If there’s one thing that tops the relentless niche-filling of German car manufacturers, it’s the rate at which the country’s tuning industry can focus those cars’ appeal even more finely.
Hamann’s take on the Porsche Macan S Diesel is one such example. As a diesel and a crossover that particular Macan is already a niche product – in the Porsche range, if not the wider market – and delivers a compelling mixture of strong performance and 44.8mpg economy.
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In Hamann’s hands, it keeps many of those benefits, but gains a wide-body stying package, a set of 10.5x22in alloy wheels (with 295/30 ZR22 Continental Sport Contact 6 tyres), a quad-exit exhaust system and a healthy power boost.
The latter extracts 306bhp from the Macan’s 2967cc, V6 diesel powerplant – up from 255bhp, while torque climbs from the standard 428lb ft at 1750rpm to 502lb ft at 2500rpm. With Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, the 0-62mph time drops from 6.1sec to 5.7sec – not far short of the petrol Macan S.
Waste gasses from the extra power are fed through Hamann’s app-controlled Active Sound sports exhaust system. The stainless steel system features sound actuators in each of the two mufflers, controlled by the Hamann App.
‘Off’, ‘medium’ and ‘loud’ settings can be selected, depending on the level of sound desired – and Hamann suggests the new note is more akin to a V8 than a six-cylinder diesel. Pointlessly but rather cleverly, the app can even be used to rev the engine remotely.
Hamann’s other changes are visual. In addition to the huge wheels – and to contain their girth – the company fits wing extensions that add 12cm to the body width, a new side skirt to connect them, a more prominent rear spoiler and lowered front and rear aprons. Lowering springs complete the look.
Inside, Hamann’s alterations depend very much on customer preference, but expect the usual range of custom finishes and various trim options.
The cost of all this work isn’t cheap: Hamann quotes a price of 9950 euros for the bodywork components, 2520 euros for fitting and 3450 euros for paintwork.
The wheels and tyres come to 5510 euros fitted, the exhaust system 3502 euros including fitting, and the power upgrade 2190 euros plus 168 euros to install it. Suspension work costs 845 euros (including fitment), whether or not the car has PASM.
We make that 28,135 euros (around £20,700 at current exhange rates) on top of the £44,636 Porsche currently bills you for a Macan S Diesel. That's Porsche Macan Turbo (plus a few options) money – and another niche undoubtedly filled.