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Porsche Macan facelifted for 2021

The Porsche Macan is now ‘stronger, sharper and sportier’ than ever thanks to an eye-catching overhaul for 2021.

As before, there are three distinct versions of the Macan to choose from - the standard Macan, the uprated Macan S, and the full-fat, explosive Macan GTS.

And each of that trio has been treated to a performance upgrade.

The range-topping Macan GTS boasts a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine underneath the bonnet, which now delivers 440 PS - an increase of 60 PS on the previous model. That means the GTS can now sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The mid-range Macan S also now utilises a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo mill that produces 26 PS more power than before, the final figure standing at 380 PS. This propels the Macan S from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds.

Meanwhile the standard Macan features a newly-developed, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 265 PS. The 0-62 mph figure for the normal Macan stands at 6.2 seconds. And all the engines are coupled to the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system.

There are tweaks to the chassis, too. The GTS gets new lowered sport air suspension while the so-called ‘Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)’ system is available as an option for the Macan and is standard for the S and GTS models.

And the visual look of the Macan has also been given a subtle overhaul. 

A Porsche spokesperson says: “The redesigned nose with an inlay in the exterior colour emphasises the Macan’s width, making it look even more imposing on the road. On the new GTS, the centre of the nose section as well as other elements are finished in black. The rear is now rounded off towards the road by a striking diffuser in a particularly technical design. Here and at the front end it features a new 3D structure, which is also optionally available for the car's sideblades. The LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard on all models.”

Inside the cabin, Porsche talks about a ‘substantially enhanced interior’ complete with a new centre console where buttons have been replaced with touch-sensitive surfaces.

You get a fully-connected 10.9-inch full HD infotainment system. And the Macan has also borrowed the multifunction and ‘GT Sport’ steering wheel from the 911.

All in all, this is a crucial update for what is one of Porsche’s most important vehicles.

A spokesperson adds: “The Macan, which has seen 600,000 deliveries worldwide since its market launch in 2014, has a special role at Porsche: around 80 per cent of all Macan buyers are new Porsche customers.
“In addition, the proportion of women buying the Macan has risen consistently in recent years and is the highest across all Porsche product lines.”

The new Macan models are available to order now and will be delivered in Europe from the beginning of October 2021, with prices starting at around £54,000 to purchase outright.

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