The Porsche Macan is one of the best driving premium crossovers in the industry, if not the best. Now, the Stuttgart, Germany automaker has added a new trim level to the Macan stable. It's called the 2023 Porsche Macan T, and the T stands for 'Touring'. If that sounds familiar, it's because that designation has applied to two other Porsches, the 718 T and the 911 T.  The Macan T is the first Touring version of an SUV the brand has made.

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The Macan T slots in above the base Macan and below the S and the GTS.

  • Macan ($54,900): 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine; 261 horsepower
  • Macan T (TBD): 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine; 261 horsepower
  • Macan S ($65,400): 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, 375 horsepower
  • Macan GTS ($79,900): 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, 434 horsepower

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The Touring model is meant to provide additional driving excitement above the base model without encroaching on the power of higher trimmed Macans such as the S and GTS. The base engine is still present, as is the seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. Although the power output is the same as the base Macan, the T receives standard upgrades like the Sport Chrono Package, which has Driver-Selectable Driving Modes (Normal, SPORT, SPORT PLUS, and Individual), Launch Control, motorsports gear shifting, SPORT Response, a dash-mounted stopwatch, a performance data display, and Dynamic Transmission Mounts.

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The T also gets Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. Available optional features include adaptive air suspension (with T-specific stiffer sway bars) and T-specific Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. In terms of performance, the Macan T will hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the base Macan. 

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The Macan T also sets itself apart from the base Macan visually. It has unique gray trim bits in the form of exterior mirror caps, rocker panels, grille surrounds, and a roof spoiler. The logos on the liftgate match the gray trim, and the looks of the T are even sportier thanks to 20" wheels, black window trim, and black exhaust tips. Inside, the Macan T gets some sweet black sport seats with heat, a sport steering wheel, and Macan T branding. 

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It makes sense to add the Macan T t the mix since the Macan is the second best-selling model in the Porsche lineup, behind the larger Cayenne. What it, effectively, does is to provide a more sporting model that's still relatively affordable. It's a smart move for the brand, and it should prove to be a welcomed addition.