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At the Grand Canyon 7000ft above sea level. I must say, my car pales in comparison to nature /sadface

After getting the car delivered a week before Christmas, my girlfriend and I took it on quite a road trip. We left the bay area and headed for Vegas on the 24th, went Zion in Utah, Antelope and Grand Canyon in Arizona, then circling back to San Diego and LA. Google maps said it would be a 2000 mile trip; I left home with 480 miles on the car, and came back with 3100 and change.



Most of my friends thought I was nuts to take a brand new car on a road trip like this, let alone in a Porsche. But for me, the whole concept of an automobile, is enabling humans to travel ever further distances, while within the comfort and security of an enclosed, personal space. I remember watching an documentary on Henry Ford, and people were simply blown away when the Model T was first introduced. You gotta remember, before its introduction, most people spent their entire lives well within their immediate vicinity. Hard thing to imagine and relate to in 2015.


On the road to sin city

So without question, the first thing I wanted to do with my car is to actually drive the crap out of it. Given it’s a performance SUV, I thought the best way to put it to good use is a road trip into the wild. Below are some of my thoughts on the car, and photos from the trip, hope you guys would get a kick out of it! (I would’ve finished this earlier, but ended up spending the last two days trolling the forum regarding the detrimental side effects of sunroof and rails)


Somewhere in arizona, more *off roading* than you will ever do!

The most amazing thing about this car by far, is that it’s such an all rounder. The perfect performer for every show. One minute I’m driving it on winding mountain roads, next I’m trying to climb some steep hills half covered in snow and ice. On that same day, we would be on dirt trials filled with sand, yet after hours and hours of highway driving, we are back in the city to be stuck in endless traffic.


In Zion

Not only it did ALL that without a hiccup, it did it in style. Besides being a looker visually, every once a while I would turn on sports mode and just floor it. The sound and acceleration is intoxicating, to the say least, reminding me while it can do all of the above, its also a Porsche.


Zion, it just snowed the day before

Recalling from a review I came across while waiting for delivery, it talks about a certain feeling you have knowing that your car can climb a mountain, cross some dirt roads, and still go through a corner at speeds that would have most sport sedans spin out of control. Well, I was lucky to actually experience that feeling, as i was doing those exact things with my Macan.


The Grand Canyon, with my favorite part of the car, the ass!

The ride itself is excellent. Like many others have stated, the car feels extremely solid, almost felt like driving a tank. No wobbles, no creaks, just an extremely grounded feeling, no matter what speed you are going at. On the long highway drives, we were constantly hitting 90 and 100 without even noticing it.


Ummm, no sure where i was, but who cares, it looks awesome!

For me, the experience of a car should be a complete package. Everything from the solidity of the cabin, to the sound of its doors closing; from the visual looks, to its functional capabilities; from the acceleration, to the exhaust notes; all these should tell one consistent story in terms of experience for the driver. I’m glad to say the Macan does it very well in all these aspects, topping my previous 09 BMW 335 by a long run.

One thing i would like to point out specifically is how fantastic car sounds. Now, there’s a HUGE difference with sports exhaust on and off, especially during acceleration. The car starts roaring (literally) the minute you step on it, and gets almost too loud for my taste at 5000+. When its switched off, there’s no comparison. During low speed or even parked, turning on the exhaust gives the car a slightly deeper bass sound, but man does it start to sing at 2000+ rpms

In terms of MPG, Im averaging around 21-23 on the highway, which is rather disappointing. I managed to get 27 one day for some reason, but never hit a number that high again.


Got a full chrome plate holder from amazon, to match with the other chrome parts of my car (exhaust, rims, rails, and trim)

The trunk space is a little more than enough for two people's luggage on the ten day trip. We could cram in maybe 2 more duffle bags, but that’s including 2 packs of water as well. I would imagine it to be more than enough for everyday scenarios, and should be good even if we had 1 more person + luggage.


Ok, do people even read these tiny texts??

The car made the trip THAT much more fun. Doesn’t matter the situation or the environment, the Macan was something I could trust and rely on. Whether its after a 7 hour hike in Zion, and we just needed a place to relax and enjoy a comfort ride back to the hotel; or driving on the icy canyon roads 6 am in pitch black; or going through corners at ridiculous speeds, but still feels like its a go cart on rails; this is the car that will take whatever I can throw at it, and reassure me it will get me from point A to point B, without ever having a dull moment.


Outside of Zion

Of course, having people turn their heads in awe at many places definitely helped too ;-) I mean, a lot of the places we traveled to were literally middle of nowhere; probably the last place people would expect to see a brand new Porsche.


This was one of my most memorable moments from the trip, taken right after we drove out of the winding canyon roads at Zion. It was 7 or 8 in the morning, the sun was just coming out, and there was literally just grass, sky, and an empty road that stretches as far I could see.

Looking back to the other car options I have considered back in August (mainly sport sedans), I don’t think i could’ve have done the trip with any of the them, while still having so much fun just… driving.

Anyways, that was me giving back to this awesome forum, hope you guys enjoyed the read!
 

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Very nice review and summary.

So what is the detrimental side effects of sunroof and rails?
 

