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Hi all,

Just wanted to post a thread that lists the various mentioned pros/cons of the major OPTIONS on the Macan that I have learned/gathered from numerous discussions and debates throughout the forum, since all the info seem to be scattered. This could also be especially helpful for new members. Mods: if you could sticky this it would be great! Please feel free to suggest anything else that could be included

*Please keep in mind that options may vary from region to region.


Turbo vs. S
- Depends on your needs, but the technical differences are:
a. Turbo has more hp/torque
b. Different front bumpers
c. Bigger brakes, red calipers on the Turbo
d. Different exhaust pipes
e. Turbo has front and rear under bumper diffusers and side blades painted.
f. Turbo has numerous options already "packaged" into it, so depending on whether they are options that you also want, the cost difference between the Turbo and S could actually be less than what it seems like at face value.


1. Exterior Color
- Mostly personal preference.
- General consensus is that the Macan exterior color choices are subpar at best compared to other Porsche models.
- Some people are waiting it out for the Sapphire Blue Metallic/Impulse Red colors becoming available down the road.
- Decision comes down to balancing what you like best versus the effort needed to maintain the color you choose and keep it looking good.
- Also have to keep in mind that the exterior color you choose will dictate which wheels look good on that color, the interior color choice, side window trim color, roof rails, skid plates, etc.


2. Wheels
- Again, personal preference.
- General consensus is that bigger wheels (20"+) have a positive effect on overall appearance (both from the side AND the back, since bigger wheels also have significantly greater width)...
- But could be more costly initially & down the road, why?
a. more expensive tires
b. might need to invest in another set of winter wheels+tires since the 20" and 21" tires are too wide to provide adequate traction in snowy conditions
c. might need to also get Air Suspension to soften the harsh ride due to thinner profile tires
d. could possibly be heavier, affecting performance
- Some people also plan on powder-coating/painting the wheels, or going after market.


3. Exterior
- There are a myriad of options/modifications/alterations that one could consider, but the most important ones seem to be:
a. SS Skid Plates: These are 'supposed' to be a form of underbody protection for offroad use, but they also seem to be an important appearance factor. People tend to prefer these on a darker colored car, with matching chrome side window trim/aluminum roof rails.
b. Side Window Trim/Roof Rails: You can only option these in identical colors, i.e., gloss/matte black side trim & black roof rails OR chrome side trim & aluminum roof rails. The roof rails cannot be added on later since the roof needs to be drilled. General consensus is that black trim/rails look better on lighter colored Macans and chrome better on darker colored. It should be noted that the matte black trim will NOT match the gloss black roof rails, although it is a free option unlike the gloss black trim.
c. Side Blades (Painted/CF): This is a mixed bag. The general consensus is that the side blades are bit of an oddity. They are supposed to create an "illusion" by making the Macan look slimmer and flatter like a car. How well this works could also depend on the exterior color and other exterior options. Some people choose to paint the side blades or go with CF. In terms of the CF side blades, some people have mentioned that you cannot really recognize the CF weave unless you are really up close. Also, on the Macan S, the side blades are NOT painted or glossy - they are matte plastic.


4. Interior Color
- Yet another personal choice.
- General consensus is that the all BLACK interior feels like a CAVE inside, especially in the back, but is easier to maintain because black hides dirtiness well, etc. (some people have suggested getting the panorama roof to let in more light to mitigate the darkness of the cave)
- BEIGE sort of alleviates the "cave" feeling due to its lighter color, but it has been mentioned that the beige interior dash creates a lot of GLARE in direct sunlight, and is also tough to maintain because it gets dirty easily (the notorious blue jean problem). This is probably also true for other lighter color interiors.
- The two-tones and natural/special expresso are more costly, but could provide more diversity in color choice and a great "balance" (example, you could get a two-tone beige/saddle interior to lighten up the interior while also reducing the glare problem on the dash)
-There will supposedly be more color choices available in the future.


5. Leather
- There are three levels of leather trims for the interior, each dictating which interior color options you can pick. Most of the debate on this has been over exactly what part the of the interior is leather for each level of leather trim.
a. Standard (with 8-way seats): Leather seats with ALCANTARA seat centers. There have been positive reviews regarding Alcantara seat centers, stating that Alcantara seats do not get too cold or hot like leather and grip your butt better. They are also known to be somewhat rugged and resistant to wear.
aa. Standard (with 14-way or 18-way seats): Leather seats with LEATHER SEAT CENTERS <- this has been a point of confusion, you do NOT need to get the partial leather package to get leather seat centers
b. Partial Leather: Leather seats, dash, center console, door armrest but NOT UPPER DOOR PANEL <- this has been a point of confusion
c. Full Leather: Leather everywhere. Sweet!!!


6. Seats
- Arguably one of the most important feature of the car, since it will be what keeps you firmly seated on the prouncing tiger.
- The debate over seats have mostly been about whether to go with the 14-way or 18-way sport seats, since most people seem to be optioning those over the standard 8-way.
- The difference between the 8-way vs. the 14-way & 18-way seats is the additional seat adjustments and the lumbar support in the 14-way and 18-way.
- Regarding 14-way vs. 18-way seats: This really seems to boil down to your own preference, which you can only truly find out after actually sitting on them. The Cayenne seats might be a good alternative for now. Based on people's observations from actually sitting in the Macan, there does not seem to be a clear trend in what people find more comfortable. In general though, the 18-way seats are probably more "tight" and snug due to the side bolsters.
- Also, 18-way seats have horizontal patterns for the leather instead of the "Y" pattern on the 14-way or 8-way seats.


