I agree, driving the S in normal mode auto trans. it takes a lot of gas pedal pressing to wake the beast. However, to the people saying the Macan is sluggish or slow to respond, have you tried driving you car in manual shifting mode for an extended period of time?? Choose your own shifting points and the Macan wakes up immediately. For those wanting a true sports car I suspect you would buy one w/ a manual transmission. The automatic normal trans mode should be considered ‘Family Mode’, take control of your shifting and see if you feel the same.
It's just the PDK slowly slipping the clutches for a smooth takeoff. I find that the Macan tries to mimic a regular torque converter automatic when you're going pretty slow (below 20mph) by gradually slowing down the gear changes to make them almost imperceptible since it is geared rather long, causing a large drop in RPM when shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd.