2017 Porsche Macan GTS Splits Difference Between S, Turbo
Performance SUV Adds Turbo Goodies, More Attainable Price
The reality of performance-oriented SUVs is here to stay. While the tweed-cap wearing purists may not like the trend, manufacturers do as the premium trucklets account for an ever-larger percentage of profits for upscale brands. Building on the proven formula of the Cayenne SUV, Porsche launched the Macan for 2014. Although it hasn’t quite toppled its big brother off the sales chart, the Macan has nonetheless become Porsche’s second-best-selling model in the U.S. The addition of the GTS trim for the 2017 model year may help put the Macan over the top, offering an intermediate option combining many of the features of the more-expensive Turbo with the (relative) affordability of the S model.
Leading the changes are a 20hp and 30–lb-ft bump in output over the standard 3.0L twin-turbo V-6, bringing total output to 360 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. As with all Macans, this is mated to a seven-speed PDK automated dual-clutch transmission. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds and a top track speed of 159 mph with the optional Sport Chrono package. The package also includes 14.1-inch front and 13-inch rear vented brake rotors.
Porsche’s air suspension system is standard on the GTS, providing adjustable ride height and damper stiffness. The GTS rides 0.4 inch lower than the Turbo on standard 20-inch Satin Black Spyder Design wheels. Other exterior design touches include GTS matte-black tailgate badging and “side blades” with contrasting gloss black GTS lettering. On the inside, the GTS gets standard leather/Alcantara seats with GTS headrest logos. An optional package adds a Carmine Red tachometer, red stitching, seat belts, and an embroidered headrest logo. The Porsche Connect system features standard Apple CarPlay integration. An optional LTE hotspot and navigation is available with the Connect Plus package.
Like most Porsches, there are dozens of a la carte options, and like the Macan S and Turbo, we don’t expect it will be difficult to get the GTS into the six figures. If you can be judicious with the add-on goodies, you can probably keep the GTS below $80,000. Starting price is $68,195, including $995 destination. The GTS will go on sale in March 2016 as a 2017 model.