I see that you can order a Macan with 18 inch wheels instead of the stock 19 inch. Is there a reason to do this? Will the ride be that much better with 18's?
Yes, there is a reason, depending upon where you live, your weather, and what you intend to do with the car.I see that you can order a Macan with 18 inch wheels instead of the stock 19 inch. Is there a reason to do this? Will the ride be that much better with 18's?
If it's softer than you care about, then PASM with A/S, I believe gives the softest ride plus has all the advantages of, well PASM and the air suspension. In that case, I would go with the free 19" because I see no reason to spend money on 20" nor get the smaller 18" without putting snows on them.I do understand that many sports car owners downsize for winter tires because their profile is higher and the cost is lower, which is fine if you start with 19's for summer. But all seasons are stock, which makes sense on a CUV. If I thought the ride would be notably softer on 18's that would be a good reason, for my wife. An the Macan would be hers.
I said "the perceived gap". I didn't say an actual gap. It's how people perceive things. The bigger the wheel, it looks like it fills it out. The 21" wheels look huge, but looks weird because SUVs, traditionally, have a lot of tire and less wheel.So I do not understand the comment above about a fender gap. The tires with wheels have the same diameter.
You ordered Impulse Red?...
NOW - IMO - If you are ever going to take one of these off road - either stick with the 19", go to 18" or --- buy a lot of wheel insurance for anything larger!!! .
You ordered Impulse Red?
I am anxiously awaiting a call from my dealer telling me what day next month I can expect to take delivery. According to the build sheet I originally got when the order locked, the Macan, should be on a boat right now in the Atlantic...
This is worse than waiting for a kid to be born!!!
I think my dealer said, according to the orders in the area (SE PA) mine will be the only red Macan for at least two months around here.
I see from your order you decided to go with PASM and 20" wheels, are you still happy with your choices? We will be definitely getting 20" wheels, I am just trying to convince my wife to add PASM.I had the chance to look at and then drive for a comparison, all the various tire sizes from 18" up to and including the 21" monsters on a series of Cayennes and Macans. From the test drives, and lack of any serious difference in ride quality, over some seriously rutted roads, I decided that in my case looks would be the deciding factor. I went with the 19" spyder wheels, with A/S tires. the 21" turbo's just looked too bling!
The Macan I drove as a test had PASM, but no AS. On the firmest setting, with the 20" wheel tire package, I would say that the ride was tollerant over the rutted road we were driving on. When set to the comfort setting, the ride was really nice, with very little wheel hop.
NOW - IMO - If you are ever going to take one of these off road - either stick with the 19", go to 18" or --- buy a lot of wheel insurance for anything larger!!!
That is where the wider sidewall comes into play. There is just not enough play in a 20" tire sidewall to climb over a rock, and not wind up with a bent rim.
That is why jeeps stuck with 15" rims for so long even when running 33" dia tires!!! And deflated at that!!!
I will never be taking my Macan off road - unless you count an unpaved driveway in the Hamptons - off road?
Just my :2cents:.