Every Porsche Macan is turbocharged, but there is only one capital-T Turbo—and that would be the most powerful one, rated at a healthy 400 horsepower. And it gets even burlier with the Performance package that’s now available: It adds a useful 40 horsepower, while maximum torque rises from 406 to 443 lb-ft, available from 1500 to 4000 rpm.
We recorded a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 4.2 seconds from the non-Performance’d Turbo, and Porsche says the option will slice 0.4 second from that metric. If that holds up when we test a Performance-equipped model, a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 3.8 seconds would be truly impressive. Top speed also rises from 165 mph to 169 mph, so it seems the package will increase the already comfortable distance the Macan has put between itself and any other car in this segment, including the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, and the Porsche’s sister model, the Audi SQ5. To ensure the Performance package variant’s supremacy is shouted loud and proud, it also includes a sport exhaust.
Other changes brought by the kit include a lower suspension (by about an inch), new suspension geometry, uprated brakes, and the Sport Chrono package as standard. Oh, and the plastic engine cover gets an inlay that says, “Porsche Exclusive Powerkit.” The crossover can be enhanced with a number of options, such as a body kit and 21-inch wheels that share a design with with the 911 Turbo, or a Turbo interior package with carbon-fiber and microsuede trimmings.
We don’t have U.S. pricing yet, but it won’t be cheap: The premium for the Performance package in Germany is around €8000 (about $8930). The package’s availability will help the Macan stay competitive in a segment that soon will include entries like Audi’s next-gen SQ5 and the Mercedes-AMG GLC63. When the latter model comes to market, it could be time for another potential Macan derivative: an even more powerful Turbo S.