2015 Porsche Macan: Torque-Split Display
April 1, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S comes standard with all-wheel drive. Included is this gauge which shows torque-split in real time. It's constantly dancing around in ways that approximate how it's distributing torque to where grip is most needed.
That sending torque to the wheels with the most grip is a good thing is an inarguable point. Whether you need to know what it's doing, or more philosophically whether you need to see it, is less clear.
Regardless, when you accelerate in the Macan the gauge shows more torque going rearward, which makes sense. Presumably, if the rear wheels were slipping we'd see torque redirected to the front axle. On dry pavement, it's all theory anyway as the Macan S lacks the power to slip the wheels.
I wonder if Porsche takes it to the next level with the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which redirects torque from side to side across the rear axle using the brakes. This would demand not only a more complex gauge, but a driver willing to watch it while cornering, since that's the only time it would need to work on dry pavement.
Frankly, like most drivers, I'm not as interested in seeing or knowing what's going on behind the Macan's curtains. But driving does interest me. And in that regard, this is an incredible SUV.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor