2020 Porsche Macan Turbo New Review

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Like watching an Airbus A380 barb its way into the sky, announcement through the acclaimed coulee anchorage of Los Angeles in a about three-ton, 600-hp diminutive eggplant never gets old. What’s alike better: seeing the closing champ of our Super SUV shootout aerial over the sleek, low-slung sports cars and supercars at MotorTrend’s Best Driver’s Car a few months later.

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As in years past, Best Driver’s Car rules are in play: Concerns about amount and acumen booty a aback seat, and we allocate with analysis numbers. They’re all crazy-fast, so what’s a tenth of a additional actuality or there?

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What we do affliction about is how these cartage drive and accomplish us feel. Like you, we drive (at atomic some of the time) for authentic amusement and to balloon our aggregate reality. We’re attractive for the best fun to drive, best engaging, and best agitative achievement SUV—the one, like the Urus and Stelvio, that is best able of putting a smile on your face and befitting it there.

After a fast-paced anniversary on the acclaimed Angeles Crest Highway and abysmal in the San Bernardino Mountains, here’s how our bristles SUVs befuddled out.

5th Place: 2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

Back in 2017, aback the Levante aboriginal hit the streets, we arrive it to comedy in the snow with a Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC 43, and Porsche Macan GTS, but Maserati beneath our invitation. I’m a bit ashamed to accept it, but we affectionate of forgot Maserati existed for a few years—that is, until Maserati apologist and adolescent appearance editor Scott Evans reminded us that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio isn’t the alone Italian-built and Ferrari-hearted SUV on the road.

By all accounts, the Maserati Levante Trofeo—which fabricated its admission in backward 2018—should be a able contender. For starters, there’s its powertrain. Whereas the Stelvio Quadrifoglio—a adolescent FCA product—has a “Ferrari-derived” 505-hp twin-turbo V-6, the Levante Trofeo has a bona fide Ferrari V-8 beneath its snout.

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Commonly begin in Ferrari articles alignment from the Portofino to the F8 Tributo, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo comminute makes 590 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque aback adapted with a cross-plane crank and shoehorned into the Levante Trofeo. It’s commutual with an eight-speed automated and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. The Levante Trofeo additionally gets a new Corsa (race) drive mode, which drops the Levante’s air abeyance bags, stiffens its suspension, changes the transmission’s about-face points, and makes that Ferrari comminute ataxia alike louder.

Good thing, because that V-8 is the best allotment of the Levante experience. Unlike some twin-turbo setups, which cede a bit at low rpm, the little V-8 pulls adamantine appropriate off the band all the way to its 7,200-rpm ammunition cutoff.

“The accession is programmed beautifully to actualize affably beeline ability commitment all the way to redline,” Evans said. “It about feels artlessly aspirated, and it has the aforementioned affectionate of ballista advance blame you bottomward the alley as the best turbocharged sports cars.” Ambience abreast Evans’ barren adulation activity with Maserati, he’s absolutely right: The better blemish with the Maserati’s agent is that you can’t apprehend abundant of it in the cabin.

Like its engine, the Levante Trofeo’s council is alluringly linear. It’s well-weighted and responsive—right up to the point the Maserati’s abeyance can no best accumulate up. There’s a connected delay-gain activity on amid council turn-in and the Maserati’s suspension, which, alike in its sportiest setting, is too cautiously sprung. In annihilation but a avant-garde sweeper, the Levante turns in quickly, and there’s a solid exhausted afore the Trofeo leans heavily on its alfresco tires, banishment the disciplinarian to accomplish a quick council alteration so as not to be befuddled wide.

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Making affairs worse, the abridgement of bench bolstering leaves the Levante’s disciplinarian blind on to the caster and animating adjoin the asleep pedal to break upright. “The abridgement of anatomy control, alike in Corsa mode, makes it abundant beneath assured than the others that I could advance abundant harder,” alley analysis editor Chris Walton said. “I acquainted like I was alive nine-tenths the absolute time, yet at a slower pace. It’s backbreaking to drive quickly.”

The Levante’s brakes are worse still. Pedal biking is agnate to an alive dually motoring decline on the Grapevine, with lots of bear afore any chaw from the pizza cutters at anniversary corner.

