The Porsche Macan family is expanding with the new Macan GTS. The performance model offers 360-horsepower along with newly engineered suspension and special design features. It nicely fills the gap between the S and Turbo models for what Porsche hopes is just the right combination.
Beneath the hood it features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It is based off the one in the S model, but gets 20 horses more with 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft torque. The engine is paired to the Turbo models all-wheel-drive with seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with Porsche’s Traction Management system that uses an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch to adjust the front axle for better traction.
The re-tuned air suspension includes Porsche Active Suspension Management that adjusts the ride height and damper stiffness as needed. This suspension can reduce the ride height to up to ⅓ an inch, 10-millimeters, to improve the center of gravity for sportier handling.
The exterior features black exterior accents from high gloss black window trim to the matte black lower body. It comes standard with 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in Satin Black and side blades on the lower part of the doors in matte black. LED headlights with Porsche’s speciality four-point daytime running lights and cornering light function are also available.
An optional Sport Chrono Package shoots the Macan GTS from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 159 mph. The Sport Chrono Package also pairs well with the standard re-engineered Stability Management system for a sporty drive. To match the sporty handling with performance braking, An optional Torque Vectoring system adds large front rotors with six-piston fixed red calipers and single-piston rear red calipers.
The Macan gets the GTS treatment in the cabin with sport seats with Alcantara seat centers and GTS logos on the headrests. To take things into the red zone, there is an optional GTS package that adds Carmine Red tachometer, deviated stitching, seat belts, and embroidered GTS logo on the headrests.
Technology wise the Macan gets all the bells and whistles. It comes standard with the Porsche Communication Management system that packs the Sound Package Plus with eight speakers, a USB and aux-in setup, Bluetooth technology, and SiriusXM and HD radio. The Connect Plus package adds navigation with 3D display, satellite image overlays, and dynamic route calculation. It also adds a hotspot capable LTE modem to bring the world wide web along for the ride. Smartphone integration is also available with Apple CarPlay.
The 2017 Macan GTS will arrive in dealerships next March with a starting price of $67,200, which places it both power and price wise between the S and Turbo models.