The Porsche in question is the Macan S – the German maker’s spunky mid-sized luxury SUV which, despite a recent major upgrade, remains one of the least expensive ways to get the famous sporting badge on a bonnet.
It’s the middle choice of three Macan models – each separated in price by about 20 grand. That family tree starts with the entry-level Macan (called the Macan T in some markets) that costs about $93,500. For that, buyers get a car that looks the part, but with a slightly uninspiring four-cylinder turbocharged engine that pales behind its more expensive Macan siblings.
At the very top of the Macan tree is the GTS, for those who’d happily plonk down a tick over $138,000 for the flagship model.
And splitting that pair is the car tested here, the Macan S. Wanting for nothing, it brings fierce performance, all packaged up in a bundle costing about $113,200 (plus on-road costs).
Not cheap, by any means, but well worth the added spend. While the basic model Macan feels just that, the two higher-spec models drive off into the distance in terms of power, performance and prestige.