2020 Porsche Macan Turbo revealed: More motor

Take a look at the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo with 10% more power than before

Take a look at the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo with 10% more power than before

Take a look at the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo with 10% more power than before

After taking a year off — i.e., no 2019 model — the Porsche Macan Turbo is back for 2020, joining the rest of the midcycle-updated Macan lineup. The Turbo receives a unique front fascia with three large air intakes, along with sportier-looking side skirts and sideview mirrors. But the real prize lies underneath the hood.

The turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 is put out to pasture, exchanged for the turbo 2.9-liter V6 found in several new Porsche models. Despite dropping 0.7 liter, the new lump pumps out 434 hp between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm for a bump of 39 hp. Peak torque essentially remains the same, technically down 1 lb-ft, now 405 lb-ft, but stays at its peak longer: between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm.

As the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and standard all-wheel drive don’t change much — nor does the weight — more power means faster acceleration. Porsche claims a 0.3 improvement to 60 mph from rest. If said Macan Turbo includes the Sport Chrono Package, which adds two drive modes and a mild launch control, you’ll reach 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds (without it, 4.3 seconds). Top speed follows suit, and the Turbo is now able to take the unrestricted autobahn at a 167-mph clip, an improvement of 3 mph over the last model.

Take a look inside the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo

Porsche added a few other new bits on the Turbo as standard equipment, such as new brake rotors with a layer of tungsten-carbide that greatly reduces brake dust and, Porsche claims, improves brake response. They call it Porsche Surface Coated Brakes, or PSCB — the name is appropriate because it also has a mirror finish once broken in. Sport exhaust is another new standard and, well, adds sportiness to the exhaust.

Helping to drive home the look and feel of sport, the Macan Turbo rolls on 20-inch wheels standard, up from 19s on the last model. You also get LED headlights and taillights similar to other updated Macan models. A fixed rear spoiler, however, is unique to the Turbo.

The inside is full of appropriate luxury, including a 14-speaker stereo and faux suede roof liner — and, of course, myriad ways to connect your smartphone and stay connected to the internet. Where you sit, by the way, is an 18-way adjustable sport seat. All of the above is standard equipment. If you want to spend more, Porsche offers an optional GT steering wheel and Qi inductive smartphone charging.

Speaking of spending, the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo starts at $84,950, a price jump of $6,400. Considering the added standard equipment and power, I do not see a reason to be surprised or alarmed. Whether it’s worth the money will be determined later on when one of us goes for a drive.

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