Porsche Macan GTS
It is interesting to watch as the German performance car maker has added the once sacred GTS badge to each model in its current lineup. The GTS versions of each model are some of the best available and they are a good value compared to other optioned up models. But does having the GTS badge on the non-sports cars dilute it? Has it now become just a trim level or is it still special?
From the outside there are just a few giveaways that this car is more than a standard Macan. The black exterior accents are what help differentiate the GTS. The window trim is a high gloss black while the lower body gets a matte finish. The black theme continues on the 20 inch RS Spyder Design wheels that get a satin black finish. The Macan GTS will also offer the optional LED headlights that feature Porsche’s unique four-point daytime running lights, as well as a cornering light function.
On the inside the high performance Macan you find a full leather interior as standard. The sport seats get the GTS treatment with Alcantara centers and the GTS logo in the headrests.
An optional GTS interior package, featuring a Carmine Red tachometer and deviated stitching, seat belts, and embroidered GTS logos on the headrests is also available. The standard PCM (Porsche Communication Management system) includes Sound Package Plus, eight speakers, a USB and aux-in interface, SiriusXM and HD radio, and Bluetooth capability. An optional PCM with Navigation module includes a hard-drive based navigation system that supports 3D navigation display, satellite image overlays, and dynamic route calculation.
At the heart of the Macan GTS is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 based on the engine in the S model. The power plant uses hardware changes and a different engine calibration. This allows the GTS to output 360 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,650-4,000 rpm.
The remaining pieces of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain are taken from the Macan Turbo. The engine is mates to a seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission. The result of all this is a small SUV that can launch from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and it can keep going all the way up to 159 mph when optioned with the Sports Chrono Package.
The 2017 Macan GTS starts at $67,200 and it will go on sale in March of 2016.
The Macan GTS may very well be the best available version of the compact performance SUV. While Porsche purists are likely to hate its existence, it is likely to sell very well.
Does the Macan GTS further dilute the specialness of the GTS badge? Yes, but it also will help finance special 911s, Caymans and Boxsters.