The Porsche Macan Turbo is by far the maddest compact SUV on the road, with nearly 400bhp and a 0-62mph time to match a 911. But with the rest of the line-up already so capable, should you bother shelling out an extra £16,000 for this range-topping Macan?
Underneath the bonnet is a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6, putting out 394bhp which helps make this model 0.6 seconds quicker to 62mph than the standard Macan S. For your money you also get active suspension thrown in to help reduce the amount of body roll in the bends. There's more standard kit, too, like 19-inch alloys, sat-nav and Alcantara headlining.
We had the chance to drive the Turbo on track and on the road, and what impressed most was how at home it felt on both. Out on track it's seriously capable, setting a new standard for compact SUVs that's well above anything that has come before. With or without the optional air suspension fitted, there's next to no body roll as you turn in to a fast corner with the steering communicating exactly what the chassis is doing. On a wet track it'll slide in to a bend on the brakes and kick the back out if you're too hard on the throttle on the way out.
On the road is where the Macan feels like a seriously fast car, with excellent traction off the line and a smooth hit of acceleration right up until the redline. It doesn't feel frantically fast but that, along with the lighter steering and more supple suspension, reveals the Macan's more relaxed nature compared with Porsche's sports cars.
The ride is still firm, both on optional air suspension and the standard steel springs, but with Comfort mode selected you're still guaranteed a pretty smooth journey. Only when you press a button to stiffen up the dampers do you begin to notice just how bumpy the road is.
Still, you won't dread long journeys in the Macan; the cabin is well built and luxurious, filled with high quality metals and leather. It's also clearly laid out and incredibly quiet, even while you're travelling at motorway speeds.
But almost everything that the Turbo is capable of, the Macan S can do, too, and that'll set you back £16,000 less. It's nice to have the extra performance and the extra equipment but we'd save the money and stick with the standard S.