Porsche Macan T introduces a new driver-focused lightweight model

Porsche introduced a new model in the Macan line. Porsche says the new Macan T aims to be a lightweight, driver-focused version of its best-selling SUV.

Sitting between the standard Macan and the S model in the range, the T is available to order starting at £53,970.

Based on the lightest version of the current Macan range, the T is the Stuttgart marque’s first four-door sports car to bear the special “T” for Touring and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine rather than the Macan S V6.

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The lighter 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine from the entry-level Macan is 58.8 kg lighter than the 2.9-liter V6 found in the Macan S. at a top speed of 144 mph. But more importantly, by shedding excess weight, Porsche promises that the T should turn faster.

It should also offer smoother handling than V6-powered models, which is further enhanced by revised chassis tuning of the car. The Macan T comes standard with PASM adaptive dampers and steel coil springs, though air suspension is available as an option. Being 15mm lower than the standard Macan, the T can be lowered another 10mm with air suspension. A stiffer front sway bar should help provide more responsive cornering.

Drive – as with the entire Macan range – is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed PDK gearbox. And for greater athleticism, the Macan T received a more rear-mounted setup. A recalibrated Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus is available as an option.

Externally, there are a number of subtle styling changes, including gray metallic accents on the front bumper, side panels, door mirrors and roof spoiler. Look closely and you’ll notice that the Porsche badges have also taken on a gray tint. Elsewhere, the side window surrounds and tailpipes are painted high-gloss black. The dark theme continues with 20-inch dark titanium wheels borrowed from the Macan S.

Inside, the black leather sports seats are adorned with Sport-Tex inserts and the head restraints are embossed with the Porsche Crest. Silver stitching is also used on the seats, headrests and heated multifunction GT sports steering wheel. Optional standard equipment includes unique black “Macan T” treadplates and a sporty chronograph stopwatch that sits proudly on the dash. Unsurprisingly, the Macan T also features the 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system seen in other Macan models. It includes the Porsche PCM software, which comes with satellite navigation as standard.

Customers can choose from 13 solid, metallic and special body colors. First deliveries of the Macan T will start this spring and customers will be invited to a special driving experience at Silverstone.

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