2023 Porsche Macan T Aims to Be a Drivers SUV

2023 Porsche Macan T Aims to Be a Drivers SUV
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  • the 2023 porsche macan t sits between the base model and macan s and adds performance features including launch control and active suspension management as standard.
  • the macan t uses the same 261-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as the base macan, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
  • the macan t will go on sale in the spring, and we expect it start around $62,000.

    porsche consolidated the macan lineup for 2022, replacing the turbo with an upgraded gts featuring the previous turbo’s 434-horsepower twin-turbo v-6. but for 2023 porsche is expanding the macan arsenal again, introducing a new macan t that will slot between the base model and the macan s. the macan t, like the t versions of the 718 and 911 models, aims to provide a sharper driving experience thanks to its standard performance equipment.

    the 2023 macan t—which stands for “touring”—will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four found in the base model, good for 261 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. the engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and is 129 pounds lighter than the twin-turbo 2.9-liter v-6 found in the s and gts models, which porsche says will result in more nimble handling and better cornering. as with all macans, the macan t will be all-wheel-drive.

    the sport chrono package will come standard on the macan t, adding a driving mode switch on the steering wheel, launch control, and an analog and digital stopwatch. porsche active suspension management is also standard, and the all-wheel-drive system is tweaked for more rear-biased power delivery. models equipped with the optional air suspension also get stiffer anti-roll bars, and the optional torque-vectoring system has also been retuned. porsche says the macan t will hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds en route to a 144 mph top speed, matching the performance claims for the base model.

    the macan t is visually distinguished by exterior trim painted in agate grey metallic, a black macan t logo on the side blades, and black exhaust pipes and side window surrounds. instead of the base macan’s 19-inch wheels, the t rides on 20-inch macan s wheels. inside, the macan t features eight-way power heated sports seats wrapped in a unique upholstery with a porsche crest embossed in the headrest. the seats and steering wheel feature contrasting silver stitching, while the heated gt sport steering wheel is standard.

    the macan t will be available starting in early spring. pricing won't be announced until closer to the on-sale date, but we expect it to start around $62,000.

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