While the Porsche Macan Turbo is the most popular model in the USA, Middle East and Asia, the Diesel S is the staple model in Europe where fuel prices are higher. Thus I was not surprised that Hamann had chosen the Diesel S as the base car for their demonstration car.
Hamann are renowned for extrovert body conversions, but their Macan styling kit is relatively tame. The larger wheel arches are quite big, but not excessively so. Linked by deeper side skirts they increase the cars overall width by 120mm and integrate perfectly with new front and rear valances. The latter features cut-outs for the four-pipe sports exhaust, and a carbon-fibre rear wing on the tailgate adds the finishing touch.
Filling the bigger wheel arches is the job of the gorgeous 10.5J x 22-inch multi-spoke alloys shod with 295/30ZR22 Continental SportContact 6 tyres. They look really good on this car, and with Hamann sport springs lowering the stock ride height by 40mm the Macan takes on an even broader, more muscular stance. The overall effect is really eye catching without being over the top, and reminds us of a perfectly tailored sports jacket.
Personalised parts for the cabin extend to a Hamann alloy pedal set and floor mats, but if an owner wants a bespoke interior re-trim then that is another in-house Hamann speciality that can be called upon
The Hamann engine upgrade module takes output of the 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel motor from 258hp between 4,000 and 4,200rpm to a more potent 300hp at 4,200rpm. Underpinning this the already beefy 580Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,500rpm is boosted to 670Nm at 2,500rpm.
Heavy oil burning motors simply do not rev as high or as fast as their petrol counterparts, and there is no question that few diesel engines this side of BMW’s remarkably lively straight six would be the choice of an enthusiast driver.
The Porsche 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel motor is derived from the Audi unit. It is not inherently as sporting as the BMW six but the software remap carried out by Hamann does make a discernible subjective difference to its response as well as its output.
In empirical terms the extra power and torque on tap reduce the headline 0-100km/h number to 5.7 sec, down from 6.1 sec. To put this in context that is 0.2 sec faster than the 340hp BMW M5 from 1992, which is going some for a diesel-powered SUV.
However, the strengths of a diesel engine are quite different from a high-revving petrol motor. In practical terms the ability of the beefy torque curve to deliver potent intermediate gear acceleration, effortless progress, and good fuel economy are its strong suits.
The mountain of torque present from low engine speeds helps to make everyday driving even more relaxed. The ability to move away smartly from rest can also upset drivers of ostensibly more powerful cars who can only look on with surprise as you haul away from them. And who can complain about the significantly better fuel consumption figures that see you spending less time in fuel stations?
With its permanent 4WD system dispensing the enhanced power and torque to the tarmac with unerring traction and balance the stock Macan gives sports cars a good run for their money around a race track. The lower roll angle, wider tracks, and greater grip of the Hamann uprated car takes this to the next level and gives you a feeling of near invincibility as you carve your way down a twisty road.
We like the elegant way the Hamann conversion gives the Macan extra visual muscle. Whether applied to a petrol or diesel Macan this is a brilliant upgrade for a brilliant car.