Ok, I'm here.
How important is AS to you?
Well, here are what it offers:
- Improved styling (1" lower)
- Ability to adjust ride height and essentially get double the PASM settings (Low and Normal both have very different characteristics and even different geometries, so PASM interacts with each setting a little differently. Most AS owners will tell you Low/Normal makes a bigger difference to handling than PASM settings alone).
- Lower and stiffer spring rate with active spring technology.
- Increased negative camber (thanks to a lower geometry).
- Along with better handling, it can even off road better.
- Along with better handling and off roading capability, it's smoother/more luxurious and will filter out high frequency harshness better.
- Along with being able to achieve a lower and tighter spring rate than standard steel (thus less body roll, more surefooted, crisper turn in), it can also be softer if you so choose.
- It improves lateral grip (thanks to being lower, tighter, with more camber).
- Lower center of gravity.
- Better aero.
- The makers "claim" the improved aero will increase MPG by 5%.
- It's kind of cool to watch the car "pshhh" then lower a little bit upon getting out).
- Maybe higher maintenance if you have the car out of warranty (unverified, and it's been widely reliable so far. Porsche AS systems are famously reliable compared to MB's older units). GTS's now getting them standard means LOTS of upkeep support for them going forward.
- Some people will say it reduces road feel. Naturally this is the case to some degree. I think this suspension has lots of road feel for a Crossover, Porsche AS's give more appropriate road feel than any AS applications, just less of the harshness associated with steel counterparts. That can be in a way "mistaken" as less "feel," and to some degree it's true, but I find it has plenty of feel, it just filters out the rough stuff better. The Macan steel springs aren't very hard and are very tall, so it's not like comparing it to a low sports steel suspension or anything.
Ok, how'd I do?