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Macan gets GTS treatment, loses 'bargain' price [w/video]

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Porsche’s GTS family just got a little larger when the automaker announced last night the 2017 Macan GTS, a twin-turbocharged compact SUV that slots between the Macan S and the Turbo and aims to provide a more involving driving experience.

Of course, in true GTS fashion, it also comes with a generous handful of standard equipment. The Macan GTS, however, doesn’t follow the same pricing structure of all other GTSs, which have always cost less than their S model counterparts with the same equipment installed. It starts out at $67,200 (excluding $995 destination fee) and is nearly $4,000 more than a similarly optioned Macan S.

The Macan range’s 3.0-liter V6 has updated hardware and a unique engine calibration for duty in the GTS, according to Porsche, resulting in 360 horsepower, precisely 20 more than the S and 40 less than the Turbo. Torque is rated at 339 pound-feet, which is maintained from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm. There's no mention of the sport exhaust system as standard equipment.

It’s no coincidence that the GTS, which Porsche claims is good for a 4.8-second 0-60 miles-per-hour time equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, is 0.2 seconds faster and 0.2 seconds slower than the S and Turbo, respectively. Without Sport Chrono we expect it to do the acceleration run a couple tenths of a second slower, but the same is true for the other Macan models.

We’ve grown accustomed to the slight power bumps GTS Porsches receive, an easy way to distinguish them in the crowded model lineup. However, like the other GTSs, the Macan GTS will be more about an engaging drive than outright power — that’s what the Turbo is for.

Porsche says handling has been improved through the use of standard height-adjustable air suspension that lowers the GTS by 10 millimeters compared to the Turbo, and a recalibrated stability management system. Porsche’s torque vectoring system is optional on this GTS, and will undoubtedly constitute even sharper handling by neutralizing understeer and oversteer.

The exterior is distinguished by the usual black accents that adorn GTS models. Window trim is in high-gloss black, while the lower body trim is finished in matte black. Side blades in matte black with “GTS” script in gloss black run the length of the front and rear doors, and the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels are satin black.

Inside, leather is standard along with sport seats with Alcantara centers and “GTS” script on the headrests. Porsche Communications Management (PCM) comes standard, which includes eight speakers and USB, auxiliary, and Bluetooth capability. Navigation is optional, as is the GTS interior package that adds a tachometer, deviated stitching, and seat belts in Carmine Red.

Vehicle interiors increasingly place premiums on smartphone and device connectivity, and the Macan GTS should not disappoint. Porsche Connect with Apple CarPlay is an option, and those who check the box for the hard drive-equipped navigation system can choose Porsche Connect Plus. This ups the electronic wizardry with an onboard LTE hot-spot modem, good for passengers to surf the web and for the driver to receive real-time traffic updates and more.

The Macan GTS isn’t the relative bargain that previous GTS variants represent, but it should be the best-driving model in the Macan line and offer the luxury and functionality Porsche customers expect. Just don't expect a discount.

Find the Macan GTS at a Porsche dealer near you when it launches in March 2016.


Source: Porsche
Photos courtesy Porsche

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