Porsche has been running wild with its GTS designation as of late, adding it to every model in its lineup not named the 918 Spyder or Macan. Today, the latter joins the majority of the lineup, as Porsche has unveiled the more powerful and precise Macan GTS.
This new GTS trim gives the Macan a nice in-between model that splits the broad gap between the base Macan S and the Turbo trim. Under its hood, the Macan GTS makes use of the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 as the Macan S, but the German automaker cranks its output up to 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are increases of 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque.
Behind the engine is the powertrain from the Macan Turbo. This means the GTS features the seven-speed PDK transmission with Porsche Traction Management. This amounts to a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 159 mph with the Sport Chrono Package. This makes the GTS 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph and 3 mph faster than the Macan S.
Part of the GTS package has always been a significant improvement in handling and agility, and the Macan is no different. On top of dropping the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inches) relative to the Turbo model, Porsche adds in Porsche Active Suspension Management as a standard feature, which allows the driver to control ride height and damper stiffness for varying conditions.
The GTS also receives an updated Porsche Stability Management system to help keep things in check when coming to a hard stop. The braking system features 360 mm (14.2-inch) front rotors pinched by six-piston calipers, while the rear brakes feature 330 mm (13-inch) rotors.
The final piece of the puzzle in creating a Porsche GTS model is style both inside and out. On the outside, the Macan GTS gains black accents on the window trim, lower body, side blades, and logos. The 20-inch wheels are also coated in black, while blacked-out headlights bezels and tinted taillight lenses round out the changes.
Inside, there are GTS seats wrapped up in leather with Alcantara inserts, GTS logos on the headrests, and an eight-speaker sound system. Optionally, buyers can add in the GTS Interior Package, which adds a Carmine Red tach, seatbelts, stitching and GTS logos, and a PCM with navigation.
The 2017 Macan GTS will roll into dealers in March of next year. It will start from a reasonable $67,200, making it $14,600 more than the Macan S and $6,700 less than the Macan Turbo.