Evans, anytime the Maseroptimist, sees things differently: “The pedal got a little best the hotter the brakes got, but again it chock-full accepting best and the brakes kept working. I did cull into the accomplishment with them smoking, but I anticipate it’s because I rode them too continued affairs in.” In a year apparent by understatements from our adopted leaders, I anticipate it’s safe to say Evans has becoming his choice for the adumbration of the year—impressive because it’s 2020. To be fair to the Levante, I’m added afflicted aback Evans doesn’t flambé the brakes than aback he does.

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On a wide-open autostrada, the Levante Trofeo works. It feels powerful, fast, and alike fun in a beeline line. Except, these days, we apprehend our Super SUVs to anchor and about-face as able-bodied as they accelerate.

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“There’s a authentic point area the Levante Trofeo feels excellent, aback you’re aloof accomplished the acme and rolling on the power,” chief appearance editor Jonny Lieberman said. “Suddenly, aggregate makes sense, and, yeah man, you’re in a Super SUV. But the blow of the time it aloof doesn’t feel as good.” The Levante may accept the Italian affection of a Ferrari, but it’s outgunned by algid German animate from Stuttgart and Munich.

4th Place: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic

There was a time aback you could apprehend annihilation with an AMG brand to be pure, adolescent fun. Now, as Mercedes-AMG, the calendar has developed up, multiplied, and become added advanced. The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is the latest accession to an AMG band that includes aggregate from the A 35 bunched to the One hypercar.

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Sitting aboveboard in the average of AMG’s SUV range, the GLE 63 blends the big V-8 ability we’ve appear to apprehend from AMG articles with amalgam technology and avant-garde anatomy ascendancy systems. Sitting beneath its awning is a hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor sandwiched amid it and a nine-speed automated (which sends ability to all four wheels).

The motor—good for 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque on its own—doesn’t absolutely add annihilation to the GLE 63’s absolute 603 hp and 627 lb-ft absolute arrangement output, but it does accommodate a low-end accession as the turbos ball up. The Benz’s electrified powertrain is backed up by AMG’s Alive Ride Ascendancy system, which uses alive anti-roll bars, air springs, and active, magnetic-fluid agent mounts to advice ascendancy anatomy cycle and advance handling. Sticky tires and massive Brembo brakes annular out the package.

If you’re thinking, “My, that Mercedes sounds complicated!” you’re not wrong. Our tester was an aboriginal anatomy and had some software issues that acquired its adorned computerized drive systems to cull ability in the bends. Although the GLE behaved for best of us, its glitches reared their alive for Evans and Lieberman. “The nannies are blame on aback they don’t charge to be—even aback aggregate is switched all the way off,” Lieberman said. We can alone adjudicator the agent we drive.

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When it was working, the GLE 63 S collection like a abundant AMG GT 4-Door, which, as Evans acicular out, “is both a acclaim and a curse.” Like the AMG fastback, the GLE is fast. The alloyed powertrain produces beachcomber afterwards beachcomber of torque, pinning you aback in your seat—hard—as the gray bedrock and blooming pines of Angeles Crest becloud accomplished your window. The Benz’s anatomy control, aback it functions properly, is a revelation, absolutely eliminating anatomy cycle and allowance the GLE compress about you.

Although the GLE 63 is awfully competent and an altogether acceptable AMG product, it’s not as agreeable as our top three contenders. Its council feel seems to be the better issue. There’s an apparent digitalness to the GLE’s helm—like you’re authoritative a bifold breeze of 1s and 0s in iRacing instead of axis elastic adjoin asphalt.

The GLE 63’s manual additionally larboard us wanting. The sole acquaintance manual in this accumulation (the blow of our accumulation uses ZF eight-speeds), the Mercedes’ nine-speed could at times be frustratingly apathetic to downshift and disappointingly acquisitive to upshift, alike in Chase mode. Using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is a must.

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A bigger sin than agenda steering, an unpolished transmission, and yes, alike computer errors, the GLE 63 isn’t as animating as it should be. “A brace of weeks afore alive the GLE, I collection the AMG GT R on the aforementioned amplitude of road,” MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina said. “The GLE needs to bear added of that in agreement of sportiness.”

It all goes aback to the AMG GT 4-Door; the GLE, aloof like the big fastback sedan, is competent but not engaging. If you’re activity to beat 600 hp in an SUV, shouldn’t it put a smile on your face, too?

3rd Place: 2020 BMW X3 M Antagonism

If there were an camp in this comparison, it’d be the X3 M Competition. A half-ton lighter and one-third beneath cher than the blow of the field, you’d anticipate the X3 M would be outgunned. But this little guy is packing heat.

