2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test


2015 Porsche Macan S: Burly Exhaust Note

June 30, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

After I fired up our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S within earshot of my friend Dave, he commented how surprisingly aggressive it sounded. He had been standing thirty feet away from it at the time.

I didn't know what he was talking about.

See, from within the cabin, the Macan sounds normal upon startup. There's a bit of a growl as the revs flare and then its settles into an ever so slightly baritone hum at idle. Pleasant, certainly, but normal; nothing that stands out as particularly aggressive or meek.

Dave's had his share of car sounds enter his ear hole, so his comment stuck with me. As such, the next time I lit up the Macan's turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from cold, I lowered all the windows and then walked around to the back to listen to it.

Man. The Macan's exhaust note is burly, even somewhat exotic-sounding.

V6s typically aren't known for the keen aural characteristics, but, dang, this one sounds good. And such a difference from inside to out.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 723 miles

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