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The S really has to get up into the revs and boost to get moving. It's does feel boggy getting off the line but the surge is great.
Yes, that square bore and stroke loves the higher revs. Having gotten well past the break-in period, I've discovered that driving in Sport all the time is FAR more satisfying than with Sport off, and I sometimes find myself downshifting manually one or two gears and putting my foot into the throttle to get brisk acceleration (say, from 50 to 80 or 30 to 60). It's not a dragster off the line, but it will move really briskly from a lower speed to a higher speed if you use the engine the way it's intended to be driven.
 

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Two things will help.
(1) TC off, as others mentioned
(2) suspension in softest setting (if you have PASM).

Soft suspension prevents wheel hop. Probably not such a big deal in AWD cars, but you did ask...

It's not a dragster, but does very well from a rolling start. My 6sp 2014 Cayman S is faster, but there's a lot more noise and drama with dumping the clutch to get those times.
 

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Found this interesting article on Edmunds that seems to indicate a launch control mode without having SC. I didn't think this was possible. Can anyone without SC confirm what's posted in the Edmunds article?
With PSM off, PDK in manual and in sport mode, foot on the brake, rev's did not seem to climb to 3500 with some throttle application (but I didn't try flooring the throttle and taking the foot off the brake).
 

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I wonder if the diesel launches much faster than the petrol S, due to its massive torque available at low RPMs? Does anyone know where to find 0-60 times w/ splits (e.g. 0-10, 10-20, etc.) for the different Macan variants?
Have not seen an answer to this yet. While a very 'dry' and sober review of vehicles, unlike many car magazines, I find this to be the best review in driveline and acceleration times for the macan...

https://www.stuttcars.com/porsche-models/macan/

Hope this helps, and drive happy!:D
 
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I was wondering how to launch my Macan from a stop, it just seems to fall on its face for a second until it gets going. I tried applying the brake and bringing the revs up but the car just stands still for a second as if the brakes are locked up. I do not have the Sports Chrono package and understand it does not have launch control.Is there a good way to get out of the hole quickly?
 

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I don't have launch control and, like a couple others, came from the world of high performance motorcycles. I'm sure it's fun but I never loose sight of 2 things.

  1. It's an SUV . . . not a sports car. A nice SUV, but . . an S>UV
  2. Those caveats, provided by Porsche, about the ill effects of using Launch Control.
 

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I was able to do perfect launches with a Pedal Commander,
Set it to Sport Plus and Plus 3 or more (In Commander)
Traction control off
Set Porsche to Sport on Center console
Hold the break and it holds the rpms at 3500 rpms perfectly.
And go!!! Much more aggressive than putting the car on Sport and attempting launch without sport chrono
 

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I agree, there is that initial lag, that you do make up for once you get rolling. Bigger concern for me is changing lanes on the freeway, when you want quick burst into a slot, not to run up on the next cars tail. I am still driving gentle as the manual recommends for first 2000 miles, so might just be a matter of learning how to drive the car. Tried Sport Mode for the first time today after seeing your post this morning, and that makes a big difference!!
Sport mode helps for sure
if u think driving up the back of the next cars tail is scary
try it with a Boxster, my wife closes her eyes
 

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Fastest launch wo LC comes from holding brake and reving to about 3k then giving about 85% throttle then immediately to WOT is what I have found. It seems if you go from a stop/hold to WOT it lags briefly (91 oct) costing a maybe 3/10ths in my 3 tests I did about 2 months ago. At 3k elevation, 110 degrees out, near full tank of gas and me at 220 pounds I hit 4.8 seconds 0-60 mph per a Droid app on my 16 S. I had revs to about 2200 rpm. I would guess it be faster if I held til 3k rpm and had 93 octane, but not worth the risk to me.

I could see getting 4.5s with the right conditions. Any S owners post 4.5 or 4.6s?
 

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This PMLC feature does not build boost at 3500rpm and the transmission seems disengaged. I played with it once and it seemed like if you didn't floor the throttle, it tried to move. This can't be good for the clutches so I would not do that.
 

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Yup..... hence only trying a couple of times. Best casual user launch would be foot on brake and like 1500 rpm To the tappered WOT I mentioned. Realistically, unless a Vette or an i8 is next to me off the line I am going to be far enough ahead to put my blinker on, flash it 3 blinks and Then casually go over into their lane. Lol. 1/2 a sec at 50 ramping to 60 mph is still like a 40+ foot gap in less than 5 seconds. If you were launching against someone that goes 0-60 in 7 secs you’d be like a football field ahead. Good ‘nuff 4 me.
 

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Yup..... hence only trying a couple of times. Best casual user launch would be for on brake and like 1500 rpm To the tappered WOT I mentioned. Realistically, unless a Vette or an i8 is next to me off the line I am going to be far enough ahead to put my blinker on, flash it 3 blinks and Then casually go over into their lane. Lol. 1/2 a sec at 50 ramping to mph is still like a 40+ foot gap in less than 5 seconds. If you were launching against someone that goes 0-60 in 7 secs you’d be like a football field ahead. Good ‘nuff 4 me.
I call this 'Senior Launch' because if you have any hair it is grey. Do not tint your windows to use this technique. What Jack neglects is the requirement to leave your hat off. That hot shoe with his/her WRX STI thinks they have prey. Little to they know this is why we bought these cars in the first place, which is to win.
 

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I don't know if this applies to Macans prior to 2019 but my 2L model has launch control without the sports chrono package. I wasn't happy with my 0 to 100 times from only getting the revs up to 2000 RPM so I went back and saw the dealer. The salesman sat in the driver seat, put the car into sports mode, left foot on the brake, right foot hard on the accelerator - revs went to 4000 RPM and stayed there. That is the trick - to plant your foot to the floor rather than build the revs up gently which gets you nowhere. Release the brake and you launch.
I hadn't got a 0 to100 time below 7 seconds until I learnt this and now get 6.5 to 6.6. You don't get a launch control light on the dash and according to the driver's manual it's only available with the sport plus mode that comes with the sport chrono package.
 

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It was always my understanding that all models have some type of launch control and the only difference between cars optioned with SC is that it will build boost prior to launch. If you try this and the car's trying to move, then that just means you're not on the brake hard enough. You basically have to stand on it in order for it to work.
 
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