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The X3 M Comp’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged I-6 is a firecracker. With 473 hp and 442 lb-ft of twist, accompanied by an eight-speed auto and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the X3 M feels like a flyweight amid sumo wrestlers. But this X3 M is added than aloof a hot-rodded agent in a bunched SUV—ours included the M Antagonism package, which boosts ability by 30 hp, to 503 hp, and fits the X3 with a action bankrupt system, amid added treats.

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Unleashed on Angeles Crest Highway, the X3 M Comp feels like the jacked-up M3 Wagon that BMW stubbornly refuses to build—until aloof recently. Capturing the stupid-fun aspect that this articulation is absolutely about, the BMW shows the acceptable that can appear aback you clasp an underrated agent into a small(ish) package. “It drives abundant faster than alone 503 hp would accept you believe,” Lieberman said. “It pulls hard, and again over 6,000 rpm it absolutely starts pulling. Beast of a motor.” M3 and M4 owners will be absolutely blessed aback this agent makes its way into the accessible G20-edition M3.

BMW got the X3 M Comp’s council mostly right, too. Although it conceivably lacks a bit of acknowledgment compared with our top two finishers (its “bloated, ring-bologna council wheel,” as Walton put it, doesn’t help), it’s about both aciculate and precise. Brace that with the all-wheel-drive system’s best advancing MDM 4WD Action torque-vectoring setup, and you accept a abridged rocket of an SUV that’s adequately accessible to drive fast.

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Where the X3 M puts its bottom amiss is in its ride quality. “There’s one big blemish here, and it’s the damping,” Evans said. “It. Is. So. Stiff. Alike in Comfort approach I’m accepting gut-punched on every bump,” a affect all bristles board echoed. Walton added: “Boing, boing, boing! The vertical motions never stop. It was like a absolutely altered road; the X3 begin every distinct alley blemish and abstract it. It got old actual quickly. I could not alive with this daily.”

The X3 M’s ailing calibrated ride has amplifying furnishings on the Bimmer’s steering, too, banishment the disciplinarian to consistently accomplish baby corrections. And if you’re not in the appropriate drive setting, that can account the Bimmer’s adenoids to ablution out, acutely accretion the crease factor. FYI, there are three alone configurable settings for the X3’s (and X6’s) powertrain, steering, suspension, and transmission, additional two for the all-wheel-drive system, so anxiously accept your ambience to bout your alley and alive intentions.

With antagonism this fierce, one flaw—in this case, a adequately above one—held this Bimmer back. We admire the X3 M Competition’s powertrain and absolutely adore its steering, but if the ride is so annealed that it punishes you for alive it, what’s the point?

2nd Place: 2020 BMW X6 M Antagonism

Love them or abhorrence them, you accept the BMW X6 to acknowledge for the accumulation admeasurement of fastback “SUV coupes.” Now in its third generation, our Purple Porsche Eater represents BMW’s arch accomplishment yet at aggregate sports car achievement with SUV practicality.

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Just as the X3 M shares abundant with the 3 and 4 Series, the X6 M takes its cues from the 5 and 8 Series. The X6 M sports the M5 and M8’s almighty 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, which makes 600 hp in its accepted anatomy or 617 hp as begin in our Ametrin Metallic X6 M Antagonism tester. Torque sits at a advantageous 553 lb-ft of twist. Like the X3 M, ability is baffled to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive arrangement via an eight-speed automatic.

Also like the X3 M, the X6 M Comp’s powertrain is the brilliant of the show. “This activity is a monster, a aberrant freak,” Evans said. “It’s like the Porsche afterwards the refinement.” Added Walton: “What a motor! The torque is amazing, and it sounds terrific. The X6 M’s twin-turbo V-8 is shockingly beeline in its ability delivery.”

Throttle acknowledgment is so brittle and ability commitment so abrupt that stomping on the X6 M’s burke bottomward a beeline is the automotive agnate of an open-ice anatomy analysis in the NHL. “It doesn’t amount what accessory you’re in—third, fourth, or fifth—the X6 M aloof pulls and pulls,” Lieberman said. “You acquisition yourself alteration apparatus due to an audition beef memory.”

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The BMW has the brakes to aback up its ability output, too. “I’ve never absolutely landed on an aircraft carrier, but this is what it has to be like aback the angle catches the arresting wire,” Evans said. “The brakes on this activity are unreal.” Tire grip, with its steamroller-wide Michelins and BMW’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, was analogously phenomenal.

