Porsche Macan Turbo Grows Even Hotter for 2020, Just in Time for It All to End

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
porsche macan turbo grows even hotter for 2020 just in time for it all to end

Think of it as a swan song for gasoline propulsion, not the Macan itself. For the 2020 model year, the hottest version of Porsche’s entry-level ute returns with more power and less displacement on tap, but the Macan Turbo sings its siren song against a funeral dirge backdrop.

This vehicle is a get-one-while-you-still-can proposition.

While the Macan saw a mid-cycle refresh this year, updates to the Macan Turbo were a longer time coming. This week, Porsche announced the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that once powered the hot ute is gone, replaced by a 2.9-liter unit with similar breathing characteristics and a power boost you’ll only be able to appreciate after leaving the line.

The Macan Turbo now makes 434 horsepower, up from its predecessor’s 400 ponies. Torque actually drops a single foot-pound, from 406 lb-ft to 405, but 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds isn’t likely to cause anyone to lose sleep over that missing lb-ft. All of that newfound power makes its way to each of the model’s 20-inch wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and standard adaptive damping ensures the Macan stays level, especially when you’re away from the prying eyes of the local constabulary. Top speed is now 167 mph, which almost no owner will ever reach. God help them and their license if they do.

Completing the package is an updated fascia, front and back, as well as a roof spoiler. Should you feel the need to spend more money than absolutely necessary (this thing starts at $84,950‬ after destination), Porsche has a wish list waiting: ceramic brakes and adjustable air suspension is on offer. You won’t have to pay extra for the standard 10.9-inch touchscreen.

While the changes coming to the Macan Turbo make it a better car, fans might not like what comes next. The Macan line is expected to go fully electric early next decade, as per an earlier announcement from Porsche.

“The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has decided to manufacture the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric series,” the company stated in February. “This will be the first all-electric compact SUV from Porsche, and is due to roll off the assembly line at the start of the next decade.”

As best as anyone can figure, the next-generation, gas-free Macan will appear in 2021 as a 2022 model. Once free of its internal combustion restraints, the Macan, riding on Premium Platform Electric architecture co-developed with Audi, will borrow the 800V charging system found in the upcoming Taycan EV and its Cross Turismo crossover/wagon sibling.

[Image: Porsche AG]

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  • AA610 AA610 on Sep 01, 2019

    My dad bought the Macan S two years ago. Traded in his Boxster for it, as he felt he was getting old for his car (low to the ground, a little too loud). It’s a nice compromise for him.

  • Alasdair Alasdair on Sep 03, 2019

    This is never going to happen. The Macan will have a combustion engine for many years to come, for the simple reason that the Macan is way too profitable to axe. Porsche is just indulging in a bit of virtue signalling, which will be forgotten as early as next week.

  • Lorenzo They should have put a more upright windshield on it, and kept the V trim on the hood. Dump the sliding passenger door and put the twin hinged doors back. Dump the batteries and put the 1.4 turbo into it, and put the original 16 inch wheels back, with metal hubcaps. VW did to the Buzz what they did to the new Bug, went with the generic shape and took out all the details people liked.
  • Azfelix This inspires so much confidence in the knowledge that government employees also have oversight over the proposed emergency braking rules. Ancient Athenians utilized the process of banishment. Perhaps we should consider implementing it for every government agency at every level.
  • MrIcky Its going to sell really well for a little bit, then everyone who wanted one will have one and it will sell almost nothing ever again-primarily well to do flower shop delivery vehicles after that first wave.
  • MaintenanceCosts It will have an initial period of, well, buzz because of the Type 2 nostalgia.Whether it has legs beyond that period will depend on whether VW can get competitive on two things: (1) electric powertrain efficiency, where their products have been laggards so far (hurting range badly), and (2) software. The packaging looks good and will help, but they need to get those other things right too.
  • Oberkanone Priced too high though not by much.