Performance Testing - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Porsche Macan: Performance Testing

August 20, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

Only two months in, and the 2015 Porsche Macan S has asserted itself as one of the favorites in our long-term fleet. The reasons are numerous. It has perfect seats, a wonderful exhaust note, and power delivery so linear you'd swear the engine is naturally aspirated. It's a great car, to be sure, but "Is It a Porsche?" The last time we saw our old friend, The Question, was in 2010 when the Panamera launched, and before that the Cayenne. It's the same inquiry that has been asked of every new Porsche that isn't a 911.

So we sent Porsche's least expensive model through the usual battery of tests to see if we could answer The Question. Here's what we found:

Vehicle: 2015 Porsche Macan S

Odometer: 2,562

Date: 8/12/2014

Driver: Chris Walton

Price: $62,365

Drive Type: Front engine, All-wheel drive
Transmission Type: 7-speed automated manual
Engine Type: twin-turbo V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,997 / 183
Redline (rpm): 6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 335 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 339 @ 1,450
Brake Type (front): 13.8-inch one-piece ventilated with six-piston fixed calipers
Brake Type (rear): 13.0-inch one-piece ventilated with one-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type (front): Independent double wishbones, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers

Tire Size (front): 265/45R20 104V M+S
Tire Size (rear): 295/40R20 106V M+S
Tire Brand: Michelin
Tire Model: Latitude Tour HP Green X
Tire Type: Low Rolling Resistance
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,315

Test Results: 

0-30 (sec): 2.2 (w/ TC on 2.6)
0-45 (sec): 3.7 (w/ TC on 4.2)
0-60 (sec): 5.6 (w/TC on 6.1)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 5.3 (w/TC on 5.7) 
0-75 (sec): 7.9 (w/TC on 8.5) 
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 13.8 @ 100.2 (w/TC on 14.2 @ 99.6)

30-0 (ft): 28.9
60-0 (ft): 121.0

Slalom (mph): 67.1 w/ESC on 
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.88 (0.87 w/ESC on)
RPM @ 70: 1,800


Acceleration comments: In typical, default mode(s), the Macan eases off the line smoothly then there's a surge of power that feels unending. Also, because the transmission shifts so smoothly and the gearing is optimized to maintain the engine's power, it feels all the more relentless. Sport mode noticeably quickens both the initial get-away as well as the shifts that become more harsh and evident. Unlike most vehicles with a sport mode, our data shows this one improves acceleration by about a half-second across the board. Finally, there's an Easter-egg "Launch" mode that allows the engine to rev up to about 4,000 rpm before the Macan leaves the starting line. This mode, again, sharpens the shifts further and produces (only slightly) better acceleration.

Braking comments: This is perhaps the very first Porsche we've ever tested with all-season tires and the distances in our simulated panic stops from 60 mph tell the tale. With five consecutive stops (shortest distance on the fifth) all within 2 feet of one another, the braking hardware is more robust and capable than the tires can handle. While 121 feet to stop from 60 is typical of SUVs in its class also wearing all-season tires, the feel and attitude of the Macan was very good: firm, communicative pedal, dead straight, minimal nose dive, and the rear remained planted. As earlier stated, there was virtually no brake fade in either distance or pedal feel.

Handling comments: There is no sport or dynamic mode for the electronic stability control (ESC) system (perhaps there's a SportPlus option this Macan S is lacking, or the Macan Turbo has). That said, the ESC is rather lenient about aggressive maneuvers and even okay with a little bit of sliding around — up to a point. Steering feedback is firm but not heavy or syrupy. Precision is impressive and response is terrific. The Macan turns in with the confidence of a sports car, maintains a steady line, and is happy to transition quickly from side to side. Also, in both our slalom and skidpad tests, one gets a real sense that the Macan is mostly rear-drive with the added traction of all-wheel drive ONLY when the throttle is being heavily used and only when absolutely necessary. However, when the all-wheel drive kicks in, it does so in a seamless, almost invisible manner. Finally, as in our braking test, a set of summer tires would likely transport the Macan from 'very good' to untouchable 'benchmark' status here. One really gets a sense of the tires being the weak link here. Still, some so-called sports cars struggle to have an average speed of 67 mph through our slalom test that the Macan S does with ease.

And just for fun, here are the Macan's numbers compared with its cousin, the 354-horsepower Audi SQ5. The Audi weighed in at 4,419 lbs, wore summer-spec performance Dunlop tires and stickered for $64,770.

Porsche Macan S Audi SQ5
Curbweight as Tested (lbs.) 4,315 4,419
0-30 (sec.): 2.2 2.0
0-45 (sec.): 3.7 3.3
0-60 (sec.): 5.6 5.0
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec.): 5.3 4.7
0-75 (sec.): 8.5 7.3
¼-mile (sec @ mph) 13.8 @ 100.2 13.4 @ 102.0
Skid Pad Lateral Accel (g): .88 .84
Slalom: 67.1 64.6

Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 2,562 miles

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