It was way back in July when we first saw the the refreshed 2019 Porsche Macan make its official debut.

While the changes were not exactly obvious, Porsche did mention that they have given it significant tech and styling upgrades. These include standard LED headlights, mildly-tweaked air intakes, newly-designed taillights, new paint options, and an upgraded 10.9-inch infotainment system.

However, the 2019 Macan was only available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder upon its release. Now, Porsche has officially expanded its variant range with the release of the 2019 Macan S. Equipped with a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 that ditches the previous twin-turbo V6, the new Macan S builds upon the success of its predecessor and benefits from a range of handling and chassis updates as well.

Porsche swaps twin-turbo for single-turbo V6 in 2019 Macan S

Under the hood, the 2019 Macan S is powered by a turbocharged V6 shared with the Panamera, Cayenne and Cayenne E-Hybrid models. Unlike the previous V6 which had a twin-turbo system, the new engine makes use of a single, twin-scroll turbocharger. It produces a healthy 353 PS (+13) along with 480 Nm (+20) of torque. With it, the Macan S is capable of sprinting from 0 – 97 km/h in 5.1 seconds (4.9 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package) and reach a top speed of over 250 km/h.

Apart from having a more powerful V6, the new Macan S also received numerous chassis and handling upgrades. For starters, the anti-roll bars have been retuned to deliver more neutral handling. Meanwhile, the strut forks at the front are now made from aluminum instead of steel. According to Porsche, this makes the Macan S lighter and have a more comfortable ride.

Porsche swaps twin-turbo for single-turbo V6 in 2019 Macan S

Stopping power was also uprated for the 2019 Macan S. Thanks to the more powerful V6 up front, Porsche installed bigger front disc brakes that are 10mm larger and 2mm thicker than before. But for those that prefer even more powerful brakes, the Macan S can be equipped with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). Complementing its improved braking performance is a lighter brake pedal that weighs 300g less than the previous offering. Porsche claimed this makes for improved brake responsiveness, as well as precision.

The 2019 Porsche Macan S will arrive in global markets in Q2 of next year.