Launched in late 2013 for the 2014 model year, the brand-new Macan received the love it deserves from Porsche Exclusive a few months after reaching U.S. and European dealerships. In case you missed it, I’m talking about this Sapphire Blue Metallic-painted crossover that proves the Macan is as customizable as any other Porsche. Come 2015, the Macan is already waging war against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 on roads the world over. The folks over at Porsche Exclusive turned to the Turbo model to showcase their wares.

The scenario is pretty much the same. The crossover is wrapped in a bespoke color that’s not available as standard, while the exterior and the interior have several goodies, ranging from blackened body parts to carbon-fiber inserts to a sporty instrument cluster. However, the presence of the turbocharged V-6 engine with its massive output under the hood makes this Porsche Exclusive Macan a more enticing alternative to the blue Macan S we saw back in 2014.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive.

  • 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    406 @ 1350
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    164 mph
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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This particular Macan might not look radically different from the standard Turbo model, but its bespoke color makes it stand out. Heck, the gorgeous Impulse Red Metallic is worthy of the High Impact colors of the muscle-car’s golden era, and it could outshine a lot of sportier vehicles based on paint alone, including a 911.

Making the hue that much more spectacular are the add-ons Porsche Exclusive selected. The color is enhanced by the gloss-black, 21-inch Sport Classic wheels (with contrasting yellow brake calipers), side skirts, rear diffuser, roof rails, and the blackened housings of the bi-xenon headlamps. A set of SportDesign side mirrors round off the package.

Is it me or do the Moulin Rouge and Plum Crazy classic Mopars look rather dull compared to this Macan?

Interior

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2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive Interior
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2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Impulse Red Metallic By Porsche Exclusive Interior
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The Macan’s spectacular exterior paint carries over inside to adorn both the tach and speedo dials, as well as the seat belts, adding a dash of color to the otherwise dark and monochromatic cabin. While it might not be obvious at first sight, a closer look reveals the crossover features the optional Espresso natural leather. The hide covers not only the sporty seats, but the dashboard, steering wheel, and parts of the door panels.

Other features available as options on the standard Macan Turbo include Porsche crests for the headrests, carbon-fiber inserts for the dashboard, and instrument and Sport Chrono clock dials in white.

Drivetrain

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What hasn’t changed in this Porsche Exclusive crossover is the drivetrain. As usual, the Turbo badge means a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is under the hood. It delivers 400 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque from 1,350 rpm to all four corners, through the familiar seven-speed PDK.

This setup, as well as the fact that its is equipped with the Sport Chrono package, enables the Macan Turbo to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The standard model takes 0.2 seconds longer to achieve the same benchmark. Top speed is limited at 164. These figures make the Macan Turbo the quickest crossover in its class, but that’s also due to the fact that manufacturers such as BMW or Mercedes have yet to launch high-performance versions of the X3 and GLC, respectively.

Prices

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There’s no official pricing information for this Macan as of February 2015, but most of the fancy features seen above are available as options on the U.S.-spec Turbo model. For instance, the Impulse Red Metallic color will set you back $3,210, while a set of black Sport Classic wheels add an extra $3,745 to the sticker. The Espresso natural leather interior costs $3,170, while the leather-wrapped dashboard fetches $1,795. The remaining features, including the side mirrors, side skirts, white dials, the Porsche-embroidered headrests, and the carbon-fiber trim adds another $7,315, taking the grand total to a whopping $19,235.

With the Macan Turbo priced from $72,300, a model like the one shown here will set you back at least $91,500. That’s enough to purchase a 911 Carrera 4 or a Cayman GT4 with at least $6,000 worth of options.

Competition

Audi SQ5

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The SQ5 is the only performance luxury crossover in this segment coming from Germany as of February 2015. Distinguished by a revised front fascia and a new set of bumpers, the SQ5 uses a 3.0-liter V-6 mill that cranks out a cool 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Using an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro AWD system, the SQ5 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

Although both figures are inferior to the Macan’s, the Audi is a slightly better performer in the fuel economy department, returning up to 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city, compared to the Macan’s 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. Pricing starts from $52,700, making it significantly cheaper than Porsche’s new crossover.

Mercedes-AMG GLC63

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Although not yet confirmed, the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC is likely to arrive for the 2016 model year with the brand’s new bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Besides being the only SUV in this class to have an eight-banger, the GLC63 is also likely to become the most powerful of the bunch, with output ratings matching the Mercedes-AMG C63’s. That said, I expect a base version with 469 horsepower and an S-Model with 503. With that much power traveling to the wheels, the GLC63 should match the Porsche Macan in terms of 0-to-60 sprints. On the other hand, I don’t see the Merc going more than 155 mph with the speed limiter in place.

The range-topping member of the Mercedes GLC family should cost almost $60,000 before options.

BMW X3

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Unlike its bigger brother, the X3 doesn’t have a high-performance M model. That may change sooner than later, but until that happens, BMW enthusiasts will have to settle for the range-topping xDrive35i with its 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The oomph comes from a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, inline-six mill mated to an eight-speed automatic and an all-wheel-drive system.

The xDrive35i will get you from naught to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is nothing to scoff at given the Bimmer’s powerplant churns out less power than its competitors. On the flipside, the X3 returns up to 26 mpg on the highway. Pricing for the xDrive35i starts from $45,500, making it the most affordable of the bunch.

Conclusion

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Granted, the Macan Turbo is a quick crossover and the Impulse Red Metallic hue this Porsche Exclusive model comes wrapped in is downright mesmerizing, but is it worth in excess of $90K? It all depends on what you need and how much you’re willing to spend, but, if you ask me, spending Cayman GT4 money on a compact SUV is ridiculous unless you really need the space and you want it to come with a Porsche badge.

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    • You can buy a Cayman GT4 instead
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