Macan Diesel – Your Daily Performance SUV

Can a diesel Macan have Panamera performance? Yes it can. All the way to 310HP and 650Nm of torque!

Macan Tuning
The Macan on the dyno at the EuroSurgeon Performance Centre

Another Porsche SUV?

Let’s go on a little trip down the memory lane. It’s 2006. Some whale got stranded in the River Thames in London. Borat came out and put Kazakhstan on the international stage for a variety of reasons. Google purchased YouTube. New Zealand wins 31 medals at the Commonwealth Games. They were simpler times – life was good.

There was one more event in 2006. Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, and without any correlation to that, an Audi designer drafts up a slightly smaller version of the Audi Q7 – which is about the same size as an average planet. The Q5 is the beginning of a new class of vehicles – the mini-SUV.

The Audi Q5 concept drawing

Fast forward to 2012 and the Porsche division drafts up the concept for the Macan based on the Q5 skeleton. With its release in late 2013, the Macan becomes Porsche’s top selling model. It is still the most sold Porsche in the world, followed closely by the Cayenne and the Panamera.

Is it good?

It’s not a Porsche top seller for nothing! The handling is sedan-like, the suspension is perfect for anything from motorway to light off-road, and there’s loads of boot space for the weekly trip to Countdown or a trip to Rotorua.

The diesel Macan has a little pitfall, and that is its power output. Some came with a 211HP engine and others with 258HP. A diesel Macan with 211HP is a bit infuriating, and takes a while to get used to since the performance doesn’t match the brand. The 258hHP version is a bit better, but still lacks a bit of Porsche performance feel to it. Many forums got filled with people looking to make it more…. “Porsche”?

Is there a fix?

From 2015, EuroSurgeon has loved working with diesel Macans. The power goal is already available and performs well – the Porsche Panamera – that puts out 300HP from the factory. Luckily there are a great bonus of shared components, and we’ve already had a good track record with getting performance upgrades on the Audi Q5 that shares the 3.0L TDI engine with the Macan.

The end result is nothing short of phenomenal. With the EuroSurgeon Porsche Performance package, the Macan now sports 310HP and 650Nm of torque. The power delivery is now your choice, controlled entirely by the accelerator. Would you like a feeling of a jet plane taking off? No problem – just push the pedal all the way in. A quick overtake in a passing lane? With that much torque, 50% throttle will suffice. Are you towing a trailer? Uphill through the Kaimai Ranges won’t be a problem.

One of the commonly reported things with the Macan diesel tuning from ESP is the sheer joy of driving the car. It actually becomes extremely hard to replace a tuned Diesel Macan, as there is not much left to try on the market that would come close to the power, drive-ability, control and comfort.

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718 Boxster – Porsche Performance with Style

Can you give your Boxster proper Porsche performance? Yes, lets give it 50HP and 110Nm!

Porsche Dyno
718 Boxster GTS getting ready for a dyno session

Cayman and Boxsters are always left out from Porsche performance conversations. This is because the crown goes to Turbo 911’s, GT3’s and other heavy hitters. It’s a bit like talking about a BMW M3 setting a racetrack lap record but not talking about the 335i being an awesome daily car that can be tracked.

That original hairdresser joke from 2005

Yes, early Boxsters were definately less than enthusiastic cars. While they did have around 240HP to play with, the looks of them were not for everyone. We think that the new generation of Porsche 718’s shouldn’t be dismissed or be classed as that distant relative sitting at the kids table. The 718 Boxster we have today is a very sharp looking, comfortable car that has everything going for it – everything but Porsche performance.

Porsche Exhaust Boxter
One of the sharpest rear ends in class

We have been working with various Porsches for a while. Since the early days of 957 Cayennes to their final version of 958, we always had a passion for the drive-ability of the these cars. So when the 718 surfaced in 2017 in the form of a 2.0L Cayman, joy filled the workshop. Since that day, this Cayman has done 45,000 kilometres with our Porsche Performance Stage 1 tune.

S vs GTS – What’s in the letters?

The Porsche Boxster we have today is a bigger brother to the Boxster S. We have a GTS model, which sits 20mm lower than the Boxster S and has quite a few bells and whistles compared to the S model. Porsche however, did not tinker with the power plant. The factory claims it’s 365HP, which is, supposedly, 15HP more than the Boxster S. To be honest, you will struggle to feel that difference.

Lets make it even

We can level out the playing field for both models with the EuroSurgeon Porsche Performance line-up. Both Boxster S, Boxsters GTS, Cayman S and GTS can go to 400HP and 530Nm of torque. This means a very solid +50HP upgrade for the S and 35HP for the GTS. What makes a tuned Boxter S a true Porsche Performance car is the extra 110Nm of torque. This is a 26% increase in torque on the same hardware. Phenomenal, predictable power delivery for a cruise to Raglan for icecream or to Hampton Downs for a track day.

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