Best Automatic You'll Ever Drive - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

2015 Porsche Macan S: Best Automatic You'll Ever Drive

October 14, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

I've driven plenty of Porsches with the dual clutch "PDK" transmission before. They all felt and drove great, but in the 2015 Porsche Macan S the PDK feels nearly perfect.

Drive slowly and it's nearly invisible, grabbing gears with barely a blip or lurch. It's always in the right gear at the right time so even the standard turbo V6 feels burly.

Get more aggressive and the PDK really shines. Shifts are delivered with an audible pop and a perfectly seamless transition to the next gear that keeps the engine right in the heart of its powerband. That nearly constant stream of power makes the V6 feel even more powerful than it really is, a trait that makes the Macan Turbo seem like overkill.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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