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When I look at my shoe collection, I realize that I have quite a wide range of shoes. In addition to my sneakers for my sporting activities, I own a clean pair of shoes for special occasions, a more casual pair of shoes, and even an old pair of sneakers that I keep for mowing the lawn … or for any messy work home after all!
It is a bit in this spirit that I approached this test drive of another version of the popular German crossover. Because yes, you can have a Macan in your garage for all situations. The Macan T (T for Touring) is new this year, it fits just above the base model and under the S livery, equipped with a twin-turbo V6 engine, let’s remember.
Although the Macan range consists of a series of sneakers, it seems that the Macan T was developed for the Olympics, the emblem that refines the parameters of the vehicle “a little more” as a hyper-specialized sneaker developed for a particular sport.
It is not the first time that I sit behind the wheel of a T version (911 T, 718 Cayman T); So I knew a little what to expect, even if an SUV doesn’t offer the same kind of experience as a rear- or mid-engined sports car, we agree.
Note, however, that this model came directly from Germany, despite the Ontario license plates installed on the vehicle. However, the option costs mentioned in the text are those of Porsche Canada.
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What does the T bring to the Macan?
Before giving you my driving impressions – because beyond the utility side, the Macan T is above all a driving tool for purists – I must explain the distinctions of this specific model.
From the beginning, you have to get up early to recognize the Macan T’s exclusive physical features. In the front, in the center of the shield, the central fin is dressed in Agate Gray color, a shade that we also found on the shells are mirrors and stripes protective on the sides or “sideblade” as the manufacturer likes to call them on his official website. Also note that the rear spoiler, rear diffuser and badges are painted in this color, as are the 20-inch diameter wheels borrowed for the occasion from the Macan S. The details fit well with this Intense Black Metallic bodywork. (not to be confused with the Black delivered free of charge).
Inside, half leather and half fabric Sport seats are standard, a detail that will ensure that front seat passengers are held in a lively cornering position. At the center of the seats, a striped fabric – or Sport Tex Stripe if you prefer the exact name – looks great in this all-black cabin, as does the brand’s emblem engraved in the leather of the headrests. .
The Alcantara suede GT multifunction steering wheel is also a big part of the show, although I found the latter slippery at times. Driving gloves would almost be recommended here, because to enjoy such a pleasant steering wheel and such precise steering, there is nothing better than having both hands “taped” to the latter.
And for those who closely or indirectly follow the evolution of the brand’s most agile crossover, the dashboard is now equipped with this large touch screen – 10.9 inches diagonal – very responsive with graphics worthy of the standards of the Stuttgart brand.
However, it is the inclusion of the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system that lowers the chassis by a further 15 mm that distinguishes the Macan T a little more, the only one that can take advantage of both this device and the spring suspension. steel. In this case, however, the vehicle had replaced the springs with an air suspension ($ 1,590) that reduces the body height by another 10mm. With such a low level, I must add that the Macan T looks almost like a family car. At its highest level, however, the vehicle appears to be ready for a dirt path.
Also part of the starting equipment is the PTM (Porsche Traction Management) system, designed to promote the feel of a rear-wheel drive car. The Sport Chrono Set is also delivered from the factory. The engineers have also widened the anti-roll bars at the front, which slightly stiffens the vehicle. The PTV Plus system (for Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus), which works in concert with an electronic limited-slip differential to bite the tarmac even more adequately, adds $ 1,700 to the bill.
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