Porsche will always find a way to squeeze a little more power from its sports cars. After pumping out more from the 911 range with the Performance Package, other models in the lineup would no doubt get a power upgrade of their own.
Last September, the Performance Package was introduced on the Macan Turbo, making it the most powerful variant. The 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 has a new state of tune delivering 440hp, 40 more than the standard Turbo. There’s also 50Nm more torque, increasing it to 600, available from 1,500-4,500rpm. The enhancements result to a faster sprint time to 100kph—4.4sec from 4.8, as well as a 272kph top speed from 266. The engine is mated to a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK).
Stopping power has also been improved. Front brake discs are 390mm, 30mm larger than that of the Macan Turbo’s. Ride height, meanwhile, has been lowered by 15mm. Other standard features with the Performance Package include a Sport Chrono Package and sports exhaust system. Capping the look is the Turbo exterior package with 21in 911 Turbo design wheels and black elements. Adding a striking appearance is Porsche’s Le Mans livery, celebrating a hat trick of victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since returning in 2014.
We recently flew to Singapore to experience the new top-of-the-range Macan. Just like other Porsche drives, our driving route was set via GPS, starting at The Warehouse Hotel along the Singapore River. Constructed in 1895, it was a haven for underground activity and liquor distilleries. It has since been restored as a modern boutique hotel. We took off for Changi Coast Road, a stretch that has been moved further east to make way for terminals 5 and 6 of Changi International Airport. It’s a 70kph zone, and our photographer pointed to an orange mobile camera to warn us. Because Singapore is very strict about speed limits, it’s not possible to sample the extra power.
The extra 50Nm of torque over the standard Macan Turbo, however, could be felt during short bursts. From Changi Coast Road, we headed to Kent Ridge Park, a historical site where one of the last battles for Singapore was fought during World War II. Just like the 991.2 Carrera S, the satellite navigation is more intuitive. The interface of the Porsche Communications Management system is easier to understand.
From Kent Ridge Park, we hit La Ventana in Dempsey Hill, a posh neighborhood with some of the stylish houses we’ve seen in Singapore. Then it was a drive northwest to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Neo Tiew. The park has a vast mangrove forest. The mudflats also attract birds, making it an ideal place for bird watching. Afterwards, we drove northeast to Punggol Settlement, a historic dining destination that has been redeveloped to bring back Punggol to what it once was.
The drive between each point averaged about 30km, for a total of 194km. During the drive, we kept to the respective speed limits at all times, accelerating when given the chance, and backing off once hitting the limit. You can say it’s somewhat dissatisfying, but it’s there for a reason.
While the power of the Macan Turbo is more than enough, or even the Macan S for that matter, there’s contentment knowing you have more in reserve with the Performance Package.
The power upgrade on the Macan Turbo coincides with the success of Porsche’s entry into the SUV market, first with the Cayenne, followed by the equally successful Macan. To date, Porsche has sold more than 200,000 units of the compact ‘all-terrain sports car,’ with a growth rate of 16% in 2016 compared to the previous year. Globally, it's sold nearly 1,000,000 Cayennes and Macans.