2015 Porsche Macan S: Get the Summer Tires
June 23, 2014
At the first opportunity, I bent our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S through a corner with some spirit. This is a Porsche, after all.
What I was rewarded with was less than inspiring.
The Macan didn't bite into the tarmac with authority. Instead, its tires howled loudly in protest. There was not nearly the kind of grip on tap I anticipated based on reading our First Drive of the wagon-compact-sport-utelet. and its sporty ride, sharp steering and, again, this is a Porsche.
A peering at its tires' sidewalls told me all I needed to know: "M+S". As in, Mud and Snow. All-season tires. What the what?
Yes, our Macan S, a Porsche, is equipped with all-season tires. Michelin Latitude Tour HP Green X all-season tires, to be exact. These tires have neutered the Macan's sporting proclivities. This despite its "plus one" optional 20-inch wheels (which look magnificent) and, well, Porsche. As an aside, we equipped our long-term Macan as we expect many of them will be.
Check out those big 6-piston brake calipers, by the way. Beefy.
All-season tires are a peculiarity of the American automotive consumer. Other markets (particularly Europe) have no problem with using the tire best suited for the conditions, so they mount snow tires for winter and use summer tires the rest of the time. American consumers want one tire to cover all four seasons, the end result being a tire that is at best mediocre in all of them. "All-seasons" are "no-seasons."
Fortunately, summer tires are available as an option on the Macan. Get them. After all, you bought a Porsche instead of an Audi Q5, right?
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 703 miles