2015 Porsche Macan S: Launch Control Surprise
October 30, 2014
With a week behind the wheel I had the chance to make some interesting discoveries in our 2015 Porsche Macan S. Among those was the somewhat unsurprising verification that even this most practical and relatively inexpensive Porsche is, well, still a Porsche.
It occurred to me to see if the Macan has launch control at the perfect time. I was on a deserted road by myself. I switched Sport mode on, deactivated stability control, then stopped, wooded the brake, wooded the throttle and — lo and behold — the revs climbed unimpeded to 3,500 rpm and stopped.
So I released the brake.
What followed wasn't exactly overwhelming, but it was certainly faster than simply hammering the throttle. Leaving the line is rather uneventful with zero wheelspin and a quick, modest launch. Shifts are far snappier than in Sport mode but return to normal after the throttle is released.
Despite warnings in the owner's manual to the contrary, there's nothing about the process that feels like the Macan is hurting itself. With both pedals matted there's no resistance against the brakes as there would be when performing a traditional power brake. The revs hold until the brake is released. Also of note: this process works without activating Sport Plus mode (our Macan doesn't have it) and without "Launch Control Activated" being displayed, both of which are mentioned in the owner's manual.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor