Early winter morning weekends are good, but they get better when you its an off-roading day, otherwise known for its luxury and sportiness the Porsche Macan and Porsche Cayenne were put to some series of off-roading testing track created to showcase its ability that adds the off-roading characters to the Porsche SUVs. The event was held 20 kms into Gurgaon in a village called Bhanwari and getting there was in itself a true experience of driving a big SUV in true Indian conditions. Going through the small lanes with improper roads and all eyes on the convoy of Porsche’s SUVs with two Porsche Macans, three Porsche Cayenne and one Porsche GTS at the end roaring on the dusty roads. It was surprising to see that despite very much with the city limits, the village was still deserted and very much unexplored. The SUV I was driving was the petrol version of Porsche Macan, the smallest SUV in company’s portfolio but still very capable in every bit. Often called as sports car of SUVs, we were driving the new model year Porsche Macan that made its global debut in September 2016.
The face of Porsche Macan reminds you of its sporty character while sitting inside it gives you the joy of SUV that it is. The off-roading was no different, more than anything it reminds you how capable the technology has made the new generation SUVs. After going through the village area, we entered the off-roading track built by Porsche to show us it’s the SUV’s rugged nature. We put on the all-wheel-drive with a click of the button located near the gear stick. The cabin of the SUV is button heavy.
Every SUVs took turns, and the Porsche Macan which I was driving first went through deep potholes with wheels going in one after another, the speed of course was not much as there Porsche’s are known not to have good ground clearances. In fact even the huge pot holes did not bother the guys sitting behind much. The suspension could have been a bit stiffer suited for Indian road conditions but it not every day that a Macan or a Cayenne buyer will be doing this serious off-roading.
As is characteristic for all Porsche models, the Macan is capable of converting its engine power into exceptionally sporty driving dynamics. This is ensured by the standard Porsche Traction Management PTM active all-wheel drive system in interplay with an agile suspension and precise steering. An air suspension system with levelling control including the PASM with adaptive dampers is available as an option. With an unladen weight of 1,770 kilograms, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into agile handling. The petrol version did accelerate quickly on the acceleration test and braking zone on the off-roading track did skid off even after wheel spinning but that added to the overall fun.
Climbing the slope was easy for Porsche Macan than the Porsche Cayenne due to less weight, off-roading is never about speed especially while in a decent. Only with the use of brake and with hill-assist control the SUV glided down with ease but I also have to thank the instructors around the track without whom it will be difficult to understand the directions as specially during climbs you almost cannot see anything beyond. The drive on the slush we saw the traction and stability management systems providing improved traction to the SUVs and while you can see the vehicle drifting in slush, its actually just coming out and with ease.
The Porsche Macan is truly a driver’s delight to every bit, be it on the road or doing off-roading. While Porsche’s strength lies in its sporty character, the off-roading charm of its SUVs will definitely leave you surprised and with a smile and its the only time you will not mind your vehicle being dirty.