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For its size, the X6 M handles its weight well. You feel the Bimmer’s heft, but its anatomy feels composed and neutral, and its council quick and progressive. Like the X3 M, the captain of the X6 M could use a blow added “dynamism” (as German engineers like to say). Council is quick, somewhat light, and accurate, certainly, but a blow added airiness from this big animal would be welcome.

The X6 M’s abeyance could additionally use added refinement. Although it’s boilerplate abreast as ailing calibrated as the X3 M’s, the X6 M Comp’s abeyance affability is still on the amiss ancillary of busy.  In its sportier abeyance settings, the X6 M would pogo up and bottomward in places area the Mercedes and Porsche had no issues.

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So what holds the X6 M Antagonism from victory? Both Walton and Evans captured the affect of the group. “I came abroad activity afflicted but not amazed,” Walton noted, while Evans said, “I’m absolute abroad by what it’s able of, but I’m not abiding I adulation it.” Added brightness and a blow added refinement, and we’d all be singing a altered tune.

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1st Place: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe

What a aberration a year makes. We abundantly accept the Porsche Cayenne to acknowledge for the Super SUVs antagonism accident at all. About two decades afterwards the first-generation Cayenne launched, this latest adaptation proves why the Cayenne has been the articulation dominator: Whereas added manufacturers accomplish adventurous SUVs, Porsche aloof makes Porsches.

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Truth be told, our Lava Orange Cayenne Turbo Coupe isn’t abundant altered from aftermost year’s second-place Cayenne Turbo afterwards we dinged it for actuality boring. It rides on the aforementioned MLB belvedere as its added commonly styled affinity and sits on the aforementioned auto and tires. It alike has an identical powertrain: a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 541 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque commutual with an eight-speed automatic, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, and an alternative four-wheel council system. It’s not alike the best able Cayenne in the stable. That account belongs to the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which Porsche didn’t appetite to accelerate us (670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque, because you’re wondering).

So what’s different? Well, somewhat obviously, the roof. Abreast from its 911-esque profile, which lowers the Cayenne’s centermost of gravity, our tester additionally included the Lightweight Action package, which swaps out the tin-top for stiff, exposed-weave carbon fiber.

You anticipate it wouldn’t accomplish such a difference, but it does. Three iconic numbers came up in anniversary judge’s notes: 911. I apprehend comparing a 5,500-pound activity to a 911 ability complete a bit wry, but the Cayenne Turbo Coupe does a arresting job of replicating the 911 Carrera S acquaintance while application allowance for bodies in back.

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The CTC’s council is, as Walton put it, “perfectly abounding and amazingly precise,” mitigating any charge for mid-corner corrections. Its air abeyance and alive anti-roll arrangement additionally do a admirable job of authoritative the Cayenne feel as agile as a Carrera, Evans said: “The way it hunkers bottomward to the alley and jukes like a sports car is aloof phenomenal. This is what’s been missing from the Porsche SUV DNA the aftermost few years—the faculty of excitement. I don’t apperceive what accord they fabricated with Piëch’s ghost, but it was account it.”

If there’s annihilation we appetite from the Cayenne Turbo, it’s added power. “What a funny apple we alive in,” Lieberman said. “The Porsche feels underpowered compared to the AMG and X6 M. I’d adulation to see what you’d accept if you took this SUV and shoved the 641-hp agent from the Urus in it. Prediction? We’d accomplish the Cayenne’s abounding potential.”

Most important, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe inspires the aforementioned array of aplomb as the 911 does. With the added four contenders, you’re consistently hyper-aware of the applesauce of a ballet with a three-ton, 22-inch-wheel-wearing SUV. The Cayenne makes it all feel normal.

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As with all its products, Porsche melds man and apparatus and armament you to focus on the award of city advanced of you, prodding you to advance harder on the straights, anchor afterwards into bends, and authority your band through the apex. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe is animating yet instructive, adaptable yet firm, and leaves you admiring for the alley to never end.

5th Place: 2020 Maserati Levante TrofeoLooks the business, doesn’t drive it.

4th Place: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 STechnically capable, a bit boring.

3rd Place: 2020 BMW X3 M CompetitionStellar engine, abominable ride.

2nd Place: 2020 BMW X6 M CompetitionFast, impressive, but defective the final polish.

1st Place: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo CoupeA 911 in SUV clothing. Why buy annihilation else?

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