Among the funky concepts and interestingly boxy designs at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is this, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. Slotted between the “base” Macan S and the range-topping Macan Turbo, the GTS offers a sweet spot of horsepower and torque paired with the Turbo’s transmission and AWD system. Sporty looks and a decreased ride height further push the GTS towards the track star Porsche needs to fight rivals from Audi and Mercedes.

Powered by the familiar 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 found in the Macan S, the GTS gets an extra 20 horsepower and 30 extra pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and Porsche’s traction Management system are employed to help get power to the ground. Porsche even offers an optional Torque Vectoring System.

An initial glance at the stats, and the GTS seems very promising.

Porsche claims the GTS will hit 60 mph in five seconds, while the Sport Chrono Package knocks two-tenths off that time. Its top speed is listed at 159 mph. Promising indeed.

Of course, there’s more to the Macan GTS than just its performance stats. Still, it appears Porsche focused the crossover’s entire existence into a more track-ready machine. Black accents match its black wheels, helping to further visually lower the GTS’ center of gravity. A sport exhaust system announces its presence, while an Alcantara and leather-lined interior with exclusive GTS seats coddle all five passengers.

The Macan GTS is set to arrive at dealers in March 2016 with a base price of $67,200.

Updated 10/30/2015: Porsche dropped a new video in which its highlights the sports exhaust system in the new Macan GTS. Enjoy!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS.

  • 2017 Porsche Macan GTS
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed PDK
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    360 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369 @ 1650
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection, Gas, Twin Turbo
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.0 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    159 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, AWD
  • Price:
    67200
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Exterior

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Low slung, menacing, and angry – words that perfectly describe the Macan GTS’ appearance. Coated in its fiery red body color with its matte black accents, the GTS exudes a more focused attitude than either the Macan S or Macan Turbo. It’s like Porsche found the 11 position on the volume dial.

It’s like Porsche found the 11 position on the volume dial

Up front, the Macan GTS has a blacked-out grille with optional LED headlights and standard fog lights, both of which come with smoked housings. The trim-exclusive 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels come finished in Satin Black. That allows the six-piston brake calipers finished in red peek through. Matching calipers are found out back, but are single-piston units. Between the wheels on the lower section of both doors is a black accent piece that is only found on the GTS.

Protruding from under the rear bumper are four, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes. They provide the only bright accent on the rear of the Macan. Smoked lenses covering the LED taillights and black badging on the tailgate help distinguish the GTS from its two brethren.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 184.72 Inches
Width (w/ mirrors folded) 82.6 Inches (76.14 Inches)
Height 63.35 Inches
Wheelbase 110.51 Inches
Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.36
Curb weight 4178 lbs

Interior

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CarPlay, 3D navigation with satellite image overlays, and dynamic route calculations are available

The Macan GTS enjoys several bespoke upgrades to its interior. Unique leather and Alcantara seats with an embroider GTS logo hold the front two passengers. The eight-way powered seats aren’t found in the Macan S or Turbo. GTS-exclusive tread plates spell out exactly what Macan you’re getting into. Once inside, red stitching holds nearly every piece of leather together and provides a visual feast. Optional matching red seatbelts and a tachometer completes the look.

Not only does the Macan GTS lead the way in sporty advancements, the new crossover debuts new technology for Porsche, including a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity. Two systems are available: the standard Porsche Connect, which include CarPlay integration, and Porsche Connect Plus, which includes CarPlay, along with 3D navigation with satellite image overlays and dynamic route calculations, LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and real-time traffic updates.

Coming standard on all Macan GTS models is the Porsche Communication Management system. It includes the Sound Package Plus with eight speakers, a USB and aux-in interface, SiriusXM and HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Drivetrain & Suspension

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Porsche claims 60 mph happens in five seconds flat with the standard GTS and 4.8-seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.

Of course, headlining the Macan GTS is its powertrain. The GTS builds off the Macan S and its 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6, but adds an extra 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque. That means the GTS is pumping out 360 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque between 1,650 and 4,000 rpm. Those numbers are still down by 40 horses and 37 pound-feet compared to the 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 in the Macan Turbo, but the GTS can sill hold its own during acceleration.

Backing up the V-6 is Porsche’s seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and AWD system. Lightening fast shifts and tenacious grip are the result. The optional torque vectoring system help put power to the ground even more effectively, with the ability to doll out power to individual wheels during high-performance driving.

The GTS’ suspension borrows the Turbo’s active air suspension system. It offers adjustable ride heights and variable damper stiffness. Additionally, the ride height is dropped by 10 millimeters to help increase the crossover’s on-road performance. Needless to say, the Macan GTS isn’t the off-roader’s best choice.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine layout Front Engine / All wheel drive
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders V engine / 6
Displacement 3.0 Liters
Horsepower 360 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 369 LB-FT @ 1,650-4,000 RPM
Compression ratio 9.8 : 1
Transmission seven-speed PDK dual-clutch
Top Track Speed 159 MPH
0 - 60 mph 5.0 sec (4.8 sec w/ Sport Chrono)

Safety

The Macan GTS comes with all the standard safety features found in modern cars. That includes standard front, side, and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, traction control, front and rear crumple zones, and a reinforced cabin structure.

