The Macan is already a pretty sweet ride in its base form. Tonight comes word that starting in March 2016 you can order yourself up a GTS version with more power, a reengineered suspension, some unique GTS-specific exterior and interior appointments and new connectivity options (including an optional hot spot capable modem).
Utilizing the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine found in the Macan S, the Macan GTS incorporates hardware changes and some calibration tweaks allowing the engine to develop 360 hp at 6000 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between a broad 1650-4000 rpm. Everything else in the powertrain is the same as that which you would find the in Macan Turbo. Specifically, Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is combined with Porsche’s Traction Management system (PTM) that actuates an electro-hydraulic, multi-plate clutch to variably engage the front axle depending on traction needs.
What’s that mean to you? Simple, when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the Macan GTS will hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 159 mph.
Porsche says their Stability Management system is “recalibrated” and when combined with the optional Sport Chrono package it “provides an even more dynamic driving experience.” My guess is that’s marketing speak for better throttle response and driver feedback.
To stop the more powerful GTS, the new Macan is equipped with 360 mm front rotors, with six-piston fixed calipers finished in red, and 330 mm rear rotors, with single-piston calipers.
Air suspension, is includes as standard on the GTS, as is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) – something we recommend on all Macans. Together, the combination provides adjustable ride height and damper stiffness allowing you to tune the Macan for whatever driving situation you face. In addition, the Macan GTS specific suspension tuning drops the Porsche a further 10 millimeters lower than the Macan Turbo.
Car spotters will be able to pick out the Macan GTS via it’s distinct black accents. The window trim is finished in high gloss black, there is a matte finish on the lower body and the Porsche Macan GTS designation on the rear hatch, and the standard 20″ RS Spyder Design wheels are finished in Satin Black. Side blades, located in the lower portion of the doors, are matte black with GTS logos in contrasting gloss black. If you want it, the Macan GTS can be ordered with optional LED headlights that feature Porsche’s unique four-point daytime running lights, as well as a cornering light function.
On the inside, the Macan GTS features a standard leather package and GTS sport seats with Alcantara® seat centers and GTS logos on 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.
New Ways To Stay Connected
Two connectivity systems are optional: available for the standard PCM is Porsche Connect, which provides Apple CarPlay™ integration. Porsche Connect Plus is available for the PCM with Navigation system. Connect Plus expands on Connect by including a hot-spot capable LTE modem for connectivity. Passengers can surf the web, while the driver can access real-time traffic, and even transfer destinations and calendar appointments from a smartphone into the PCM.
The 2017 Macan GTS goes on sale in the U.S. starting in March of 2016. Base MSRP is $67,200
It arrives in Canada in the second quarter of 2016 with pricing starting at $73,100.