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
The Macan, however, does things properly. Power is sent from the PDK to the rear axle, a second propshaft returning torque to the front wheels when needed. Which means the Macan is rear-biased in normal driving, but can throw 100 per cent of torque to whichever axle needs it most. You can also add Porsche's torque-vectoring system, which splits torque across the rear wheels through an electronically controlled differential.
What all that clutch 'n' diff-based trickery means in the real world is this: simply phenomenal traction, everywhere, all the time. I'm not sure anything short of a Nissan GT-R is quite so proficient at sniffing out every last grain of grip as this Macan. Yet better, that front-rear torque balance doesn't default to gloomy understeer, instead pushing plenty of power to the back axle to allow you a) to stay on the throttle through even the tightest bends or b) maintain dirty great powerslides around an abandoned, snow-covered car park.