The Macan ranked five stars with the Euro NCAP tests in 2014.

Prices

The Macan GTS goes on sale within the U.S. in March of 2016. It carries a base starting price of $67,200. That price does not include destination or any other optional extras.

Competition

2016 Audi RS Q3

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Sadly not offered in the U.S., the RS Q3 is Audi’s high-performance answer to the Macan GTS. The RS is powered by 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder that makes 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power deficit compared to the Porsche, the RS Q3 matches the Macan GTS’ 60 mph time of 4.8 seconds. Top speed is governed at 155 mph.

Pricing is relatively similar, with the Audi carrying a base price around $70,000.

Read more about the 2016 Audi RS Q3 here.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

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Ok, so the GLA45 AMG is more of a hot hatch than a convention crossover, but the little beast just begs to be included in this comparison. Mercedes somehow stuffed 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque out of a turbo four-cylinder. The result – once power is transferred through the seven-speed dual-clutch and AWD system – is a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds. Top speed is likewise governed to a very German 155 mph. Having driven the GLA45 AMG, I can attest to its outrageous driving characteristics, maniacal exhaust note, and sensible interior utility.

Prices start around $48,000 and rise with options. Nevertheless, that drastically undercuts both the Porsche and Audi.

Read more about the Mercedes GLA45 AMG here.

Conclusion

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The Porsche Macan GTS may be slotted between the Macan S and Macan Turbo in terms of pricing, and power, but its track-focused looks, impressive performance characteristics, and all-around hyped-up looks will likely make the GTS the most desirable of the Macan trim levels.

Though a crossover isn’t’ the best choice for weekend track duty, the high-performance SUV segment is growing at a break-neck pace with offerings coming from several automakers. Porsche’s newest addition seems perfectly suited to do battle with the best Audi and Mercedes have to offer.

It will be interesting to see how the Macan GTS actually handles on a track. For that, sadly, we’ll have to wait. Stay tuned for that eventual update.

  • Leave it
    • * Somewhat expensive
    • * Slotted under the Macan Turbo

Press Release

Porsche announces the new Macan GTS. With more power, a reengineered suspension, unique GTS-specific exterior and interior appointments, and new connectivity options, the new Macan GTS provides an enthusiastic driving experience that enhances the current Macan range.

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Based on the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Macan S, the Macan GTS incorporates hardware changes and a unique engine calibration to allow the engine to develop 360 hp at 6000 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between a broad 1650-4000 rpm. The rest of the all-wheel-drive powertrain matches up to the Macan Turbo; Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is combined with Porsche’s Traction Management system (PTM) that actuates an electro-hydraulic, multi-plate clutch to variably engage the front axle depending on traction needs. All told, this powertrain package accelerates the Macan GTS to 60 mph in as little as 4.8s in conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package and up to a top track speed of 159 mph.

Porsche’s Stability Management system is also recalibrated for this application, and when combined with the Sport Chrono package, it provides an even more dynamic driving experience. Large 360 mm front rotors, with six-piston fixed calipers finished in red, and 330 mm rear rotors, with single-piston calipers also painted in red, provide the braking force needed for performance use and assist with torque vectoring, via Porsche’s optional Torque Vectoring system (PTV).

Air suspension, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), comes standard on the Macan GTS. This combination provides adjustable ride height and damper stiffness. These parameters help optimally tune the car for virtually any driving condition. Macan GTS specific suspension tuning also includes a 10-millimeter reduction of standard ride height, compared to the Macan Turbo, further lowering the center of gravity.

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The Macan GTS is characteristically recognized by the many black exterior accents. The window trim is finished in high gloss black, there is a matte finish on the lower body and the Porsche Macan GTS designation on the rear hatch, and the standard 20" RS Spyder Design wheels are finished in Satin Black. Side blades, located in the lower portion of the doors, are matte black with GTS logos in contrasting gloss black. The Macan GTS will be available with optional LED headlights that feature Porsche’s unique four-point daytime running lights, as well as a cornering light function.

On the inside, the Macan GTS features a standard leather package and GTS sport seats with Alcantara® seat centers and GTS logos on the headrests. An optional GTS interior package, featuring a Carmine Red tachometer and deviated stitching, seat belts, and embroidered GTS logos on the headrests is also available. The standard PCM (Porsche Communication Management system) includes Sound Package Plus, eight speakers, a USB and aux-in interface, SiriusXM® and HD radio™, and Bluetooth® capability. An optional PCM with Navigation module includes a hard-drive based navigation system that supports 3D navigation display, satellite image overlays, and dynamic route calculation.

Two connectivity systems are optional: available for the standard PCM is Porsche Connect, which provides Apple CarPlay™ integration. Porsche Connect Plus is available for the PCM with Navigation system. Connect Plus expands on Connect by including a hot-spot capable LTE modem for connectivity. Passengers can surf the web, while the driver can access real-time traffic, and even transfer destinations and calendar appointments from a smartphone into the PCM.

The 2017 Macan GTS goes on sale in March 2016, with a base MSRP of $67,200 excluding a destination change.

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