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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/16 19:17:00 (permalink)
Photo 3
 
Plenty of room in the Macan luggage compartment for the folded Eovolt bike.
 
On the right of the photo you will see the two switches for lowering and raising the rear deck to facilitate loading and unloading. Very much appreciated.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/18 15:31:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby AndrewCS 2021/05/19 09:58:09
My Macan Turbo now has 6500 miles recorded since handover last August. In common with my perceptions arising from the Cayman models following running-in from new, engine performance and fuel economy seem to improve after the 6000 mile threshold is breached. The in-gear acceleration of the Turbo, 50 - 70mph, is pretty much on a par with my former 718 Cayman GTS as I recall under similar circumstances.
 
Even allowing for the gear ratio gap on the Macan between 3rd and 4th, the overtaking capabilities using my preferred manual shifting is quite astonishing for such a heavy and bulky car. As regular readers of my posts will already know, most of my mileage is on single carriageway roads where safe overtaking opportunities are few and far between. Pre-selecting 3rd gear prior to conducting the overtake manoeuvre spools up the turbo ready for the firm acceleration to follow. The car simply leaps forward and soars onwards within seconds to the 6000+ rev range before selecting 4th gear and continuing the linear acceleration until the overtake is complete. The Macan Turbo really is an astonishing performer.
 
Fuel economy figures also show an improvement on journeys well-known to me. For example, the Inverness - Aberdeen A96 can be a frustrating route at times with slow moving agricultural traffic and heavy haulage HGV's. Despite several overtakes as described above, I averaged 29.7 mpg for the 200 mile round trip. This shows an improvement of almost 2.0mpg over the previous 28.0 mpg normally recorded on this trip prior to the 6000 mile threshold. The journey was as usual mostly done in Individual mode on the steering wheel dial which selects the lowered sports suspension but retains the Normal engine map setting.
 
Last weekend I took a short trip to Cromarty on the "Black Isle" across the Moray Firth. For those who may not know local history, the "Black Isle" is not an island as such being a peninsula immediately north of Inverness. It was so named following the barbaric Highland clearances conducted by the Duke of Sutherland in the middle ages. Tennant crofters were offered derisory sums to vacate their dwellings and land to make way for large scale sheep farming which the Duke deemed more profitable than the peppercorn rentals arising from the crofters. Those crofter families who resisted were forcibly evicted from their dwellings and crops torched. Thus the name "Black Isle" from the charred and smouldering landscape.
 
My reason for taking this short trip was to road test my new folding e-bike already loaded into the rear luggage compartment. After crossing the Kessock suspension bridge on the A9, I took a right turn after 2 miles onto the B9161 to Munlochy, joining the A832 to Fortrose, Rosemarkie, and onwards to the village of Cromarty. This is a popular tourist route, the main attractions being the Chanonry Point dolphin watching, and the charming village of Rosemarkie. The Cromarty Firth serves both deep water berths for cruise ships, (remember those), and an industrial centre for marine engineering. Oil rig decommissioning and wind farm pylon construction are the main industries these days. There are usually around 7 - 10 redundant oil rig production platforms anchored in the firth in various stages of deconstruction.
 
To test my new e-bike I took the single track road climbing to the summit of the south bluff cliff which along with its north twin, guards the entrance to the Cromarty Firth. These cliffs are known locally as the Sutors of Cromarty. I have to say the new e-bike performed exceptionally well on the long climb to the top of the Sutor. With its small 20" wheels and wide tyres the steering on the Eovolt bike is very quick and sensitive. Experienced cyclists like myself can adapt quite easily to the sensitive steering, but I would warn novice cyclists to take care, especially on steep descents. Using a car analogy, I would equate the Eovolt steering to be  comparable to the difference between a normal road car and that of a Formula Ford single seater racing car. Following my climb to the summit, the steep descent was given all due respect!
 
I returned to Inverness via the B9163 from Cromarty passing the quaintly named hamlet of Jemimaville. Following the road along the shore of the first I turned left onto the B9169 at Culbokie leading to rejoin the A9 to Inverness. It was a delightful day out. Not too busy, mainly local day-trippers like myself. Only a platoon of motorcyclists being the obvious tourists.
 
A few photos to follow.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/18 15:35:34 (permalink)
Cromarty church and 17th century cemetery. The inscriptions on the grave stones bear interesting reading. Headstones dated in the 1600's have words running into one another as many of the stone masons at the time were illiterate and copied the letters as they appeared to them.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/18 15:36:46 (permalink)
Looking west on the B9163 skirting the south shore of the Cromarty Firth.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/18 16:29:31 (permalink)
Good report and photos as usual - what photographic equipment are you using, camera or phone?

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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/18 19:21:15 (permalink)
Andrew,
 
I sometimes use my Nikon D80 DSLR, but on the e-bike its a bit bulky so I used the iPhone 11 Pro camera with zoom.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/05/19 09:55:01 (permalink)
Looking eastwards from the B9163 towards Cromarty village. The wind farm pylon assembly yard can be seen in the distance.
 
The panoramic sunroof on the Macan is a great asset on days such as this. No buffeting experienced when fully opened, the wind deflector being very effective.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 15:56:01 (permalink)
I've not being doing any touring lately, having been busy with work inside the house previously delayed due to the covid restrictions. As readers will be aware, the tourist season is now well under way here in the Highlands. I shall be resuming my selective day trips to places off the beaten track in the very near future and reports will follow in due course.
 
