Following the launch of the facelifted Porsche Macan, the German automaker’s best-selling model now adds the Macan S to the range, featuring a new 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol V6.

Here, the new engine powers the Macan S to the tune of 354 PS and 480 Nm of torque, up 14 PS and 20 Nm compared to the previous model. When fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package, it sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds (one-tenth quicker than before), while top speed is 254 km/h. NEDC-rated fuel consumption is a stated 8.9 litres per 100 km.

Furthermore, the new twin-scroll turbocharger is relocated to the inside of the ‘V’, resulting in short exhaust gas paths for immediate responsiveness. The revised combustion chamber geometry with a central injector also helps improve fuel efficiency, thereby reducing emissions (204 grams of C02 per km). Drive is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

A new chassis tune for the Macan S comprises staggered tyre widths front and rear, along with revised suspension components. For the front axle, these include spring forks that are now made of aluminium instead of steel previously, which is more rigid and helps reduce unsprung mass for more precise steering and improved ride comfort, says Porsche.

Revised tuning for the sway bars in the Macan S go towards more neutral handling. Optionally available are active damper controls and height-adjustable air suspension, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus.

Further along the chassis, revisions have been made to the Macan S’ braking system; most prominently, the front brake discs grow 10 mm in diameter to 360 mm, and by 2 mm in thickness to 36 mm. Brake pads are now copper-free, and the V6-powered Macan facelift can be optioned with the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.

Infotainment comes courtesy of a revised Porsche Communication Management (PCM) setup, now featuring a 10.9-inch wide high-definition touchscreen that is fully networked as standard with online navigation and real-time traffic information, mobile phone connection, two audio interfaces and voice control. Also standard are Porsche Connect Plus with LTE phone module and SIM car reader, Wi-Fi hotspot and Porsche Connect services.

For the driver, there’s a new optional GT sports steering wheel. The mode switch integrated into the steering wheel, including the Sport Response button, is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package. Further interior options include Traffic Jam Assist, a heated windshield and an air ioniser, which works with the standard-fit fine particulate air filter.

So far this is the second of two versions, the first being the base 2.0 litre Macan powered by a 245 hp/370 Nm petrol unit, and like its bigger brother, drive goes to all fours via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The range-topping Macan Turbo is yet to come, and though powertrain has yet to be officially confirmed, it is widely tipped to use the 2.9 litre biturbo V6 which makes 440 hp and 550 Nm of torque in the Panamera.

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