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Great post!

I recall you debating the SDP and which sideblades to get. Are you happy with the SDP and standard blades now that you have the car?
 

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@Owerr - loved this. Great pics, especially of one of my favourite places on earth - Zion. Have been there 3 times all the way from OZ :) Did you do the Observation Point or Angels Landing? They were a definite highlight for me.

Thanks again for the report!
 

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Awesome pics! Great read! Including the small prints... lol. And yup.... PSE is even more music to the ears! I also agree the Macan's rear is the favorite view... like on my avatar.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, and more importantly, some AMAZING photos!

Am I correct in guessing that you didn't use a polarising filter for these photos?
 

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@Owerr - Great write-up and awesome pics!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

In terms of MPG, Im averaging around 21-23 on the highway, which is rather disappointing. I managed to get 27 one day for some reason, but never hit a number that high again.
Just one question about your MPG. Are you getting these numbers from the trip computer inside the car? Or are you getting these numbers from your own calculations at the filling station (miles driven / gallons filled)?

Please let us know.

Thanks! :)
 

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Great story and nice photos. I agree with the idea of "driving the crap" out of this car. Since getting mine in early September I've now clocked over 9600 miles, including a trip of about 3000 miles in October from Blaine Washington to Orange County via SLC and LV, and hitting Napa on the way back. Also drove to Coeur d'Alene in November, adding another 900 miles to the odometer. As you say, the car performs so well in different situations, and is so darn comfortable and enjoyable to drive. I love doing road trips in it, as well as the normal running around during the week. Love your SD package and wheels. I expect your 27 mpg run included lower average speed and lots of downhill roads.

When I had my 997 C2S cab, I always enjoyed the feeling of getting into it to go somewhere. It just felt wonderful, and kept getting better over the years. While I miss the C2S, I enjoy the Macan so much, especially with its added versatility, that I am totally satisfied with my decision to move to the Macan. And my upcoming 10k oil change will be the first time she has been to the dealer's shop since delivery.

Thanks again for the nicely composed photos, and I appreciated the small-print captions.
 

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Great story and the pics are great!!! Your S looks stellar! I forget what options did you spec? I see SD and PSE.
 

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Ok, do people even read these tiny texts??
Great review and very nice pics. My wife and I took a driving trip out to Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon this past September. It's one of my favorite parts of the country.

And yes, yes I do read those tiny texts. :D
 

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Thanks for the response everyone! Especially those who are reading the small prints :D. Glad people are enjoying it, or have done similar things with their macans

Very nice review and summary.

So what is the detrimental side effects of sunroof and rails?
Ok, there were no side effects from these options. I was referring sarcastically to the conversations in the other threads. Both the passenger and I enjoyed the sunroof greatly during the trip actually. Gave us great views of the night sky as well as the mountain scenery. And no, the high center of gravity didn't manage to tip my car over during turns. :)

Great post!

I recall you debating the SDP and which sideblades to get. Are you happy with the SDP and standard blades now that you have the car?
Thanks! SDP was definitely a good call, pricey, but definitely digging the looks. In terms of side blades, I think the CF blades would've been great if i had the money to throw around. But in real world, its really hard to tell the difference unless standing really close to the car.

I did run into a Sapphire Blue twin here in the bay. The color looks stunning in person. If i had the chance to option again, I would think really hard about doing the SB with SDP in black. Would've been a great combo for this car.

@Owerr - loved this. Great pics, especially of one of my favourite places on earth - Zion. Have been there 3 times all the way from OZ :) Did you do the Observation Point or Angels Landing? They were a definite highlight for me.

Thanks again for the report!
It was my first time there. We went up observation point, (angels landing was a little dangerous during winter i heard) and i believe the word "amazing" is an understatement.



@crunchy1X Im getting my numbers from the car computer. It told me I was getting 27mpg one night driving on LA highways for no apparent reason. In terms of real world numbers, on the trip, i was getting roughly about 380-400 miles between every refill. Now im back to a mix between city and highway driving, i barely get 280 between refills (i do leave sports mode on most of the time now that its fully broken in)

@Macan Down Under no filters. Just the camera and slight lightroom editing. But man I ended up taking so many pictures of the car, my girlfriend kept flipping out on me. Told me that next time i can just come on trips with the car myself...

Besides PSE and SDP, the car have AS, Premium Plus and PTV+ mainly.
 

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Now this is how you do road trip! :) This is a great review @Owerr. Thanks for the awesome photos and fun narrative of your story.

I hear you on the PSE. One of the first things I did when I took delivery a few days ago was to turn on sport mode and rev up to 4K RPM. PSE ON and OFF are night and day at high RPMs. And told myself, " Heck Yea! Totally worth it!" :)
 

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I am jealous of your great road adventure.

Thanks for posting the amazing photos, along with your terrific write up.

Do you have ACC/PAS? If so, was it helpful on this long trip?

I just deleted Bose and added ACC/PAS. However, the debate in my head between these two options continues. Lock date is Jan 15.
 

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@Owerr thanks for the awesome pics. Now I really am getting anxious for my S to get here already!
 
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