Competes with: Mercedes-AMG GLA45, Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M
Looks like: A Macan got a little goth with all that black
Powertrain: 375-horsepower, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, 383 pounds-feet of torque; seven-speed PDK transmission, Porsche’s dual-clutch transmission; all-wheel drive
Price: $72,650, including a $1,350 destination charge
Hits dealerships: Summer 2020
Though Porsche is more well-known as a purveyor of sports cars, it is by no means immune from the current wave of SUV obsession overtaking the automotive industry. The German automaker’s two best-selling models are the two SUVs it makes, with the diminutive Macan leading the pack for 2019 through November.
It’s a period of great change for the Macan, which got a redesign for 2019 and, as we learned earlier this year, will be going full electric in its next iteration. But in the meantime, Porsche is not neglecting the gas versions, and for 2020 the Macan GTS returns after a one-year break, slotting in between the Macan S and Macan Turbo.
GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport, and the exterior enhancements for this model stick with the sporting theme. The GTS can be identified by black accents on the front lower-body elements and side skirts; it wears a Sport Design Package standard that has different front and rear trim. Both the headlights and taillights have been darkened, as well, to complete the aesthetic. At each corner sits large 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in Satin Black with red brake calipers underneath.
Exterior design cues extend into the cockpit with a few stylistic tweaks. The eight-way-powered front sport seats (exclusive to the GTS) come with Alcantara inserts in the center, and the soft stuff can also be found on the center console armrest and door panels. Also available is a GTS Interior Package with further enhancements: red or chalk contrast stitching and more Alcantara around the cabin.
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Under the Hood
The new GTS gets a slight power bump compared with the previous generation: The twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 makes 375 horsepower (up from 360) and 383 pounds-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a seven-speed PDK transmission that Porsche says has been newly adapted for this model. The GTS’ 0-60-mph sprint happens in 4.7 seconds (4.5 seconds with Sport Chrono and Launch Control equipped), and the Macan GTS has a top speed of 162 mph.
To combat the SUV’s natural size and proclivity to roll, an adaptive air suspension comes standard, as well, which can lower the vehicle by 0.4 inches. Porsche will also offer two optional brake packages: a Porsche Surface Coated Brake (rotors with a tungsten carbide coating) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.
The 2020 Macan GTS starts at $72,650 (including destination) and will hit dealerships in summer 2020.
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