PASM vs AS
The way I read that is that the limits feel quicker and more noticeable with steel and PASM. Which is consistent with my experiences. As a road car that won't ever see its limits, I prefer how AS makes the limits feel more "infinite" (and it does by nature raise said limits as well; lower cog, stiffer spring rate and active ability to control load at each corner). When judging weight figures on tested cars on this forum a while back, they concluded that AS adds about 30 lbs. If true, not too bad, and very low so contributes to a lower cog. The weight of a Pano along with some loss of rigidity, at the top of the car, is much more dominant in this aspect.
When I asked the Porsche drivers at PWRS why AS was on all test cars, all 3 said that while it's not a "must", they said it essential to give the Macan its ultimate physics defying sharpness. I have a feeling a lot of this will be subject to different opinions (just as by regular consumers).
Nothing can fool personal feel, though. When I recently drove a PASM steel Macan, the extra body lean, higher cog and lack of relative sharpness when engaging in real world quick maneuvers was pretty apparent to me. More pitch, roll and dive. And the lower and tighter ride of AS really made turn in feel more direct and crisp. Whilst improving ride comfort sophistication at the same time.
Maybe if I tracked the car to need to feel the limits sooner before they come, I'd prefer a lowered steel PASM. But being that I want to car to feel as "limitless" as possible, I find what they seem to allude to as to why I feel AS feels so much sportier and more dynamic to me in real world driving conditions.
2015 Porsche Macan S SportDesign | White/Black (Alcantara/Leather), PDK, 20" RS Spyder Design Wheels w/ Colored Crests & Summer Tires, Air Suspension w/ PASM, High-Gloss Black Trim, Premium Package, Comfort Lighting, HD Radio, Tints.
'15 Mazda 3 i Sport.
Recents: '13 BMW 535i M Sport: Black/Black, Premium/Tech/Sport Auto/etc. M-B's: '11/10/06 E350 "Sport", '02 S500 w/ Every Option.