Powered by a brand new engine and with a refreshed look
(2020 – 2021) Porsche Macan GTS – Ultimate Guide
Porsche has operated a mid-cycle facelift on the Macan GTS in 2019. Powered by a brand new engine and with a refreshed look, the sportiest member of the Macan family has been improved in almost every single respect. The 3.0-liter from the previous model was replaced by a 2.9-liter V6 that follows a “hot-vee” architecture of its twin-turbocharging system, with the turbos being arranged inside the V of the engine.
With 380 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque at its disposal, the new powerplant is exactly 20 hp and 20 Nm more powerful than the engine it replaces. Its responsiveness is also a lot more direct thanks to the same hot-vee arrangement, while the sports exhaust system has been specially tuned for the facelifted Macan GTS thanks to a similar reason. Design wise, the front end is nearly identical to its predecessor, but the rear has been extensively redesigned to keep the car more in line with the latest Porsche design language. That is why the individual rear taillights are now unified by a light bar like on its bigger brother, the Cayenne. The car also features a distinguishing feature found on all Porsche GTS models, with the front and rear aprons having black painted design elements no matter what the car’s color is.
Porsche completes the Macan series with a distinctly sporty model. The new Porsche Macan GTS launches with a powerful engine, performance-oriented chassis, characteristic design and enhanced equipment. The 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine delivers 280 kW (380 PS) – an increase of 15 kW (20 PS) compared with the predecessor model. Combined with the newly adapted PDK dual-clutch transmission and the optional Sport Chrono package, the Macan GTS can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, three tenths faster than before. It has a top speed of 261 km/h.
Among other things, the new member of Porsche’s compact SUV family has earned the abbreviation GTS, which stands for “Gran Turismo Sport”, due to its outstanding driving dynamics. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping control system has been specially tuned. The chassis has also been lowered by 15 millimetres for greater lateral dynamics. Adaptive air suspension is optionally available with chassis lowering by a further 10 millimetres. Combined with the standard 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels and the generously sized cast iron brakes (360 x 36 millimetres at the front, 330 x 22 millimetres at the rear), the new Porsche Macan GTS impresses with the agility and responsiveness of a true sports car. As an option, deceleration can be further improved by means of the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
Acoustically, the standard sports exhaust system specifically adapted to the GTS accentuates the driving pleasure in the new Porsche Macan GTS. A 2.9-litre V6 engine is at the heart of the sound experience. Its Central Turbo Layout, with two turbochargers arranged in the inner V of the engine, allows particularly direct responsiveness. The maximum torque of 520 Nm (plus 20 Nm) is available over a wide range from 1,750 to 5,000 rpm. The sportiest Macan model consumes 9.6 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres according to NEDC.
Individual design with black accents
The new Porsche Macan GTS also emphasises its exceptional sporty status visually. The standard Sport Design package with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts lends the car a characteristic appearance. The front apron and front section are characterised by black painted elements – a distinguishing feature of all Porsche GTS models. The LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the three-dimensional rear lights with LED light bar are also darkened. The LED headlights can be optionally ordered in black with PDLS Plus. Chassis lowering by 15 millimetres, the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin-gloss black, the red brake calipers and the trim strips in high-gloss black also emphasise the high-performance appearance. The colour black also sets accents at the rear: here, the diffuser and the tailpipes of the standard sports exhaust system are painted in this colour.
Sports seats exclusive to the GTS and premium materials
High-quality materials such as Alcantara® on the seat centre panels, the centre console armrests and door panels as well as brushed aluminium make it possible to also see and feel the sporty and elegant characteristics of the Macan GTS in the interior. The multifunction sports steering wheel with the steering wheel rim in smooth leather and shift paddles is standard, as are the sports seats, exclusive to the GTS, with eight-way adjustment and pronounced side bolsters for stable support during dynamic cornering. The GTS leather upholstery in Carmine Red or Crayon with additional Alcantara® features and colour accents, the BOSE® Surround Sound system and the new smartphone tray with inductive charging function are among the many personalisation options. The adaptive cruise control including Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist including rear view camera and Surround View, a heated windscreen and ioniser also optionally increase safety and comfort.
The new Porsche Macan GTS is available to order now. In Germany, prices start at 77,880 euros including VAT and with country-specific equipment.