As everyone will be aware we are in the height of the bug splatter season. In the Highlands, we also have clouds of the dreaded midges adding to the cocktail of insect splatter adorning the front of our cars.
 
As a warning to other Macan owners who may use a pressure washer to remove insect splatter, I had the unfortunate experience of damaging the fragile gills on the front condensers of my Macan Turbo. As a long experienced car washer, I never use the high pressure setting on the washer lance, choosing medium pressure permanently, and also take care to keep the lance well back from the surface being cleaned. Insects mashed into the condenser grill surface are very difficult to remove, requiring a concentrated effort with the washer jet directed at the large condenser apertures on the front of the car. To my horror it soon became apparent that as well as removing the insect debris, the water spray was also flattening the soft, fragile, gills on the condensers. My attempts to realign them carefully with a narrow blade screwdriver proved fruitless. As the flattened areas of the condensers were blocked with insect remains anyway, I have decided to abandon any thoughts of painstakingly opening each flattened gill.
 
Now that I am wise to this unfortunate experience, in future I shall use a soft bristled brush such as an old paintbrush to remove insect debris best I can "dry" before washing, to avoid damaging the condenser gills.
 
I am sure other Macan owners have experienced similar problems with insect removal from the front condensers, and any advice on the methods used to remove the bugs will be welcomed.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 16:33:30 (permalink)
Hi Brian,
I have a Turbo S too and this area is a constant worry. In the winter its a leaf scoop and summer an insect trap.
I'm always putting my hand in this area looking for anything picked up off the road. Some cars even have a grill over the air intake that impedes access.
A suggestion I would make for insect removal is something like a Numatic Henry vacuum cleaner with a flexible brush on the end. A rubber attachment is available with a brush attached to the end which I have already bought.
Hope this helps
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 17:33:43 (permalink)
Chris,
 
Thank you. I have a Dyson hoover with a flexible brush attachment which I shall try next time. What surprised me was just how easily damaged the soft aluminium gills are on the large front condensers. On the Macan the condenser gills are akin to kitchen tin foil. I had no such problems with my Cayman cars. This seems a Macan specific issue.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 19:09:00 (permalink)
Cristo
I have a Turbo S too 



Not sure there is a Macan Turbo S version, is there?

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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 20:04:06 (permalink)
Sorry about mentioning Macan Turbo S🤣. I have a Macan Turbo and a 911(992) Turbo S so had a senior moment. I was referring to the Macan Turbo, however the suggested solution can apply to both……….
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/09 20:42:23 (permalink)
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Consider yourself "forgiven". You clearly have a lot of turbo going on, you lucky man, enjoy!

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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/10 11:36:13 (permalink)
Whilst on the topic of problems, the cigarette lighter socket has stopped working.
 
I use this socket as the power source for my dash-cam. I've checked the power socket in the rear luggage compartment and it is working normally. I inserted the cigarette lighter, switched on the ignition, and pressed down on the lighter to activate it: nothing happened. I suspect a fuse may be blown somewhere. Maybe the constant plugging-in and unplugging of the dash-cam power connector has caused a malfunction.  
 
Meantime I can work around this minor problem until my service appointment at OPC Chester in a few months time.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/10 12:57:59 (permalink)
I blew the fuse to the centre console power socket in my previous Macan SD.
It was found in the fusebox concealed behind the cover on the RHS of the boot (where the First Aid kit storage compartment is).
I don’t recall which number is was, but I swapped out the original 8amp for a 16amp replacement and had no further problem.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/10 14:20:52 (permalink)
Thank you Clive.
 
I'll investigate and report back.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/11 12:21:35 (permalink)
It's fuse 10 of Row D in the fuse box in the rear luggage compartment.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/14 19:25:14 (permalink)
An update on the blown cigarette lighter socket fuse.
 
I replaced the fuse with one of the same rating and it immediately blew again, even before I switched on the ignition. Something more serious must be amiss with the lighter socket itself. I'll leave this issue until my oil change service already booked-in at Porsche Centre Chester in the autumn. The dash-cam will be rested until then.
 
Incidentally, the handbook was no help with locating the relevant fusebox. The phone app Good to Know had a properly detailed description, not only where the relevant fuse box is located, but also advice on replacing the fuses. The fuse was the yellow third on the right, row D.   
 
Thanks also to Clive for his helpful advice.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/14 20:16:13 (permalink)
If your dashcam was plugged in when you switched on the ignition, it would have energised the circuit and the cam may be taking out more juice than the fuse can handle. Double the fuse rating to see if that helps - you'll still be protected.
If it blew without anything plugged in, then you're right it's probably a connection defect, but first take look in the barrel of the socket. It's possible something has fallen in there and is shorting out.
 
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Re: My new Gen 2 2020 Macan Turbo 2021/06/15 08:36:21 (permalink)
Similar situation the two front 12v sockets didn't have power the rear boot one did.
It is indeed row D it's the 3rd 20a fuse and yes on checking it had blown I replaced and power restored on the two front 12v sockets.
 
When looking in the handbook I am wondering if it's certain type of plugs causing the issue apparently you need a specific plug with slightly longer prongs take a look in your handbook to see what I mean.
Hasn't been used yet just tested with the new fuse in fingers crossed it doesn't blow again.
 
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