2019 Porsche Macan S Gets All-New Engine, More Power, and Updated Styling
Twin-Scroll Single-Turbo V-6 Replaces Twin-Turbo V-6
Porsche is slowly rolling out the refreshed versions of its 2019 Macan small SUV. Starting with the base Macan in October, Porsche gave the world a look at an SUV with bolder and more modern styling than its predecessor, as well as a slightly updated interior. But under the hood, the base 2019 Macan is all but identical to the 2018 version, with only slight alterations that reduced emissions (and power).
The volume-selling 2019 Macan S will suffer no such downgrades when it arrives at Porsche dealers next summer. Thanks to an all-new turbo V-6 engine, the Macan S produces 348 hp and 354 lb-ft, respective improvements of 8 and 15 over the 2018 Macan S. The outgoing SUV featured a twin-turbocharged V-6, while the new engine’s twin-scroll single turbocharger is nestled in the valley between the two cylinder banks for improved throttle response and power.
Porsche says its slight power increase will make the Macan 0.1 second faster to 60 mph than the vehicle it replaces. The sprint should take 5.1 seconds for the standard Macan S or 4.9 seconds for the launch control–equipped Macan S with Sport Chrono Package. Other performance improvements include front strut forks newly hewn in aluminum, reducing unsprung weight and improving steering response, ride comfort, and handling. The antiroll bars have been retuned for more neutral handling as well.
Improvements to the braking system include larger, thicker front brake rotors, which should improve fade resistance. There’s a slightly lighter brake pedal connected to the brake master cylinder through a shorter pedal arm. These incremental improvements are said to improve brake feel and driver confidence. Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive is standard, with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus available as an option.
As on the base Macan, the Macan S gets standard LED headlights and revised front and rear styling, with a full-width taillight panel that recalls that of the all-new Cayenne. The Macan S also gets a standard 10.9-inch widescreen infotainment display and slightly restyled interior, like its entry-level brother. An optional GT Sport steering wheel includes an integrated drive mode switch, giving the Macan a sportier vibe.
The 2019 Porsche Macan S will start at $58,600 plus $1,050 delivery. That represents a $3,200 increase over the 2018 Macan S, which seems a bit steep to us. Then again, Porsche practically prints money on the popular Macan, so perhaps the updates will be worth the cash.