Center-Mounted Tachometer - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

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edited April 2015 in Porsche
imageCenter-Mounted Tachometer - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

This update to Edmunds' long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S includes discussion on the SUVs brilliant instrument panel design which places the tachometer right where it should be - in the middle.

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  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    I'd agree in a manual Boxster or 911, but an SUV? I disagree here. This has an automatic, right? No PDK? Then why does RPM matter, especially in today's cars with cylinder deactivation and 8 speed transmissions? What am I missing here? Don't you see it go up to 4k, then down to 2.5k then back up to 3500, then back down to 2.5k again? I don't understand the importance.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Member Posts: 234
    You can pick which gear you want via the flappy paddles.
  • darexdarex Member Posts: 187
    All pretense -- especially in an automatic car. Even if it were a manual, the tach plays only a small role. Once the car's idiosyncrasies are learned, one shifts intuitively, and/or by sound, only rarely checking the tachometer for verification.
  • wheelmccoywheelmccoy Member Posts: 97
    I like the center mounted tach. It's useful if you like to flirt with the redline when merging onto a highway.
  • joner800joner800 Member Posts: 80
    the ONLY thing i would change about these gauges is make the redundant digital MPH readout bigger. besides that, theyre perfect.
  • giddyhitchgiddyhitch Member Posts: 2
    "I'd agree in a manual Boxster or 911, but an SUV? I disagree here. This has an automatic, right? No PDK? Then why does RPM matter, especially in today's cars with cylinder deactivation and 8 speed transmissions? What am I missing here? Don't you see it go up to 4k, then down to 2.5k then back up to 3500, then back down to 2.5k again? I don't understand the importance."

    This thing apparently drives closer to a Boxster than anything this size and height should, especially if you spring for the adjustable suspension and air suspension, which Edmunds did not. It has a 7-speed PDK, not an 8-speed ZF automatic (which the Q5/SQ5 has). You're missing a lot here - basically everything.
  • braindancerbraindancer Member Posts: 1
    I wish this was configurable. I don't need the RPM dial at all - not big, not small. I can't read it, nor do I want to. I want my cars to go fast, but I accomplish that by stepping on gas and letting the car figure it out.
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