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The New 2022 Porsche Macan: A closer look

Gulf Insider compares the latest generation with its predecessor.

The Macan is a major success story for Porsche. Until 2014, this sport SUV didn’t exist. Yet, it’s now Porsche’s biggest selling model responsible for no less than forty percent of all Porsche models sold. It outsells the 911, the Cayman, the 718, the Cayenne, and the Panamera.

I remember how impressed I was driving the Macan for the first time when it had just arrived in Bahrain. It felt like a jumbo hot hatch – a cross between driving a 911 and a Cayenne.

I was delighted to drive the latest 2022 model in Bahrain. I was curious to discover how Porsche had improved this car.

All 2022 models now have a new look to their front end with integrated cooling air intakes and feature a standard 7-speed dual clutch PDK transmission, all-wheel drive and powertrains that are more powerful than their predecessors.

The Macan range begins with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 261 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque – an increase of 13 hp and 22 lb.-ft. compared to the 2021 model it replaces. The result is 0 to 100 kph in just 5.8 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package (0.3 seconds quicker than previously).

The top of the range Macan GTS has a 434 hp version of the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 and offers zero to 100 kph (with optional Sport Chrono Package) in just 4.1 seconds.

Uniquely, the GTS is fitted with Porsche Surface Coated Brakes with red calipers and adaptive air suspension with 10 mm lower ride height as standard, which makes it up to 15 percent stiffer than before. Newly calibrated dampers also offer a greater breadth of comfort and performance.

The 2022 model improvements continue inside, with a redesigned center console. As you would expect, the interior is beautifully designed using top quality materials throughout. Everything has a solid feel and with a craftsmanship attention to detail.

A new GT Sport steering wheel adopted from the 911 is also available. The 10.9 inch full-HD touchscreen in the Macan offers standard navigation and Apple Car Play and can be optionally upgraded with enhanced audio systems. As a new option, interior packages with deviated stitching in Papaya, Gentian Blue, and Chalk are now available.

Like the Cayman, the Macan is an ‘entry level’ Porsche – but, also like the Cayman, you wouldn’t think so as neither feel like they have been the victim of cost cutting in any way.

Final comment – the seven-speed PDK is superb. Few other dual-clutch designs offered by other carmakers can match the smoothness of the Porsche design.

Prices start from BD 25,494 including VAT.

For more information and to arrange your own test drive in Bahrain, visit the Porsche website or call 1745 9911.


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