Porsche Macan: the Top Gear verdict
As Porsche announces new 4cyl Macan engine, read TG's definitive verdict on the SUV/sportscar
Posted: 25 Apr 2014
Brutally brisk, then, but here's the best bit: the Macan doesn't ride like an overladen tool chest. Especially if you opt for the adaptive air suspension, which, at £1,700, you should. With most fast German produce, it's worth taking the precaution of slipping a couple of sofa cushions down the back of your jeans before tackling a lumpy road at speed, but the air-sprung Macan is an object lesson in balancing stability and suppleness. There's hardly a hint of tilt in the corners, but the Porsche deals with bumps and bad tarmac like - well, like a car that hasn't been stiffened to within an inch of its life on the Nürburgring. In fact, that combination of fat power, massive grip and compliant suspension means the Macan Turbo could have some pretty senior supercars calling for the ibuprofen on British roads.
However. This is no hosed-to-the-bone no-frills flyweight. Downhill into a fast, tightening bend, hard on the brakes, and the Macan makes a concerted effort to investigate the undergrowth on the far side of the road. There's a lot of mass here to haul under control: approximately two tonnes, according to Porsche's figures. At least the brakes - 360mm discs with aluminium monobloc calipers - are beyond reproach.