SA's don't want AS spec'd so it's easier to sell to soccer moms. They don't ironically care about performance options, would rather have nav, etc. It's just the way it is.
Problem with treating what one instructor says as enough to "haha I told you so", is that it's purely hearsay. I heard opposite from actual professional Porsche race car drivers, "so there", lol.
Fundamentally, AS improves performance. It's not magic, it's simple suspension geometry.
What that instructor basically says is that you can feel the limits easier with PASM steel. That is NOT a compliment unless you're trying to get to the cars limits on a track.
In the real world, this means that AS doesn't let you envision the cars limits so easily. I.e it raises your level of experience by "shrinking" and lightening this heavy and somewhat high car. That's what matters most to me, and is a BIG compliment as to why it feels so absolutely sensational in all metrics at the same time.
And since AS is optioned in 99.99% of Porsche equipped track tested models, I've yet to hear one reviewer say that AS disguised limits so well that they came out of nowhere as a surprise.
Again. We're all talking about our own hearsay. Porsche themselves officially state the Macan with AS as the peak performer in the handling range, and they use it for all of their TRACK tests. That's hard info, everything else is subjective or "he said, she said".
Just go with what you feel. It's what counts!
Yes demand is still very high, it's not a question of a Macan not selling. But the dealers want the car to move instantly with the path of least resistance. That means Info/Bose no PASM/AS. Mass market I'm sure prefers to spend 3K on Navy as opposed to Air suspension with adjustable dampers. So they push you toward the ideal spec for the majority of consumers. I'm not the only one who experienced this. Perhaps it differs by location but this was what I found in LA. The dealer I bought the car from told me the day I was negotiating that he was concerned about the time involved in moving the car with out navy if I walked.
Exactly. This is a simple fact, dealers even admitted this to me, and tons of people the same.
Dealers are NOT Porsche. They have their own interests. Fluff options are it, not so much the enthusiast stuff, that's why it's so often a fight. And lol, no, they're not "looking out for us". That's purely naive to think so.