Porsche Macan Tuning

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We review Macan tuning and show the premier modifications for your car. Porsche Macans provide a fun base for your project and with carefully chosen modifications you can certainly maximize your driving enjoyment.

The Macan is a awesome project car to carry out. The key to Macan tuning is getting your choice of modification right - a lot of money can be wasted if you do it wrong.

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Our aim in Macan engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end.

With our recommended mods you can change your Macan into a really fun car, potentially beating bigger engined cars on the track.

Smaller engines do not provide much of a return in terms of power so start with a bigger engine. Engine swaps are a good option if you have a small engine size.

Tuning modifications.

These are the performance parts are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to push your car before you get started.

Getting the right sports mods for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 competition upgrades just don't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

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Best mods for your Macan

  1. Fast road Camshafts are generally the biggest mechanical mod upgrade, but ideally be setup by someone familiar with setting them up on your car and they are not always easy to source but we are sure you'l; find a local firm to regrind a stock cam for you.
  2. Upgrades to turbochargers and superchargers - Adding a turbocharger is the most significant way to improve intake air supply, ensuring you are able to utilize more fuel and make more power. Although one of the most expensive modifications it does provide the largest gains.
  3. Lighter flywheels - a reduced weight flywheel will noticably improve the engines rev changes. Not suitable for all Macan engines.
  4. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.
  5. Mapping - Macan remapping offers the most power in terms of your investment, aftermarket ECUs, and Tuning boxes are all alternatives.
  6. Macan Handling modifications - Fitting a more sporty Suspension kit greatly enhances your Macan road holding and cornering. Adjustable coilovers and better bushings are what is needed here.
  7. Air Induction kits and high flowing exhausts - Please note that on their own these mods won't ADD PERFORMANCE in most cases, but they can help enhance power after other modifications by freeing up a restriction.
  8. Braking Mods - Enhancing your stopping power should be somewhere in your mods list.

Macan Tuning Stages

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Lighter flywheel, Sports exhaust, Panel air filter, Suspension upgrade (drop 26mm - 35 mm.), Alloy wheels, Remap.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: fuel pump upgrades, Ported and polished head, high flow fuel injector, Fast road cam, Power/Sport clutch.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Sports gearbox, Competition cam, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Engine balancing.

Peak power is good on competition cars but for a daily driven car you need a long power band and perhaps extending the rev range.

The whole point of our guides is to give a starting base of modifying mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is the place to go for detailed advice and tips on your tuning project, the best modified modifications and all aspects of modding cars.Fast road cams offer one of the biggest bhp gains for your money as far as a single performance mods goes on a NA (naturally aspirated) engine.

It improves the intake and exhaust flow and increases the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a reflashed ECU. TorqueCars would caution you not to go with a competition cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

Don't forget to increase the fuelling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

Using higher octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from pinking or premature ignition on your Porsche project after fitting other modified mods. Higher capacity injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine.

If have increased your fuelling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

Macan Handling/Suspension upgrades

Handling modifications are top of many to do lists for the Macan. Look out for adjustable coilovers which allow you to lower or raise the car and this allows you to tweak your cars handling.

If you set the toe out to 1 to 2 degrees on the front, and add some negative camber then cornering will substantially be enhanced.

We would go to a maximum drop of 26mm - 35 mm. on most models. You risk grounding out if you go lower than this.

Uprated Bushes

What factors should you consider when setting up and selecting your bushes if your Macan is also used as a daily driver?

Bushings, which are rubber mounts, allow the Macan's suspension components to be fixed to the car's chassis. The rubber ones will deteriorate as they age.

Replacement OEM rubber bushings may have a major impact on the performance of your vehicle.

It's probable that the ride may be a touch rougher because of the stronger polyurethane bushings but they'll last longer and maintain tighter handling.

They may also lead to an increase in the stress of other suspension components due to the increased vibration and play.

With a new set of polyeyurothane bushes, the excessive play associated with rubber bushes may be lessened.

Some poly bushings are hard to locate, but most will find the primary mounts readily available in their areas Custom polyeyurothane bushes are often made to your requirements.

Macan Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Contrary to popular belief there is often very little power gain achieved by fitting an induction kit, they only become beneficial and are recommended after you raise the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

Derestricting the flow of air into the engine is the primary part of tuning so get a better flowing air filter if you find that the car is running lean only if you find the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound sporty but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not do much to increase power and often rob you of power on most cars.

Sports exhausts can usually air flow out of the engine but avoid an exhaust that is too wide or you could very well end up with a reduced flow rate. So generally speaking, keep to 1.5 to 2.5 inches for best results.

Getting a professionally flowed (ported and polished) head with larger valves can fully maximise your power gains. A good triple plate fast road uprated clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never make false economies or expect the standard clutch to cope. The best mods in our experience for your Macan are fast road camshaft, remap, induction and exhaust, suspension.

NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications. With turbocharged engines this is another story. A remapped turbo will give big power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twincharged conversions and making some very high power figures.

Adding forced induction will see massive power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. It is often simpler to bolt on a supercharger than it is to get a turbo working. Turbos increase power in increasing proportion to increasing engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

It is more straightforward to map a supercharger because the boost is proportional to engine speed on a linear curve. Adding forced induction will generally require a lower compression ratio or water injection.

Alloy wheel upgrades for the Macan.

The benefits of alloys include lowering your unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling. Further improvements can be made to your cars handling with the addition of directional tread pattern tire. We'd like to point out although they can look cool on the Macan large alloy wheels will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

With this in mind try to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the same as supplied from the factory. In all cases without going larger than 19 inches.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Macan options in more detail with our Macan owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Porsche tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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