At this point, GTS in Porsche chat should aloof angle for Get This Spec. The company’s GTS-badged cars bang the best antithesis amid absolute achievement and circadian drivability, and that’s as accurate in this 2020 Macan as it is in any 718, 911, Cayenne or Panamera. I’ve apprenticed the S and I’ve apprenticed the Turbo, but the GTS is the Macan I’d esplanade in my garage.
The GTS uses a detuned adaptation of the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Macan Turbo. Here, the agent produces 375 application and 383 pound-feet of torque — apparent reductions compared to the Turbo’s 434 hp and 405 lb-ft. But on the road, you’d accept a adamantine time acquainted the difference. This agent lacks belly drama, admitting I anticipate that’s beneath arrant back the associated achievement numbers are lower. The GTS at atomic makes up for this somewhat with a accepted action exhaust, which adds some sonority to the powertrain’s buttoned-up demeanor.
Porsche says the GTS can advance to 60 mph in as little as 4.5 abnormal with the alternative Action Chrono package, which is 0.4 abnormal slower than the Macan Turbo. I absolutely don’t accept that less-than-half-a-second alterity is article anyone can feel during circadian active on accessible roads. And back the engine’s torque is absolutely accessible from aloof 1,750 rpm, there’s never a abridgement of coercion to the GTS’ acceleration, whether affairs abroad from a stoplight or aloof aggravating to shoot the gap amid slower cars on the highway.
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is consistently up for an ad-lib downshift via the council wheel-mounted paddles, and the Action and Action Plus modes — the closing is allotment of the $1,360 Action Chrono amalgamation — adapt the burke and manual programming aloof abundant to activate up the Macan’s character. You could drive the GTS in Action approach all day, every day after it anytime activity high-strung, while Action Plus is best larboard for tighter sections of ambagious anchorage area you’ll appetite to booty advantage of its addiction to authority apparatus up abreast the engine’s redline.
The GTS’ powertrain is fine, but the chassis, council and brakes absolutely accomplish this Macan feel special. Porsche’s adaptive air abeyance comes accepted and can lower the Macan by 10 millimeters in Action and Action Plus modes. Porsche’s Active Abeyance Management (PASM) dampers are a absolute bout to the air-ride system, carrying a bland ride on burst pavement while befitting the GTS close and composed on bland stretches of coulee roads. Alike with my tester’s upsized 21-inch auto and staggered 265/40 advanced and 295/35 rear tires, the Macan never feels too annealed or too chiffon for any accustomed scenario. Honestly, the ride affection adeptness be the GTS’ distinct best attribute.
These 21-inch auto and humble ties don’t ruin the GTS’ ride.
Porsche consistently gets its cars’ council right, and the Macan GTS is no exception. The weight and advice on action are added affiliated to that of a 718 Cayman than any added bunched SUV, with a right-sized council caster adorned with alone a few bombastic controls. My tester has Porsche’s Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB), which were affectionate of bad back they aboriginal launched on the Cayenne, but accept back been reworked with new pads, bigger pedal feel and a added accelerating endlessly experience. Now, these brakes are absolutely acceptable and abate dust accretion on the wheels. Whether they’re account the $3,490 advancement over the altogether accomplished accepted animate brakes, though, is adamantine to say.
One advantage account abacus is Porsche’s brake-based torque-vectoring tech, for $1,500. This adeptness to attune adeptness from ancillary to ancillary at the rear arbor improves the Macan’s cornering reflexes, authoritative this already-sharp little crossover alike added entertaining. You’ll never feel it working, but you’ll acquisition it easier to accumulate up with smaller, added able sports cars on abundance roads.
Going for the GTS gets you the Action Design exoteric treatment, with black-painted exoteric accents, LED headlights and a darker cast to the rear taillight bar. Inside, you get action seats captivated in leather, admitting you can accept the accomplished berth done up in Alcantara suede with Carmine Red bond as allotment of the $4,790 GTS Autogenous Package. Like all Macans, the GTS is affluence adequate for disciplinarian and commuter up front, but the rear seats are clumsily small, alike by bunched SUV measurements.
The PCM infotainment tech is new but the blow of the autogenous is assuming its age.
The Macan got a acceptable tech advancement as allotment of a brace in 2018 and now runs Porsche’s Advice Management infotainment software on a 10.9-inch touchscreen. PCM continues to affect with its quick responses to inputs, online chase tools, ablaze cartoon and reconfigurable home screen. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay are standard, but Android Auto is still a no-go. Too bad.
Look beneath the touchscreen, though, and you’ll acquisition a sea of controls on the animate — a admonition that the Macan is a bit earlier than Porsche’s added models. Sure, the rows of buttons are acutely labeled and accessible to use, they aloof attending outdated, abnormally compared to the flush, backlit designs of Porsche’s newer products.
I’d adulation to acquaint you about all of the Macan’s accepted driver-assistance features, but as is the case with every Porsche, all the acceptable being costs added and is accessible a la carte. A surround-view camera is $1,200. You can buy lane-change abetment and lane-keeping abetment for $700 apiece, or aloof absorb $1,380 and get them as allotment of a bundle. Adaptive cruise ascendancy comes in for an added $1,170, and if you appetite freaking keyless entry, that’s an added $800, too. Sheesh.
The Macan is hands-down the best-driving bunched affluence SUV.
There are countless options accessible for the Macan GTS, so its $73,450 starting amount (including $1,350 for destination) is aloof that: the start. My Carmine Red tester is a German-spec archetypal that Porsche flew over for testing, so I don’t accept an exact amount for the SUV you see here. Playing about to the best of my adeptness on Porsche’s configurator, I’m activity to adjudge an as-tested amount of $94,000 out the door, accord or booty a few Benjamins.
If you analyze amount tags, the Macan GTS is array of a adamantine advertise adjoin competitors like the BMW X3 M40i or Mercedes-AMG GLC43, both of which can be accurately able for beneath than the Porsche’s starting MSRP. But the Macan — abnormally the GTS — is the best-driving, best-balanced SUV of the agglomeration and calmly punches aloft its weight. If achievement is a priority, you absolutely get what you pay for.