About a week or so ago, I embarked on road trip from New York to Acadia National Park in Maine, which was the first real long drive with my Macan S that is about three months old now. I drove close to 1,500 miles round trip, and hit the 2,000 mile mark on the first leg of the journey. I was so looking forward to the post break in period, but the car was weighted down with a kayak and cargo box on top, three bikes out back, plus wifey, kid and one labrador. Even though it was packed to the gills and aerodynamically challenged, the Macan handled superbly and still had excellent acceleration under the circumstances. It was a blast to take on this type of road trip. In terms of storage, as many of your know the cargo area is a on the tight side but if you are resourceful you can certainly make it work to haul all your gear and passengers comfortably. The kayak doubles as a storage for lightweight items such as life vests, carbon fiber paddles and bike helmets. The Yakima cargo box (that I have been using for several years now) tackles the heavier items such as the duffels. This was the first time using my new 1UP USA bike rack (that came recommended from folks on this forum), and I have to say itís extremely well made and very solid (even at speed). I am very happy with this purchase, and I highly recommend it for those that are in the market for a hitch mount bike rack. I have seen way too many inferior hitch racks where the bikes are dangling about by the frame (which is not the way to go).
For those that are wondering, gas mileage for trip averaged 18.4 MPG, which is not too bad considering all of the extras I was carrying around. It was great to receive numerous compliments on the car from bystanders as I didnít see any other Macanís the entire trip. The cell phone mount that I recently made and shared on this forum, performed flawlessly. I am a recent Waze user and now I canít drive anywhere without it. It also helped to point out a couple of speed traps along the way. Next thing on my list is to install a V1 for added protection. The car is going back to the dealer next week as my new PCM unit has arrived. I recently lost my satellite button and the dealer determined that the entire PCM unit needs to be replaced, so a new one was ordered from Germany (I was told the cost is $7,500 Ė thank goodness for warranty coverage). Other than that and a small rattle from the hatch lock area that I need to get looked at, I have no complaints and I just love driving it (now even more than ever since I can throw in sport mode and rev it up). This forum is great and a very valuable source of information to Macan owners and potential owners. Keep it up. Attached are some pictures from this incredible trip. Even the pup was smiling. Enjoy!