the new Macan Turbo comes with the powerful Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) fitted ex works, as part of the optimised chassis. Externally, the Macan Turbo is characterised by the styling features of the revised model generation. The new top model also sets itself apart thanks to unique accents such as the Turbo-specific front apron and the fixed roof spoiler with its double-wing design. Drivers and passengers alike benefit from the Macan’s enhanced interior, in-cluding adaptive 18-way sports seats and a BOSE® Surround Sound system.

Powerful biturbo engine with central turbo layout
The new Macan Turbo’s 2.9-litre engine, which is already used by Porsche in its Cayenne and Panamera models, is a latest-generation engine in what is known as the central turbo layout. Both exhaust turbochargers have been arranged inside the V of the cylinders. The cooled exhaust manifold has been integrated into the cylinder head for highly efficient combustion. The short exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers permit rapid build-up of power and a particularly spontaneous response. The engine delivers 29 kW (40 PS) more than the 3.6-litre, six-cylinder turbo in the predecessor model and a maximum torque of 550 Nm between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm. Power transmission is provided by the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. NEDC con-sumption stands at 9.8 l/100 km.

Macan Turbo, 2019, Porsche AG
Optimised chassis with the Porsche Surface Coated Brake
The new Macan Turbo comes with the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) as standard to match the excellent driving dynamics. These innovative, high-performance brakes are exclusive to Porsche and, with a tungsten carbide coating on the discs, offer a faster response, less wear and up to 90 per cent less brake dust compared with conventional cast iron brakes. The high-gloss brake discs and white painted brake calipers are characteristic for PSCB and are now available as an optional extra for all other Macan models as well. Optional height-adjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) are available for a further increase in dynamics. The new 20-inch Macan Turbo wheels come as standard.

Unique design with turbo front apron and double wing at the rear
The new Macan Turbo demonstrates its range-leading status thanks to the exclusive front apron, with three large air intakes and high-level front lights, as well as the stand-ard LED headlights including the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). From the side, this top model sets itself apart with 20-inch Macan Turbo wheels, Sport Design side skirts and Sport Design exterior mirrors in body colour. The specially developed fixed roof spoiler with its double-wing design is typical for the Turbo model. The sports exhaust system, fitted as standard, can be recognised by its unique, silver twin tailpipes.

Macan Turbo, 2019, Porsche AG
18-way sports seats and surround sound system as standard
The Macan Turbo, the new flagship model in the range, offers particularly high-quality equipment. Adaptive sports seats with smooth leather upholstery, electric 18-way adjustment and a comfort memory package are standard features. The high-quality ambience is rounded off by the Alcantara roof lining and the brushed aluminium interior package. The heated GT sports steering wheel, which is familiar from the 911, is available as an option for sporty drivers.

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a 10.9-inch full HD touchscreen is fully networked as standard and connected to a BOSE® Surround Sound system with 14 loudspeakers and a total output of 665 watts. It includes online navigation with real-time traffic information and smart voice control. Other standard features include Por-sche Connect Plus, which comes with an LTE telephone module, an integrated SIM card and a slot for an external SIM card, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot and numerous Porsche Connect services.

Macan Turbo, 2019, Porsche AG
The options list now includes a smartphone cradle with Qi standard inductive charging for all Macan models. A heated windscreen, an ioniser to improve the interior’s air quality and the new traffic jam assistant, including adaptive cruise control, are also available. As well as being able to accelerate and brake semi-automatically up to 60 km/h, the system helps the driver to steer in traffic jams and slow-moving traffic.

The new Macan Turbo is now available to order.

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