You really need to get out in a 2.9l version, I think it will solve much of your worries. There's still some lag but it's much more responsive...are there any members close by that have one?Honestly, I am not comparing it to my GT3RS. I simply threw that name out there to explain thats a car I own with a PDK transmission. Its not like I am replacing the GT3RS with the Macan
I also want to emphasize that my gripes with this car isn't about its size, or ride height, or handling. It actually does those things surprisingly well. My complaints are I think mostly around throttle response and transmission.
I did a 100 mile drive today, around 60% highway, 30% freeway, rest stop and go city traffic. I think there is a substantial throttle lag but I am not sure if this is coming from the built in gas pedal numbness OR the small V6 engine OR the transmission (OR a bit of all of them). But I find myself literally getting nervous not as easily navigate a busy highway. Once you put your foot down, there are several seconds of gap until the car truly takes off. I think the pedal has some programming in it that has a dead spot, plus the engine isn't that responsive (I can see turbo boost building up after a bit), and the PDK is really very different than the PDKs you see in the 911s. It holds the gears too long or takes too long to downshift.
These issues really have nothing to do with this being an SUV or weighing 4,400 lbs or the name being Macan. I think its a combination of the programming + engine + transmission. If the three variables were present in a 911, I'd be complaining the same way. I don't think an SUV should be like this just because it's an SUV. You want the gas pedal to be as responsive as possible.
In terms of cornering, braking, and even steering response are really not areas of concern. I have done some research here in this forum and it looks like my complaints aren't really unique, these are known issues with this car.
Once the car gets going, it actually can gain speed and does not run out of power. But the time it takes to respond to your input is really unacceptable. I am not sure how much better the GTS is. I guess I should try to find an old Macan Turbo.