British buyers get a choice of five specific flavours when specifying their Porsche Macan. There's the standard 252bhp petrol Macan model at the foot of the range. Next up are a pair of S models powered by either petrol or diesel powerplants. Should you hanker after the additional economy of a black pump-fuelled model, you probably won't be disappointed by the urge of the Macan S diesel. This utilises a modified version of the Cayenne's 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel unit. In this guise it delivers 258bhp and 580Nm of torque, which means that the sprint to 62mph is polished off in just 6.3 seconds before running on to a top speed of 143mph. The petrol Macan S meanwhile, gets a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 plumbed in up front which develops 340bhp and 460Nm of torque. The sprint to 62mph takes just 5.4 seconds and top speed is 158mph. If that's not enough, then there's a tweaked GTS version of this model which will give you 360bhp.
The big gun is, rather predictably, the Macan Turbo. This flagship model is powered by a 3.6-litre twin-turbo petrol engine that's good for 400bhp and 550Nm. It gets to 62mph from rest in a scant 4.8 seconds and registers a top speed of 165mph. All models come with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, with a Sport button to sharpen shift times, throttle response and steering. Four-wheel drive is standard on all cars, although in normal road conditions, 100 per cent of torque is directed to the rear axle. Should momentary slip be detected, a clutch pack locks, which can then send up to 100 per cent of torque to the front axle. There's also a torque vectoring system, while a torque vectoring rear differential is an option. There is a dedicated off-road mode, which optimises the torque split and gearbox shift points to better optimise grip and torque when it gets really slippery. There's also a trusty hill descent control system. Standard steel springs with passive dampers are standard on the S models, with adaptive dampers an option, while the Turbo gets full air suspension.