2017 Porsche Macan GTS

The Macan is a very special car for Porsche. Just after
debuting in 2015, the model quickly rose to become the second
best selling brand for the automaker. When it was launched in
2015, the Macan was only offered in S and Turbo models. Due to
the excellent performance in the market, Porsche is adding two
more trims to the lineup, a new base model that will be powered
by a 4-cylinder mill and a performance-oriented GTS. This
review concentrates on the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS.

Overall, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS is based on the Audi Q5.
The vehicle blends traits of a full-size SUV and Porsche’s
performance credentials. Some quarters have referred to the
model as a sports car in the guise of an SUV. This is due to
its excellent performance. The GTS has taken the performance of
the SUV even a step higher. The model will slot in between the
Macan S and the top Turbo trim.

GTS is a nametag given to Porsche models that are more
driver-focused but not necessarily the most powerful or
expensive. The GTS slots between the Macan S and the more
potent Macan Turbo. Its performance Oriented genes are visible
from the outside where the exterior has been specifically tuned
to improve its performance. Read along for more:

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2017 Porsche Macan GTS Exterior

The 2017 Macan GTS stands at 184.72 inches long, 82.6 inches
wide and has a height of 63.5 inches while its wheelbase spans
110.51 inches. The vehicle weighs 4,178 lbs. The model is well
equipped even to handle the off roads. It comes with a 7.8-inch
ground clearance level which you can raise to 9 inches by
selecting the optional air suspension. A look at the model
reveals its low sitting but menacing look. Compared to the
Macan S and the Macan Turbo, the GTS looks more capable. The
vehicle’s exterior features a number of matte black accents.

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The front fascia features a blackened grille. The grille is
flanked by LED headlights and fog lights. The lights feature
smoked housings which add to its menacing face.  On the
sides, the model features 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels with
a Satin Black finish. Next to the front wheels are 6-piston red
brake calipers which provide the stopping power. The rear
however features single-piston calipers. The GTS is also
differentiated by a black accent piece on the lower section of
its doors between the wheels.

At the rear, there are 4 chrome-finished exhaust tips. Its
taillights feature LED lighting and are housed in smoked
lenses. A black badging on its tailgate sets the GTS apart from
the S and Turbo sisters.

Overall, the model’s exterior is very aerodynamic with a 0.36
coefficient of drag.

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2017 Porsche Macan GTS Interior

Compared to the Macan S, the cabin of the GTS is an upgrade.
The seats are upholstered with a combination of leather and
Alcantara. A GTS logo is affixed on the front seats. The front
seats are 8-way powered. The cabin also features GTS-exclusive
tread plates that spell out that this is a GTS Macan. Leather
surfaces feature an attractive red contrast stitching. To match
the red stitching, a buyer can request for red seatbelts and a
red themed tachometer.

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The model features a rear bench as opposed to individual seats.
The bench splits at the middle section which folds to form an
armrest for the rear passengers. The bench can also be folded
to expand cargo space from 17.7 cubic feet to 53 cubic feet.
The seats are upholstered in both leather and Alcantara.

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Tech-wise, the GTS Macan features a new infotainment system.
Buyers can either go for the standard Porsche Connect which
comes with Apple CarPlay or the Porsche Connect Plus which adds
3D navigation and dynamic route calculation. This system also
features real-time traffic updates and LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The
GTS will also feature as standard a Porsche Communication
Management system. This system features 8-speaker Sound Package
Plus, an Aux-in interface, SiriusXM, USB, Bluetooth
connectivity and HD radio.

For safety, the model has a reinforced structure and is
equipped with a full package of airbags, ABS brakes, electronic
stability control, traction control, a rearview camera,
adaptive cruise control as well as both front and rear crumple
zones.

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Engine Specs and performance

For a performance-oriented vehicle, the exterior looks are
nothing if they are not backed by a matching power mill. Here,
the Macan GTS fully backs its claim as a performance SUV. The
model is powered by a similar 3.0 L, V-6 engine that powers the
Macan S. However, the engine has been tweaked to produce extra
20 horses to take its total output to 360 hp at 6,000 rpm while
torque has also been improved to 369 lb-ft of torque and is
only available from 1,650 rpm to 4,000 rpm.

The engine is mated with a 7-speed PDK transmission system
which sends power to the rear wheels and combines with a
hydraulic-actuated center clutch to channel power to the front
wheels when necessary. It also features a locking rear
differential.

A Sport Chrono package is offered as an option. With the
package, the crossover SUV can hit 60 mph from standstill in
4.8 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the Macan S. The
model has a top speed of 159 mph.

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Price and release date

The model is already on sale in the U.S. To get your hands on
this Porsche Macan GTS, you will need to fork out $ 67,200
exclusive of destination charges.

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Competition

Close rivals of the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS include its cousin
the Audi
SQ5, Jaguar
F-Pace  and BMW X4
.  However, the Audi RS Q3 is its real competitor but
sadly, the Q3 is not offered in the US.