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2021 Mahogany Macan 2.0T "Base"
Hybrid IS20
Forge Motorsports IC
Armytrix high flow catted downpipe
Custom APR mufflers
Full Airlift 3H system
Weds Maverick 815F wheels (on the way) OEM Black Shadows will be up for sale when my Weds arrive.

With current Hybrid IS20 setup, dyno'd 316 WHP on mustang dyno, measuring 399 HP at the crank.

Hate it or love it.

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I’ll bite: Not a fan.

A lot of money spent on performance when a higher trim could have been purchased. Also, I don’t understand why it’s that low. Makes the wheels look like they are broken. There’s a balance to be achieved between eliminating wheel gap and going too far. In my opinion this is too far, even for “show mode”.

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I’ll bite: Not a fan.

A lot of money spent on performance when a higher trim could have been purchased. Also, I don’t understand why it’s that low. Makes the wheels look like they are broken. There’s a balance to be achieved between eliminating wheel gap and going too far. In my opinion this is too far, even for “show mode”.

Just my opinion since you specifically asked for: Hate or Love it
At the time of purchase in FEB 2022, NO Macan S models were available and I did not want to wait for updated Macan models. Absolutely ZERO in SoCal and I did not want to buy used Macan.
Also, obviously I don't drive my car when its fully aired out. Below is driving ride height.

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A Macan low-rider! So...drive in a straight line only? Or do you have some kind of air springs?
 

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New to forum and posting for the 1st time.

2021 Mahogany Macan 2.0T "Base"
Hybrid IS20
Forge Motorsports IC
Armytrix high flow catted downpipe
Custom APR mufflers
Full Airlift 3H system
Weds Maverick 815F wheels (on the way) OEM Black Shadows will be up for sale when my Weds arrive.

With current Hybrid IS20 setup, dyno'd 316 WHP on mustang dyno, measuring 399 HP at the crank.

Hate it or love it.

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Gotta agree with Sweetness. It’s your money and you do you. And you’re asking for opinions!

But what is the point of spending all this money on upgrades to still be SIGNIFICANTLY underpowered to a new S, especially a GTS? I am guessing you could have spent a little bit more and actually got a performance Macan, which is what you’re wanting.

And it’s far too low. The wheel gap, which is nonexistent, looks wonky.

Now for the good. The color and wheels are sick!
 

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Gotta agree with Sweetness. It’s your money and you do you. And you’re asking for opinions!

But what is the point of spending all this money on upgrades to still be SIGNIFICANTLY underpowered to a new S, especially a GTS? I am guessing you could have spent a little bit more and actually got a performance Macan, which is what you’re wanting.

And it’s far too low. The wheel gap, which is nonexistent, looks wonky.

Now for the good. The color and wheels are sick!
Again, I did not want to buy USED Macan S/GTS and and in FEB 2022, absolutely ZERO S models in SoCal.
Also, I'm getting 316 WHEEL HP measured on Mustang dyno and its 399 HP at the CRANK. So I'm really not under powered. Plenty of HP/TQ thru out all RPM range.

Obviously I can't drive fully aired out.
 

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Again, I did not want to buy USED Macan S/GTS and and in FEB 2022, absolutely ZERO S models in SoCal.
Also, I'm getting 316 WHEEL HP measured on Mustang dyno and its 399 HP at the CRANK. So I'm really not under powered. Plenty of HP/TQ thru out all RPM range.

Obviously I can't drive fully aired out.
Those are def pretty impressive numbers, especially for the 2.0T. I just think patience would have served you well. Especially since that car is missing the suspension, which is truly the bread and butter of a performance Macan.
 

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Those are def pretty impressive numbers, especially for the 2.0T. I just think patience would have served you well. Especially since that car is missing the suspension, which is truly the bread and butter of a performance Macan.
Yes, missing the PASM is only gripe... But Macan will not be my only Porsche. Keep the Macan Base for daily and add Panamera 4S Sport Turismo to the garage in few years. :)

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Love the color and the wheels. Too low for my taste. At the lowest point it looks kinda like a VW GTI.

BUT if you are happy, that's all that ever matters. There ain't much in this life that beats the smile per mile you get from a sweet ride.
 

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At the time of purchase in FEB 2022, NO Macan S models were available and I did not want to wait for updated Macan models. Absolutely ZERO in SoCal and I did not want to buy used Macan.
Also, obviously I don't drive my car when its fully aired out. Below is driving ride height.

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Fair enough. It’s not my cup of tea and not what I would have done but it’s your vehicle to do as you please and as long as you are happy (it seems you are) that’s all that matters at the end of the day.
 

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I like how it looks in driving mode. It's crying out for tinted side markers though. I get doing mods but don't get insisting on buying a new one to do these mods to as the manufacturer warranty for most of the mechanical components the car have now been voided anyways.
 

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Driving height’s perfect! Show mode is not attractive to me at all on a GTI or any car. That being said, a couple people seem to be reading right past your mod list, in terms of details as well as engine output, which is impressive. I do agree to finding it puzzling to do all of this to a new Macan when’s cheaper one out of warranty would seem to have been a suitable platform. I like that color more than I thought I would - maybe I don’t see them well detailed and in the sun often enough.
Who did your tune, APR (hopefully i didn’t miss that) and how do you like? Has it caused any issues for your PDK in terms of shifting quality?
 

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Driving height’s perfect! Show mode is not attractive to me at all on a GTI or any car. That being said, a couple people seem to be reading right past your mod list, in terms of details as well as engine output, which is impressive. I do agree to finding it puzzling to do all of this to a new Macan when’s cheaper one out of warranty would seem to have been a suitable platform. I like that color more than I thought I would - maybe I don’t see them well detailed and in the sun often enough.
Who did your tune, APR (hopefully i didn’t miss that) and how do you like? Has it caused any issues for your PDK in terms of shifting quality?
Stertman Motorsport did both ECU and TCU tune. PDK TQ limit raised and shifts are very smooth and downshifts are quicker. ECU tuned for optimal street driving, has good low end TQ, boost holds all the way to redline and AFR under full boost is 11.5~12.5 : 1. If I drive "normal", MPG did not suffer at all.

Answer to everyone's question, IF there was S/GTS model available at the time of purchase, yes, I would have gone with the S/GTS model. Base model was my only choice at the time so I decided to have some modding fun with it because I knew Base model's power output would not satisfy me. With current power output, I am more than happy with it.

My previous WRX Wagon was pushing 360 at the wheels (420 at the crank) and my Golf R was pushing 400 at the wheels.
 

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New to forum and posting for the 1st time.

2021 Mahogany Macan 2.0T "Base"
Hybrid IS20
Forge Motorsports IC
Armytrix high flow catted downpipe
Custom APR mufflers
Full Airlift 3H system
Weds Maverick 815F wheels (on the way) OEM Black Shadows will be up for sale when my Weds arrive.

With current Hybrid IS20 setup, dyno'd 316 WHP on mustang dyno, measuring 399 HP at the crank.

Hate it or love it.

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Just a guess 107 th and Kendall Drive ? Love the color !
 
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