2023 Porsche Macan T offers incomplete upgrade

The Porsche McCann already qualifies as one of the best compromises between family practicality and sports car fun. Now, a new look for the smaller SUV seems to be taking the dial to fun: the 2023 McCann T.

It is the third model in the Porsche lineup to receive a T-title (it stands for “travel”), a name that indicates a vehicle’s focus on raw energy and driving pleasure and mobility. The original 911 T was launched in 1968, and the nameplate was revived in Porsche a few years ago by a modern 911 as well as the 718.

I spent a morning with McCann Tea in the vicinity of Los Angeles to see how these changes tremble on the same canyon road where I tested the Macan GTS last fall. The car I drove is a European-spec model with the title 2022 Model of the Year, but we will not get the McCann T in the United States until 2023 Model Year. Otherwise, the tools of the two models are similar.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

The Porsche McCann T is located between the Base McCann and the Sporty McCann S and fits in with the previous 2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4. The engine delivers a maximum of 261 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive. Porsche’s Sport Chrono package adds a steering wheel-mounted drive mode selector, an additional Sport Plus drive mode and a digital and analog dashboard clock. Performance claims include 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.8 seconds and maximum speed 144 mph.

The two major dynamic upgrades on the Base McCann include the standard adaptive damper and the traction control have been re-tuned with a larger rear bias. Buyers also have the option of choosing an air suspension that adds a rigid anti-roll bar specific to the model. Porsche’s Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system, designed to apply extra braking force to the inner rear wheels during cornering, is also available. My test car checked every box of that performance and added the GT Sport steering wheel covered in synthetic suede. This is a worthy upgrade because the wheel is perfectly sized and Porsche’s race-tex material feels much better on the hands than traditional leather.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

With this suspension upgrade, the Macan T has basically the same suspension as the Macan GTS, but at the very bottom in power. It weighs much less on the front axle; It dropped 129 pounds with the Turbo-4 vs. Twin-Turbo V-6.

At the corners, the McCann feels snug, especially in its sport setting, with the suspension tightened. Feeling steering is as good as you get at any crossover with lots of feeling and sharp feedback. The suspension controls the body roll well in the corners and keeps the McCann flat during hard braking.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

Although the Macan Te Base is a clean handling upgrade over the Macan, it lacks one thing from the Macan GTS that I wish it had: better rubber. The GTS has more sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa summer performance tires compared to the standard all-seasons found in the McCann Tea. The initial turn-in between the McCann T and GTS seems to be quite close, but the tires below the T in the middle corner start to complain much earlier and the grip threshold below forces you to dial it earlier.

The handling upgraded engine looks like it has been left behind. This is no less of an issue with the 911 T and 718 Boxster / Cayman T (both I like), as both are much lighter than the Macan T’s 4,191 lbs. The McCann Tea has a weight-to-HP 15.9: 1 ratio, while the 718 Boxstar Tea with an automatic transmission is only 10.4: 1.

This is the first time I’ve had any disagreement with Porsche’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It will not hold its gears too long to keep the engine high in rev range (maximum HP reaches 5,000 rpm). I’ll try to use the paddles to temporarily hold a gear, but it’s back to standard drive and has been upgraded to mid-angle on multiple occasions. The manual mode button mounted on the steering wheel was a requirement on mountain ravine roads to maintain speed.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

2023 Porsche McCann T.

The McCann Tea is easiest to spot by picking its agate gray body accents on the mirror cap, around the grille, 20-inch wheels, side blades and roof spoiler. Sport tailpipes also come standard, with gorgeous black around the windows. Inside, buyers will find a sport steering wheel and door seals in black aluminum with “McCann Tea” script on the front 8-way adjustable sport seat.

Pricing has not yet been finalized, but the McCann base will sit somewhere between the Macan and Macan S, starting at $ 56,250 and $ 66,750 respectively (both prices include destination charges). The 2023 McCann will go on sale this spring

When it comes down to it, it’s better to drive a McCann T than any other crossover in this class. Porsche’s emphasis on the feeling of steering and the balance of the crossover are incomparable. However I would like to take some extra weight on the nose for the extra power of the V-6 engine which matches Macan’s handling skills better.

Porsche provided a McCann T. Motor authority To bring you this firsthand drive report.

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