A regular Porsche 911 Carrera is an excellent barometer of sports-car performance. You know where you stand with a 911. The current 3.0-liter turbocharged model does 0-100kph in 4.6 seconds, which means that it wouldn't stand a chance against this new five-door, four-wheel-drive crossover.
The upstart in question is a Performance Pack-equipped version of the Porsche Macan Turbo. Porsche is keeping its list of tweaks to the 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 under wraps until the Paris Motor Show, but the results are a 40hp power bump and an extra 49Nm of torque.
So, your totals rise to 434hp (from 394hp) and 598Nm (from 549Nm), and that results in acceleration that the standard 911 can't match. Claimed performance figures state a 4.4-second sprint from 0 to 100kph (0.4sec quicker than a normal Macan Turbo and half that margin ahead of a 911 Carrera), and a top speed 6.4kph ahead of a Macan Turbo, at 272kph.
Get your thrills from acceleration? Then digest the fact that Porsche has knocked 0.2sec off the 79-119kph surge, which the Macan can now do in 2.9 seconds. This is a brutally quick car, folks.
The Performance Pack isn't just about fitting your Macan Turbo out for drag racing. In addition to a standard-fit sports exhaust and 15mm lower adaptive suspension, 390mm grooved brake rotors now live up front, swelling 30mm from the standard Macan Turbo discs. No bodywork mods, though. By the time you realize that Macan you've just lined up to overtake isn't the diesel, it'll be far too late to save face.
This amped-up Porsche Macan Turbo will set you back a cool £68,073 (about P4.2 million). Any takers?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.