The Porsche Macan T is a farewell to internal combustion as it'll be all-electric next

Dinesh · Feb 22, 2022 12:23 PM

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Porsche variants can be quite a stickler to remember. A while back, the Turbo badge meant, well… turbocharged models. Now they’re all turbocharged. Recently, they’ve introduced the “T” variants. It supposedly stands for “Touring” and is applied to base models but with the driving experience sharpened a little for a more involved drive.

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After being applied to the 718 Boxster, Cayman and 911 the “T” now makes its way onto the rear hatch of the Macan to give us the Porsche Macan T but we’re guessing this time around it denotes toodle-oo to that internal combustion as the next generation of the SUV will be all-electric.

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So, how are Porsche sending off the Macan Toodle-oo? Following the same formula, the base Macan’s 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four engine remains with the same outputs of 265 PS and 400 Nm; as does the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive. Sport Chrono is standard, meaning a 0-100kph time of 6.2-seconds and a top speed of 232kph.

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That’s all fine and dandy but how does the driving experience improve? For starters, the Macan T sits 15 mm lower on steel springs with PASM adaptive damping. You can opt for adaptive air suspension which further lowers the ride height by an additional 10mm.

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Now apart from the stiffer front anti-roll bars, Porsche marketing fluff gets vague by stating that the chassis tuning was revised “to create the perfect suspension for the vehicle and powertrain.” All in, it’ll definitely drive better than the base Macan. Another option you might want to tick is the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus.

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Nobody wants to pay more for a Porsche and have it look like its baby brother. Helping the Macan T stand out against the base model are exterior trim bits in a shade of Agate Grey Metallic. The exhaust and window trims are finished in gloss black. The wheels are identical to the Macan S, meaning 20-inch rollers.

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Inside, the Macan T gets an all-black leather upholstery paired with Sport-Tex fabric centres for the seats and silver contrast stitching. The front seats are eight-way power adjustable and heated units. Even the steering wheel is heated and can be optioned with Race-Tex and carbon-fibre trim. Of course, the door sills sport the Macan T moniker.

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It’s clear to see how the driving experience of the base Macan will be shored up with the revisions to the Macan T but we’re sure Porsche will give their bread-and-butter car a proper send-off before the next gen goes all electric.

Dinesh

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“Better late than never.” Some despise it, others begrudgingly agree with it but he swears by it… much to the chagrin of everyone around him. That unfortunately stems from all of his project cars not running most of the time, which in turn is testament to his questionable decision-making skills in life. A culmination of many wrongs fortunately making a right; much like his project cars on the rare occasions they run, he’s still trying to figure out if another project car is the way to go.

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