7. Panorama Roof
- Another source of much debate.
- Pros:
a. More natural lighting for the interior
b. Feeling of more spacious interior
c. Great view for rear passengers
d. Letting air in without opening side windows
e. Not having it might affect resale
- Cons:
a. Additional weight (~100lbs) on top of vehicle possibly affecting its Center of Gravity (CoG) and thus handling and performance
b. Possible long run reliability issues (rattles, mechanical malfunctions, etc.)
c. Reduced headroom? (based on some people's observations, although this view is not universal)
d. Will really use it that much?


8. Performance
- Yet another source of endless debate. Arguably the most important part of optioning a performance oriented vehicle like the Porsche Macan. The key is what you want to prioritize.
a. PASM: Most likely the option that is considered a "must-have" in any Porsche vehicle and also a prerequisite to get the Air Suspension on the Macan. Basically sorts out all sorts of suspension and handling discrepancies for any types of terrains to provide a smooth, controlled ride in any circumstances.
b. AS
Pros:
- Drops ride height by 15mm by default. Option to raise (40mm) or lower ride height even more (10mm) at will for offroading or street/track use.
- Lowering ride height reduces CoG, possibly reducing body roll and making the Macan more nimble
- Lowering ride height reduces wheelgap and lowers its stance for a more sportier visual
- Works in conjunction with the PASM to provide a more controlled, smooth ride, especially when equipped with 21"+ wheels that could make the ride quite harsh
Cons:
- Increased weight, which could negate the performance benefits of a lower CoG
- Possible long run reliability issues of an air suspension
- Some people have mentioned that the air suspension feels more "floaty"
c. PTV+
- The debate regarding PTV+ centers on whether it would be noticeable for daily driving, since its benefits are proven on the track. There is no general consensus on this yet since a test would have to be done on identical cars with and without PTV+. However, even without the need for torque vectoring, one could still benefit from the LSD included in the PTV+ if they live in places that get a lot of snow.
Pros:
- Reduce understeer and makes the Macan more nimble during high-speed corning via torque vectoring
- Includes an electronic LSD providing more traction in wet or snowy conditions
Cons:
- Possibility of increased rear brake wear?
d. SC
- Includes launch control and allows faster and aggressive shifts, potentially bringing out the best of the PDK equipped in the Macan, especially on the tracks.
- Questions to ask:
a. Macan already has a sport mode without having to add SC. How significant are the additional benefits of SC?
b. Practical for daily use?


9. PCM/Audio
- PCM: Depends on your needs, but here are some things to consider:
a. Some dealers will try to get you into optioning the PCM/Infotainment Package in any way possible. However, it is ultimately up to YOU.
b. Some people have mentioned that not having PCM could be detrimental when you sell the vehicle.
c. Some people have been concerned with the quality of the touchscreen of the standard CDR+ system versus the PCM and if you need PCM in order to take advantage of the rear camera. Don't worry, the CDR+ system already comes with a high resolution touchscreen.
d. Some people have been wondering whether you need to get PCM in order to get cellphone Bluetooth features or integration. Rest assured, the standard CDR+ system already has this. (the standard CDR system does not, apparently)
- Audio
a. Bose: Not much to mention here, other than some people who have heard the Porsche Bose system have suggested that it might not be a huge improvement over the standard CDR+.
b. Burmester: Considered to be "blow-your-head-off" good, but also costly. Some people have suggested optioning the thermal and noise insulated glass on top of this option for soundproofing, preventing rattles, etc.
c. The subwoofers are located under the trunk floor.

10. Smoking Package & The infamous "BLACK HOLE"
- The Smoking Package isn't just for smokers. It adds a small cover to the front ashtray (note: some members have reported that this cover is very flimsy and easy to break) and a rear ashtray cover with an ashtray and the 12v outlet inside (if smoking package is not optioned, there is no ashtray and cover for the rear and the 12v just sticks out of the console center rear). This could provide a "cleaner" look.
- The infamous "BLACK HOLE" refers to the big gaping hole on the center console rear where the air vents should be, if you do not option the 3-zone climate control.
a. It has been mentioned that the Macan, unlike the Cayenne, does not have a separate compressor for the rear air vents, so it will just blow whatever air comes from the front.
b. Some people option the 3-zone because the black hole looks fugly, some people option it because they want the additional air vents for the rear passengers. One thing to note is that there are already rear air vents under the front seats that blows air out to the rear.
c. Some people have suggested various interesting uses for the black hole, including cellphone storage, kids' toys, food, etc.


*Regarding packages: There are 3 packages available for the Macan. They could provide a cheaper solution then optioning a-la-carte, provided they include the options you want.

*There are options becoming available later, so let's keep an eye out for those.

*All errors are my own.

Have fun optioning your MACAN!!!


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I'll stick. Good summary of info, as long as everyone is aware that options may vary from region to region.

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Thank you! I also edited the original thread to indicate that options may vary from region to region.
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Winter beat me to it... nice work @98base


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Great summary! One detail to note is that the roof rails are actually aluminum, not chrome. So they aren't shiny. And a side note, (and its been mentioned else where in the forum) that Porsche chrome isn't super shiny, it appears to be more muted than what you would find on a typical Buick.

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solid summary. Very solid. Thx for composing that for people that are new here

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Great summary! One detail to note is that the roof rails are actually aluminum, not chrome. So they aren't shiny. And a side note, (and its been mentioned else where in the forum) that Porsche chrome isn't super shiny, it appears to be more muted than what you would find on a typical Buick.
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Nice summary...

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[B]10.
- The infamous "BLACK HOLE" refers to the big gaping hole on the center console rear where the air vents should be, if you do not option the 3-zone climate control.

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b. Some people option the 3-zone because the black hole looks fugly, some people option it because they want the additional air vents for the rear passengers.
I think 99% option it because it's fugly and should be standard on a Porsche! The other 1% because they need separate climate settings in the rear....
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This is what you get without the smokers package...

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