Auto123 Updatestry the Porsche Macan T 2023.
When I look at my shoe collection, I realize that I have quite a wide range of shoes. In addition to my sneakers for my sports activities, I have a clean pair of shoes for special occasions, a pair of more casual shoes, and even an old pair of sneakers that I save for mowing the lawn… or for any dirty work around the house afterwards. everybody!
It is somewhat in this spirit that I approached this test drive of another version of the popular German crossover. Because yes, you can have a Macan in your garage for all situations. The Macan T (T for Touring) is new this year, fitting just above the base model and below the S livery, equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, let us recall.
Although the Macan range is made up of a series of shoes, the Macan T seems to have been developed for the Olympics, the shield that refines the parameters of the vehicle “a little more” like a hyper-specialized shoe developed for a particular sport.
This is not the first time I have sat behind the wheel of a T version (911 T, 718 Cayman T); So I kind of knew what to expect, although an SUV doesn’t offer the same kind of experience as a rear- or mid-engined sports car, we agree.
Note, however, that this model came directly from Germany, despite the Ontario plates fitted to the vehicle. However, option costs mentioned in the text are those of Porsche Canada.
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What does the T bring to the Macan?
Before I give you my driving impressions, because beyond the utility side, the Macan T is above all a driving tool for purists, I must explain the distinctions of this specific model.
From the outset, you have to get up early to recognize the exclusive physical characteristics of the Macan T. At the front, in the center of the shield, the central fin is dressed in Agate Grey, a hue that we also find at the front. The cases are mirrors and protective strips on the sides or “sideblades”, as the manufacturer likes to call them on its official website. Also note that the rear spoiler, the rear diffuser and the badges are painted in this color, as are the 20-inch diameter wheels borrowed from the Macan S for the occasion. The details fit well with this Intense Black Metallic body (not to be confused with the Black that comes free of charge).
Inside, half-leather, half-cloth sports seats come standard, a detail that will ensure front-seat passengers stay in place when cornering spiritedly. In the center of the seats, a striped cloth – or Sport Tex Stripe if you prefer the exact name – looks great in this all-black cabin, as does the brand’s shield embossed in the leather of the headrests.
The Alcantara suede GT multifunction steering wheel is also a big part of the show, though I found the latter to be slippery at times. Here I would almost recommend driving gloves, because to enjoy such a pleasant steering wheel and such precise steering, nothing better than having both hands “glued” to the latter.
And for those who closely or indirectly follow the evolution of the brand’s most agile crossover, the dashboard now has this large, 10.9-inch diagonal touchscreen that’s very responsive with graphics worthy of the brand’s standards. Stuttgart.
However, it is the inclusion of the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system that lowers the chassis an additional 15 mm that distinguishes the Macan T a little more, the only one that can take advantage of both this device and the suspension. on steel springs. In this case, however, the vehicle had swapped its springs for an air suspension ($1,590) that lowers the ride height by an additional 10mm. At such a low level, I must add that the Macan T almost looks like an estate car. On the other hand, at its highest level, the vehicle seems ready for a gravel road.
The PTM (Porsche Traction Management) system is also part of the starter kit, this one which was designed to promote the feel of a rear-wheel drive car. The Sport Chrono set is also delivered from the factory. Engineers have also widened the stabilizer bars at the front, which stiffens the car a bit. The PTV Plus system (for Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus), which works in conjunction with an electronic limited-slip differential to bite into the tarmac even more properly, adds $1,700 to the bill.
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